Katie Murar

Staff Reporter

Email: murar@ocbj.com
Phone: 949-833-8373

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John Wayne Traffic Up

More passengers, fewer flights at Orange County's airport in September.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Axonincs and Veritone are among Monday's stock movers.

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Clearview Completes $205M Aloha State Sale

Paid $76M in ’15 For Waikiki Hotel

Officials with Newport Beach-based hotel investors Clearview Hotel Capital LLC tell the Business Journal they have sold one of their most prominent properties, a nearly 600-room Holiday Inn Express in Waikiki.

2019 Sales Update

Newport Counts Most Luxe Deals

The priciest reported OC home sales so far this year are all in the $30 million range, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, are all in Newport Beach.

Trumark Cos. Relaunches Commercial Arm in OC

Taps Ex-SunCal Exec Sofferman

Trumark Cos. has relaunched its commercial arm.

Inside Harbor Island’s Gates

Two Sales in ’19 Total $51 Million

The private enclave of Harbor Island is home to a mix of buyers who have a few things in common: many are billionaires, several have yachts, and not many appear keen on the idea of leaving.

Clearview Sells Hawaii Hotel

Clearview Partners in Newport Beach sold a nearly 600-room Holiday Inn Express in Waikiki for $205 million.

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Guest Spending Boosts Disneyland

Strong visitor spending at Disneyland Resort offset expenses and lower attendance at the Anaheim park during its parent company’s fourth quarter.

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Trumark Adds Commercial

Newport Beach-based homebuilder Trumark Cos. will develop office, multifamily and mixed-use projects under a new division.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Moves from the real estate sector on Monday. (keep reading)

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Amazon Adds: Snaps Up Mission Viejo Facility

322K-SF Lease 2nd Big Transaction in a Month

Amazon has confirmed plans to open a distribution center hub in Mission Viejo, its second big Orange County lease in a month.

William Lyon Sold; $2.4 Billion Deal

HOMEBUILDERS: Combined company fifth-largest in US

Next year will mark the end of an era for William Lyon Homes, one of Orange County’s iconic homebuilders.

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Food Hall Sale: Trade for Trade

$31M Deal Nears $1,000 PSF

Irvine’s Trade Food Hall, the city’s first new upscale dining hub built during the current market cycle, has sold for $31 million to a new Orange County investor.

Coworking: Crowded or Complementary?

Inside OC’s Varied Shared Space Options

The market for shared office space and flexible workspace keeps growing in demand.

2020 Outlook: OC Rents Jump, Vacancies Dip

Rents to Rise 5%, USC Report Projects

Don’t count on a slowdown in Orange County’s still red-hot apartment market any time soon—at least in terms of rents.

Hotels Gain Across the Board

Local hotels increased rates, revenue, and occupancy in September, a report by CBRE Hotels said.

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Amazon Adds 322K SF Space

Amazon will open a 322,000-square-foot distribution hub in Mission Viejo.

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Trade Food Hall Sells

Trade Food Hall in Irvine sold for $31 million.

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Pace Over Price for New Home Co.

Aliso Viejo homebuilder New Home Co. (NYSE: NWHM) is following through on its plan to focus on sales volume over price, shifting its home prices downward to capture growing demand for affordable housing.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.4% to 3,078.90 during midday trading.

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FivePoint Gets OK For Mixed-Use Project

Hotels, Pop-Up Spots, French Bakery

One of the more unique areas envisioned for FivePoint Holdings LLC’s Great Park Neighborhoods development has gotten a step closer to reality.

Irvine Cove’s Rarefied Air

Five Listings, Ranging From $7M to $44M

Irvine Cove might be Orange County’s most prestigious beachfront neighborhood.

Harbor’s Haul: 2 Offices, $80M

REAL ESTATE: Buys pair from Equity Office

Harbor Associates LLC, a Long Beach-based real estate investor that does much of its work in Orange County, has made two of its largest deals in the region, buying properties in downtown Anaheim and Laguna Niguel for about $80 million combined.

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Great Goals for Great Park

$250M of Sporting Additions Part of Haddad’s Bigger Picture

In another sign of FivePoint Holdings LLC’s rapid rate of development at Irvine’s former El Toro Marine base, the master developer has agreed to kick in a quarter billion dollars to spur more sports-related work at the Orange County Great Park.

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Wyndham Rebrands

Wyndham Irvine – Orange County Airport is being rebranded under a name new to OC.

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Long Beach Airport Traffic Ticks Up

Long Beach Airport traffic rose 1.5% year-over-year in September to 289,500 passengers; year-to-date traffic is down about 12% to 2.6 million passengers.

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Industrial Buyer in Second Leaseback

CenterPoint Properties bought a 202,000-square-foot industrial building in Santa Ana for $37 million.

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Great Park Mixed Use Nod

Five Point’s Great Park Neighborhoods will see a new mixed-use development on part of a 58-acre site near its sports fields.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Major U.S. stock market indexes rose during Monday midday trading after ongoing optimism about a trade deal between the U.S. and China. (keep reading)

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WeWork Says OC Work Still On Track

Opens 6th Area Location; Next Four on Schedule

Though lingering questions about WeWork’s locations in Orange County—and its operations across the country at large—remain since its initial public offering plans fell apart this fall, the company insists it is business as usual with regard to spots it plans to open here.

Another Canvas, For Anaheim

TRI Pointe’s Community Opens Next Year

Equity Office Management LLC’s Canvas office complex is not to be confused with a residential project elsewhere in Orange County with the same name.

EQ Office Overhauls Costa Mesa Campus

REAL ESTATE: Canvas a 551K-SF creative hub

Equity Office Management LLC’s take on the creative office trend—and its embrace of new varieties of coworking options for office tenants—is being shown off at its largest property in Costa Mesa, a five-building collection of offices that sit alongside the San Diego (405) Freeway next to Bristol Street.

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Intersect Hits Market for Nearly $260M

$27M Renovation, Full Roster Ups Price

The Intersect office complex in Irvine is on the market four years after its last sale, this time with a much higher price tag and a full-tenant roster.

William Lyon Homes Revs Up

William Lyon Homes (NYSE: WLH) in Newport Beach was the fastest-growing publicly traded OC homebuilder over the last two years, with revenue surging 42% to $2.1 billion.

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$260M Sought for Intersect

The Intersect office complex in Irvine, about two miles from John Wayne Airport, is for sale at $260 million.

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Amazon Inks Huge Lease in Santa Ana

REAL ESTATE: Mission Viejo spot rumored, too

Amazon has struck its largest-ever lease in Orange County, for a recently renovated industrial building running about 414,000 square feet in Santa Ana, real estate sources tell the Business Journal.

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WeWork Still Working On OC

WeWork says its woes—a shelved IPO and departed CEO—aren’t keeping it from opening locations in OC.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.2% during midday trading to 3,011.47. (keep reading)

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JW Marriott Opens in May

JW Marriott Anaheim will open in May 2020.

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$18M Irvine Buy; Redevelopment Potential

Busy Intersection; Across from District

Private real estate investor Thrifty Oil Co. has closed on a nearly 58,000-square-foot industrial property at one of Irvine’s busiest intersections for $18.6 million.

Whole Foods Inks Surf City Lease

45K-SF Deal Begins Next Year

Whole Foods Market, a unit of Amazon.com, has inked a new deal in Orange County, this time for a nearly 45,000-square-foot retail space in Huntington Beach.

Inside the Hard-to-Leave Bay Island

Quiet Lifestyle, Sales Activity for 23 Homes

If you’re from Orange County, you’ve likely heard a story about, or know someone, or know someone who knows someone, with ties to Bay Island.

Irvine Co. Launches Flex Office Option

REAL ESTATE: 55 local spots initially

Irvine Co. is no longer just a partner to coworking companies.

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Trumark’s Flexible Investment in Brea

Custom Home Plan Starts With a Shell

You can get a custom home in Orange County for under $1 million.

Whole Foods Adds In Surf City

Whole Foods Market plans to open its second location in Huntington Beach.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was down 0.1% during midday trading to 2,966.76.

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Aliso’s One Enterprise Office Trades for $59M

REAL ESTATE: New HQ for Ambry gets top dollar

Aliso Viejo’s One Enterprise building has traded hands for $59 million, in the largest single-building office sale seen in South Orange County this year.

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Construction Materials Firm FBM Buys 2, Relocates

Was in Tustin; Now in Santa Ana

Construction materials distributor Foundation Building Materials Inc. (NYSE: FBM) is still on the growth path, and it has a new base of operations in the area.

Tustin Trades: 2 Buildings Bring in $45.7M

Newmark Brokers Sales Along Michelle Drive

A pair of Tustin buildings just off the Santa Ana (5) Freeway, along Michelle Drive, have sold in separate transactions for a combined price of $45.7 million.

Newmark Brokers $46M in Tustin

Two buildings on Michelle Drive in Tustin sold in separate deals for a total of about $46 million.

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