The vacancy rate for office space in Oakland’s Central Business District has dropped from 9.6 to 7.5 percent over the past six months and demand for East Bay office space is hovering around 2 million square feet, which is twice the historic norm and nearing the record 2.5 million mark of net absorption recorded at the height of the dotcom boom, according to DTZ.

As we wrote last year:

In San Francisco, the demand for office space is at an all-time high and office rents have increased 15 percent over the past year and nearly doubled since the first quarter of 2010, a spike which has started to drive firms concerned about profitability, versus simply growth, out of the city and following in the footsteps of non-profits for which San Francisco has become too expensive from which to operate.

At the same time, office rents in Oakland have only increased 1 percent over the past year and are currently running at half the cost of being in San Francisco. And with a vacancy rate which is twice as high (14 percent), Oakland is poised to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the tech clustering around San Francisco, especially considering the number of tech company employees and other professionals who are increasingly calling the East Bay home.

The average asking rent for office space in Oakland’s Central Business District is currently running around $3.20 per square foot versus an average of $5.56 per foot across San Francisco.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by garrett

    so glad we just renewed our 7 year lease in Oakland.

  2. Posted by Some guy

    Bubble bubble toil and trouble.

  3. Posted by Matt in Uptown

    Why do these SFBT reports always compare Oakland to SF? Are they the same type of market and I don’t see it? It’s like the Polaris condo report that compares Emeryville stats to Oakland -it’s just not helpful to me. Also, if Oakland stats can be compare/contrast with SF then why isn’t San Jose in the mix, too? I think it’s just SF interests looking to pump themselves up when their ego is already fully inflated. Oakland stats should be compared to other cities of ~400k residents (and of course the surrounding market, too).

    [Editor’s Note: Our report preceded the SFBT, not the other way around.]

    • Posted by woolie

      They’re compared to each other because they’re the same market. San Jose is a different metropolitan area.

      • Posted by Matt in Uptown

        So if it’s in the same MSA then worthless comparisons are warranted? Then where’s the mention of Hayward?

    • Posted by jwb

      Downtown San Jose, to the extent that such a thing even exists, is seven times the distance from downtown San Francisco compared to downtown Oakland. It’s waaaaayyyy down there.

      • Posted by Matt in Uptown

        Okay, but SF and SJ are very often compared in stat reports.

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