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Medical office product in San Diego delivers a remarkable amount of stability. The asset class is in limited supply with limited new construction coming online but tremendous demand and rising rents. As a result, the market is attracting investors from across the country. Chicago-based MBRE Healthcare recently purchased the 83,213-square-foot Excel Centre for $37.1 million. The property is anchored by Kaiser Permanente, and can be converted into a full medical office facility, which would command 20 to 25% premiums in rents. To find out more about the demand for medical office in San Diego, the players in the market and why medical office is such a popular asset classes, we sat down with Travis Ives, senior director of the healthcare practice group at Cushman & Wakefield and a broker on the deal, for an exclusive interview.

GlobeSt.com: Tell me about the investor demand for healthcare/medical office product in San Diego, and what is driving that demand? Travis Ives: A few things impact the way the medical office investors view San Diego. First, demographics are increasingly important as investors look to allocate funds to markets with a strong underlying economy and expected population growth, both of which San Diego has. Second, San Diego has historically been a market with relatively high barriers to entry. There is a limited supply of existing medical office product and the cost of new construction requires a significant rent premium. This provides a level of comfort to medical office investors knowing it is unlikely the market will become oversupplied with space and therefore rents should remain stable or increase over time.

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Borland is a freelance writer and editor living whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Riviera Orange County.

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