Santa Monica is losing a creative tech tenant to Culver City.
Mahalo.com, a website that provides online instructional content, is moving to Culver City’s burgeoning Hayden Tract, after signing a three-year lease valued at roughly $1 million to take 13,300 square feet at 3525 Eastham Ave.
Mahalo’s headquarters have been at 902 Colorado Blvd. in Santa Monica for about four years.
“They searched a lot of different submarkets and really were looking for a cheaper alternative for rent, and one that had a decent amount of parking,” said Lee & Associates West L.A. broker James Wilson, who represented landlord PMI Properties. “Eastham filled that requirement very nicely.”
Monthly rents in Santa Monica are among the highest in Los Angeles County, upwards of $4 per square foot, while rates at the Culver City location are just about half that.
Bounded by Hayden Avenue, Rodeo Road, and La Cienega and West Jefferson boulevards, the Hayden Tract has historically been an industrial neighborhood, but building owners have been converting properties into creative office space in the last few years. Production company Big Time Pictures is a tenant.
Mahalo’s building was previously occupied by jeans designer Rock & Republic, which used it for manufacturing and distribution before going bankrupt last year.
Since then, PMI has been repositioning the 33,000-square-foot property to be more attractive to tech tenants by adding 24-foot bow-truss ceilings, roll-up glass doors and skylights. The rest of the building remains vacant, but Wilson said it is being actively marketed to other creative companies.
Mahalo, which has about 70 employees, was set to move in last weekend.
Seth Wellisch and Mathew Miller of Cresa Partners represented Mahalo in its deal. Lee & Associates broker David Wilson also represented PMI.
Superior Communications Inc. renewed the lease for its corporate headquarters and distribution facility in Irwindale in a deal valued at $14 million.
The wireless accessory manufacturing company, which makes smart-phone headsets, memory cards and other products, signed a 10-year lease for 225,030 square feet at 5027 Irwindale Ave.
Superior, which moved into the complex in 2000, reduced its rental costs by about 25 percent. The renewal with landlord Clarion Partners keeps the 1.78 million-square-foot industrial business center about 85 percent occupied. Other tenants in the complex include leather goods maker Louis Vitton and Iron Mountain, a data protection service.
“Their lease provides the ability to expand or contract based upon future changes in their business while reducing their overall rental costs and performing significant improvements to the space,” said Joshua Gorin, senior managing director for Studley Inc.’s downtown L.A. office, who represented Superior.
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