January 1, 2015 on 8:29 pm | In Bravo, Fascinating Information, Investment Opportunities, Lease Rates, Market Snapshot, New Developments, Office Fodder, Statistics, Trends, Uncategorized, Winning Properties | 3 Comments

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As real estate developer Rick Caruso is remaking downtown Pacific Palisades, other developers have been flocking to area neighboring Caruso’s Playa Vista development.

Global presence Google has increased their real estate holdings by purchasing 12 acres in Playa Vista, while developers Clarion Partners and Maguire Investments have made significant office investments in the spruce goose in hangar in playa vistaneighborhood.

Word on the street has it that Google spent nearly $120 million on 12 vacant acres next to a historic hangar where aviator Howard Hughes built his famous “Spruce Goose” airplane. Zoning allows for nearly 900,000 square feet of commercial space on the 520,000+ square feet of land. Google will also lease the Hughes hangar. Built in 1943, that 319,000-square-foot building has recently housed soundstages for movie and television production. This compliments their 41,000-square-foot video production facility for subsidiary YouTube, which is housed in a renovated former Hughes building in Playa Vista.spruce goose in playa vista hangar 1945

“This is phenomenal news for the Westside and for the Los Angeles economy,” said City Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents the Playa Vista area. “It really makes and brands Playa Vista as the tech and innovation capital of Los Angeles.”

Also in Playa Vista, DivcoWest and Maguire Investments have formed a joint venture that will own Water’s Edge, a two-building, 260,000-square-foot office property developed by Maguire Investments. The joint venture also plans to develop a third creative office building on the campus. Groundbreaking is expected to be mid-2015.Robert F. Maguire III at the Water's Edge office building in Playa Vista

“The timing was perfect,” praised Robert F. Maguire III, chairman and CEO of Maguire Investments. “Our timing is really exceptional because the buildings currently underway are essentially rehabs, so we will be the first new building in the market….We can’t move fast enough. Once completed it will be one of the most exciting creative campuses in the country.”

Speaking of facelifts, Clarion Partners has completed redevelopment and rebranding of its office property at 12130 and 12180 Millennium Drive in Playa Vista. Not to be outdone, Clarion boasts that the six-story, 301,642-square-foot property will be the first major creative office redevelopment property in Los Angeles. Formerly named Latitude 34, the new building has already signed a 49,000-square-foot lease with Group M advertising company.i-o at Playa Vista by Clarion Partners

Expect new office development on the Westside beyond Playa Vista be limited to a handful of small properties, as the average vacancy falls to 13.8%. Class A rents for top-tier space is up 9% to $44.73 per square foot annually.

Last year Microsoft Corp. opened a roughly 20,000-square-foot space in Playa Vista, relocating 130 employees from downtown L.A. Facebook Inc. has operations nearby. The neighborhood boasts the headquarters of online advertising platform Rubicon Project, consumer electronics and accessories maker Belkin International and ICANN, the nonprofit organization that is responsible for assigning Internet domains.

The Lincoln Property Co. (which sold the land to Google) is the largest commercial developer in Playa Vista, with five office buildings – including the new West Coast headquarters for movie Runway Shopping at Playa Vistaspecialist IMAX Corp.

Lincoln is also building the Runway, a $260-million retail, housing and office project that will become the commercial heart of Playa Vista when it opens early next year. Other developers are in the process of building an additional 2,600 housing units.

As the Silicon Beach reputation continues to grow, Playa Vista has become an innovation incubator. At first, the neighborhood’s appeal was because of its location near major freeways, the Westside, the beach and Los Angeles International Airport. But, Playa Vista has come into its one as a vibrant creative community, home to USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies, as well as TMZ, Warner Bros, Sony PlayStation and Verizon. Yahoo is rumored to be leasing office space there soon.

For more information please contact Jodi Summers and the SoCal Investment Real Estate Group @ Sotheby’s International Realty – or 310.392.1211, and let us move forward together.

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December 20, 2014 on 10:24 pm | In Fascinating Information, Funny...Money, Statistics, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

#994 Donald Sterling

Net Worth: $1.9 Billion

Age: 78

Source Of Wealth: real estate, Self Made

Residence: Beverly Hills, CA

Citizenship: United States

Marital Status: Married

Children: 3

Education: Doctor of Jurisprudence, Southwestern Law School; Bachelor of Arts / Science, California State Los Angeles

Donald Sterling on Forbes Lists:

  • #931 Billionaires
  • #328 in United States
  • #792 in 2013
  • #296 Forbes 400

Rounding out the California-based real estate billionaires on the Forbes top 1,000 billionaire’s list is the infamous former owner of the L.A. Clippers Donald Sterling.

In August 2014, Sterling was forced to seller the basketball team he owned to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. You remember, Sterling gained notoriety due to racist remarks he made in 2014 in relation to the L.A. Clippers, the evolution of struggling San Diego-based NBA team he bought in 1981 for $12.5 million.

Donald Sterling was born Donald Tokowitz on April 26, 1934, in Chicago, Illinois. His family moved to the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles when he was two years old. Starting in 1961, Sterling began to make his career as a divorce and personal injury attorney building an independent practice when Jews had few opportunities at prestigious law firms.

Sterling got started in real estate when he purchased a 26-unit apartment building in Beverly Hills. He then purchased Lesser Towers, a pair of large apartment buildings in Westwood and renamed them the Sterling Towers (now the Sterling International Towers).

Sterling amassed his fortune over several decades, buying apartment buildings primarily in Los Angeles; he also owns properties in Orange County, San Diego and Las Vegas.

In 2009, Sterling paid $2.7 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged housing discrimination against African Americans and Hispanics; Sterling and his wife denied any wrongdoing.



December 10, 2014 on 10:14 pm | In Bravo, Fascinating Information, Funny...Money, New Developments, Office Fodder, Statistics, Uncategorized, Winning Properties | 2 Comments

#960 John Arrillaga

Net Worth: $1.9 Billion

Age: 76

Source Of Wealth: real estate, Self Made

Residence: Portola Valley, CA

Citizenship: United States

Marital Status: Widowed, Remarried

Children: 2

Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Stanford University

John Arrillaga on Forbes Lists:

  • #931 Billionaires
  • #328 in United States
  • #792 in 2013
  • #314 Forbes 400

The other half of the 1960s Silicon Valley real estate development team of Peery and Arrillaga is John Arrillaga. Together, they built a fortune in commercial real estate in Silicon Valley. In 2006, Peery-Arrillaga sold about half their real estate portfolio for $1.1 billion. Current tenants include Google and Apple.

In July, 2013, billionaire Arrillaga made headlines with $151 million gift to his alma mater, Stanford University. It is the largest gift from a living donor in the university’s history. Arrillaga, a Stanford alum, worked 6 part-time jobs to help pay his tuition while a student there in the 1950s.

He has previously donated funds for other Stanford buildings including the alumni center to the student gym, and he endowed scholarships to support 50 Stanford students. Arrillaga’s daughter, Laura, teaches philanthropy at Stanford and is married to Netscape cofounder Marc Andreessen, now a prominent venture capitalist.



November 30, 2014 on 10:04 pm | In Bravo, Fascinating Information, Funny...Money, New Developments, Office Fodder, Statistics, Uncategorized, Winning Properties | 1 Comment

#824 Richard Peery

Net Worth: $2.2 Billion

Age: 75

Source Of Wealth: real estate, Self Made

Residence: Palo Alto, CA

Citizenship: United States

Marital Status: Married

Children: 4

Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Brigham Young University

Richard Peery on Forbes Lists:

  • #796 Billionaires
  • #277 in United States
  • #736 in 2013
  • #260 Forbes 400

Back in the 1960s, Silicon Valley real estate developer Richard “Dick” Peery worked with business partner John Arrillaga to turn orange groves into office parks for the booming tech industry.

In 2006 the partners sold a vast swath of buildings for $1.1 billion but held onto a portion.

A Google lease 15 of Peery Arrillaga’s buildings and the duo is reportedly constructing a building that LinkedIn will lease.

Peery’s son Dave runs the family foundation, which supports social entrepreneurs and organizations addressing poverty in the SF bay area and around the world. The family is also contributing to several education and child-related initiatives such as the Palo Alto High School athletic facility and the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo.




November 20, 2014 on 9:50 pm | In Bravo, Fascinating Information, Funny...Money, Uncategorized, Winning Properties | 1 Comment

#759 George Argyros

Net Worth: $2.4 Billion

Chairman and CEO, Arnel & Affiliates

Age: 77

Source Of Wealth: real estate, investments, Self Made

Residence: Newport Beach, CA

Citizenship: United States

Marital Status: Married

Children: 3

Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Chapman University

George Argyros on Forbes Lists:

  • #731 Billionaires
  • #258 in United States
  • #736 in 2013
  • #260 Forbes 400

George Leon Argyros made his fortune in real estate investments as chairman and CEO of Arnel & Affiliates, which manages about 5,500 apartments and more than two million square feet of commercial space in San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange County. He started his business career running a grocery store and moved on to buying and selling real estate to gas stations.

His illustrious career includes owning the Seattle Mariners baseball team from 1981 to 1989. As well as a stint as Ambassador to Spain and Andorra under President George W. Bush.

Argyros has been on the board of directors of many corporations, and is a founding partner of private equity firm Westar Capital and a board member at software development company DST Systems.

His Argyros Foundation gives to various causes in Southern California, including the South Coast Repertory, the Eisenhower Medical Center Foundation and Argyros’ alma mater, Chapman University. In 2011, he and his wife gave $5 million to University of California, Irvine’s Gavin Herbert Eye Institute.



November 10, 2014 on 9:14 pm | In Bravo, Fascinating Information, Funny...Money, New Developments, Statistics, Uncategorized, Winning Properties | 2 Comments

#445 Edward Roski, Jr.

Net Worth: $3.8 Billion

President and Chairman, Majestic Realty, Co.

Age: 75

Source Of Wealth: real estate

Residence: Los Angeles, CA

Citizenship: United States

Marital Status: Married

Children: 3

Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, University of Southern California

Edward Roski, Jr. on Forbes Lists:

  • #466 Billionaires
  • #159 in United States
  • #363 in 2013
  • #143 Forbes 400

ERoski_cropped-251x341 You may think of Edward Roski Jr. was pivotal in the construction of the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, and one of the key figures attempting to bring football back to L.A., but he is so much more than that. Roski oversees Majestic Realty, the commercial and industrial real estate company his father founded in 1948. Majestic Realty owns more than 70 million square feet of real estate, most of which is industrial buildings in Southern California, but the complete portfolio spans from Los Angeles to Atlanta.

Majestic is completely family-owned. Roski helped build Staples Center in 1998 with local mogul Phil Anschutz.

A University of Southern California alumnus, he and his wife pledged $23 million to his alma mater’s fine arts school in 2006 and he currently serves as chairman of the USC board of trustees. Roski is an avid cyclist and mountain climber and has climbed to base camp at Mt. Everest, K2 and Mt. Kilimanjaro.



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