Katie Murar

Staff Reporter

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

Recent Stories

Luxe Homes’ Strong Start

High-dollar sales reboot, broker says

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Trumark Sold to Japan Investor

Daiwa takes 60% of builder

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Irvine Tower Redo Wraps

Bistango gets some work done

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FivePoint Sells Homesites

The company closed on hundreds of homesites at Valencia

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Midday Stock Roundup

Skyworks gets an upgrade

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50K-SF Medical Office Planned for ATEP

2nd Building at Tustin Education Park

ACS Development Group Inc. plans to build a 50,000-square-foot medical office building in Tustin, the newest sign of construction at the Advanced Technology Education Park on the former Marine base.

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Costa Mesa International School Gets OK

Former Trinity Broadcasting Site to Be Revamped

An overhaul of one of Orange County’s more recognizable buildings appears imminent, following a deal between the city of Costa Mesa and an international language education company.

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Khoshbin’s Landing Site Trades for $40M

REAL ESTATE: Atkins buys on Mariner’s Mile

Local real estate executive Craig Atkins has added to his private commercial real estate portfolio by snapping up one of the more notable mixed-use properties along Mariner’s Mile in Newport Beach.

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MCAS Tustin: 50K-SF Medical Office

New space coming to ATEP

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Ex-TBN Site Work OK’d

Campus-to-campus; new culture, language lessons coming

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Anaheim Hotels Gain

Huntington Beach saw declines in November

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JWA Traffic Down

Flights dipped 16%

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Hotel Development Strong

Openings, construction up in OC, statewide

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MPCs Make List

Three of 50 master-planned communities were local.

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Midday Stock Roundup

CareTrust gets a downgrade

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Parke Miller’s Time: Lincoln Goes Big in 2019

REAL ESTATE: Active on all CRE fronts

Name a commercial real estate trend worth paying attention to in Orange County last year, and Lincoln Property Co. was likely involved—and in a big way.

Irvine Co.’s New Year’s Resolutions

2020 to Bring New Offices, Leasing Options

Orange County’s dominant landlord isn’t seeing a local slowdown on the horizon for 2020.

2020: Year of Lowered Expectations?

New Homes, Good Views in Demand

You don’t know what you have until it’s gone.

MBK, Rockefeller Add to IE Industrial Push

JV Working on Fontana Facility

Rockefeller Group, a commercial real estate group firm known for developing Rockefeller Center in New York, continues to go big on industrial in Southern California, and is bringing on a local firm to help it do so.

1.1M-SF Industrial Lease Struck in Buena Park

REAL ESTATE: Former J.C. Penney site filled

Orange County’s largest vacant commercial property is now spoken for.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Active trading day for Endologix, Inc.

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Person to Watch: Arte Moreno

Owner Arte Moreno of the Los Angeles Angels baseball team has a busy year ahead; not just with his team, which will be entering its 55th season starting in March.

Hotel to Watch: Monarch Beach Resort

What’s to come of the Monarch Beach Resort following its record-setting sale to Ohana Real Estate Investors LLC?

Person to Watch: Rebecca Campbell

With three hotels, two amusement parks and a retail and restaurant district, Disneyland Resort is OC’s top employer with 31,000 workers, and gets more than 20 million visitors a year.

Company to Watch: Greenlaw Partners

Irvine-based Greenlaw Partners, one of the area’s largest privately held real estate investors and developers, enters 2020 with a growing and diversified collection of properties and projects to its name, scattered across the county.


High Prices, Seller’s Market for OC Hotels

California hotel sales hit record highs in 2019, with Orange County experiencing its priciest hotel sale to date.

Food Hall for San Clemente’s Miramar?

Long-Shuttered Facility Trades for $7.9M

San Clemente’s historic Miramar Theater, long shuttered and long a source of speculation over its future, has a new owner and a shot at redevelopment.

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Taylor Morrison Details Lyon Exec Changes

CEO Zaist to Take Consulting Role

More executive changes that will take place at William Lyon Homes (NYSE: WLH) in the wake of its forthcoming sale to Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Taylor Morrison Home Corp. (NYSE: TMHC) are beginning to be announced.

Panattoni Pays $32.4M For Tustin Site

REAL ESTATE: Industrial development expected

Tustin is expected to get its largest new industrial development in over a decade, following the purchase of a 10-acre site near the intersection of Jamboree Road and the Santa Ana (5) Freeway by Panattoni Development Co.

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Historic Theater Could Become Food Hall

Beach town bowling alley part of the deal

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The Business of the Boat Parade

Inside Newport Beach’s Signature Tourism Event

Brief, well-known trip not quite a 3-hour tour — but Oh! the history ...

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Lyon Exec Moves, Post-Taylor Morrison Buy

Whither Zaist?

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Midday Stock Roundup

Irvine-based ShiftPixy Inc. is down following its reverse stock split.

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Closing on Mixed 2019

Agents Optimistic Despite Slower Year

Is it already time to take a look back?

SchoolsFirst Doubles Riverside Campus

$26.5M for Offices Run By Waterford, Greenlaw

Santa Ana-based SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, the largest credit union in California, has doubled down on its real estate holdings for back-office operations in Riverside.

SteelWave’s Red Hill Road Trip Continues

REAL ESTATE: $72M buy its largest in OC

SteelWave LLC has upped its presence along Red Hill Avenue with the purchase of The Landing, a three-building Costa Mesa office complex.

SchoolsFirst Doubles Up, Twice

SchoolsFirst adding 250,000 SF in Riverside, Tustin

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Amazon’s Industrial Push Spreads to Anaheim

REAL ESTATE: 1M SF inked in OC since October

Amazon’s rapid expansion into Orange County’s industrial market in the latter part of 2019 continues.

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Midday Stock Roundup

Stock upgrade gives Skyworks Solutions a bump. (keep reading)

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Revised Newport Village Plan on Track for 2020

Mariner’s Mile Project Size Cut in Half

The biggest commercial property owners in the Mariner’s Mile area of Newport Beach aim to have a scaled down redevelopment project for their land brought before the city’s planning commission in the latter part of next year.

Developer Buys Irvine Land for Banc Hotel

$33M Nabs 6-Acre Site Near Anduril

Irvine-based WGE Capital Group bought the land for its planned 700,000-square-foot mixed-use Banc Hotel project in Irvine, about a mile from John Wayne Airport.

Angel Stadium Sale to Boost Platinum Triangle Growth

SPORTS: $325M deal; development plans TBD

The biggest question surrounding the development of Anaheim’s Platinum Triangle over the past decade—the long-term status of its best-known occupant, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim—has, after years of uncertainty, a resolution.

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Hotels Up Again

Newport Beach was tops for rates and room revenues.

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Newport Village: 299K SF

Developers Mx3 Ventures and MSM Global Ventures revised downward their development plans for nine acres in the Mariner’s Mile area of Newport Beach.

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Long Beach Airport Traffic Up 13%

Long Beach Airport traffic jumped 13% year-over-year in October; year-to-date traffic is still down.

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Kimberly-Clark Site Trades for $202M

REAL ESTATE: Fullerton getting new logistics hub

One of the largest industrial facilities in Orange County, a 1.2-million-square-foot property in Fullerton long home to paper goods manufacturer Kimberly-Clark Corp., has traded hands for $202 million.

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Angels Make $325M Deal With City

The tentative deal would keep the team in the city until 2050.

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Midday Stock Roundup

U.S. indexes fell during midday trading following news of tariffs and a weak manufacturing report released Monday.

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Monarch Beach Resort Sells for OC Record

REAL ESTATE: Ohana buys for nearly $500M

The Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point has traded hands in the largest-ever hotel sale in Orange County, sources have told the Business Journal.

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CRE Financing for Jabara’s Boardwalk Investments

$110M for 12 Assets; Chihuahua Turns One

Gary Jabara has refinanced part of his commercial real estate portfolio and received funding for several new buys through a $110 million deal with New York-based H.I.G. Realty Partners.