Pelican Point Apartment complex located at 5101-5107 Narragansett Avenue in Ocean Beach sold for $6,750,000 on May 22, 2018.
Originally listed for sale at over $8M, the property located at the end of the street, was one of several that had their bluff collapse in January of 2017.
It has not yet been repaired.
Built in 1973, the three-story building has 16 apartments, renting from between $1,100 up to $3,000.
And judging by who the new owner is, rents are about to go up, up, and away.
The notorious landlord of Ocean Beach, Michael Mills now adds Pelican Point to his empire.
In June of 2016, the Reader ran a story about a group of activists seeking a rent-control ordinance and other tenant-protection measures, circulating a petition they hope will convince the city council to open a dialogue concerning their grievances.
Rebecca Schulman of San Diego Tenants United, said at the time:
"Michael Mills has…been paying cash for multi-unit buildings around O.B. and, after 60 days, raising rents," charged Schulman. "Some of the tenants who've remained in these buildings say they're half empty now, and though he's coming in and putting a little paint on, some flooring, but if you look at the properties he owns they're really some of the gnarliest, most run-down buildings in O.B.”
According to the San Diego Source (1-28-1998), Michael Mills has a long history of maintaining substandard living conditions. "On Friday, Superior Court Judge Rafael Arreola sentenced Michael Mills to a year in jail after Mills pleaded no contest to 10 charges of maintaining substandard rental properties in Ocean Beach. However, Arreola placed the alleged slumlord on three years probation. Among other things, as a condition of his probation, Mills is required to hire a professional management company to bring his properties up to code. In a prepared statement, Deputy City Attorney Susan Cola hailed the victory, particularly since many of Mills' tenants are low-income families with children."
He and his trusts own over 240 condos, homes and apartments in Ocean Beach.
At least five tenants from Pelican Point have already jumped ship, with one of them telling me while loading up his U-Haul, that it was due to “the new owner who won’t tell us anything about what’s going on.”