With the office vacancy rate in San Francisco having ticked up to 16.7 percent, the vacancy rate for office space in the East Bay is now nearing 16 percent as well, with 4 million square feet of un-leased space and over a million square feet of space which has been leased but is sitting vacant and seeking a subletter, according to Cushman & Wakefield.

And while the average asking rent across the East Bay market inched up a few pennies at the end of the year to $4.44 per square foot per month, which was up from $4.42 per square foot at the end of the third quarter and versus $4.39 at the same time last year, rents in Oakland’s Central Business District actually slipped 3.9 percent last year, asking rents “continue to be propped up by several blocks of sublease space with top-of-the-market pricing,” which includes 134,000 square feet of Square’s space at Uptown Station which they’re seeking to sublet with an asking rent of $6.25 per Square foot, and “rents are expected to decline as adjustments typically take several quarters to respond,” following in the footsteps of the market in San Francisco.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by Zac

    It’s very confusing to compared the price per sq ft of this article with the recent one about SF. Here it’s per sq ft per Month and the SF article used sq ft per Year…

    • Posted by Notcom

      Well it’s not THAT confusing – tho I’d complain more it subliminally discriminates against the EBay by making it appear even lower priced than it is – but I’m guessing you won’t approve either of idea of expressing the vacancy in terms of Kaiser Centers – e.g. this would be 4KC’s – rather than SFT’s

      • Posted by Zac

        You guys are pros with actual insightful comments. I’m just some rando reading an article. lol.

        I look forward to reading about per sq ft per Day on the next article!

  2. Posted by Jeffrey W. Baker

    It seems that these totals are for the “inner” East Bay, and there’s another 2.6 million vacant sqft in the eastern part of Contra Costa County.

    • Posted by SocketSite

      That’s correct, for an office vacancy rate of 19 percent in the Walnut Creek/Concord area, the majority of which (2.1 million square feet) is unleased, and an average asking rent of $3.34 per square foot per month (which is actually up from $3.28 per square foot in the third quarter and versus $3.13 per square foot at the same time last year).

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