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Ace Hotel downtown Los Angeles
Ace Hotel downtown Los Angeles

The Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles has reportedly been sold in a $117M deal.

An undisclosed buyer has acquired the 182-room hotel at 929 South Broadway from Parks Hotels & Resorts, according to the Los Angeles Business Journal.

The price is one of the highest prices per room paid in downtown Los Angeles, Atlas Hospitality Group President Alan Reay said to the LABJ.

Originally built in 1927 as the tallest building in Los Angeles, the building once served as United Artists' film studio formed by Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford.

The building changed hands over the years and was once used as a church.

Greenfield Partners acquired the property from the Wescott Christian Center for $11M in 2011, according to commercial real estate data site Reonomy.

Greenfield renovated the building into the Ace Hotel. Greenfield sold the building in 2015 to Chesapeake Lodging Trust for $103M. Parks Hotels & Resorts acquired Chesapeake Lodging Trust earlier this year in a $2.7B deal

Apartment building at 49 Thornton Ave. in Venice
Apartment building at 49 Thornton Ave. in Venice

SALES

Thornton Property One has purchased a five-unit apartment building in Venice from Surf Realty Corp. for $2M. Built in 1902, the two-story property at 49 Thornton Ave. sold at a 2.34% cap rate. Stepp Commercial’s Kimberly Stepp represented the seller and buyer.

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Pacific Reach Properties has purchased a 174-unit apartment complex in Santa Monica from Raintree Partners for $58.55M. Built in 1960, the Pico Lanai Apartments at 2501 Pico Blvd. sits on a 2.8-acre lot and sold for about $868SF. Marcus & Millichap’s Institutional Property Advisors’ Kevin Green, Greg Harris and Joseph Grabiec represented the seller.

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A private investor has purchased a 16-unit apartment building in Mar Vista from an undisclosed family trust for $5M. Built in 1955, the Mar Vista Apartments is a two-story apartment complex at 11715-11725 Palms Blvd. NAI Capital’s Kevin Kawaoka represented the buyer and seller.

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A private investor has purchased a 24-unit apartment building in the South Bay from a family trust for $6.75M. Built in 1963, the 18,900 SF apartment sits on half an acre at 25925 Viana Ave. Marcus & Millichap’s Josh Ross and Eli Appel and Stepp Commercial’s Darin Beebower and Rockwell Allen represented the buyer and seller.

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The Crown Group has purchased a warehouse building in the South Park district of downtown Los Angeles from an undisclosed seller for $26M. The property is located at 1111 South Hill St., across the street from the Herald Examiner building. According to the brokers, the sale of the property is a record price for a development lot in the area. CBRE and ALTC Realty represented the seller. LF8 Real Estate represented the buyers. The names of the brokers were not disclosed. 

Brentwood Town Center in Brentwood
Brentwood Town Center in Brentwood

FINANCING

On behalf of Blatteis & Schnur, Sonnenblick-Eichner Co. has secured  $17.5M of 10-year, fixed rate, nonrecourse financing for the Brentwood Town Center in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. The Brentwood Town Center is a 12,845 SF retail shopping center at 13050 San Vicente Blvd. The interest-only loan was placed with an undisclosed Wall Street investment bank and priced at 3.25%, equating to a loan of more than $1,350 per SF, according to Sonnenblick-Eichner.

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On behalf of S3 Hotel Group, JLL has arranged $33.25M refinancing for the Hampton Inn & Suites Irvine-Orange County Airport in Irvine. The 164-room hotel at 2192 Dupont Drive sits right next to the John Wayne Airport in Orange County. JLL arranged a 10-year, fixed-rate loan with a CMBS lender. JLL’s Scott Hall and Olga Walsh represented the borrower. 

EXECUTIVE NEWS

Allen Matkins has added Dana P. Palmer as an environmental partner at its Los Angeles office. Palmer will be part of the firm’s Environmental & Natural Resources Group. Palmer’s practice focuses on air quality regulatory compliance, environmental issues in complex real estate transactions, environmental litigation and challenges to agency decisions. Prior to joining Allen Matkins, Palmer served as an environmental consultant for a number of governmental departments.

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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has promoted Emily Bias from counsel to partner. Bias advises large financial institutions, developers, syndicators and other real estate industry participants on a broad range of real estate, tax and transactional matters, with an emphasis on tax-advantaged investment and affordable housing. Bias serves as the principal real estate attorney overseeing complex transactions. She drafts and negotiates partnership and operating agreements, financing and bond documents, and real estate agreements including development, leasing, condominium, easement and related agreements. She also serves as editor-in-chief of the firm’s Gravel2Gavel blog.

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Sergio Valentini has joined Ware Malcomb as a studio manager. Valentini will be based in Los Angeles. As studio manager, Valentini will be responsible for leading Ware Malcomb's Los Angeles office and managing select projects. Prior to joining the company, Valentini worked as an associate at Gensler.