A portfolio of three prominent Beverly Hills office buildings – UTA Plaza and its neighbor the Ice House – was sold late last month for $210 million, or about $910 a square foot, according to a real estate source with knowledge of the deal.
The buildings, home to headquarters offices for United Artists Talent Agency, Playboy Enterprises and Live Nation Entertainment Inc., were purchased by Rockefeller Group Investment Management Corp. of New York on July 31 from Tishman Speyer, also of New York.
UTA Plaza, built in 1985 at 9336 and 9346 Civic Center Drive, consists of two four-story buildings connected by a sky bridge. The 190,000-square-foot complex, which previously served as headquarters for Hilton Hotels Corp., was renamed in 2011 when the talent agency signed its lease. Nearby Ice House, at 9348 Civic Center, was built in 1925 and converted from a cold storage plant to offices in the mid-’90s. It is also four stories tall, holding about 45,000 square feet. Concert promoter Live Nation moved into the building in 2006.
When Tishman acquired the buildings in two separate sales in 2011, only the Ice House was occupied. All three buildings, now fully leased, had recently undergone renovations overseen by downtown L.A. architectural firm Shimoda Design Group.
Dennis Irvin, chief executive of Rockefeller Group Investment Management, said he was attracted to the 3.4-acre portfolio for several reasons.
“These are distinctive properties in an established institutional market,” he said in a statement. “They represent premier assets with prominent tenants in a highly desirable submarket with supply constraints, all of which combine to offer stability, liquidity and good long-term prospects.”
Brokerage Eastdil Secured represented the seller in the deal; the buyer handled negotiations internally.
Shenzhen Hazens Real Estate Group Co., one of the largest development companies in China, has purchased the Luxe City Center Hotel and two adjacent parcels for $105 million.
The hotel property, at 1020 S. Figueroa St., was sold by Beverly Hills developer Emerik Properties Corp.
The 178-room hotel, which sits on about eight-tenths of an acre across the street from the Staples Center and L.A. Live, is the second the Chinese firm has purchased in Los Angeles in the last year. Shenzhen Hazens bought the 802-room Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel near Los Angeles International Airport for $96 million in December.
Once a Holiday Inn, the Luxe hotel opened with the West L.A. boutique hotel flag four years ago after a $10 million renovation. Shenzhen Hazens might tear down the hotel to build a larger, fancier hotel, but not for several years, according to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the transaction.
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