Cushman & Wakefield Arranges Sale of Holiday Inn Express, Mill Valley, CA

Highest Per Key Price for a Holiday Inn Express Outside of New York City Cushman & Wakefield today announced that it represented ARE WCP MILL VALLEY HOTEL, LLC., in the previously announced sale of The Holiday Inn Express Mill Valley hotel, located in Marin County, just seven miles north of San Francisco. The buyer was a privately owned company based in Northern California. The transaction marked the highest per key price for a Holiday Inn Express branded hotel, outside of New York City. Central Bay Area Location Situated in one of the nation’s most vibrant, coveted and picturesque lodging markets, The Holiday Inn Express Mill Valley features many resort-style amenities. The hotel is located in immediate proximity to some of California’s most iconic attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Muir Woods, Mt. Tamalpais and Sausalito. It is also positioned in the heart of The Bay Area’s most prosperous corporate demand [...]

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 [...]

C&W Marketbeat Office Snapshot – Q2

By Robert Sammons Research Director, Northern California Economic Overview Private sector jobs for San Francisco have climbed to a record high of 922,500 as of May 2015, an increase of 39,400 (4.5%) year-over-year. The traditional office divisions recorded an increase of 25,200 positions or 6.9% over that same time period. Not surprisingly, the strongest subsector in office employment has been computer systems design & related services, which climbed by 10,000 positions or 18.2% to 64,800 year-over-year. The unemployment rate tumbled to 3.4% from 4.1% one year ago. Sublease Vacancy Up/ Leasing Activity Down The overall vacancy rate Citywide held steady at 6.4% in the second quarter. Year-over-year, vacancy has dropped 250 basis points (bps) from 8.9%. We feel the disparity between strong job growth and recent flat vacancy is due to two reasons - tenants that signed leases ahead of hiring and are now in the process of absorbing that [...]

C&W In The News – May 2015

Smelling the Social Media Coffee "Smelling the Social Media Coffee" is a state of being that refers to individuals who regularly participate and interact with one or several of the social platforms that are part of today's social stratosphere. Their participation is often rewarded by news mentions in local and national press. Of course not everyone has time to consistently engage with social platforms, but it's a good idea to set aside at least 15 to 30 minutes per week to become more familiar with some of the more popular, business related online vehicles. Bold & Extra Bold: LinkedIn & Twitter LinkedIn and twitter are two of the most established and easiest to engage with on a consistent basis. Contributing to blog posts by writing articles and commenting on stories is also a good idea. In the long run, it establishes you as an "expert in your field" and helps build [...]

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 [...]

Facebook Likes Menlo Park

By Sethena Leiker Data Center Specialist Senior Analyst – Specialty Practice Groups Research Growing Like Geng Busters Facebook’s humble beginnings are similar to many Silicon Valley startups.  The company's very first offices were located in a modest 3,000-sf class B office space on Geng Road in East Palo Alto. With a robust network of venture capitalists and a deep talent pool stocked with Stanford graduates, Palo Alto was an ideal trophy location to maximize success potential. Doubling Down For years, the city of Palo Alto has enjoyed a reputation for nurturing young companies such as Google, Pinterest, Intuit and many others, and subsequently watching them take an accelerated rate of growth just outside its city limits. And Facebook did just that. After growing to 500,000 sf in Palo Alto, Facebook doubled down in Menlo Park in February of 2011, through a 1,022,000-sf acquisition of the Sun-Oracle campus for $81M. The very [...]

C&W Sponsors Spirited Mayors’ Conference in Oakland, CA

Jim Gardner, Managing Editor of the SF Business Times poses questions to Mayors' Ed Lee and Libby Schaaf. Photos courtesy of SF Biztimes STATE OF THE CITIES: Mayors' Economic Forecast in Oakland, CA by Mike Kirner Senior Marketing Associate Northern California Cushman & Wakefield San Francisco was a premier sponsor of a much anticipated annual event last Thursday, February 19th. Presented and coordinated by the San Francisco Business Times, The Mayors' Economic Forecast Summit convened inside the Oakland Convention Center. Seated around a sea of white, skirted and round table tops, a large gathering of business professionals enjoyed a hearty breakfast with coffee. At 8:00 a.m sharp, Mary Huss, Publisher of The Business Times welcomed the attendees and introduced the first speaker: C&W's Executive Director John McManus. Real Estate Forecast McManus gave a ten minute presentation on the local real estate forecast and began with comparing today's Bay Area [...]

C&W Named Exclusive Leasing & Property Management Company for The Towers Emeryville

815,000 Square Feet of Office and Retail Space in Three Class A High Rise Buildings February 11, 2015 KBS and C&W Team Up KBS Real Estate Investment Trust III (KBS REIT III), a real estate investment trust based in Newport Beach, California has awarded Cushman & Wakefield the exclusive leasing and property management contracts for The Towers in Emeryville, California, located on Emeryville’s prestigious waterfront. Spearheading all leasing efforts for the 815,000-square-foot project are a seasoned C&W brokerage team led by Ryan Hattersley, Daniel Bisabri, Elisa Konik and Zach Siegel. “We are incredibly excited to be working together with KBS on The Towers, Emeryville’s premiere office project. KBS plans to make significant improvements to the project and to construct spec suites that are unmatched in quality in the entire East Bay market. This will allow our Tenants to elevate their businesses to the next level. We think there is significant demand [...]

Silicon Valley Marketbeat Industrial Snapshot Q3 2014

  Economic Overview The Silicon Valley benefited from steady employment gains through the third quarter, further strengthening the local economy. The tech sector continued to fuel the local expanding employment base by adding 10,700 jobs over the last year, 2,100 added during the third quarter according to Moody’s Analytics. The manufacturing industry added jobs, albeit at a much slower clip: the employment base expanded by 2.7% over the last year, representing 4,200 new jobs. New Developments The Silicon Valley industrial market is advancing on all fronts. Leasing activity was strong through the first three quarters, with a total of 10.3 million square feet (msf) leased, 23.2% more than a year ago and if the current momentum is carried through the fourth quarter, leasing figures are poised to be the highest since 2007. Demand for high tech space is on par with the third quarter of last year at 5.4 msf [...]