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Mar. 20, 2013

Pleasant Hill Retail Property Trades Hands in $100 Million Deal as Retail Rates Make a Comeback

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

One of the largest retail properties in Pleasant Hill recently traded hands, with Loja Real Estate LLC announcing the sale of one its most important assets. The Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center was acquired by UBS Global Asset Management for a fee of approximately $100 million. Handling the transaction on behalf of Loja Real Estate was a Colliers International team consisting of Kevin van Voorhis, James Kaye, Jay Gomez and Lindsey Lantis.

The Downtown Pleasant Hill retail center offers 345,687 square feet of commercial space in San Francisco’s Pleasant Hill community. The center is the area’s main commercial hub, featuring a 40-strong tenant roster that includes names such as Century Theaters, Lucky Supermarket, Bed Bath & Beyond, Michaels, Ross, Golfsmith, Paul Mitchell the School and Zachary’s Chicago Pizza.

Loja Group LLC, a real estate investment management entity controlling Loja Real Estate LLC, has praised the newly offloaded property in a press statement as being a “strong property.” Katherine Burr, CEO of Loja Group LLC, said that “this was the opportune time to sell and advance other important initiatives at Loja.”

The multi-tenant retail property’s sale illustrates the increase in median prices for retail properties in the San Francisco Bay Area. Data from Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services points out that over the past five years, average prices decreased considerably in terms of both single-tenant and multi-tenant retail properties, with 2012 being the first year of growth since 2006. Single-tenant properties now charge higher per square foot rates than multi-tenant properties, with considerable growth being clearly visible for the past year.

Chart courtesy of Marcus & Milllichap Real Estate Investment Services at marcusmillichap.com

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