What’s another half-million square feet? Rexford keeps up torrid pace of industrial acquisitions

The industrial REIT added warehouses in LA and San Diego

TRD LOS ANGELES /
September 03, 2019 02:00 PM
From left: Rexford Industrial co-CEOs Howard Schwimmer with 3150 E. Ana Street in Rancho Dominguez and Michael S. Frankel with 18115 S. Main Street in Carson (Credit: Google Maps)
From left: Rexford Industrial co-CEOs Howard Schwimmer with 3150 E. Ana Street in Rancho Dominguez and Michael S. Frankel with 18115 S. Main Street in Carson (Credit: Google Maps)

Los Angeles industrial giant Rexford Industrial Realty has added nearly half a million square feet of industrial space to its portfolio.

The Westside-based real estate investment trust picked up five properties for $110.3 million and sold off two others for $12.8 million, it announced this week. The properties acquired total 488,000 square feet.

Rexford is one of L.A.’s most active industrial investors. The firm focuses almost entirely on infill properties and more specifically on warehousing and logistics facilities. Growth in the e-commerce sector has created strong demand for those properties.

Two of the properties were located in the red-hot South Bay submarket, where warehouse space in particular is in high demand. Rexford closed an $18.8 million leaseback deal for a six-acre property in Rancho Dominguez and acquired a fully-leased 2.7-acre site in Carson for $6.8 million.

It also paid $3 million for a 1-acre paved parcel in L.A.’s Atwater Village neighborhood.

Another two properties, including the largest of the five, are in the San Diego area. Rexford paid $73.6 million for a 38.6-acre property with 312,000 square feet of leasable space. The firm also bought a 3.8-acre property in San Diego for $8.2 million.

The two warehouses Rexford sold were outside San Diego and in the north end of Orange County. The money raised from those sales went toward Rexford’s five acquisitions through a 1031 tax exchange.

The deals bring Rexford’s portfolio up to nearly 25 million rental square feet of space across 201 properties. Rexford manages another 19 properties totaling 1 million square feet.