Olympus Real Estate to restore Murrieta Hot Springs to former glory following US$50m investment

by Megan Whitby | 19 Oct 2022

California’s historic Murrietta Hot Springs has been purchased for US$50m (€51m, £44.4m) by Olympus Real Estate Group, a real estate investment and development firm with plans to renovate and preserve the 46-acre property as a hot springs wellness resort and day spa.

The property, located in southwest Riverside County, is fully developed with approximately 279,000sq ft of infrastructure including existing operating hot springs, 38 buildings, 12 guest lodges with over 200 rooms, two large auditoriums, commercial kitchens and restaurant facilities.

“It’s an extraordinary property with a long and deep-rooted history in the community,” said Justin Esayian of The Hoffman Company, who was the sole listing broker on the transaction.

“To see it going back to its origins as a major destination for wellness and rejuvenation is a boon for the entire Temecula Valley. It has the potential to transform the wine region’s tourism market and generate significant tax revenue for the city.”

Over the next 18 months, Olympus plans to renovate the property and reopen it as a wellness resort with expanded use of the natural hot springs, overnight guest lodging, a full suite of wellness classes and activities, a geothermal-focused spa and access for day guests.

The company also owns The Springs Resort in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, an award-winning wellness destination with strong community ties including local memberships, affordable housing for employees and generous contributions to non-profit organisations.

“Murrieta Hot Springs is an irreplaceable property with tremendous history,” says David Dronet, founder and principal of Olympus.

“We’re very thankful to Calvary Chapel for its stewardship of the property over the past quarter-century and are looking forward to revitalising and re-opening it as a first-class hot spring resort and day spa.”

He adds: “Years ago, the Murrieta Hot Springs Resort was one of the preeminent health resorts in the country. We’re honoured to work with the Murrieta community and our amazing health and wellness team to make the Murrieta Hot Springs Resort a world-class wellness destination once again.”

Originally developed in 1902 as a health retreat, the Murrieta Hot Springs resort attracted locals, travellers and celebrities to its restorative waters before falling into disrepair in the 1980s.

It came back to life in 1995 when Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa converted it into a Christian conference retreat centre and Bible College Campus. The church’s decision to sell the historical landmark was prompted by a shift in focus for the Church, exacerbated by the closure of its facilities during COVID-19.

Mike Mugavero of Calvary Chapel commented: ‘when our church, Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, first stepped foot on the property in 1995, we began to invest in restoring and improving the property to what it is today.

“During the 25-plus years of ministry, many churches were blessed to be served for retreats for their congregations. The church’s Bible College grew in its outreach as a place for young people to come and receive a strong biblical education.

“When the property went on the market 18 months ago, it generated outsized interest from mega-churches to medical centres to educational institutions worldwide. But local officials and the community have long waited for Murrieta Hot Springs to be rejuvenated and the city helped facilitate the approval process for a resort.”

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California’s historic Murrietta Hot Springs has been purchased for US$50m (€51m, £44.4m) by Olympus Real Estate Group, a real estate investment and development firm with plans to renovate and preserve the 46-acre property as a hot springs wellness resort and day spa. The property, located in southwest Riverside County, is fully developed with approximately 279,000sq ft of infrastructure including existing operating hot springs, 38 buildings, 12 guest lodges with over
The property is due to reopen in 2024, following an 18-month refurb project / Murietta Hot Springs
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