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The Cost of Renting Office Space in Boston

May 24th, 2024

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Thanks to its academic status and thriving innovation scene, Boston is considered one of the top business hubs on the East Coast. In particular, the city and the surrounding areas have become the destination of choice for many startups, not only due to the availability of talent and funding, but also given the quality and diversity of office accommodation options. 

In this article, we offer detailed insights into the cost of renting office space in Boston, district by district. 

Office market trends in Boston

Over the past decade, the Boston office space market has seen fluctuating performance, witnessing shifts in demand and supply. Initially, the growth of the tech and life sciences sectors contributed to the expansion of the office market, with the development of new and modern spaces that could accommodate the requirements of these occupiers. Low vacancy levels translated into increasing asking rates, in particular in areas like East Cambridge and Sommerville, while other tenants were pushed out of the market as they couldn’t always compete with the budget of occupiers like MIT, Novartis, and Google. 

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Cost of Office Space in San Francisco vs LA Office Rental Prices

April 22nd, 2024

Comparing Office Space Costs: LA vs. San Francisco

Los Angeles and San Francisco are home to some of the largest and most dynamic office space markets on the US West Coast. However, there are important differences in the costs involved in setting up an office in these locations. In this article, we offer a comparative cost analysis of office lease costs between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Los Angeles: The US creative capital

Being the nation’s creative capital, Los Angeles is a magnet for businesses looking for office space to carry out media, entertainment, design, and advertising activities.

In 2023, the city’s creative industries contributed nearly 15% of the state’s total economic output.

The majority of these businesses are located in downtown LA but also in exclusive hillside and waterfront locations, such as Hollywood, Silicon Beach, the Arts District, Playa Vista, and Burbank.
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United States Commercial Property Prices Per Square Foot

February 28th, 2023

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The United States is home to one of the world’s largest commercial real estate markets, with an estimated revenue worth of approximately $1.2tr. In terms of size, industrial space is the largest sub-market with 21.7bn square feet, followed by retail with 14bn, and offices, which account for 11.8bn.

In Q1 2023, the average price per square foot for US offices was just over $38. Retail averaged out to $18.09 / square foot, and industrial space came in at just under $8 / square foot. However, there are significant variations in average prices based on location and real estate class. Here is a summary of average commercial rates in key USA cities:

  •   New York: Average gross rates for metro New York offices are $77 / sq ft / year. Industrial space averages $19 / sq ft / year.
  •   Los Angeles: $44 / sq ft / year for offices in the metropolitan area and $11 / sq ft / year for industrial premises.
  •   Miami: In the same range as Los Angeles, at $46 / sq ft / year for offices and slightly lower for industrial space ($8 / sq ft / year).
  •   Boston: $38/ sq ft / year for metro offices, rising to $80 in Cambridge. Industrial properties average $10 / sq ft / year.
  •   Philadelphia: $32 / sq ft / year for city center offices, $27 for suburban space, and $6 / sq ft / year for industrial properties.
  •   Atlanta: Slightly under $30 / sq ft / year for offices with a rate of $35 in Downtown Atlanta. Industrial space is charged at an average of $5 / sq ft / year.
  •   Chicago: Approximately $33 / sq ft / year for office space, rising to averages above $40 in The Loop. Industrial premises average $6 / sq ft / year.
  •   Dallas and other urban centers in Texas: between $25 and $30 / sq ft / year, whereas industrial rates are below $5.

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Coworking Space for Students on U.S. College Campuses

August 26th, 2022

various personal items including laptop, notebook and backpack in a coworking space for students on u.s. college campuses image at offices.netRecent years have seen some major U.S. educational institutions enter into partnerships with providers of flexible office space, creating coworking solutions that have already proven to be highly beneficial to both parties. These coworking spaces have served to support students by providing a professional environment where they are encouraged to interact with other college students and engage in networking opportunities. The coworking communities that have been formed on college campuses across the U.S. have also helped to support businesses surrounding these emergent hubs, providing them with direct links to students looking to enter the professional world.

Prior to 2020, the highly innovative coworking sector served to revitalize the somewhat stagnant office space market; experiencing healthy annual growth and gradually becoming accepted as a legitimate alternative to traditional offices. The shakeup caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, however, decimated the coworking space market, limiting growth and forcing coworking space providers to consider short-term alternatives.

Many of the partnerships made between coworking space providers and higher education institutions have already proven to be tremendously fruitful. The nature of these partnerships are also wide-reaching, with some campuses opening their facilities to serve as coworking spaces and others working directly with shared spaces to create ‘micro-campuses’ for remote students across the globe. Additionally, the partnered development of new coworking facilities within leading tech hubs has spurred greater innovation and investment than would have been previously possible for the hosting university to achieve alone. Ultimately, these higher education institutions have joined with global coworking leaders to uphold campus-like spirits of innovation, human interaction, and collaboration, whilst also introducing students to the professional atmosphere of a shared office space.

To say that this is a match made in heaven is an understatement. Read on to get some insight into how this innovative marriage was started, and how those leading the way are driving innovation, reshaping what constitutes an educational workspace, and influencing the connection between talented students and local businesses.

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How the Decentralization of Cities Has Changed the U.S. Office Space Market

August 22nd, 2022

Among the many changes brought about by COVID-19, the disruption to work arrangements and mobility patterns is perhaps the most profound. 

Since 2020, companies of all shapes and sizes have decided to re-structure their workforce, implementing new working models and providing employees with previously unforeseen levels of mobility. This freedom has resulted in many of these employees re-structuring their lives, relocating to more affordable or personally preferable cities. Moreover, the increased implementation of remote and hybrid office-work models has changed the way employers and employees think about location, causing many workers to reassess the need to live close to major business centers.

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It’s Still Boom Time for the Life Sciences Sector & Mixed-Use Office Space

August 15th, 2022

The life sciences and healthcare sectors are two of the small handful of sectors that have come out stronger on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic. This article offers an overview of relevant U.S. market data, as well as the way in which specialist office providers are serving the demands of businesses looking to house themselves in mixed-use office spaces that include both traditional desks and lab space.

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Mixed-Use Office Space in the Life Sciences Sector

While offices occupied by countless other industries emptied virtually overnight in response to the pandemic, life sciences companies stayed put — with some even opting to move to larger premises to accommodate additional employees. In 2021, the sector was still attracting millions of dollars in investments — particularly in the fields of Biotech and Medtech — due to their status as safe, recession-proof assets. In fact, 2021 saw a record $78 billion of capital investments to life sciences-related companies in the United States, up from the $70 billion seen in 2020.

Rapid expansion also put pressure on these companies to source top talent. In the United States, life sciences is a leader for employment growth. Illustrating this — in Q1 2021 the life science sector had surpassed the tech sector in job creation numbers.  Read the rest of this entry »

Mid-2022 Atlanta Commercial Real Estate Market Overview

August 8th, 2022

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Office Space

As of Q2 2022, we’re continuing to see signs of Atlanta’s increased post-pandemic recovery when compared to its peers. Office occupancy rates have shot up dramatically since Q2 2021, though leasing overall has still not reached pre-pandemic levels. Major players — including Google, Microsoft, Visa, and Airbnb — have been in the process of opening up thousands of high salary jobs in offices throughout Atlanta, heavily contributing to the increased positive sentiment that has permeated throughout the office sector in 2022.

Rents have settled after the turbulent events of the early 2020s. Vacancy rates in the metro are still sitting around 18%, making it harder for providers to hike rates. Overall vacancy rates have dropped from 18.8% in Q1 2022 to 18.4% in Q2, providing more evidence of recovery. Despite this, vacant square footage by volume has increased in the metro area, with just over 43 million sq/ft vacant in the middle of 2022 representing a rise compared to the same time in 2021, which saw 42 million sq/ft of vacant office space.

Vacancy rates in Midtown are down to 19% in Q2 2022, compared to 22% in Q2 2021. South Atlanta still shows the lowest vacancy rates across the metro area at 11.7%, though this is up from the Q2 2021 figure of 10%. Despite this increase, recovery is still trending positively when compared to other areas in Atlanta — though reaching the healthy metrics of 2019 is still a ways off. Read the rest of this entry »

US Office Market Trends 2022 – Statistics, Challenges and Outlook

February 24th, 2022

man looks over u.s. office market trends 2022 report at offices.netThe US office market struggle to get back on its feet for most of 2021, despite the year starting with the expectation that this arm of the commercial real estate market would be on its way to recovery by Q3 to Q4. Ultimately, the emergence of the Delta and Omicron variants of COVID-19 resulted in forecasts being revised, and the recovery horizon was pushed to 2022.

We’ve collected a brief overview of the trends, figures, and projections for the 2022 US office space market below, check back frequently in the year ahead for more insight into industry trends and recovery projections.

Economic Indicators Tipped to Improve

There are many factors influencing office market performance, but macro-economic indicators are some of the most critical. As we settle into 2022, a decline in unemployment is expected to be one of the most important factors underscoring the recovery of the office market. Recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics outlined a small uptick in unemployment in January 2022, moving from 3.9% at the end of 2021 to 4.0% to end the first month of the new year. Read the rest of this entry »

January 2022 – U.S. National Office Market Report

February 11th, 2022

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Notable Office Market Insights

  •  Ongoing recovery is the main theme, continuing the trend seen in most office markets throughout 2021.
  •  Positive absorption indicators.
  •  Slight increase in rental rates.
  •  Marked differences in occupancy levels, vacancy rates and general performance from city to city.
  •  Remote working practices are still commonplace in key markets, such as San Francisco.
  •  142 million square feet of office space currently under construction.

Lease Rates & Asking Rents

Recent data from Commercial Edge outlines a nationwide rental listing rate average of $38sq/ft in January 2022. These figures may be seen as somewhat inflated due to the number of high quality spaces currently listed due to being vacant, with Class A workspaces being listed at much higher prices.

According to Avison Young, Q4 average rental prices per square foot in gateway markets were as follows:

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Office Features to Look Out for in the Second Half of 2021

June 23rd, 2021

The US office market has been dramatically transformed by the changes to work practices and mobility restrictions implemented throughout the course of 2020 and early 2021. Whilst it was predicted that the market would slowly rebound starting in recent months, the demands of office occupiers will have changed substantially since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a brief overview of the main things to look for in an office space during the second half of 2021.

Office Layout

Flexible spaces

Flexibility remains a key consideration when choosing an office, not only in terms of lease terms, but also office layouts. Many office-based companies are still unsure about their ability to retain staff in the face of reduced revenue, combating this uncertainty by implementing rotating shifts or flexible work hours, two factors which have ultimately led to businesses struggling to identify the total headcount in the office at any given time.

This uncertainty will lead to an increase in demand for modular spaces that can be adjusted depending on the number of people present in the workplace. These kinds of dynamic layouts have been an option for several years, often going hand in hand with trends towards multi-functional office spaces. Some of the main elements that typify flexible workspaces include:

  •  Blurred indoor to outdoor transitions.
  •  Movable walls and room dividers.
  •  Lightweight or mobile office furniture.
  •  Adjustable or movable lighting.

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