Orange County Business Journal

KBS Doubles Down on 1,375-Acre Project in Vegas

REAL ESTATE: Buys out co-investor’s 46% stake

A 2011 investment in the Las Vegas land development market by an affiliate of KBS Realty Advisors appears to be paying off for the Newport Beach-based company, although a recent add-on deal indicates that land prices in the gambling mecca remain well below peak levels.

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Goodman Birtcher Gets 133 Acres

Irvine-based developer Goodman Birtcher has bought a pair of massive distribution centers in Los Angeles County.

Homebuilder TRI Pointe Moves Local Division

HQ Staying at For-Sale Google Center Campus

Irvine-based homebuilder TRI Pointe Group Inc. is moving its Southern California division closer to some of the projects it has under way on the Irvine Ranch.

Commercial Development at Highest Level Since ’07

Nearly 3M SF Completed; Projects Spread Across OC

Orange County’s top commercial real estate developers posted their most active year of completed projects in a decade with a variety of sizeable product types opening across the region over the year ended April 30.

SF Investor Makes FV Complex 3rd Office Buy in OC

REAL ESTATE: Swift nabs 2 buildings next to Hyundai HQ

San Francisco-based real estate investor Swift Real Estate Partners has made its third acquisition in Orange County in as many years, getting a two-building office complex in Fountain Valley.

Commercial Construction Up, Uncertainty on Horizon

Revenues Here Highest Since ’09, Backlog Down

Orange County’s largest commercial construction companies took in the most revenue since the Great Recession, although a shrinking backlog and ominous economic reports raise questions about the industry’s continued growth.

Surge of Hotel Development

More Than 7,000 Rooms Proposed in Four Cities

The four Orange County cities with the heaviest volume of hotel construction are seeing a divergence in the type of properties being built there and the sorts of guests the hotels will target.

Anyone’s Guess As Young Rides Off Ranch

Let the guessing game begin as Dan Young gets set to step down from the Irvine Company.

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Young to Step Down at Irvine Company

Dan Young plans to step down from his executive position at Newport Beach-based Irvine Company at the end of the month.

Hot Start for New Home’s Latest in Newport Coast

REAL ESTATE: 12 of 55 luxe homes sold ahead of opening

Hefty price tags don’t appear to be stifling interest in the last big housing community slated for the Newport Coast community of Crystal Cove.

Steadfast a Record Maker with Music City Purchase

$110M Apartment Deal Tops for Nashville Region

An affiliate of Irvine-based Steadfast Cos. has bought a big apartment complex in the suburbs of Nashville, Tenn., in what local news reports say is the priciest multifamily deal the area has ever seen.

Google Campus On Jamboree Leads OC Office Listings

REAL ESTATE: Some $1.3B worth of deals in pipeline amid rising rents

The five-building Irvine office campus that holds the local operations of Google Inc. and others is up for sale, headlining an Orange County office investment market that’s seeing its heaviest activity in over eight years.

Apria Healthcare’s Lake Forest HQ Sells for $19M

REAL ESTATE: PRES Cos. buys South OC complex

The Lake Forest headquarters of healthcare provider Apria Healthcare Group Inc. has been sold to a local real estate investor for $19 million.

Meritage Homes Buys West CM Infill Site

REAL ESTATE: Roughly $35M sale of 135-home portion of site

A portion of a former industrial facility in Costa Mesa’s Westside that’s slated for an infill housing project has sold in one of the larger land deals in the city in recent years.

Abbott Medical Optics’ Santa Ana HQ Sells for $37M

SF-Based Investor Pays $216/SF for 10-Acre Site

The Santa Ana headquarters of Abbott Medical Optics has been sold to a San Francisco-based investor.

Deal Signal of Irvine Co. Shopping Spree?

REAL ESTATE: $1B CMBS offering could precede some big property buys

A new billion-dollar funding deal involving a portion of Irvine Company’s apartment portfolio raises the prospect that Orange County’s dominant real estate company could soon be on the lookout for acquisitions.

Newport Sports Museum Office Sells for Top Price

Museum Closed in 2014, Sells for Nearly $1,500/SF

An office near Fashion Island shopping center that previously held the Newport Sports Museum has sold for what looks to be one of the highest recent prices for an office deal in Orange County per square foot.

KBS Lands SF Tower, Redmond Business Parks

REAL ESTATE: $300M spree follows bond deal in Israel

A real estate investment trust run by Newport Beach-based KBS Realty Advisors, fresh off a $250 million bond offering in Israel, has made plans to spend nearly $300 million on an office property in downtown San Francisco and a portfolio of business parks in the Seattle suburbs.

Government Office in Orange Gets Top Dollar in Sale

$61 Million for Building Near Mall, Leased to FBI

The 4000 Metropolitan Drive office in Orange, a 183,000-square-foot building just off the Garden Grove (22) Freeway near the Outlets at Orange shopping center, has traded hands for the third time in six years in one of the largest local office sales so far this year.

Thriving Spectrum Office Market Braces for Changes

Broadcom, Toshiba Sites Among Offices in Play

The Irvine Spectrum office market is by most measures the best-performing submarket in Orange County these days: Empty space is scarce, a flock of new and expanding companies call the area home, rents are rising, and new development is in full bloom.

Smartphone Case Maker Spigen Plans Spectrum Buy

Irvine Unit of Korean Firm To Pay $13.2M for Office

Spigen Inc., an Irvine-based maker of smartphone cases, screen protectors and related accessories, appears to be expanding its local operations after entering into a deal to buy an office in the Spectrum area.

FivePoint’s Next Step: Commercial Landlord

REAL ESTATE: New structure takes in projects from here to Bay Area

Aliso Viejo-based master developer FivePoint Holdings LLC is planning the next step in its evolution: becoming one of Orange County’s largest commercial real estate landlords.

Whole 9 for Anaheim Resort Hotel Market

Nexus’ Plan for 350-Room Entry on Katella Latest on Drawing Board

Nexus Development Corp. is the latest in a growing list of companies looking to build a hotel in the Anaheim Resort Area.

Greenwave Grows Into Full Floor at Spectrum Showplace

Irvine-based smart technology company Greenwave Systems Inc., Orange County’s biggest recipient of venture capital funding this year to date, has signed a deal to move its headquarters to 200 Spectrum Center, the area’s newest office tower.

New Great Park Home Phase to Start Early 2017

REAL ESTATE: 727-home project to feature six builders

The developer of Great Park Neighborhoods in Irvine is planning to launch its next phase of home development in early 2017.

Olen Steps Up in Airport Area, Pays $44.8M for Office Park

Newport Beach-based real estate investor and developer Olen Properties Corp. has made its largest local purchase in nearly three years, buying a 15-building office park near John Wayne Airport.

JWA-Area Office Deal Priciest of Year at $66M

REAL ESTATE: Georgia-based REIT also sells Brea property

Piedmont Office Realty Trust Inc. has sold its two Orange County office properties—in Irvine and Brea—for a combined $100 million.

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FivePoint Completes Restructuring

Aliso Viejo-based FivePoint Communities Inc. completed a reorganization that gives it ownership of four of California’s largest master-planned communities, including Irvine’s Great Park Neighborhoods.

Harrah Eyes Office Conversion, Hotel in Santa Ana

Plans Come Amid $34M Buy Near Register

"Big Mike” Harrah doesn’t do small when it comes to development plans in Santa Ana.

Caltrans to Leave Irvine for New Santa Ana Digs

REAL ESTATE: 130,000-SF lease fills out State Fund building

The California Department of Transportation is moving its local operations from Irvine to Santa Ana after signing one of the largest new office leases reported in Orange County so far this year.

$630M Bet Makes Bascom Biggest Landlord in Vegas

REAL ESTATE: Irvine-based investor adds 4,918 units at 15 complexes

Irvine-based apartment investor Bascom Group LLC has made the largest acquisition in its 20-year history, landing a nearly 5,000-unit portfolio of rental properties in and around Las Vegas.

Big Media for Big Mike in Register Deal

Harrah Got Presses, Trucks Along With Land; Aims to Foster Media Hub, Add Condo Towers, Hotel

Mike Harrah’s investment in the former assets of the Orange County Register appears to have given the longtime Santa Ana real estate owner, developer and philanthropist a new calling card: local media mogul.

Supplement Maker Expected to Buy Santa Ana Space

Part of Rexford-CTR Deal Could Sell for $18.7M

One of five Orange County industrial buildings acquired by Rexford Industrial Realty Trust Inc. as part of a $191 million portfolio deal might not stay under the ownership of the Los Angeles-based investor for too long.

Big Media for Big Mike in Register Deal

Harrah Got Presses, Trucks Along With Land; Aims to Foster Media Hub, Add Condo Towers, Hotel

Mike Harrah’s investment in the former assets of the Orange County Register appears to have given the longtime Santa Ana real estate owner, developer and philanthropist a new calling card: local media mogul.

CapRock Adds Anaheim Office Park to Portfolio

REAL ESTATE: $30M buy as firm wraps up Tustin project

An Irvine-based commercial real estate firm with a growing investment and development pipeline in Southern California has made its largest-ever acquisition in Orange County, picking up an office park in Anaheim.

Toshiba’s 26-Acre Campus on Market

REAL ESTATE: Plans to sell land in Spectrum, lease elsewhere in OC

Toshiba Corp. is putting its massive Irvine office facility on the market and looking for space to lease elsewhere in Orange County.

CT Sells Chunk of OC Industrial in $191M Deal

REAL ESTATE: Five of nine properties Rexford gets are here

Newport Beach-based CT Realty Investors is selling a portion of its industrial real estate holdings in Orange County as part of a $191 million portfolio deal with a real estate investment trust.

Obey Investor Snaps Up Industrial Building in IBC

79K SF Building Sells For $11.8M; Move Planned

An investor with ties to Irvine-based Obey Clothing has bought an industrial facility close to one of the apparel maker’s facilities near John Wayne Airport.

Stall on IPOs Feels Different in OC

ECONOMY: Choppy market has some on hold; others seek sales

Orange County’s roster of locally based public companies with billion-dollar valuations isn’t getting much help when it comes to offsetting some high-profile departures.

KBS Goes to Israel For Public Listing Of REIT’s Bonds

REAL ESTATE: Raises $250M with debt-based offering in Tel Aviv

A nontraded real estate investment trust run by Newport Beach-based KBS Realty Advisors has taken a unique track for going public, raising nearly $250 million through a bond offering in Israel.

Broadcom Buildings on Block?

Real Estate Sources Expect Sales Effort; FivePoint Comfortable With Contingencies

Broadcom Ltd. is exploring a sale of one or more buildings now under construction at its new office campus at the Great Park Neighborhoods development site in Irvine, according to real estate sources.

Phoenix Builder Grows Pipeline With $55M Buy

REAL ESTATE: May get most of biggest Santa Ana mixed-use project

Alliance Residential, a Phoenix-based apartment investor and builder with a growing pipeline of projects in Orange County, has bought a portion of the largest mixed-use development planned in Santa Ana.

Chinese Buyers Want More Than Big Houses

Developers, Backers Buy Into Commercial Market

Beijing-based Anbang Insurance Group Co.’s bid to buy two of Orange County’s premier resort properties—Montage Laguna Beach and The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel—as part of a larger national portfolio deal marks a new high-water mark in Chinese companies’ recent investment push into the area’s commercial real estate sector.

Top Property Managers Grow OC Accounts for 4th Year

5M SF of Buildings Added Over Past Two Years

Orange County’s largest commercial property managers’ local portfolios grew modestly over the past year as they made larger gains outside the area.

Lincoln Adds Small Offices to Mix of Tustin Campus

Lincoln Adds Small Offices to Mix of Tustin Campus

A batch of small for-lease buildings are being added to the mix at the Tustin Legacy development, Orange County’s first ground-up creative-office campus.

Burnham Adds Office to Lido Marina Village Assets

Deal With DJM Follows Olen Office, Land Deal

Two real estate owners behind much of the redevelopment now under way in the Lido Marina Village area of Newport Beach have traded one of the bigger office buildings there.

Is 'Timeless' Timely in Newport Center?

Developers of Luxe Condos Proposed for Car Wash Site Have Jump on Entitlements

The owners of the Newport Beach Car Wash are looking to make their mark on Newport Center’s residential market with an upscale housing project that aims to become what they call “a work of public art.”

Brokers Boost Sales, Leases for Sixth Year of Gains

Investment Sales Help Push Up Total By 16%

Increased property sales volume, particularly for larger buildings and land sites, in addition to gains in leasing activity, resulted in another strong year for Orange County’s largest commercial brokerages.

San Clemente’s Largest Office Sells to LA Investor

$14.2M Sales Price Is Discount on 2007 Trade

The largest office building in San Clemente has been sold to a Los Angeles-based value-add investor.

CT Realty Gets 25 Acres in Aliso Viejo

REAL ESTATE: Estimated $33.6M price; 500,000-SF, medical emphasis

The U.S. Postal Service has completed the sale of one of the last big parcels of developable commercial land in Aliso Viejo, which is now slated for a mixed-use property emphasizing medical uses that will total more than 500,000 square feet.

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