Orange County Business Journal

Manulife Adds Irvine Office to Airport-Area Holdings

Financial services company Manulife Financial Corp. has added another office to its real estate investment portfolio near John Wayne Airport.

By Mark Mueller October 10, 2016 midnight share »

San Jose Investor Buys Surf City Rentals for $60M

An apartment investor in Silicon Valley has snapped up a big rental complex in Huntington Beach, extending its acquisition push in Orange County since the start of the summer past the $130 million mark.

By Mark Mueller October 10, 2016 midnight share »

Tall Reputation, Top Rents at 200 Spectrum

Wireless infrastructure firm Crown Castle International Corp. is the latest big lessee signed for the 200 Spectrum Center tower in Irvine, where top floors appear to now boast the highest rents of any space in the city.

By Mark Mueller October 10, 2016 midnight share »
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Shopoff Realty Buys in Las Vegas, Chicago Top $100M

Shopoff Realty Investments in Irvine has paid in excess of $100 million for an apartment complex in Las Vegas and a pair of commercial buildings in Chicago.

By Mark Mueller October 7, 2016 10:08 a.m. share »
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Bascom Sells Denver Apts for $350M

Bascom Group LLC in Irvine has sold one of its larger apartment properties, a 1,523-unit complex in Denver, in what local reports said is the priciest deal for a rental property in that city.

By Mark Mueller October 7, 2016 10:03 a.m. share »
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Platinum Triangle Developer in $255M JV with China Fund

The Texas developer planning to build one of the larger apartment complexes in Anaheim’s Platinum Triangle has entered into a $255 million venture with a private equity fund from China to finance the project.

By Mark Mueller October 7, 2016 10 a.m. share »

Curious Commodity Case Crops Up in Irvine

An unassuming industrial building in the heart of the Irvine Business Complex appears to be playing a part in an international trade caper that purportedly stretches from China to New Jersey to a desert in Mexico.

By Mark Mueller October 3, 2016 midnight share »

The Dirt at One Broadway

One Broadway Plaza, the long proposed 37-story Santa Ana office tower that would be Orange County’s tallest building, is slated to approach nearly 500 feet when it’s built.

By Mark Mueller October 3, 2016 midnight share »

Hines Adds Land to Raytheon Campus Holdings

The local division of Houston-based Hines Interest LP has bought the ground under one of its larger Orange County office properties.

By Mark Mueller October 3, 2016 midnight share »

LBA Nears Sale Of Industrial for $1.5B

Irvine-based real estate investor LBA Realty is close to making its largest deal in more than a decade with a blockbuster sale of a large portion of its industrial portfolio.

By Mark Mueller September 26, 2016 midnight share »

TA Realty’s South Coast Metro Offices Up for Sale

Boston-based TA Realty has put up for sale a pair of eight-story offices it owns in the South Coast Metro area of Santa Ana, according to area brokers.

By Mark Mueller September 26, 2016 midnight share »

Shopoff Eyes Residential In Downtown Anaheim

Shopoff Realty Investments is looking to convert a nearly 21-acre industrial property in downtown Anaheim into a major residential development with more than 500 homes, townhomes and apartments.

By Mark Mueller September 26, 2016 midnight share »

Amazon’s Prime Now Sets Up Near Airport

Amazon.com has quietly signed a lease for an industrial building not far from John Wayne Airport that appears poised to be a linchpin in the online retailer’s growing base of same-day delivery services in the area.

By Mark Mueller September 26, 2016 midnight share »

CalSTRS Gets Rockwell as Tenant in Irvine

A San Francisco-based investor backed by funds from the California State Teachers’ Retirement System has bought a two-building office complex in Irvine in a deal believed to have topped $60 million.

By Mark Mueller September 19, 2016 midnight share »

Lennar Preps New Homes at Great Park Neighborhoods

The first batch of home sales at Great Park Neighborhoods’ Parasol Park in Irvine appears to be kicking off a few months earlier than initially expected.

By Mark Mueller September 19, 2016 midnight share »

Developer Takes On ‘Rusty Skeleton’

A land development company in Los Angeles County has bought the “Rusty Skeleton,” a long-abandoned construction site in Garden Grove that it plans to turn into a senior housing and retail project.

By Mark Mueller September 19, 2016 midnight share »

Mobilitie Looks Good For Ride in Fast Lane

You could say that Mobilitie LLC moved up a weight class among Orange County’s private companies last year.

By Mark Mueller September 19, 2016 midnight share »

Angels Push Back on Mixed-Use Plan Near Stadium

It looks like the biggest battle the sputtering Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will have on their hands over the next few months will involve potential development of a 14.8-acre site next to their stadium.

By Mark Mueller September 12, 2016 midnight share »

Hong Kong Firm Nabs IBC Residential Site

A Hong Kong-based company that bills itself as a business incubator and investor in early-stage technology companies has taken a more down-to-earth approach with its first reported deal in Orange County: a land buy for a big apartment development in Irvine.

By Mark Mueller September 12, 2016 midnight share »

Anaheim Nears Sale of 25 Acres for Retail

The city of Anaheim is moving forward on plans to sell a long-vacant, 25-acre site on its western side to a retail developer.

By Mark Mueller September 12, 2016 midnight share »
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New Top Exec at Goodman Birtcher

Brandon Birtcher is no longer the chief executive of Irvine-based Goodman Birtcher, according to the industrial developer’s Australian parent company.

By Mark Mueller September 7, 2016 10:36 a.m. share »
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First American Buying Title Insurance Research Firm

Santa Ana-based First American Financial Corp. is under contract to buy a New Jersey-based title insurance and real estate research firm on undisclosed terms.

By Mark Mueller September 6, 2016 9:33 a.m. share »

$150M Sale of MV Medical Offices Sets Benchmark

A four-building collection of medical office properties surrounding Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo has changed hands for the second time since 2014 in what looks to be Orange County’s biggest office sale so far this year.

By Mark Mueller September 6, 2016 midnight share »

Angelo Gordon Leads $30M Laguna Hills Office Buy

A recently renovated four-story office just off the San Diego (I-5) Freeway in Laguna Hills has a new owner.

By Mark Mueller September 5, 2016 midnight share »

ARES Spends Close to $100M for Fullerton Rentals

Irvine-based apartment investor Advanced Real Estate Services Inc. has made one of the largest local property buys of the year, for a 421-unit rental complex in Fullerton.

By Mark Mueller September 5, 2016 midnight share »

Donahue Schriber Makes Retail Buy in ‘Silicon Forest’

Costa Mesa-based shopping center owner and developer Donahue Schriber Realty Group has paid top dollar for a recently built property just outside Portland, Ore.

By Mark Mueller September 5, 2016 midnight share »

TRI Pointe Plans Townhomes at Nabisco Site

Irvine-based homebuilder TRI Pointe Group Inc. has taken over ownership of a prominent residential development site in Buena Park that previously held a Nabisco food manufacturing facility.

By Mark Mueller August 29, 2016 midnight share »

Logistics Outfit Goes Big on North OC Industrial in HQ Shift

Third-party logistics services provider 3PL Global LLC is expanding its Orange County presence and shifting its headquarters to Fullerton after signing the largest industrial lease here this year.

By Mark Mueller August 29, 2016 midnight share »

Shopoff Sees Long Haul on Redevelopment in HB

Bill Shopoff’s largest local acquisition in over five years—a former oil storage facility in Huntington Beach—could prove to be the most challenging entitlement project yet for the Irvine-based real estate investor and developer.

By Mark Mueller August 29, 2016 midnight share »

Dallas Buyer Gets Laguna Design Center for $53.7M

Dallas-based retail property investor Dunhill Partners Inc. has bought a shopping center in Laguna Hills that caters to high-end design and home-furnishing tenants.

By Mark Mueller August 29, 2016 midnight share »

Karma’s Road to Revival Starts in Spectrum

Karma Automotive LLC will move the bulk of its local operations and establish a new direct sales center in a building in Irvine whose design is expected to echo the company’s cutting-edge technology.

By Mark Mueller August 22, 2016 midnight share »

Pacific City Sale Tops Chart For OC Retail

It took the Pacific City shopping center in Huntington Beach less than a year to claim a spot among Orange County’s most valuable retail properties.

By Mark Mueller August 22, 2016 midnight share »

Cambria Hotel Eyed for Anaheim to be Chain’s Largest

A limited-service hotel planned for the Anaheim site near the Disneyland Resort that once held The Boogie nightclub appears to be getting much taller than initially envisioned.

By Mark Mueller August 22, 2016 midnight share »

New Home Co. Expands Into San Diego

New Home Co. has bought land for its first homebuilding project in San Diego, and is also expanding its reach in Orange County through a new project at the La Floresta development in Brea.

By Mark Mueller August 22, 2016 midnight share »

Huntington Beach Luxe Rentals Sell For Top Dollar

A newly built apartment complex in Huntington Beach has a new owner in a deal that appears to set a high-water mark for pricing in Orange County’s hot multifamily market.

By Mark Mueller August 15, 2016 midnight share »

OC Class A Rents Hit $3 Mark for 1st Time Since ’08

It’s taken eight long years, but Orange County’s office market is now back to prerecession levels by one key metric: asking rents.

By Mark Mueller August 15, 2016 midnight share »

SmartStop Pursues New $1B REIT, Opens Local Gym

Ladera Ranch-based SmartStop Asset Management LLC is looking raise more than $1 billion to fund another batch of self-storage facility acquisitions across the country as it takes the wraps off of a new development in its hometown.

By Mark Mueller August 15, 2016 midnight share »

Milan Capital Buys in LB, Sells in Anaheim

Milan Capital Management, an Anaheim-based commercial real estate investor, has bought an office tower in Long Beach and sold an office in its hometown in two deals topping $50 million together.

By Mark Mueller August 15, 2016 midnight share »
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NextVR Completes $80M Funding

Laguna Beach-based virtual reality content maker NextVR Inc. said it has completed an $80 million round of funding, led by a syndicate of Asian technology companies.

By Mark Mueller August 9, 2016 11:30 a.m. share »

Cigna Deal for Offices in Orange Tops $100M

A trio of office properties near the Outlets at Orange shopping center—along with adjacent land that’s expected to hold a host of apartments—has new ownership after a deal valued in excess of $100 million.

By Mark Mueller August 8, 2016 midnight share »

Mortgage Firm Strikes Big Lease At Old Ingram HQ

The parent company of Greenlight Financial Services, a mortgage company with sizeable operations in Orange County, has struck a deal to relocate much of its local employee base to Santa Ana in what looks to be a blockbuster office lease.

By Mark Mueller August 8, 2016 midnight share »

Apartment Push Gives Rentals Edge in Irvine Ratio

The city of Irvine remains the hub of homebuilding in Orange County through development of Great Park Neighborhoods and the Irvine Ranch, but an even faster construction push in the multifamily sector over the past decade has given rental units majority status in OC’s fastest-growing city, according to new brokerage data.

By Mark Mueller August 8, 2016 midnight share »

Harrah Gets Case of Double Vision

Michael Harrah’s long-awaited One Broadway office tower in Santa Ana has always been expected to eventually become the commercial real estate developer and owner’s crowning local achievement.

By Mark Mueller August 1, 2016 midnight share »

Monster Buy Of Yorba Linda Offices

The wealthy local duo that runs Corona-based Monster Beverage Corp. has bought Yorba Linda’s biggest office complex in one of the largest property sales so far this year in Orange County.

By Mark Mueller August 1, 2016 midnight share »

The Triangle Center Seeks New Owner

The Triangle, the once-troubled Costa Mesa mall that’s been converted into a thriving entertainment and restaurant center over the past few years, is for sale.

By Mark Mueller August 1, 2016 midnight share »

Koll Co. Makes Phoenix Splash With $75M Buy

Irvine-based Koll Co. has made its largest purchase in nearly five years, picking up a massive logistics and distribution center in Phoenix.

By Mark Mueller August 1, 2016 midnight share »

Luxe Retirement Project in Costa Mesa to Expand

Vivante on the Coast, a high-end retirement community near Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, is expanding.

By Mark Mueller August 1, 2016 midnight share »

RSI Communities Bigger in Texas

RSI Communities LLC has begun to ramp up land deals in preparation for a big homebuilding push outside California.

By Mark Mueller July 25, 2016 midnight share »

RIP: John O’Donnell, Seminal Industrial Developer

John O’Donnell, a pioneering Newport Beach real estate executive whose companies oversaw a massive industrial development push from Alaska to Mexico over a 40-year period, died last week.

By Mark Mueller July 25, 2016 midnight share »

Rentals Go for $164M, Top Deal Since 2010

Laguna Niguel-based apartment and mixed-use property owner and developer Raintree Partners has bought a rental complex in Tustin in what appears to be the priciest apartment deal in Orange County in nearly six years.

By Mark Mueller July 25, 2016 midnight share »

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