19750 S. Vermont Ave., Torrance

19750 S. Vermont Ave., Torrance

Now that Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.’s massive campus in Torrance has been sold, real estate buyers are looking to the city and neighboring areas, commercial real estate brokers say.

Wilton, Conn.-based real estate investment firm Westport Capital Partners recently bought Harbor Business Center, a two-building, 117,000-square-foot office park adjacent to Torrance, for more than $14.5 million, sources close to the deal said.

Westport acquired 19700 and 19750 S. Vermont Ave. from Saunders Property Co. of Newport Beach. The office properties were built in 1984 on 5.2 acres and sit within the 70-acre Harbor Technology Business Park. The buildings were 52 percent occupied at the time of the sale and were marketed to investors as a value-add opportunity, according to Newmark. The buyer plans to reposition the property.

Newmark Knight Frank’s Kevin Shannon, president of Newmark capital markets, Executive Managing Director Ken White and Managing Director Michael Moore arranged the sale on behalf of Saunders Property. Westport Capital represented itself.

Harbor Business Center has access to the 405 and 110 freeways and is located near The Knox office park, which Newmark brokered the sale of in October on behalf of the seller for $21.6 million.

The sale of the Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. campus to Sares-Regis Group Irvine in October for $270 million has brought certainty back to the Torrance market, Shannon said.

“Capital is feeling better about investing in Torrance,” he added.

The recent tightening of the El Segundo market also has worked to Torrance’s benefit, Shannon said.

Staff reporter Ciaran McEvoy can be reached at cmcevoy@labusinessjournal.com