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Iconic 801 Tower Ends Long Run of Changes as New Owner Cornerstone Appoints New Property Manager

29 Oct 2014, 7:00 pm

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

After recently trading hands between seller Mani Brothers Real Estate Group and buyer Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors for a fee of around $177 million, 801 Tower now also has a new property manager. The iconic office property will be managed by Transwestern following an appointment by owner Cornerstone. Transwestern’s on-site management team will be led by Senior Property Manager Annie Hessen.

It has been a year filled with change for 801 Tower at 801 S. Figuroa Street in the South Park area of DTLA. The property announced this fall that it had extended its collaboration with its anchor tenant, law firm Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester. The tenant currently occupies 80,328 square feet of the 458,570 square feet of office space that the property has to offer. The agreement was handled by Savills Studley’s downtown L.A. office on behalf of the law firm, while Cornerstone worked with Cushman & Wakefield.

Soon after completing the lease extension, the 25-story office tower was sold by Mani Brothers to Cornerstone. The 1991-built office property currently operates at a vacancy rate of around 13 percent. Floor plans offer tenants 12 corner offices per floor, and an efficient column-free design. The exterior features the building’s signature pink granite and glass combination. Transportation to the area is facilitated by easy access to the nearby Gold, Blue and Red line Metro stations.

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National City Tower Acquired by Canadian Investor in $43 Million Deal

19 Oct 2014, 11:27 pm

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

National City Tower, a historic adaptive reuse project in downtown Los Angeles, recently traded hands in a deal worth $43.26 million. Canada-based RC Acquisitions LLC acquired the property from seller National City Towers LLC in a deal arranged on behalf of both parties by Janet Neman and Bryan Glenn of full-service regional real estate firm Charles Dunn Company.

National City Tower is the former home of a National City Bank branch in the area. The historic property was originally developed in 1924, while a redevelopment process turned the building into a residential tower with a ground floor and basement retail component. Totaling 118,162 square feet of space, the 12-story asset totals 93 residential lofts. According to the brokers handling the transaction, at the time of the sale, National City Tower was operating on a 97 percent occupancy rate for the residential component, while the retail space was fully leased out.

Tenants currently occupying space at 810 South Spring Street include successful gourmet Italian restaurant Terroni, Northern Chinese cuisine provider Peking Tavern, and Crane’s Downtown Bar, occupying the original vault of National City Bank. The 93 residential units include 12 studios, 61 one-bedroom units, 16 two-bedroom units, two two-bedroom penthouses and two three-bedroom penthouses. Units range in size between 617 and 1,884 square feet. The loft-like units feature gourmet kitchens, high ceilings, polished concrete floors, modern finishes and abundant light throughout the units due to the large windows that also offer great views of the DTLA skyline.

Attracted by the stabilized asset and its DTLA location, buyers submitted a number of offers to the Charles Dunn Company, and Neman and Glenn eventually selected the Canadian entity whose portfolio consists of other high-end residential properties in Southern California.

This is the company’s first asset located in the city’s downtown area, a growing, vibrant part of Los Angeles that Neman said “is evolving into a 24/7 city which I believe will become the next Manhattan.” Total investment in the area between 1999 and 2013 stood at around $17.3 billion according to a report published by the Los Angeles Downtown Center Business Improvement District, more than $6 billion of which was directed towards residential real estate.  



Office Properties throughout the Los Angeles Market Trade Hands

12 Oct 2014, 2:21 pm

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

Over the past couple of weeks, the Los Angeles area office market has seen a large number of transactions, with properties totaling nearly 300,000 square feet of space in the Pasadena, Conejo Valley and Burbank submarkets trading hands.

In Pasadena, an office building located at 234 E. Colorado Boulevard was acquired by 21st Century Techbanq Pasadena LLC which paid a fee of $36.4 million for the asset to Embarcadero Capital Partners. Madison Partners and Cassidy Turley represented the seller and buyer, respectively. The object of the transaction is a 123,100-square-foot historic office building with a lower-level retail component that was constructed back in 1923 and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, according to rentv.com.  

The Conejo Valley transaction involved two Westlake Village office buildings totaling 84,000 square feet of space. The two properties in question are the Westlake Village City Center and the North Ranch Office Building. Pacifica Real Estate Group acquired the former from Farmers New World Life Insurance Company, while North Ranch Office Building was purchased by Osborne Management LLC from North Ranch Properties. Both deals were arranged by representatives from CBRE.

Meanwhile, in Burbank, Chinese company Creative International Investments Inc. paid $22 million for the property at 250 E. Olive Avenue. The property currently totals 76,700 square feet of Class A office space. The 2005-built asset will now be used to offer space to Chinese companies that operate in the multi-media and entertainment industry that are looking to benefit from the high density of entertainment and creative companies located in the Burbank submarket.

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Huntington Oaks Delaware Partners Secures $71 Million in Financing for Shopping Center in Monrovia

12 Oct 2014, 2:16 pm

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

Huntington Oaks Delaware Partners was recently awarded with a total of $71 million in financing from lender Bank of America. The financing deal was announced by LUCESCU REALTY, an investment real estate services firm that handled the process on behalf of the borrower. According to the official announcement, the developer required the financing of Huntington Oaks Shopping Center in the City of Monrovia, CA. The specifics of the financing package arranged by LUCESCU REALTY include a $60.5 million senior mortgage and a $10.5 million mezzanine loan that replace a $51 million mortgage from Wachovia Bank.

Huntington Oaks Center is a community shopping center totaling 328,711 square feet of space. The anchor tenants for the property include Kohl’s, Trader Joe’s, Toys ’R’ Us, Marshalls and Bed Bath & Beyond, which take up a total of 197,852 square feet of space. The property’s current tenant roster also includes names such as Black Angus, Mimi’s Café, Chili’s, Applebees, Chuck E Cheese, Panda Express, Menchies, Sally Beauty and Wells Fargo Bank. At the time of the financing announcement, the property had an occupancy rate of approximately 98 percent, currently performing at a very good level compared to the area’s average levels.

The retail property was constructed in 1986 on a 26.1-acre parcel located at the southeast quadrant of Interstate 210 and Huntington Drive. Due to its location, the property offers about 1,400 feet of highway frontage in the Pasadena/Arcadia/Monrovia submarket, which currently leads the greater Los Angeles area in lease rates and occupancy levels. The property also benefits from an average household income within a three-mile radius of about $100,823.  

Image courtesy of shophuntingtonoaks.com



Pacific Design Center Announces New Tenant in Westside Affiliated Holdings as Visit West Hollywood Signs New Agreement

29 Sep 2014, 3:29 pm

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

One of the most coveted office assets in the West Hollywood submarket recently gained a brand new tenant and re-signed an existing one. The owner, developer and manager of Pacific Design Center (PDC), Charles S. Cohen, has announced that two leasing contracts have been signed at one of the property’s three buildings. The tenant that has re-committed to its presence at the Pacific Design Center’s Green Building is Visit West Hollywood, the official visitor-marketing center for the City of West Los Angeles. The new resident at the building is Westside Affiliated Holdings, Inc., a local-based homebuilder that has announced that it is moving operations from its old Beverly Hills location.

The Pacific Design Center office complex is a local landmark and offers a total of 1.2 million square feet of space. The Green Building is located at 700 North San Vicente Boulevard and is one of three contemporary design facilities featuring bold and colorful designs by architect Cesar Pelli. The campus is located on a 14-acre site and originally opened with the unveiling of the Blue Building in 1975. The 450,000 Green Building followed in 1988 and the Red Building that became a two-tower, 400,000-square-foot office structure connected by seven levels of parking that can accommodate around 1,500 vehicles.  

The Green Building currently hosts a number of tenants from the media, marketing and related creative sectors such as the West Coast HQ of Interpublic Group, an advertising and marketing services company. Westside Affiliated Holdings was welcomed to the PDC by Senior Vice President of Cohen Brothers Realty, Jeff Lasky, who also acts as the director of leasing at the asset. The executive also noted Visit West Hollywood’s re-signing “enhances both the image of the city’s visitor and information bureau and the Pacific Design Center.”

The Pacific Design Center offers tenants a number of amenities including a Michael Graves-designed fitness facility, two restaurants created by world-famous restaurateur Wolfgang Puck, and the possibility of holding film, art and design events. Screenings, parties, receptions and other special events are regularly held on-site in the facilities available at the PDC. The 200-seat conference-center with an auditorium, the 380-seat Silver Screen Theater, a public plaza with a 300-seat amphitheater and an outpost of the Museum of Contemporary Art are part of the offering at the asset owned by Charles S. Cohen since 1999.

Image courtesy of pacificdesigncenter.com







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