Underneath its seemingly endless blue skies, Los Angeles also boasts a thriving, robust real estate market that makes it a tempting choice for companies looking to establish a footprint in one of the world's greatest cities. Specifically targeting the best industrial and warehouse office space the region has to offer, TenantBase has assembled a list of the most attractive options currently available throughout the greater Los Angeles area as well as the factors that make each so desirable.
For companies looking for high industrial buildings and larger square footage options, the Chatsworth/Canoga Park area boasts a strong economy that features the home of the National Notary Association and headquarters for Premier America and Matadors Community Credit Union.
Other businesses currently based in the area include Capstone Turbine, Natel Engineering, Hydraulics International, and Environment Associates. Additionally, Lamps Plus has production and distribution facilities in the area.
In terms of transportation options, the Chatsworth Transportation Center is a major transportation hub for the entire town as well as the West San Fernando Valley, featuring connecting bus routes to Los Angeles Metro, Simi Valley, and Santa Clarita. The Metrolink Ventura County Line runs 20 daily trains to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles while the Amtrak California Pacific Surfliner runs 10 daily trains through the region.
Two large, open space parks can be found in the area: Chatsworth Park North and Chatsworth Park South. The north park occupies more than 20 acres of the scenic Simi Hills and is operated by the LA Parks Department. With three baseball diamonds, a football field, and outdoor basketball courts – all lighted – as well as volleyball courts, a children's play area, hiking trails, jogging paths, picnic tables and barbecue pits, the park offers a variety of recreational options.
Chatsworth Park South is next to the Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park and lies on 174 acres of property registered with the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can find the remnants of a prehistoric village site as well as portions of the Old Santa Susana Stage Road within park boundaries.
Located in the center of the San Fernando Valley, Van Nuys offers several options for companies looking for larger and multi-tenant properties throughout the city as well as at the Van Nuys Airport. Van Nuys is also one of the more popular industrial areas in the Valley.
Aside from the airport, Van Nuys is also home to the Valley Municipal Building and is the only neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley with a population exceeding 100,000 residents. Several major thoroughfares cross through the city, including Van Nuys Blvd., and the area is home to Sound City Studios – a world famous recording studio.
For transportation needs, Van Nuys Airport is the 25th busiest airport in the US and includes a terminal for the Van Nuys FlyAway Bus service, traveling between Van Nuys and LAX. Public transit options include Metro Orange Line stations that connect to the Los Angeles Metro station and provide access to Hollywood, downtown Los Angeles, and other LA Metro lines.
Likewise, the city is also served by the Metro Local, Metro Rapid, and several other bus lines and systems. The city also offers bicycle and pedestrian paths leading to Pierce College, Canoga Park, the Chatsworth Station, and North Hollywood. The 405, 101, 170, 118, and 5 freeways also either traverse the city or pass nearby.
Considered the biggest entertainment hub in the world by many, the Hollywood/Burbank area offers some smaller industrial and retail options for companies. Hollywood itself is an ethnically diverse, densely populated neighborhood best known for its powerful film industry. Burbank lies adjacent to Hollywood, just 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. The numerous entertainment companies calling Burbank home include the Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Nickelodeon Animation Studios, the Burbank Studios, Cartoon Network Studios, and Insomniac Games.
Collectively, the area has experienced a 4.1% increase in population between 2000 and 2002, mostly due to an expanding employment base, high quality public schools, and easy access to regional transportation. Between 2012 and 2025, Burbank is expected to grow by another 15% in population.
Specifically regarding office space, Burbank boasts the second largest market in the San Fernando Valley, much of it utilized by the entertainment industry. Given the nature of its employment base, more people work in Burbank than live within its boundaries.
Northern Valley/Sun Valley
Known for its youthful population and moderate racial diversity, the Sun Valley area offers a more intense warehouse market that is ideal for marble and woodworking as well as light manufacturing. Again located in the San Fernando Valley, the area offers three recreation centers, 13 public schools, and 4 private schools. Its percentage of residents aged 10 or younger was amongst the highest in all of Los Angeles County.
Having just celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2017, El Segundo has become a major aeronautical and industrial city, providing industrial space for the likes of Boeing, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, and the U.S. Air Force. For that reason, El Segundo is recognized as the aerospace capital of the world.
The city is also home to AT&T, the Los Angeles Lakers and Kings, DaVita Healthcare, and Mattel. With so much employment diversity, El Segundo has earned a reputation as one of the best places to work and live within the greater Los Angeles area, featuring a business friendly environment, skilled workforce, and close proximity to LAX, the 105 and 405 freeways. Several companies – ranging from Fortune 500s to startups – are just a stone's throw away in the South Bay.
While the city itself might feel like a small community, it features numerous travel and transportation options including the two freeways, a light rail station, a bus depot and, of course, LAX practically next door. El Segundo also has its own beach as well as 3 public swimming pools and extensive public parks and athletic fields.
Located directly on the coast, Long Beach is the 36th most populous city in the US and seventh most in California. It is considered an important conduit between the greater Los Angeles area and neighboring Orange County, featuring numerous transportation options like the Long Beach Transit – operating 38 different bus routes – as well as the Passport Shuttle to many of the attractions around the Marina, including the Queen Mary and Aquarium of the Pacific.
Long Beach Airport is the west coast hub for JetBlue Airways and is also the site of a major Boeing production facility, the city’s largest non-government employer. Toyota, Epson America, Pioneer Electronics, SCAN Health Plan, and Molina Healthcare are also some of the cities biggest employers.
City of Industry
Often referred to simply as Industry, this area is known as being business friendly and the home to many warehouse and distribution centers. Having only 219 residents but 80,000 jobs as of the 2010 census, the city obviously emphasizes business. To that point, the city zoning is 92% industrial and 8% commercial and has no business tax.
Located at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties, the City of Industry is considered an important transportation and logistics corridor for moving products between the United States and Asia, Mexico, and the eastern seaboard. Furthermore, situated between Los Angeles and Orange counties, the city boasts a highly educated and diverse workforce that can find high quality housing within the surrounding communities.
Transportation primarily consists of the intricate web of freeways and highways that bisect the city. Air transportation is served by any number of local airports, including Ontario International, Burbank Airport, LAX, and John Wayne in Orange County.
Located in the heart of the South Bay region of LA, Torrance features many smaller warehouse and industrial options for companies. Just 1.5 miles from the ocean, Torrance is well known for its moderate climate and rapid growth.
Featuring a healthy combination of residential, industrial, and light high-tech industries, Torrance is also renowned for having 30 city parks and one of the lowest crime rates in all of Los Angeles County. It is also home to nearly 400 different businesses, dedicating itself to the creation, attraction, retention, and expansion of various business endeavors through different incentive programs. The city is also the US headquarters to the American Honda Motor Company.
Tri-County Areas (Lakewood/Downey/Santa Fe Springs)
Located in Los Angeles County, Lakewood is bordered by Long Beach, Bellflower, Cerritos, Cypress, and Hawaiian Gardens. Along with Downey and Santa Fe Springs, the region is known as the Tri-County area due to its proximity to Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside Counties. Like its Tri-County sister cities, Lakewood offers many smaller warehouse and industrial options for businesses needing that type of specific space.
Downey lies just a few miles north of Lakewood and is known as the birthplace of the Apollo space program and hometown of Richard and Karen Carpenter. It is also proudly boasts the oldest still-operating McDonald's in the entire world.
The most industrial of the 3 cities, Santa Fe Springs has an economy largely comprised of light industry. To that point, when looking at Santa Fe Springs through satellite photography, it features a density of very large industrial and manufacturing facilities, all located just off of the 5 freeway.