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 [...]

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 [...]