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Fred Segal Inks Lease for Sunset Strip

High-end retailer Fred Segal has signed a lease for 22,000 square feet in a new residential building on the Sunset Strip, bringing an iconic fashion name to a part of West Hollywood better known for its clubs and nightlife.

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Owners Land Ground Beneath Office Properties

ACQUISITIONS: Beacon, CIM buy land beneath One, Two Cal Plaza.

The owners of two iconic office towers on downtown’s Bunker Hill now own the land on which they sit.

John Aaroe Group Merging with San Francisco Real Estate Brokerage

Beverly Hills-based John Aaroe Group is merging with San Francisco’s Pacific Union International Inc., the ninth-largest real estate brokerage in the United States by sales volume, the companies announced Wednesday.

Downtown California Plaza Land Sells for $103 Million

The owners of two iconic office towers on downtown’s Bunker Hill now also own the land on which they sit.

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Recycling Yard Doubles Price Tag in Latest Deal

SALE: $10 million pickup touted as growing pull of downtown’s Arts District.

A former cardboard recycling yard in downtown’s Arts District recently sold for just over $10 million, more than double the price it fetched only two years ago, a sign of quickly rising land values in a fast-developing market.

Industrial Redo Aims to Snag Logistics Company

Industrial landlords near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are beginning to upgrade their facilities to meet the increasingly heavy demands of e-commerce. In Compton, PGIM Real Estate just completed a four-month, multimillion renovation on its Dominguez Hills Industrial Center, which sits on nearly 5 1/2 acres. The biggest transformation to the 34-year-old property was scraping away 10,000 square feet of offices to expand the truck yard - crucial to attract logistics companies.

Arts District Recycling Yard Sells for $10 Million

A former cardboard recycling yard in downtown’s Arts District sold last week for more than double the price it fetched just two years ago, a sign of quickly rising land values in a fast-developing market. Vancouver-based Onni Group purchased the 38,266-square-foot site in an off-market deal on November 11 for just over $10 million, according to a source familiar with the deal. In 2014, Core Development picked up the plot for just $3.9 million, according to public records.

Report Says SoCal Construction Still Faces Problems

Construction is booming in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. Downtown towers are sprouting up left and right, a new $1.5 billion bridge spanning the mouth of the Los Angeles River at the Port of Long Beach is taking shape, and a $2.6 billion football stadium for the Los Angeles Rams broke ground last month in Inglewood. But a new report by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp., “Building the Future: Construction in Southern California,” says the region still hasn’t fully recovered from the recession and that the construction industry faces a challenging regulatory environment and high costs.

One Beverly Hills Cleared for Construction After City Council 4-1 Vote

Beverly Hills City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve a lucrative development deal with luxury hotel-condo project, One Beverly Hills. Owned by Dalian Wanda Group, the project will feature residences, a 134-room “luxury boutique hotel,” rooftop pool, and restaurant. In addition to the estimated $820 million in revenue the project is expected to bring in for Beverly Hills over the next 30 years, Wanda Group has signed a massive development agreement that provides the city with an immediate payoff. It is this agreement the council voted to approve last night.

One Beverly Hills Nears Finish Line on Luxury Condo-Hotel Project

In what is poised to be one of the most lucrative deals for any city in the country, Beverly Hills City Council will vote Tuesday on a development agreement with One Beverly Hills, a condo-hotel project by the Chinese conglomerate, Dalian Wanda Group. Unlike many municipalities that offer tax breaks and rebates to entice developers to build in the area, the proposed contract with One Beverly Hills dictates that Wanda Beverly Hills Properties LLC pay the city $60 million in upfront fees, a percentage of gross room revenue from the hotel, as well as a "municipal surcharge."

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State Ruling Puts Brokerages on Notice in Regards to Disclosure

A Look Ahead: What’s on the agenda for Los Angeles business in the coming week

California real estate companies might need to start taking extra care when operating as agents for both the buyer and seller of a property after a state Supreme Court ruling last week.

Judge Rules Santa Monica Developer Forged Documents in Real Estate Dispute

A judge ruled Tuesday to sanction prominent Santa Monica developer Neil Shekhter after an eight-day hearing showed the real estate mogul forged documents, destroyed evidence, and committed perjury in connection to a dispute over a joint apartment complex venture.

Lincoln and Rockwood Buy El Segundo Office for $120 Million

Lincoln Property Co. and Rockwood Capital are diving into the South Bay office market with their purchase last week of a 355,000-square-foot office campus in El Segundo. The property - comprised of three office buildings and two retail properties - sold for $120 million, or roughly $338 a square foot, according to a source familiar with the deal. DivcoWest, the seller, declined to comment. Lincoln plans to spend millions on a year-long renovation, part of a plan to attract technology, media, and entertainment companies to fill the office space that is currently half empty, said Rob Kane, Lincoln’s senior vice president.

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Oracle Buys Santa Monica Offices for $368 Million

Software giant Oracle Corp. has purchased a Santa Monica office building for $368 million, according to a source familiar with the deal, the Business Journal reports. At roughly $1,165 a square foot, the transaction is one of the priciest ever per square foot for a large office complex in the market. The sellers were Invesco Ltd., based in Atlanta, and Worthe Real Estate Group, based in Santa Monica, the source said.

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Cedars-Sinai Buys Miracle Mile Office for $295 Million

Cedars-Sinai snapped up a 24-story office tower on Wilshire Boulevard for $295 million this month, or nearly $646 a square foot. That makes it the priciest deal per square foot on Miracle Mile in at least the past decade, according to CoStar records. The seller was Morgan Stanley & Co., which had purchased the site in 2010 for $174 million, or about $380 a square foot. The seller was Morgan Stanley & Co., which had purchased the site in 2010 for $174 million, or about $380 a square foot.