The Inland Empire apartment market has energized the self-storage sector. Self-storage growth is typically tied to apartment leasing velocity. The Inland Empire has seen tremendous population growth, resulting in healthy multifamily occupancy and increasing rental rates.

“The Inland Empire has seen strong demand over the past several years equating to high occupancy at existing properties and rent increases above the national average,” Bryan Grissinger, principal of Frontera Real Estate, tells “On top of this, the market was hit hard in the recession and rents were initially slow to recover which made this area less attractive for development. As such, there has been substantially less new supply in the Inland Empire compared to other markets nationally.”

Frontera Real Estate recently acquired a three-acre site is approved to build approximately 77,000 rentable square feet of class-A, institutional quality, storage space. The project is a perfect example of the demand in the market. “This is a well-located site in a densely populated, highly built-out area with excellent supply/demand characteristics,” Greg Wells, managing director of self-storage advisory group at Cushman & Wakefield, tells ‘Those are the key factors developers are looking for when analyzing and considering a new self-storage development.  The site was also fully entitled and permit ready which allows the developer to deploy the capital and start construction immediately and not have the lengthy and costly lead time that the entitlements take.” Wells brokered the sale of the development site on behalf of the seller, Kingsfield Development, a private development firm based in Riverside.

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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