Pacific Oak Sells Orange County Office Tower for $150.5M

by Kristin Harlow

ORANGE, CALIF. — Pacific Oak Strategic Opportunity REIT Inc. has sold City Tower, a 435,000-square-foot Class A office tower in Orange County, for $150.5 million. Opal Holdings, a New York City-based real estate investment firm, was the buyer.

The 20-story property is located at 333 City Blvd. in Orange, about three miles north of Santa Ana and 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The building was 90 percent leased at the time of sale to tenants such as UC Irvine Medical Center, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Sedgwick and Spaces.

Developed in 1988, City Tower recently underwent a $3 million renovation that included upgrades to the lobby, a state-of-the-art fitness center, conference center and new building entryway. The property is certified LEED Gold.

“We increased occupancy by almost 15 percent over the past three years and are proud of the improvements and value we created during our ownership,” says Michael Potter, senior vice president with Pacific Oak, which purchased City Tower for $147.2 million in March 2018 when it was 78 percent occupied.

Pacific Oak Strategic Opportunity REIT is a public, non-traded corporation headquartered in Los Angeles. The REIT manages a portfolio valued in excess of $2 billion comprised primarily of office, apartment, single-family rental and hotel assets.

Founded in 2012, Opal Holdings maintains a real estate portfolio valued at more than $1 billion.

— Kristin Hiller

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