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Marcus & Millichap Arranges The Sale of Former East Hills Mall

July 08, 2021

BAKERSFIELD, Calif., July 8, 2021 – Marcus & Millichap (NYSE: MMI), a leading commercial real estate brokerage firm specializing in investment sales, financing, research and advisory services, announced today the sale of the former East Hills Mall, a 352,666-square-foot vacant mall on approximately 38 acres of land located in Bakersfield, California. The asset sold for $7,225,000.

Orbell Ovaness, Ara Rostamian and Aren Ohanian, investment specialists in Marcus & Millichap’s Los Angeles office, had the exclusive listing to market the property on behalf of the seller, Modesto, California-based Retail Equities, LLC. The buyer, a Southern California partnership between Steve Zimmerman of ZDI Inc. and Michael Heslov of Soboroff Partners, was also secured and represented by Ovaness, Rostamian and Ohanian. Vincent Roche of Cushman & Wakefield/Pacific consulted on the transaction.

“We are extremely impressed with the diverse economy in the Bakersfield market and the quality of growth and development in the city,” noted Steve Zimmerman. “This property is extremely well located and ideally suited for new commercial and perhaps mixed-use development.” The partnerships plan for the property is to commence demolition as soon as possible and remove all the structures from the property. The property has a current approved entitlement from the City of Bakersfield and planning for the future development of this well-located property is in the beginning stages.

“The City of Bakersfield has demonstrated support for the redevelopment of this property, and we look forward to working with them and the community to bring about a quality project,” added Michael Heslov.


Formerly called City Lights at East Hills, the property is located at 2800-3200 Mall View Road, adjacent to Highway 178 between Mt. Vernon and Oswell Street. The mall was initially developed by the Hahn Company in 1988. The mall lost the anchor department stores and has been the subject of redevelopment efforts for an extended period.

“The marketing process of an asset like this required in-depth understanding of what the city really wants, who the key retail players are and a beauty pageant of developers to source the best buyer,” said Orbell Ovaness, who leads the Ovaness-Rostamian Group of Marcus & Millichap. “The site is surrounded by over 1 million square feet of essential tenant-anchored shopping centers in many ways acting like an anchor for the subject property and creating a tremendous opportunity for our developer clients,” said Ara Rostamian, managing partner at the Ovaness-Rostamian Group of Marcus & Millichap.

“When we won this assignment, it was clear to us that the centralized location, ease of access and retail synergy around the site were key components to highlight in our marketing campaign which yielded several qualified investors and developers through the tail end of the pandemic,” said Aren Ohanian, associate director at the Ovaness-Rostamian Group of Marcus & Millichap.


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