Yelp Signs 102K Lease at 55 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco

Comparable details:

Address:  55 Hawthorne St, San Francisco, CA

Landlord:  Harvest Properties and Invesco RE

Tenant:  Yelp

SF Leased:  102,000 (approx.)

Pricing:  $call

Type:  Class A Office

Term:  120 Months

The total building is 138K in which Yelp has the opportunity to expand into the entire building during the initial lease term. The building was developed in 1970 and is one block from the Second Street Technology Center and a few blocks from the expansive Transbay Project, the largest development currently under construction in the United States.

Industrial Cap Rates Continue to Decline

By Carrie Rossenfeld

The industrial sector nationwide is seeing declining vacancy rates and increased development, which has caused cap rates to drop since the beginning of the year, Bill Hankowsky, chairman, president and CEO of Liberty Property Trust in Malvern, PA, tells Hankowsky will be speaking on the industrial development panel during NAIOP’s Development ’14 conference here later this month, and we spoke with him about the trends he is noticing in this realm.

“There are a handful of trends that everybody is focusing on,” says Hankowsky. “One is simply that the fundamentals of industrial space are solid and remain so. There’s a good demand for industrial space, absorption remains positive each quarter, vacancy is down nationally and rents are going up nationally.”

The second trend Hankowsky mentions is that development in the industrial arena is rising. “People need new, functional, state-of-the-art space in the size and configuration that they want it. Development is back apace across almost every market, which is both a ‘glass is half empty’ and ‘glass is half full’ situation: developers are glad to be back in the business of developing, and a number of us feel it is disciplined development, but contrarians are nervous that there will be too much development and it will undercut market strength and sector growth.”

The third trend he notes is the issue of declining cap rates, which has to deal with how in-demand this sector has become. “The fact that industrial is a very highly sought-after after class is stimulating lots of capital to the space. Cap rates are lower today than they were at the beginning of the year.”

E-commerce is another obviously huge trend, which is creating a new source of demand, says Hankowsky. “There are different logistic networks for various companies. In some cases, buildings are being constructed closer inside the metros, and there is constant thinking by our customer base about how to better store, handle and distribute their product.”

Read more of GlobeSt article here.

The Prado Group Takes Down the Fog Building in SF for $209/psf

Address: 333 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA

Seller:   John Foggy

Buyer:   The Prado Group

RBA SF: 54,000 SF building

Lot size:  0.40 AC (17,498 SF)

Selling price: $11,300,000 ($209.26/SF )

Type:   Office

333 Valencia Street is a 4-story office building with ground floor retail and is known as the Fog Building.

Shorenstein Closes on Champion Station Buy

Shorenstein Properties LLC has closed on its purchase of the first phase of Champion Station, a four-building, low-rise office and R&D campus at 110-180 West Tasman Dr. in North San Jose. Terms of the purchase, which was concluded with TMG Partners, were not disclosed.

The four buildings, totaling 426,000 square feet, are currently fully leased to Champion Station on a short-term basis. “This is an opportunity to reposition a well-located campus in a market with strong leasing demand and a dearth of available blocks of office space to accommodate large users,” says Douglas W. Shorenstein, CEO and chairman, Shorenstein Properties LLC.

Mike Seifer, managing director of JLL, who represented the seller, tells that “There was broad investor interest in this opportunity and tenant activity in the immediate area continues to escalate.  This really demonstrates the continued improvement, maturation and importance of the north San Jose submarket and how this market has been transformed by the entertainment (Levi Stadium), retail and housing development that has occurred in the neighborhood.”

Champion Station is located in North San Jose, in an area that has seen significant ongoing capital investment by both public and private investors. The property is approximately 1.5 miles from Levi’s Stadium, the recently opened home of the San Francisco 49ers, as well as extensive retail and restaurant amenities.

Two major mixed-use developments, totaling more than $7 billion, have been proposed nearby and at least one of those developments is anticipated to begin construction in 2016, according to a prepared statement.

Read entire GlobeSt article here.

ViewRay Inks Mountain View R&D Lease Deal

Comparable details:

Address:  815 E. Middlefield Road, Mountain View, CA

Landlord:  Boston Properties

Tenant:  ViewRay

SF Leased:  25,518

Pricing:  $2.85 /psf NNN

Type:  R&D

Term:  62 Months

Kidder Mathews represented the tenant.

Office, Industrial Markets in U.S. Strengthen in Q3

By Michael Gerrity

According to data from CBRE Group, office vacancy rates declined in most major U.S. markets during Q3 2014. Twelve out of 13 major metro office markets saw vacancy fall and 11 markets saw average asking rents increase as tenants’ appetite for space continues to grow.

“Office space demand is expected to remain strong with continued improvement in the U.S. economy and steady expansion in office-using employment. Demand growth, coupled with the subdued national development cycle, bodes well for vacancy declines and sturdy rent growth,” said Sara Rutledge, Director of Research and Analysis, CBRE.

The U.S. industrial market also had healthy activity in Q3 2014, according to CBRE, with availability declining in 10 of the 12 major markets. Third-party logistics firms continued to expand nationally, with many markets reporting robust demand driven by that sector.

“The U.S. economy continues to expand, with employment rising and exports growing faster than expected. Q3 is predicted to be a strong quarter. This will help drive industrial space demand nationally,” said Jared Sullivan, CBRE Senior Economist.

U.S. Office Data:

Denver, which has seen steady demand from energy and business services firms, led the way in vacancy declines, with a vacancy rate drop of 80 basis points (bps) during Q3 2014. Despite this, asking rents slipped over the quarter as occupancies were taken in high-quality space, which has yet to be replenished with new deliveries.

  • New York saw its vacancy rate drop 60 basis points.
  • Atlanta, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Seattle all posted 50 basis points declines in Q3 2014.
  • Washington, D.C. was the lone market with flat vacancy over the quarter, holding at 15.2 percent since Q2 2014.
  • Boston posted the strongest quarterly average asking rent growth, at 4.0 percent on a dearth of availability in quality space and continued strong demand from tech and life sciences firms. San Francisco was second, with 3.3 percent growth in Q3 2014.
  • Office development remains subdued nationally, but many of the strongest markets are seeing increased pipeline activity. Houston continues to lead the pack, with 17.3 million sq. ft. underway to-date in Q3 2014.


U.S. Industrial Data:
The Texas markets posted the largest quarter-over-quarter availability rate decreases, with Dallas/Ft. Worth and Houston down 50 bps and 40 bps, respectively. Dallas/Ft. Worth benefited from expanding logistics companies, which are taking advantage of the strong local infrastructure, while Houston continued to ride the expanding energy boom occurring throughout the nation.

  • Although rents still remain below prerecession levels in most markets, rents increased in nine of the 12 major markets during Q3 2014, a reflection of improving market fundamentals.

Read entire World Property Channel article here.

Los Altos-based Box Takes Down New Crossing 900 Project in Downtown Redwood City

Comparable details:
Address:  900 Middlefield Road, Redwood City, CA

Landlord:  Kilroy Realty Corp/Hunter Storm LLC (joint venture)


SF Leased:  334,000

Pricing:  $4.40 /psf NNN (est.)

Type:  Class A Office

Term:  144 Months

Box will take over the two-building complex in phases, occupying the first 226,000 square foot building in the third quarter of 2015 and the second 108,000 square foot building in early 2017.

Mosser Companies Takes Down 6-Story Mixed Use Building for $15.4M

Address: 1029 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA

Seller:   Urban Green Investments

Buyer:   Mosser Companies

RBA SF: 38,184 SF building

Lot size:  0.21 AC (9,147 SF)

Selling price: $15,450,000 ($404.62/SF )

Type:   Apartment – Mixed Use

The property is a 58-unit, 6-story retrofitted brick building, comprised of 22 two bedrooms, 32 one bedrooms, 4 studios and a one story wood frame building that is currently leased to a restaurant.

Alexandria Real Estate and Uber Partner Up to Acquire Two Development Sites in Mission Bay

Alexandria Real Estate Equities, a roughly $9.3 billion total market capitalization real estate investment trust based in Pasadena, CA, has formed a partnership with Uber Technologies to acquire two development sites in San Francisco’s Mission Bay.

The parcels, located at 1455 and 1515 Third St., will support a 422,980-square-foot ground-up development for Uber as the San Francisco-based ride sharing service looks to expand its corporate headquarters.

The strategic partnership will see Alexandria maintain majority ownership, owning 51% compared to Uber’s 49%. Alexandria originally sold the parcels to back in 2010.

The development is in concurrence with a 15-year lease for Uber. The sale also included approximately 425 existing parking spaces, plans, permits and piles.

Read entire Costar article here.



555 Sutter Street, SF Changes Hands for $7.5M

Address: 555 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA

Seller:   Brothers International Holding Corp.

Buyer:   Rich State – Arkansas Inc.

RBA SF: 20,765 SF building

Lot size:  0.14 AC (6,081 SF)

Selling price: $7,350,000 ($353.96/SF )

Type:   Office – Mixed Use


This building was approximately 50% occupied, with some storefront retail on the ground floor.  The Union Square submarket has been hot recently with a solid mix of residential, hotel, and office occupancy rates all remaining strong.


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