Big Tech Moves Into Oakland while Construction Pipeline Swells

Cushman & Wakefield Releases Q2 Report for East Bay Oakland Office Market OAKLAND, Calif., July 23, 2019 – Cushman & Wakefield’s research department has released their second quarter 2019 market report for the East Bay Oakland office market. Below are the key findings from this report plus local expert commentary: VACANCY AND OCCUPANCY GROWTH BOTH ON UPSWING Vacancy in the East Bay Oakland office market was 10.5% at mid-year 2019, up modestly from a year ago, largely due to the new delivery of the 244,000-square-foot (sf) 2150 Webster building, that is unleased. Vacancy in the Oakland CBD was 10.3%, its first time above 10% in nearly five years. Keith Reichert, lead research analyst for Cushman & Wakefield’s Oakland office, said, “Despite a modest rise in vacancy, occupancy has increased by a significant 443,600 sf over the past year market wide, with the second quarter of 2019 achieving more than 200,000 [...]

Woodstock Development Acquires One Bay in Burlingame, Calif. – Cushman & Wakefield Retained for Leasing Services

BURLINGAME, Calif., July 1, 2019 – Woodstock Development is pleased to announce the acquisition of One Bay in Burlingame, California. Located at 1350 Bayshore Highway, the nine-story building is approximately 196,000 square feet of Class A office space situated on 4.75 acres along the waterfront of the San Francisco Bay. The property was acquired from New York Life Real Estate Investors and Harvest Properties. Headquartered in downtown Burlingame, Woodstock Development has been active in the Peninsula and East Bay Office and Life Science markets for over 25 years. “One Bay has historically enjoyed a strong presence in the northern and mid-Peninsula markets,” said Woodstock Development’s President Kirk Syme. “The building features a timeless design while offering unobstructed panoramic Bay views that stretch as far as downtown San Francisco and across to the East Bay, and south along the Peninsula.” One Bay currently offers a 10-minute shuttle service to the BART [...]

Cushman & Wakefield Arranges $515 Million Financing for New Bay Area Office Campus

BURLINGAME, CA / NEW YORK, NY, April 23, 2019 – Cushman & Wakefield announced today the firm served as the exclusive advisor to Kylli, Inc. in the procurement of $515 million in financing for Burlingame Point, a brand new, state of the art 803,000-square-foot office campus in Burlingame, California. The construction financing was provided by J. P. Morgan and Starwood Property Trust. Burlingame Point is currently fully leased to Facebook, Inc. for occupancy by Oculus, Facebook’s virtual reality company. The campus is expected to be completed in 2020. A Cushman & Wakefield team led by Steve Kohn and Mike Moran with Chris Moyer, Terry Daly, Clarke Funkhouser, Noble Carpenter III and Jessica Ke represented Kylli, Inc. in procuring the financing. “The market for construction and transitional financing has been bursting at the seams over the past year with well-located office development for world-class technology, biotechnology and life science companies on [...]

Napa Square Introduces ‘Executive Suite’ Concept to Napa Valley – Cushman & Wakefield Heads Project Leasing Effort

Cushman & Wakefield Heads Project Leasing Effort, Foresees Success of Executive Suite Concept Ahead NAPA, Calif., March 25, 2019 – Cushman & Wakefield announced today that Napa Square, a premier office building located at 1455 First Street in downtown Napa, has introduced a brand new executive suite concept to the marketplace. Situated on the second floor of the 3-story building, the new offices are being offered to individuals or groups on a monthly or longer-term rental basis. Cushman & Wakefield’s Margaret Duskin and Bo Harkins are heading the leasing efforts for the property which is positioned in one of the world’s most popular wine and culinary destinations. Duskin said, “Our executive workspaces offer entrepreneurs, employees and employers alike greater flexibility, connectivity, and convenience both in terms of location and function.” She added, “Major nearby corporate hubs like San Francisco and Oakland already have extensive executive suites, and coworking concepts (such [...]

Big Tech Boosts East Bay/Oakland Office Activity in Q4 2018 – Bright Outlook for 2019

Demand Expected to Pace with 2019 Deliveries Variety of New Deals Supporting Growth, Rents Continue Climbing OAKLAND, Calif., February 1, 2019 – The East Bay/Oakland office market received a big boost from “big tech” in the fourth quarter of 2018, according to Cushman & Wakefield’s recent Q4 2018 market report. Mobile payment company Square’s lease for 355,762 sf at Uptown Station, currently under renovation, in Oakland’s CBD Lake Merritt submarket, helped propel leasing activity in the year’s final period. Meanwhile, vacancy returned to single digits to close 2018 at 9.7%. Molly Herrick, Cushman & Wakefield’s Market Director for the East Bay, said, “Leasing activity ramped up in the fourth quarter driven by Square, one of the largest office deals ever in Oakland’s history. The East Bay/Oakland office market achieved more than 1 msf of gross absorption during the quarter which made up 40% of the market’s total 2.5 msf of [...]

SF Bay Area Life Sciences Vacancy Tight, Rent Growth Strong, with Remarkable Pre-Leasing Activity – Conversion Trend on the Rise to Support Demand

BURLINGAME/OAKLAND, Calif., January 31, 2019 – Increased investment and employment in the life sciences sector has driven life sciences related real estate to new heights, according to Cushman & Wakefield’s new report, Life Science: Great Promise & Rapid Growth. The research provides a big-picture overview of the life sciences sector and its impact on commercial real estate as well as more granular insights into 13 top life sciences markets in the U.S. and Canada. Thanks to an influx of venture capital as well as billions of dollars in funding from the National Institute of Health, the life sciences sector has grown nearly five times as fast as the economy since 2000, adding 85,000 jobs, with roughly 70% of that job growth (61,000) in the past eight years. This is primarily a response to an aging population with increased longevity. By 2030, there will be 73 million Americans aged 65 or [...]

Burlingame Point Finalizes Lease with Facebook for 803,000 SF Campus

Photo Credit: Doug and Wolf BURLINGAME, Calif., January 15, 2019 – Cushman & Wakefield announced today that Burlingame Point, a brand new approximately 803,000-square-foot (sf) office campus currently under construction in Burlingame, California, has finalized an agreement with Facebook to lease the entire project. Situated on 18.13 acres on the edge of the San Francisco Bay, Burlingame Point is a best in class office development by Kylli, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China-based Genzon Investment Group Co., Ltd. Facebook first publicly announced the lease was in negotiations to the City of Burlingame Planning Commission in August and the lease was fully executed shortly thereafter in the fourth quarter of 2018. Mike Moran and Clarke Funkhouser of Cushman & Wakefield represented Kylli in the transaction. JLL represented the tenant. Moran said, “We couldn’t be more excited that one of the world’s leading technology firms has selected Burlingame Point to expand [...]

2018 a Record-Setting Year to Remember for San Francisco Office Market

Year Ends with More Large Tech Deals, Positive Trends, but Supply Could Impact Growth Ahead SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – January 10, 2019 – 2018 was a year for the San Francisco history books, according to Cushman & Wakefield’s year-end office market report. The firm’s quarterly publication revealed San Francisco produced a number of records this past year in the dominant office sector, including record high rents and new construction deliveries. In addition, vacancy reached a three-year low, while tenant requirements (demand) held strong. Also favorable to the market’s economic stamina, the most recent San Francisco metropolitan division (San Francisco and San Mateo counties) unemployment rate was a minimal 2.2%, dropping even further below the year ago figure of 2.6%. Year-over-year (YOY) total private sector jobs increased by 2.0% to 1,023,600 while office using positions increased 2.5% to 397,400. Overall San Francisco office market vacancy closed 2018 at just 6.4%, with [...]

Cushman & Wakefield Bolsters Tenant Rep Services in Bay Area with Hiring of Matt Chatham, Aaron Wright and Hope Keaney

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., December 3, 2018 – Cushman & Wakefield announced today the addition of three Tenant Representation specialists in Northern California. Veteran brokers Matt Chatham and Aaron Wright have joined the firm as Executive Managing Directors, and Hope Keaney has joined as an Associate Director. All three professionals will be based in the firm’s San Francisco office and will focus on servicing clients regionally across the Bay Area and nationally. Along with his brokerage role, Chatham will also serve as Cushman & Wakefield’s Tenant Representation Lead for San Francisco. “It is with distinct pleasure that we have hired these very talented services providers, each possessing deep experience, focused discipline and work ethic and strong, sustained client relationships,” said Mike Smith, Cushman & Wakefield’s Managing Principal for the Northwest Region based in San Francisco. “As top tenant representative brokers, Chatham and Wright are individually recognized for their accomplishments in negotiating complex [...]

North Bay’s Woodside Office Center Sells to Dunhill Partners

Cushman & Wakefield Co-Reps Seller in Transaction, Retained by Buyer for Leasing and Property Management NOVATO, Calif., October 31, 2018 – Cushman & Wakefield announced the sale of Woodside Office Center, a premier, 89,457-square-foot (sf) three-story Class A suburban office property in the affluent Marin enclave of Novato. The seller was a joint venture between Artemis Real Estate Partners and Ellis Partners. The buying group was led by Mark Hutchinson and Doug Twillman of San Francisco-based Dunhill Partners West. Whitney Strotz and Steven Leonard of Cushman & Wakefield in collaboration with Michel Seifer, Rob Hielscher, Kristina Wollan and Erik Hanson of JLL represented the seller in the transaction. Cushman & Wakefield, which previously served as the leasing broker for the project, has also been retained by Dunhill to continue providing leasing services. Strotz and Leonard will continue serving in that role and Cushman and Wakefield will also continue to provide [...]