Time to Get Out While the Gettins’ Good: Bloomberg Reports that Flynt is Mullling Sale of LFP Headquarters

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from www.bloomberg.com Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler magazine, is considering selling his company’s 10-story headquarters building in Beverly Hills, California, according to his spokesman. Three finalists have put in bids of about $85 million for the building, said a person familiar with the offers.

“We’re exploring the possibility of selling the building,” Arthur Sando, vice president of communications for Flynt Management Group LLC, said in an e-mail yesterday. “It’s a valuable asset, whose equity we believe could be used more productively in other areas. At this point, however, no decision has been made.”

Flynt’s headquarters, at the intersection of Wilshire and La Cienega boulevards, was built in 1972 for a bank, Great Western Savings. Tenants include the consulates of Brazil and Ecuador, in addition to Flynt’s publishing businesses. The black, oval-shaped tower has a bronze sculpture of actor John Wayne riding a horse in front and “Flynt Productions” in white lettering on the roof. Flynt bought the 208,000-square-foot (19,300-square-meter) property in 1984.

Brad Sevier, principal with Highland Realty Capital Inc., who represents Flynt, declined to comment. Tom Keaney, a Tishman spokesman with Rubenstein Communications Inc., also declined to comment, as did Kilroy Executive Vice President David Simon and Stuart McElhinney, vice president of investor relations at Douglas Emmett.

Tishman Speyer has five Beverly Hills properties, including UTA Plaza, headquarters of Playboy Enterprises Inc. since last year. Douglas Emmett has a portfolio of 14.7 million square feet in 58 office buildings, seven of which are in Beverly Hills, including 8383 Wilshire Blvd., according to the company’s website.

Kilroy owned about 13.2 million rentable square feet of commercial office space as of Dec. 31, according to the company’s year-end filing. In October, Kilroy paid $65 million for the 96,000-square-foot former home of the CBS network’s Los Angeles radio and television operations in Hollywood, and $73 million for a 151,000-square-foot office complex in West Los Angeles.

Hustler’s 10th-floor offices continue to reflect the bordello aesthetic of the 70-year-old Flynt, with thick carpets, heavy drapes, rococo furniture and Tiffany lamps, Bloomberg Businessweek said in June. A receptionist sits behind an over- sized desk with fanned-out copies of Hustler, Hustler’s Taboo and Barely Legal, the magazine said.

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