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Urban Commons and Brighton Management Purchase the Embassy Suites in
Palm Desert and the Radisson Plaza in San Jose, Both in California

LOS ANGELES, May 21, 2013 -- Urban Commons , LLC, together with Brighton Management, announces today the purchase of the upscale Embassy Suites in Palm Desert.  The Embassy Suites is an all-suite full service hotel situated over 9 acres of sprawling desert land in the Coachella Valley area of Southern California.  The Coachella Valley is a collection of upscale resort communities located to the east of the Los Angeles-Orange County-San Diego metropolitan area and include the cities of Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, and Palm Desert.  It is well-known as a home-away-from-home for countless celebrities due to its proximity to the vast Southern California population base.

Urban Commons and Brighton Management have already finalized their negotiations with the Hilton® corporation and have successfully secured a 15 year Franchise Agreement to continue holding the Embassy Suites by Hilton® flag on the property.  Renovation plans are now in place worth $6M to update and elevate the hotel up to the Hilton® brand standards.

This acquisition comes due to the recent foreclosure of the property completed by its lender.  This adds yet another deeply discounted bank-owned property to both Urban Commons ' and Brighton's growing portfolio of hotels.  The two companies together jointly pursued the opportunity to purchase this property as it comes at a significant discount to its replacement cost and at an extremely attractive discount to the current market expectations.  In addition, the property comes with an adjacent vacant development site, which could be sold as a separate parcel, used to further expand the hotel grounds and offerings, or possibly developed as future residential.

Since 2007, the Embassy Suites has undergone major renovations.  Plans are already in place to infuse another $6 million worth of improvements and upgrades to further modernize the property.  These renovations will allow the hotel to attract the upscale clientele, which traverse the area and closely compete with other local premium hotels.

Radisson Plaza in San Jose
Also today, Urban Commons, LLC, together with Brighton Management, announces the purchase of the Radisson Plaza in San Jose, beginning the commencement of the new Four Points by Sheraton® San Jose.  The property is a full service, 5-story, 196 room hotel situated on 2.75 acres of land, located just one mile east of the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and two miles north of downtown San Jose.  Known as the "Capital of Silicon Valley", San Jose encompasses over 106 million square feet of office space and is home to some of the world's leading corporations.  In the last few years, the city has undergone major redevelopment and revitalizations to the local and downtown areas, and is positioned to further benefit from the expansion of the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, and the development of the new San Francisco 49ers Football Stadium.

The San Jose Airport area does not currently contain any Starwood brand hotels.  The closest Starwood product is a small historic building located in downtown San Jose with the Sheraton® Four Points flag.   After thorough analysis and feasibility studies, Urban Commons , Brighton and Starwood concurred the Four Points by Sheraton® to be the most successful future brand for this hotel.  Renovation plans are now in place worth $5M to update and elevate the hotel up to the Sheraton® brand standards. 

This acquisition comes due to the recent foreclosure of the property completed by its lender and adds yet another deeply discounted bank-owned property to Urban Commons ' and Brighton's growing portfolio of hotels.  The two companies together jointly pursued the opportunity to purchase this property as it comes at a significant discount to its replacement cost and at an extremely attractive discount to the current market expectations.

Urban Commons continues to aggressively grow its portfolio particularly in the hospitality sector.  With top management in place, the Company has been able to seamlessly take over hotels and quickly generate value by adding directly to their bottom line.  Urban Commons targets distressed and/or bank-owned hotels, where they see the greatest growth potential and upside opportunity for their investors.

Brighton Management currently operates hotels located primarily in the Southern California Counties of Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura.  Recently, Brighton has re-focused on building its portfolio by expanding its reach beyond the Southern California region.  As part of its strategic growth plan, Brighton continues to strengthen its market share by channeling traffic to its surrounding hotels and by having properties available at every price point in the market, resulting in increased revenue growth and net operating income in every segment of the market.

Since 2012, Urban Commons and Brighton Management have completed 13 hotel takeovers totaling over $200 Million in asset value.  With their successes in the hospitality sector, the Companies continue an aggressive pace for 2013.

Urban Commons

Urban Commons , a Los Angeles-based real estate investment firm, specializes in hospitality and residential income generating assets.  Urban Commons targets income property acquisitions in highly populated, predictable markets.  With over two decades of cumulative real estate investment, development, and management experience, the company has a proven ability to thrive in the US real estate market throughout all market cycles.   Urban Commons owns, manages and invests in a variety of assets including land, apartment buildings, condominium projects, hotels, retail and commercial properties.  Hospitality partners include names such as, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide®, Hilton Worldwide® and InterContinental Hotels Group®.  For further information about Urban Commons , please visit www.urban-commons.com

Brighton Management
Brighton Management is a privately owned and operated real estate company focusing primarily on hotel development and management since its inception in 1994.  With now 27 hotels under management, Brighton is one of the most influential hotel management companies in the industry.  In addition to hotels, Brighton also manages 9 other residential/commercial properties throughout California.  Hospitality partners include names such as, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide®, Marriott International®, Hilton Worldwide®, InterContinental Hotels Group®, Wyndham Worldwide®, Choice Hotels International®.  Additional information about Brighton Management may be found on  www.brightonmgt.com.
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Contact:

Nancy Choi
Urban Commons
213-784-5941
nancy@urban-commons.com

http://www.urban-commons.com


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Also See: Owned by Urban Commons/Brighton Management, the 100-room Westin Sacramento Opens in California; Completing the $3.2 Million Renovation and Re-Branding of the Former Le Rivage Hotel / April 2013

The 100-room Westin Sacramento to Open in April 2013 in California; Owned by Urban Commons/Brighton Management, the Hotel Formerly Known as Le Rivage Hotel, will Undergo a $3.2 Million Renovation and Re-Flagging / February 2013

Urban Commons and Brighton Management Purchase the 101-room Le Rivage Hotel in Sacramento, California / December 2012

The 224-room Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County Opens in California Completing the Conversion of the Former Hotel Hanford; The Hotel is Owned by Westport Capital Partners and Urban Common LLC and Operated by Brighton Management / December 2012

West Covina Convention Center, LLC and Brighton Management in a Franchise Agreement with Marriott to Open 110-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott in West Covina, California / May 2011
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