Article by Bob HowardÂ of GlobeSt.com
LOS ANGELES COUNTY
EAGLE ROCK, CA-The newly built Oxy Lofts condominiums at 4547-4555 Eagle Rock Blvd. have traded in a lender-assisted short sale in this week’s roundup of commercial real estate news in the West.Â Marcus & MillichapÂ executive vice presidentÂ Ron HarrisÂ and associate directorÂ Paul DarrowÂ in the company’s Downtown L.A. office, who represented both the buyer and the seller, tell GlobeSt.com that the buyer paid $8.6 million in the all-cash transaction. Harris and Darrow point out that the property, which includes 32 residential units and one commercial space, features loft and townhome style floorplans designed by architectÂ Jay VanosÂ to appeal to young professionals who have begun moving eastward to Eagle Rock from areas like Silverake and Los Feliz. â€œAlthough the units were individually parceled for condominiums, the buyer will lease the apartments and consider selling the units as condos in a future market cycle,” Harris said. Darrow noted that, “This is the second transaction that Eagle Rock has seen this quarter in which an institutionally profiled buyer purchased a site from a local developer.Â While Eagle Rock remains less established than other parts of Los Angeles, its long term potential has begun drawing outside capital seeking to invest in emerging in-fill markets.” Due to timing constraints, the developers opted to forgo individual sales and dispose of the asset on a bulk-sale basis, and the property attracted multiple offers from local and regional investment groups. Harris and Darrow say one of the reasons that the property generated so much investor interest is that it “represented an opportunity to capitalize on Los Angeles’ already rebounding rental market or pursuse an immediate sell-out of the individual units.” The units “feature innovative loft and townhome style floorplans” that can be expected to yield “significant price premiums over the homegenous product that is generally available in the Los Angeles housing market,” the Marcus & Millichap team says. The buyer wasÂ PEI Asset Pool VI LLC, an opportunistic fund based in San Diego. The seller was a local private developer.
Furniture and home furnishings retailerÂ West ElmÂ has signed a 15-year, $6.5 million lease for 10,909 square feet of retail space at 8366 Beverly Blvd. in Los Angeles for a new location. West Elm, a division ofÂ Williams Sonoma, is slated to open by the end of 2011. The retailer signed the lease with building owner Brand Art LLC, which was represented byÂ David IckovicsÂ andÂ David AschkenasyÂ ofÂ Commercial Asset Group. West Elm was represented byÂ Epsteen & Associates. The landlord has also retained CAG to provide property management services for the building.
Sky High SportsÂ has acquired a 34,321-square-foot industrial building at 6033 De Soto Ave. in Woodland Hills from a private seller for approxmately $5.35 million. The buyer was represented by senior EVPÂ John DeGrinis, associate VPÂ Patrick DuRossÂ and senior associateÂ Jeff AbrahamÂ of Team DeGrinis, based inÂ Colliers Internationalâ€™sÂ Encino office.Â Jim McDonaldÂ of Group 100 represented the seller. Sky High, a trampoline fun center, bought the property for an expansion, according to DuRoss. â€œSky High found tremendous success in the building we leased them in Camarillo in 2010,â€ said DuRoss. â€œFor their expansion into the San Fernando Valley, we looked at several alternatives that just werenâ€™t the right fit. But when we saw this building, we thought it was the ideal location for Sky High.â€ DeGrinis added, â€œThis transaction also took some creativity in putting the deal together. We ended up structuring the purchase with the seller carrying back the note, which helped accomplish both partiesâ€™ goals.â€
Musicians Institute Inc.Â bought a 5,612-square-foot, single-story office building on 13,000 square feet of land at 1536 N. Highland Ave. in Los Angeles fromÂ MherÂ andÂ Sossy TavidianÂ ofÂ Vartan TavidianÂ for $3 million. The sellers were represented by SVOÂ Kathleen SilverÂ and associateÂ Kay ThorpeÂ in the West Los Angeles office of Colliers International. The buyer was represented byRamsey-Shilling Commercial Real Estate Services Inc.
Trucking companyÂ So Cal Carriers Inc.Â has acquired 110,000 square feet of land at 6403 E. Slauson Ave. in the City of Commerce for $2.7 million at one of the highest sale prices for land in the Commerce market in the past two years, according to SVPÂ Brian McLoughlinÂ in the Commerce office ofÂ Voit Real Estate Services. McLoughlin, along withÂ David Fults, also an SVP in Voitâ€™s Commerce office, represented the seller,Â Maechling Family Trust. So Cal Carriers will use the land as its new Commerce headquarters in a relocation from the City of Industry. McLoughlin notes that a 36,123 square-foot warehouse is situated on the land, and the buyer plans to use a portion of that building and demo the rest. The buyer was represented byÂ Casey MungoÂ ofÂ Daum Commercial Real Estate Services.
The owner of the 63,000-square-foot Bristol Place retail center at 3370-3398 S. Bristol St. in Santa Ana has secured a $15.5 million senior loan to refinance the maturing loan on the center. The loan was arranged by aÂ George Smith PartnersÂ team including principal and managing directorÂ Gary Mozer, SVPsÂ Steve OrchardÂ andÂ Josh Roseman, and VPÂ Michelle Lee. Bristol Place is a 75%-occupied, Target shadow-anchored center for which the client required a 75% LTV loan for the refinancing. â€œThe primary challenge of the deal,â€ explained Roseman, â€œwas the tenant base as 67% of the leases rolled in three years, and several of the tenants were delinquent on their rents.â€ With the property only demonstrating break-even debt coverage and with a high ($250) loan per square foot, the transaction fell beyond the comfort level of many capital providers. In order to get the deal closed, Roseman says, GSP highlighted and supported the strengths of the deal, which included “an experienced, retail-focused sponsor, strong historical performance by the shadow anchor, an infill location in a major retail corridor and significant leasing velocity.â€ The financing was secured on a non-recourse basis, floating at LIBOR plus 375 basis points with a 7.75% floor, interest-only for the full term. The term is three years with two one-year options, and is locked out for 12 months with an open prepay thereafter.
SAN DIEGO COUNTY
BuyerÂ 3 Tier Investments LLCÂ has acquired the 13,344-square-foot Torrey Corner Shopping Center at 11120 and 11130 E. Ocean Air Dr. in the Carmel Valley submarket fromÂ Sorrento Hills Marketplace 2 LLCÂ for $6.1 million.Â Andrew Peterson,Â Bruce Schiff,Â Phil LyonsÂ andÂ Chad IafrateÂ ofÂ Cassidy Turley BRE Commercialâ€™sÂ retail division represented the seller; 3 Tier Investments represented itself. Tenants include Bank of America, Love to Dance, Prudential Real Estate, Sun Smiles Dentistry, Zip Fusion Sushi and Massage Envy. The sale represented “a high price for retail strip shopping centers,” Peterson said, explaining that the price reflects how “Carmel Valley is a highly sought-after trade area with limited retail projects and many barriers to entry for new development.”
Buyers have acquired two apartment complexes in San Diego totaing 68 units in two separate transactions. TheÂ M.S. Browar Family TrustÂ bought the 48-unit Grand Avenue Apartments at 2202-2242 Grand Ave. fromÂ Howard F Barton, Successor TrusteeÂ for more than $5.4 million, andÂ Brunner Properties LLCÂ bought the 20-unit Bel Vue Terrace at 1304-48 Brunner St. for more than $4.1 million. The Grand Avenue transaction was negotiated byÂ Allen ChitayatÂ of the San Diego office ofÂ Hendricks & PartnersÂ on behalf of the buyer. In the Bel Vue Terrace sale, Chitayat negotiated the deal on behalf of the seller.
BorrowerÂ Riverside University Hills ApartmentsÂ has secured a $7.5 million in refinancing for University Hills, a 116-unit housing complex near the University of California at Riverside. The loan was arranged by anÂ HFFÂ team led by directorÂ Mark ErlandÂ and associate directorÂ Charles Halladay. It is a 10-year, 4.38%, fixed-rate financing including two years of interest-only withFreddie Mac. HFF will service the securitized loan through its Freddie Mac Program Plus Seller/Servicer program. Loan proceeds replaced the existing floating rate debt on the property and included a cash-out component. University Hills has four residential buildings situated on a 2.5-acre site at 140, 160, 180 and 200 West Big Springs Rd.
Third-party logistics providerÂ Selco AssociatesÂ has signed a lease for a 93,522-square-foot industrial building at 14277 Ramona Ave. in Chino after subleasing the space fromÂ Las Vegas ExpressÂ for the past 15 months. Selco was represented byÂ Jones Lang LaSalleÂ executive vice presidentsÂ Mike FowlerÂ andÂ Tim Oâ€™Rourke. Ownership was represented byÂ Steve BellettiÂ andJosh HayesÂ of Colliers International. Terms of the lease were undisclosed.
The owner of an Albertsons grocery-anchored retail property at 10520 S. Eastern Ave. in Henderson has secured an $18.5 million loan to refinance the property. The loan was arranged by a George Smith Partners team including principal and managing director Gary Mozer, SVPs Steve Orchard and Josh Roseman, and VP Michelle Lee. The GSP team explains that, while the property was 98% occupied, its tertiary location about 15 miles southeast of Las Vegas severely limited the number of interested capital providers. The client also required certainty of execution as the existing loan matured in less than 30 days. In addition to the time constraint and challenging market, the existing lease did not requireÂ AlbertsonsÂ to provide sales information. â€œIf we had strong sales information from Albertsons, or if they were credit-rated,â€ Lee explained, â€œwe would have easily mitigated the market and tenant risk. Alternatively, by identifying the key risks early and completing significant due diligence to mitigate these risks, we identified several lenders who were comfortable with the asset.â€ The 70% loan-to-value loan closed as seven-year, non-recourse debt at a 4.75% fixed interest rate with 25-year amortization and step-down prepay.
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