Rustic Bel Air grocery building up for sale

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An incongruously rustic market in posh Bel Air is seeking a buyer for the first time in nearly six decades.

The grocery business, Bel Air Foods, is not for sale, but the 11,000-square-foot commercial building that houses it—along with a 45-space parking lot—hit the market last week without an asking price (buyers should make offers base on the property’s “as is, where is” condition).

The property, listed with Michael Preiss and Erica Taylor of rsf LA, is being sold as a development opportunity. A brochure advertising the listing notes that, given the immense value of residential real estate in the area, the roughly one-acre parcel “would be best redeveloped into multifamily apartments or condominiums.”

In business since 1952, Bel Air Foods and two other tenants have the building leased until 2021, but the listing material suggests that might be a positive thing for buyers; they’ll have a source of income “while undergoing the permitting process.”

If developed into condos or apartments, the property would be a rare multifamily building in a neighborhood known more for megamansions and celebrity lairs.

Newer complexes in the Bel Air aren’t unheard of though. In 2014, the Empire at Bellagio apartments opened in the neighborhood with 23 units starting at $3,300 per month. Amenities include a dog park and a designated tanning area.

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