Ray Huard

Reporter

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

Recent Stories

Catching A Break

TOURISM: Delays Lead to Local Ownership for New Hotel Planned in Encinitas

Back in 1989, some developers had a plan to build a fancy hotel on a seaside Encinitas bluff overlooking the ocean and South Ponto Beach.

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Tower 180 Aims to Be Contender In the Downtown Market

PROPERTY: Amenities, Style and Even Tenant Roster Add to In-Demand Location

A down-and-out office tower in the heart of downtown San Diego is getting a dramatic remake and a new name by a developer who said it’s turning this once grand structure into top-notch office space that will command top rents.

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Retail Use Planned for former Nightclub

Nightclub will be renovated for retail use

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Ten-Year Lease Signed on Industrial Building

Lease is for 10 years

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Encinitas Marketplace Sold For $43M

Retail center has national and regional tenants

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El Cajon Apartments Sold For $3.1M

Complex has 13 apartments

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MG Properties Buys Phoenix Apartments

Complex has 429 apartments

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Cultural Components Are Key Parts of Mixed-Use Project

PROPERTY: San Ysidro Site Includes Theater, Education Space, Housing

A 92-year-old former San Ysidro church will be resurrected as a neighborhood theater as part of a mixed-use project that includes affordable housing and classroom space for the UC San Diego.

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Carlsbad Apartment Complex Sold For Nearly $17.7M

Complex is a mix of flats and townhomes

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Otay Mesa Business Park Completed

Building 17 partly leased

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Salvation Army Building Sold For $7.5M

Bankers Hill Structure bought by West Hollywood developer

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Shipping Containers Floated as Housing

PROPERTY: Small Low-Cost Units Being Built for Veterans

Living in converted shipping containers stacked one on top of another or side by side may sound like something out of a dystopian science fiction novel, but that’s exactly what one San Diego developer sees as a way to help homeless veterans get off the streets.

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Imperial Beach Complex Sold For $2M

Complex has seven units

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Design Firm’s New Office Captures Past, Prepares for Its Future

Ware Malcomb design firm has relocated its San Diego headquarters to a renovated Sorrento Valley office building meant to showcase the firm’s work and its history.

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Hotel Boom of 2018 Likely To Continue in 2019

More new hotels were built in San Diego County in 2018 than in any other year since 2000, according to Atlas Hospitality Group.

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Realities of Residential Real Estate

It’s not exactly astonishing news, but a company that compiles all kinds of statistics on home buying — Zillow Group — reported in January that first-time homebuyers in San Diego County make more money than people who aren’t in the market to buy.

MG Properties Buys 2 Oregon Property Apartment Complexes For $92.1 M

Apartments are in Portland suburb of Wilsonville

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Carlsbad Apartments Sold For $2M

Complex has four apartments

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College Area Project Sold For $2.2M

Restaurant and eight apartments included

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Hotel Boom Appears to Have Staying Power for 2019

2019 Look Ahead: REAL ESTATE

More hotels are coming to downtown San Diego in 2019, with a total of 2,444 rooms expected to come on line throughout San Diego County.

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National City Industrial Park Sold For $24.8M

Buildings were recently renovated

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Vacant Carlsbad Land Sold For $2.6M

Plans call for eight to 12 half-acre lots.

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Don’t Count on Concessions in These Hot Office Markets

Demand for office space is expected to remain strong in San Diego through 2019, according to commercial real estate brokers.

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Vista Apartments Sold For $41M

Complex was built in 1985

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Oceanside Office and Retail Building Sold For $3.7M

Extensive renovation planned

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Apartment Complex Sold For $2.1M

Complex is in Stockton neighborhood

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San Diego Firm Buys Las Vegas Apartments For $29.5M

Tower 16 Capital Partners plans $4 million in renovations

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Normal Heights Apartments Sold For $2.2M

Complex is fully occupied

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UTC Location Is Well-Suited To Co.’s Wants, Needs

Property, People and Perceptions of Region to Change With Apple’s Arrival

Apple Inc. is expected to lease a UTC building owned by the Irvine Co. as it brings more than 1,000 new jobs to San Diego over the next three years, according to brokers and others who are following Apple’s move.

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Affordable Housing Complex Brings 77 Units Into the Mix

A new affordable housing complex has opened in Pacific Highlands Ranch —Luna at Pacific Highlands Ranch with 77 apartments available for lease.

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Rising Interest Rates Change Homebuying Equation for Many

Despite a softening in the market for single family homes in San Diego, rising interest rates have offset any advantage the slowdown may have given prospective buyers, according to a company that monitors residential housing.

One Paseo’s Retail Mix to Be Open for Business in Spring

2019 Look Ahead: REAL ESTATE

Part of Kilroy Realty’s One Paseo mixed-use development in Carmel Valley will open to the public in 2019 as construction moves ahead on the rest of the project.

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Carlsbad Office Building Sold For $2.7M

Seller is leasing space in the building

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Oceanside Industrial Building Sold For $2.8M

Buyer is consolidating businesss

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Developer Finds Opening To Life Science Sector

2018 Newsmakers

San Diego’s reputation as a home for growing life science companies drew the attention of a Boston developer, who picked the city for its West Coast expansion.

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Tour De Force Of Creativity Animates Viasat’s HQ Expansion

Mark Dankberg said he wanted to create a place where people like to work when Viasat expanded its Carlsbad corporate headquarters.

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Lemon Grove Apartments Sold For $3.3M

Complex has 16 apartments

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North Park Apartments Sold For $4.4M

Complex has 25 apartments

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Sorrento Mesa Office Building Sold For $24.8M

Building was renovated in 2017

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Poway Industrial Building Sold For $2.5M

Building was used by Green Flash Brewing

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Realtor Association Executive Predicts Flat Home Sales for 2019

San Diego County home sales were down significantly in November, continuing a trend that real estate agents started noticing at the end of summer.

Massive Waterfront Project To Be Transformational

2018 Newsmakers

After more than a decade of planning and a flurry of lawsuits, developer Doug Manchester in June broke ground for construction of the $1.5 billion Manchester Pacific Gateway project to remake 13.5 acres of downtown San Diego.

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Will Convention Center Meet Its Potential?

2018 Newsmakers

A drive to expand the San Diego Convention Center sputtered when it was ruled that a count of eligible voters came up short, thus, failing to get a financing plan to pay for an expansion on the November ballot.

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SDSU West Must Make Concrete Plans for Site

2018 Newsmakers

San Diego State University won big time in 2018 when voters gave the university the right to expand onto the Mission Valley site of the former Qualcomm Stadium.

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Zero Net Energy for New City Document Storage

C.W. Driver Cos. recently broke ground in Santee on what the company said will be the first-in-the-nation zero net energy building to maintain strict temperature and humidity conditions for storing archives.

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RAF Pacifica Makes Big Exit From Industrial

2018 Newsmakers

Adam Robinson’s RAF Pacifica scored one of the biggest real estate deals of the year in October with the $170 million sale of 12 industrial and office buildings in North County and Temecula.

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Renters Plot Their Next Moves in Tight Market

High occupancy rates and rising rents are good news for San Diego apartment investors, but the flip side of that is that a good chunk of San Diego renters are looking to move elsewhere, indicating that apartment owners might have a growing turnover.

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MG Properties Acquires Apartments Near Sacramento

Three complexes purchased

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Marriott Shows Its Moxie In Pursuit Of Millennials With Opening of Moxy

Downtown San Diego has a new hotel that “flips the conventional hotel service model on its head.”

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