Mark Mueller

Editor

Mark Mueller covers commercial and residential real estate for the Orange County Business Journal. His beat also includes title insurers and mortgage lenders, as well as government stories that relate to real estate. He can be reached at mueller@ocbj.com.

Email: mueller@ocbj.com
Phone: 949-833-8373 Extension: 226

Recent Stories

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Military Moves

Editor at Large Rick Reiff reports that one of America’s best-known soldiers is now a part-time OC resident

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General Counsel Event Draws Crowd of 400+

EVENTS: Erwin Chemerinsky headlines

More than 400 members of the Orange County business and legal community attended the 11th annual General Counsel Awards ceremony on Nov. 18.

Landsea Boosts Local Homebuilding Pipeline

Builder Paid $30.1M For 132-Home SJC Site

Newport Beach’s Landsea Homes Corp. (Nasdaq: LSEA) has kicked off work at its latest Orange County development, a 132-home project in San Juan Capistrano.

OC Housing Vet Stowell Aims Small With New Venture

ADUs for former CalAtlantic exec

With more than 30 years of experience in the sector, OC housing executive Scott Stowell has his eyes on a decidedly smaller type of housing product

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Donahue Schriber Sells IE Shopping Center for $121M

722K-SF Countryside Marketplace Trades

Deal among the first transactions the company’s been a part of since new president and CEO Michael Glimcher was hired about a year ago

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Home, Land Sales Continue at Great Park Neighborhoods

Developer in Talks With City on Housing Mandate

Great Park Neighborhoods capturing about 23% of the new home sales in Orange County over the last year

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General Counsel Event Draws Crowd of 400+

Erwin Chemerinsky headlines

More than 400 members of the Orange County business and legal community attended the 11th annual General Counsel Awards ceremony on Nov. 18

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Turning Wireless Into Wine

Gary Jabara Inks Huge Napa Resort Deal After Mobilitie Sale

Jabara under contract to buy The Estate Yountville, a 22-acre collection of upscale hotels, restaurants, wedding facilities, shops, meeting space, a vineyard and other facilities

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Newport in Napa

Irvine Co. is going big at Fashion Island, announcing plans earlier this month to build a four-story, 80,000-square-foot store for RH

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Burnham’s Boulevard: Adds to Westcliff Drive Holdings

Mariners Medical Arts Site Designed by Neutra

Property described as “historically significant” by new owners, noting it was designed by famed master architect Richard Neutra, who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright

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Newport Beach’s 1301 Dove Tower Trades for $64M

Alliant Insurance Moving HQ to Irvine Next Year

Ocean West Capital Partners remains on the hunt for local office investments, a month after selling one of its more prominent local towers

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220K-SF Industrial Development Adds to Myford Ave.’s Glow

Street Home to Rivian, New American, Avid Bio

Panattoni bought the nearly 7-acre site about a year ago for $32.4 million and has since razed the prior buildings at the property

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The Sound of Music

The Pacific Chorale, Orange County’s premier choir, gave its first live performance in over 600 days when it appeared Oct. 30 at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

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Sunstone’s Wine Trip Approaches $440M

Nears 2nd Napa-area acquisition

Sunstone Hotel Investors is back on the acquisition track in a big way and is paying top dollar in the process

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No Place Like Home: Big-Box Site Sells for $53M

Home Depot Takes Top 2 Retail Sales

Only two retail properties in OC have sold for more than $20 million this year; both are Home Depot sites

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Central Park West Development Enters Final Chapter

285-Unit, 4-Building Site Goes Vertical

Four-building, 285-unit residential project now going up at busiest intersection in Irvine that will largely put a cap on housing development at Central Park West

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Amazon Pays $165M For Brea BofA Campus

REAL ESTATE: Call center redevelopment expected

Amazon's largest reported real estate buy in OC, exploring turning the nearly 640,000 square feet site of office space into a distribution center

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High-Rise Mixed-Use Project Near Airport Revamped

CAVU Campus Unveiled; Towers’ Future Unknown

Camphor Partners hitting the reset button for site slated to hold one of the more ambitious high-rise mixed-use properties near John Wayne Airport

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Women in Business Event Draws Crowd of 600+

Mortgage exec Patty Arvielo headlines

The event honored six OC-based women executives who have made marks in a variety of industries and business sectors

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$163M Laguna Niguel Sale as Rentals Stays Hot

2021 activity in overdrive; mega-deals abound

$163 million sale is the priciest reported multifamily transaction for Orange County in a year already heavy with big-dollar apartment deals

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IRA Capital Pays $153M For Beverly Hills’ ‘The Post’

Live Nation Hub; Nearly $1,500 PSF

Property sold by a venture between Worthe Real Estate Group and Invesco Real Estate, who paid a reported $77 million for it five years ago

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Following the Playbook

Adam Coffey’s recent exit from one of OC’s larger and fastest-growing private companies comes shortly after releasing his new book "The Exit Strategy Playbook"

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400-Home Project Underway at Tustin Legacy

Brookfield Residential Starts Work for The Landing

After pandemic delay, groundwork is underway for the next big phase of residential development at Tustin Legacy

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Burnham’s MV Site Lands Amazon Grocer

Reacquires Best Buy in Orange

First Amazon Fresh grocery store in South Orange County set to open in Mission Viejo at redeveloped retail site

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Numbers Telling a Story

A No. 23 Dodgers jersey that once belonged to Kirk Gibson is framed on the office wall of Axonics CEO Raymond Cohen

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In for the Long Haul

Coastal hotel developers face their share of challenges; then there’s Mo Honarkar

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Segerstrom Stars

If 2021 is the Year of Food at SCP, 2022 might be the Year of Art on the other side of Bristol Street

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CFOs Lauded At Business Journal Event

EVENTS: Investment exec Dan Lubeck emcees

Nearly 450 members of the Orange County business community attended the 14th annual CFO of the Year Awards ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 28

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Aerie Pharma Re-Ups In Irvine, CEO Departs

Stock tumbles after clinical trial

Renewed lease a sign of stability for pharmaceutical company that has experienced its share of tumult over the past few weeks

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First Impressions

Largely positive reviews are beginning to trickle in on EV upstart Rivian’s first consumer offering, the R1T pickup truck

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Musco’s Requiem

The LA Opera returned to a full season at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Sept. 18, with a production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore

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Aeon Biopharma Preps $75M IPO

Evolus ties; non-aesthetic uses

Potential IPO could help the discovery-phase company solve a few financial issues while working towards commercial product use

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Gaming Co. Bandai Moving Base to Irvine

70K-SF office lease at Source H2O

Bandai Namco has struck one of the area’s largest office deals of the year for a newly built development in the Spectrum area of the city

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Indie’s $159M Buy Boosts Laser Expertise

New offerings for self-driving cars

Indie Semiconductor is quickly putting some of the nearly $400 million in funds it raised from going public a few months ago to use

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The Register Goes Remote

The Orange County Register has cut back its local real estate presence, marking one of the more prominent examples of an OC company moving to more of a remote-working strategy

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Lugano Gets $300M; Plots New Locations

5.11 parent takes 60% stake in jewelry firm

Expectations for expansion in Lugano’s presence via new markets, new store locations and more event sponsorships and philanthropic work to help build community ties

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UST Co-Founder Pillai Preps $200M SPAC

Offshoot of McLaren Strategic Ventures

Sajan Pillai is the latest local executive looking to tap the booming market for special purpose acquisition companies, or SPACs

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BioDuro-Sundia Brings Manufacturing to Irvine

Joins Dendreon, Avid Bioservices

BioDuro-Sundia plans for expansion into Orange County with a new facility in the Irvine Spectrum area with commercial service operations starting next year

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Skate Wins

It’s been a good ride of late for the skateboarding industry, and for Orange County sponsors of the sport

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Innovators Take Center Stage at Business Journal Event

E-commerce vet Neel Grover keynotes

Nearly 250 members of the Orange County business community attended the seventh annual Innovator of the Year Awards ceremony last Thursday, Sept. 9

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Next Steps at NextGen

NextGen Healthcare moved HQ designation from Irvine to Atlanta earlier this year, not long after it listed a portion of its former corporate office for sublease

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Business Journal Celebrates Family-Owned Businesses

EVENTS: In-person gathering draws 300

First live event in 18 months for the Business Journal as the 22nd annual Family-Owned Business Awards ceremony was held on August 26

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Exec Moves; Rinker’s Words

Big exec moves made their share of headlines in OC last week

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COVID Lessons

Joe Kiani foresaw the potential damage of COVID-19 and took steps before many others in early 2020 to prepare

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FivePoint CEO Expects More Irvine Entitlements

REAL ESTATE: $328M sale; affordable housing focus

Potential for seeking additional residential entitlements at Irvine’s Great Park Neighborhoods to increase affordable housing availability

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By Land or Sea

As readers of our annual OC’s Wealthiest edition late last month can attest, Mark Moshayedi knows his cars

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Cushman Taps Newport Local for Top OC Spot

REAL ESTATE: Cannon also to run IE office

Commercial brokerage Cushman & Wakefield has a new head for its Orange County operations

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City of Hope Adds Trio of OC Cancer Care Locations

HEALTHCARE: Buys Pacific Shores Medical Group

City of Hope boosted Orange County presence via acquisition of one of the region’s larger oncology and hematology medical groups

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Marriott Family Offshoot Adds Trio of Olson Assets

HOTELS: Twin Bridges portfolio tops 1,500 rooms

Twin Bridges name is a nod to Virginia’s Twin Bridges Motor Hotel, the first hotel operated by what would become Marriott International

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New Launches

Donald Bren is nothing if not a planner, making the timing of the Irvine Co. chairman’s secret donations that started in 2013 and now top $100 million to the California Institute of Technology nearly as interesting as the gift itself

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