Hines Purchases LA’s 325 KSF Campus at Playa Vista for $218M

Hines Global REIT Inc. has added the Campus at Playa Vista, a 325,000-square-foot office complex in the Playa Vista neighborhood of West Los Angeles, to its portfolio.

Hines Global REIT Inc. has added the Campus at Playa Vista, a 325,000-square-foot office complex in the Playa Vista neighborhood of West Los Angeles, to its portfolio. The REIT acquired the premier, well-leased asset from Tishman Speyer for $218 million.

It was, roughly, a half-cash, half-debt deal for Hines, which financed the acquisition of the property with proceeds from its it public offerings and a mortgage loan of $115 million.

Developed by Tishman, the Campus at Playa Vista sprouted up on seven acres in the nearly 1,100-acre Playa Vista master-planned community in 2009, offering four four-story office buildings with the addresses of 12015, 12025, 12035 and 12045 East Waterfront Dr. The complex garnered a great deal of attention from the start. In advance of the property’s completion, lead tenant Belkin International Inc. staked its claim to 150,000 square feet for its corporate headquarters in an agreement that will keep the technology manufacturer in its two-building home until fall 2021, and the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technology followed with a deal for 103,200 square feet  under a lease scheduled to expire in 2020.

Today, with a roster of seven predominantly tech-industry tenants, the Campus at Playa Vista is 97 percent leased. It’s a feat that belies the current state of the Playa Vista submarket where, according to a report by commercial real estate services firm Transwestern, the total vacancy rate in the first quarter was 33.4 percent. The vacancy rate for West Los Angeles is 16.4 percent, and in metropolitan Los Angeles it was 16.4 and 18.7 percent, respectively.

“We were attracted to this property due to its strong tenancy, recent construction, excellent access and long-term prospects for this emerging West L.A. submarket.” Doug Metzler, managing director with Hines, said in a prepared statement. “The Lower West L.A. submarket is one of the most attractive office markets on the West Coast.”

The entertainment, media and technology firms take to West Los Angeles like bees to honey, which has led to a steady increase in rents, while rates remain flat for metropolitan Los Angeles, per the report.

And investors are willing to pay the big bucks for West Los Angeles assets. The average office sale price during the first quarter was $300 per square-foot in metropolitan Los Angeles; the average price for the four leading building sales in West Los Angeles was just over $482 per square-foot. The Campus at Playa Vista sold for approximately $670 per square-foot