Despite large givebacks, demand remains steady in the suburban office market

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Short on time? Here are the highlights of our third quarter Suburban Office MarketView. To request the full report, fill out the form at the bottom of this post.

BostonSuburbanImageQ3The Suburban Office market experienced a slow Q3 2017, recording 685,640 sq. ft. of negative absorption. A number of large blocks of space were returned throughout the market, primarily driven by relocations and added sublease space in the Route 128 West submarket. Fundamentals remain healthy despite these new vacancies, as demand remains steady and there are several large active requirements throughout the market.

Overall, availability and vacancy increased 30 basis points (bps) and 20 bps quarter-over-quarter to 21.3% and 19.0%, respectively, a direct result of the considerable added inventory.

 

Urban industrial heating up as speed-to-ship demand rises

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Short on time? Here are the highlights of our third quarter Greater Boston Industrial MarketView. To request the full report, fill out the form at the bottom of this post.

The Greater Boston Industrial market BostonIndustrialQ3sustained its momentum into the third quarter, recording almost 530,000 sq. ft. of absorption in Q3 2017 and over 1.6 million sq. ft. year-to-date. The outlook remains positive as strong rents, accompanied by declining availability and vacancy, continued through the third quarter.

Demand for industrial space closer to the city continued to increase, while some obsolete industrial product in the suburbs is under consideration for redevelopment. With urban rents increasing, companies have been looking to land close to the city along the Route 128 belt; however, due to tight space, some are being pushed out to the quieter Route 495 market.

Office remains steady while lab charges ahead

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Short on time? Here are the highlights of our third quarter Cambridge Office & Lab MarketView. To request the full report, fill out the form at the bottom of this post.

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The Cambridge Office market posted its best three months of the year in the third quarter. Absorption was a respectable 59,000 sq. ft. and asking rents continued to rise, reaching $68.35 per sq. ft. Premium spaces saw interest; however, there is not much premium space on the market, and lower-quality options received a tepid reception. This caused availability and vacancy to increase over the last year. Expansions by existing tenants were the primary driver of demand, and two of the three largest office leases this quarter were deals of that type.

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Demand for lab space in Cambridge is as strong as it’s ever been. The market saw positive absorption of over 684,000 sq. ft., the highest since the first quarter of 2012. It’s a welcome return to form after a few lackluster quarters, and brings year-to-date absorption up to 568,000 sq. ft. With such a large amount of absorption, availability and vacancy dropped from 11.7% and 4.5% last quarter to 6.6% and 2.0%, respectively. The spaces that came off the market were mostly premium offerings, leaving a small number of less desirable and less expensive options available, causing average asking rents to fall.

 

Boston goes from warm to hot in Q3

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Short on time? Here are the highlights of our third quarter Downtown Boston Office MarketView. To request the full report, fill out the form at the bottom of this post.BostonDowntownQ3

Activity continued to ramp up in the third quarter in the Downtown Boston Office market, which culminated in over half a million sq. ft. of positive absorption. All three of the core downtown submarkets contributed to this strong showing, and the trend continued into the smaller markets as well.

A good percentage of the absorption outcome was due to two headline-making moves: technology company PTC is relocating its headquarters from Needham and Alexion Pharmaceuticals relocating its headquarters from Connecticut, both landing at 121 Seaport Square, a 17-story tower that is currently under construction in the Seaport district. Construction began on the building without any major tenants lined up, but with these deals it is now 100% preleased. PTC’s 250,000 sq. ft. lease is the largest in Boston this year, and the firm will bring over 1,000 employees to the Seaport.

PTC and Alexion Pharmaceuticals are the latest in a string of prominent companies to relocate to Boston from the suburbs, with many of these tenants choosing the Seaport as their new home.

Boston starts the year slowly, but has plenty in store

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Short on time? Here are the highlights of our first quarter Downtown Boston Office MarketView. To request the full report, fill out the form at the bottom of this post.

iStock-614436122.jpgIt was a relatively quiet quarter for the Downtown Boston Office market, echoing a theme seen across many of the Greater Boston submarkets—but with an unemployment rate of only 3.7% as of February, Boston’s positioning remains strong.

Vacancy was up to 8.6%, the highest it has been in three years, but asking rents continued to edge upwards.

Bifurcation of Class A and B rental growth has slowed: while in the past year Class B properties had seen much greater gains in comparison to Class A, in Q1 2017, both saw only modest gains.

Most of the activity in the quarter was seen in value low-rise Class A space in the Back Bay. This type of space can be particularly appealing to Cambridge tenants who want to remain in the urban core, but are being priced out of the options on the other side of the Charles River.