Ray Huard

Reporter

Email: rhuard@sdbj.com
Phone: 858-277-8904

Recent Stories

Tech Companies Expanding In UTC

Leases signed with Irvine Company

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Sorrento Mesa Land Sold For Undisclosed Price

Land will be developed for industrial tenants

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Westcore Properties Sells San Bernardino Warehouse

DHL purchased the property

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ANALYSIS: When It Comes to Big Civic Projects, We’re Out of Pluck

ECONOMY: Bold Moves Often Missing in Key Developments

Getting big projects done in the San Diego region is often a nearly impossible task, with the downtown San Diego Convention Center the latest to run into trouble.

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Good Economy Keeps Retail Sector Strong

PROPERTY: Record Rents, Strong Revenue Limited Space All Factors

Despite recent closings of some big-box retailers such as Toys R Us and moves by others to scale back operations, the retail market in San Diego County is thriving heading into the second half of the year, according to commercial property brokerages.

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A Tale of Two Well- Positioned Submarkets

For the past five years Mission Valley has been the hottest submarket in San Diego County for office space, racking up 683 deals.

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Real Estate Revolution Will Be Visualized

TECH: From Building to Selling, Tech Tools Are Now a Must

Drones that help map buildings and property in a fraction of the time than it used to involve, and virtual reality systems that take people inside buildings still in the planning stages are among the technological innovations that are transforming commercial real estate.

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Cos. Find Skilled Workers and Other Draws in Tijuana Market

Tijuana is heating up as a place for industrial companies looking to relocate or expand, according to a recent report by the commercial brokerage firm CBRE.

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Clairemont Shopping Center Sold For Nearly $5.3M

Center is anchored by Carnival Market.

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Former Oceanside Drive-In Sold

Site is home to Oceanside Swap Meet.

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SDSU Hires New Director of Real Estate Center

Edward Pierzak joins faculty

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Golden Hill Parcel Sold For $2.1M

Property will be developed as townhomes.

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Renters’ Prayers Answered As $40M Complex Planned

A vacant historic former retirement home and Catholic convent in La Mesa will be resurrected as a 130-unit apartment complex in a $40 million joint venture by Pathfinder Partners and Silvergate Development.

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Carlsbad Center Sold For $17.4M

Center has two buildings

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Office Design Works With Environment

PROPERTY: East Village Site Maximizes Advantages

With the unassuming name of “Block D,” downtown San Diego’s newest office building might sound bland and generic. It’s far from the case.

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Hillcrest Properties Sold

Buildings were recently renovated

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La Mesa Apartment Complex Sold For $10.2M

Complex was recently renovated

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Kearny Mesa Hotel Getting $3M Renovation

Four Points makeover

Hotel gets a complete makeover

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San Diego Company Buys Oregon Apartment Complex

Portland complex has 202 units

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Kearny Mesa Office Complex Sold For $27.5M

Three-building campus was built in 1981

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Lobbies No Longer Just Welcome, Now They Aim to Wow Visitors

Downtown building lobbies are getting extra attention from owners as part of an overall drive to spruce up older buildings to compete with newer offerings.

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#3 Fastest Growing Private Company

Special Report: Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Keeping an in-house staff of tradesmen from carpenters to plumbers and quickly embracing new technology is the secret behind the meteoric rise in revenue for North County’s Level 3 Construction.

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Balboa Executive Center Sold

Center was built in 1988 and since renovated.

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Former Church Property Sold

Property is zoned for residential and commercial development

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Paladion Provides Chance for Tenants to Spread Out Downtown

PROPERTY: A $30M Renovation Will Test Office Market Demand

A once-glitzy downtown mall that sported top-of-the-line shops like Gucci, Cartier and Tiffany & Co. — The Paladion — will be reborn, transformed by Bosa Development but as an upscale office project.

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Genesis Campus Point Refinanced With $149M Loan

HFF secured the loan

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Charter School Is Going to College

A downtown San Diego charter school has signed a 99-year lease with the San Diego Community College District to take over a former adult education center at 1400 Park Blvd., at the end of the City College campus.

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Six-year Lease Signed For Otay Mesa Industrial Building

Building is in industrial park

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Doctors Join the Sharing Economy for Medical Office Space

PROPERTY: Arrangement Helps New Practitioners; Basic Supplies Provided

When a water pipe burst in their downtown San Diego medical office building, Pacific Medical Care had to find some place fast where they could see 40 to 50 patients a day.

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Retail Centers Continue Their High-End Makeovers

San Diego County retail centers continue to expand despite conventional wisdom that says retail is hurting as shoppers turn to their computers instead of taking a trip to the store.

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Rancho Bernardo Office Space Leased to NextLevel, Inc.

Details of lease undisclosed

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National City Parcels Sold For $2.4M

Site was used as a banquet hall

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Chelsea Investment Bought East Village Site For $4.5M

Affordable housing planned for site.

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Brixton Capital Signed Las Vegas Lease Deals

Sprouts and Del Taco come to Rainbow Plaza.

Westcore Properties Buys Rialto Building For $11.4M

Company plans $1.5 million in improvements

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San Marcos Apartment Complex Sold For $3.9M

Complex has 20 units.

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Little Italy Apartment Building Sold For Nearly $21.3M

Complex is six years old.

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Developer Confident in Demand for Ultraluxury

PROPERTY: Bankers Hill Seen as Prime Spot for Projects

Bankers Hill is getting a new luxury condominium project, The Park, in which most of the condos have their own elevators.

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Office Tenants Find Safety in Renewals

With office space at a premium in San Diego and rental rates rising, many companies are eager to renew their leases.

Millennials Help Downtown Dominate the Apartment Scene

This may come as no surprise to anyone who’s driven through downtown San Diego and seen all the construction cranes, but more new apartments are being built downtown than anywhere else in San Diego County, according to Apartments.com, an apartment listing company.

Pirch Names New CEO

Steve Smith to lead the company

Carlsbad Land Sold For Nearly $4.3M

Property zoned for residential development

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Aldi Grocery Chain Leases Mira Mesa Store

Site was a Fresh & Easy store

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Women in Construction Demolish Stereotypes at Work

BUILDING: Diverse Roles Are Offered in High Demand Sector

Theresa DeMarco has worked as a structural steel welder, ran her own construction company and is a project manager for Emmerson Construction in San Diego.

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Work & Progress

Construction Co.’s Culture Creates Value Proposition for Clients and Employees

In an industry that has failed to attract women in significant numbers, Johnson & Jennings General Contracting stands out.

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Escondido Office/Industrial Building Sold For Nearly $4.9M

Building includes creative office space.

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Chula Vista Industrial Building Sold For $2.2M

Building is on a one-acre site.

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Del Mar Mixed Use Project Sold For $27.5M

Renovations planned for Polo Plaza.

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S.D. Firm Arranges Financing For Oregon Student Housing Project

Project serves the University of Oregon in Eugene.

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