MARKETBEAT Office Snapshot Q3 2015, San Francisco

by Derek Daniels Bandwidth of Tech Boom Powers SF Market Employment in San Francisco and the greater metropolitan division (San Francisco and San Mateo counties) continued to break records in Q3 2015. Non-office sectors have certainly been on the rise, with leisure & hospitality up 5.2% and construction and manufacturing up 4.8%. The real driver of the recent jobs boom, however, has been technology jobs, with computer systems design & related services (CSD) adding 12,200 positions or 20.9% year-over-year. In fact, CSD (70,500 positions) should overtake all of financial services (73,500 positions) in total job count by early 2016. Asking Rents Jump 5.2% The overall average asking rent for San Francisco jumped 5.2% in Q3 to close at a record high of $66.71 per square foot (psf), bypassing the previous record of $66.00 psf in Q4 2000. East SOMA took the crown for submarket with the highest asking rent [...]

C&W Northern California In the News – July 2015

Apple Dives into SoMa for First Big S.F. Real Estate Grab SF Business Journal, July 29 The San Francisco office market may get its first big bite of Apple. Apple Inc. is rumored to have leased approximately 76,000 square feet of office space in a South of Market building located at 235 Second Street. Cushman & Wakefield's John Lewerenz represented CBS Interactive, who is the sublessor. Thompson Dorfman Selling Commercial, Residential Sites in Foster City The Registry, July 19 Mill Valley-based Thompson Dorfman Partners is selling an approximately one-acre parcel entitled for 52,000 square feet of commercial development in Foster City. The company also put on the market an approximately 1.5-acre development site approved for 20 townhomes nearby at 1136 Triton Drive. Plans call for the 20 luxury Pilgrim-Triton Townhomes portion of the project to include two- and three-bedroom for-sale units and 48 parking spaces. Real estate brokerage Cushman & Wakefield, is the advisor on [...]

C&W Northern California In the News – June, 2015

Contained herein is a collection of news media mentions for Cushman & Wakefield's Northern California region. Stories include transactions secured by several of our brokers and updates on new projects.  The media also frequently publishes data that our team has provided via research reports. June news stories featured  George Eckard, Grant Lammersen, Jeff Cushman, Mark Andersen, Kris Kolmbach, David Scanlon, Kevin Lynch, Elaine Sahlins (Welcome to our Team, Elaine!), Ron Thomas, Reza Musavi, Dave Young and Bob Kraynak. Blog comments included remarks from Laura Duffy, Diana Harms, Victoria Garcia, Pei Hua Wang, Michelle Reyes and Stefanie Hasten.          Buchanan Street Partners Spends $25 Million on Marin Office Property rentv.com, June 30 Buchanan Street Partners has acquired Rowland Plaza, a 143.4k sf office project in the Marin County city of Novato. The property was sold by a joint venture between Barker Pacific Group and Rockwood Capital for $24.9 mil ($174/sf). Grant Lammersen and George [...]

Wall Street Journal: City Living Lures Technology Firms

The Google building on 8th Ave in Manhattan. Photo: Preston Gannaway, WSJ   The Eschewing of Suburbia An interesting article recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal. Written by Eliot Brown, the story is one whose premise is not unfamiliar: Millennials continue to change the employment landscape of American cities and tech companies are leading the way in accommodating them. According to the article, especially technology companies are "eschewing suburban campuses for clusters in cities." Google in particular, is snatching up CBD office space voraciously and many of the other tech players are promptly following their lead. Urban campuses, filled with sweatshirt and jean wearing young professionals are likely to become more mainstream. Among other commercial real estate professionals, The Wall Street Journal interviewed Cushman's Executive Director J.D. Lumpkin, who advises landlords and tenants on office space in San Francisco. Lumpkin said tech companies want buildings clustered to [...]

Cushman & Wakefield Advises TIBCO Software in Biggest Sale in Palo Alto History

Stanford Research Park Campus Sells for Record Price Cushman & Wakefield's San Francisco offices recently announced that it closed on the sale-leaseback of a 292,000-square foot office / R&D campus located at 3301-3307 Hillview Avenue in Palo Alto’s Stanford Research Park. Morgan Stanley’s Prime Property Fund purchased the property in what was the largest sale transaction in Palo Alto history. Universally recognized as the birthplace of Silicon Valley, Stanford Research maintains a world-renowned reputation for an unparalleled tenant base including the most innovative technology companies as well as many of the top law and financial services firms. TIBCO Software Cushman & Wakefield marketed the property on behalf of TIBCO Software Inc., a global leader in infrastructure and business intelligence software.  Simultaneously with the closing of the sale, TIBCO signed a long term leaseback agreement with the new owner. As a definite sign of the times, the record price paid illustrates [...]

Cushman & Wakefield Future Leaders Holds 9th Annual Broker Bowl-a-Thon: A Benefit for Habitat for Humanity

Cushman's Mary Davis and Sam Wasserstein with CEO of Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco, Phil Kilbridge - PHOTO: Miles Garnier   Cushman & Wakefield Future Leaders Originating in San Francisco in 2006, the Cushman & Wakefield Future Leaders (CWFL) Annual Broker Bowl-A-Thon took place at The Presidio Bowl on Thursday, November 13th, 2014. Since its inception nine years ago, this iconic fundraiser benefitting Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco is considered a staple in the Bay Area commercial real estate community. In 2014, Cushman & Wakefield's goal was to surpass last year’s figures of $62,000 raised. Including the 2014 event, which raised $75,000, the Bowl-A-Thon has reached an aggregate amount of $437,000, which is donated directly to Habitat’s local Bay Area chapter. The annual CWFL Broker Bowl-A-Thon unites the highly competitive local commercial real estate community together for an evening of bowling, camaraderie, fierce competition and community [...]

C&W Report: Best Labor Market Since 1999

by Ken McCarthy Senior Managing Director Economic Analysis and Forecasting January 25, 2015 Best U.S. Labor Market Since 1999 The U.S. economy added 252,000 jobs in December 2014, capping the best year for the U.S. labor market since 1999. In sectors that tend to influence commercial real estate, employment growth was generally healthy. Office-using employment increased by 64,000 jobs. The unemployment rate fell to 5.6%, its lowest level since June 2008, and the underemployment rate (including discouraged and part time workers) declined to 11.2%, also its lowest level in more than five years. Despite the apparent tightening of the job market, average hourly earnings fell 0.2% ($0.05) in December, the first decline in more than three years. Job Growth The U.S. economy continued to add jobs at a robust pace in December as non-farm payroll employment increased by 252,000 jobs. The strength of labor markets was reinforced by an upward revision [...]

C&W Northern California Headquarters: Minimalism Meets Modernism

425 Market Street: Floor 23 Cushman & Wakefield's Northern California headquarters are located in the epicenter of the Financial District at 425 Market Street, Suite 2300 in San Francisco. Within convenient proximity to SOMA, Union Square, The Transbay Transit Center and Salesforce Tower, we are situated next door to 50 Fremont Street, approximately seven blocks from the iconic Transamerica Pyramid and walking distance to the San Francisco Ferry Building. Design Winner 2014: Minimalism Meets Modernism The 27,000-square-foot state-of-the-art office, designed by Gensler and constructed by BCCI Builders, won the 2014 Interior Design Best of Year Awards. According to JD Lumpkin, Managing Principal, “As advisors to some of the Bay Area’s most notable technology, finance, professional services and other companies, we have created a workspace designed around our commitment to communication and collaboration. We’re extremely proud of our work environment, which is just the latest component of our ongoing efforts to develop solutions [...]