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 [...]

Cushman & Wakefield Announces Sale of Self Storage Facility in Northern California’s East Bay Area

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif., January 16, 2019 – Cushman & Wakefield announced the firm has completed the sale of Lockaway Storage in Castro Valley, California, a primarily residential community in the eastern region of the San Francisco Bay Area, or East Bay. Located at 8555 Dublin Canyon Rd., the project contains 26,000 rentable square feet of storage area as well as 135 outdoor RV/boat parking spaces. The seller was a private individual based in Northern California and the buyer was Ramser Development Company based in Southern California (Orange County). Greg Wells, Senior Director of Cushman & Wakefield’s Self Storage Practice Group, represented the seller and also procured the buyer in the transaction. “Lockaway Storage – Castro Valley is a best-in-class asset located adjacent to Interstate 580 midway between Hayward and the Dublin/Pleasanton communities,” said Wells. “This strategic location has ensured the project maintains high occupancy (95%+) and will provide the buyer [...]

TMG Partners Leases 68,000 SQFT to WeWork at 2201 Broadway in Oakland

SAN FRANCISCO/OAKLAND (Oct. 24, 2018) – TMG Partners, one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s largest mixed-use property developers, today announced the firm leased three full floors approximately 68,000 square feet of office space to global co-working behemoth WeWork. WeWork will occupy three floors in two phases with Phase I commencing immediately and Phase II commencing in January 2020. TMG Partners completed extensive renovations to the building, which includes a façade upgrade, blade signage, fully reimagined lobby and common area, amenity upgrades, new roof, and a complete HVAC, elevator and fire life safety modernization. “The iconic Art Deco-designed Breuner Building, now fully restored and renovated, is a very attractive draw for tenants such as WeWork who want an environment that combines true architectural authenticity with modern design and technology,” said TMG Partners Director of Development David Cropper. “With large floor plates and high ceilings, the property is ideally suited for [...]

Hackman Capital Partners Expands Toe-Hold in East Bay with Purchase of 6th Building in Emeryville

(PRNewsfoto/Hackman Capital Partners, LLC) Sept. 10, ­­2018 -- Hackman Capital Partners, LLC, a Los-Angeles based real estate investment and operating company, announced today the purchase of 1300 64th Street in Emeryville, California. The property, which includes a 25,138-square-foot building and off-street parking lot, follows on the heels of the company's acquisition of a five-building portfolio, known as Emeryville Exchange, in June. Five of the now six buildings, including the recent purchase, are situated in Jelly Bean Square, which takes its name from the largest building's roots as the former Jelly Belly distribution center. The sixth building, called the Thoroughbred Building, is located approximately 10 blocks south of the square at 1250 53rd Street. "We're thrilled to be expanding our presence in this dynamic East Bay market," said Matt Landstrom, Vice President of Acquisitions for Hackman Capital. "With high demand and limited supply, Emeryville is quickly growing and evolving." According to Landstrom, the building at 1300 64th Street, [...]