Greater Boston Office Market Vacancy Rate Drops To 13.4 Percent, Lowest Level In Five Years

Findings Released in Transwestern | RBJ's "officeSTATus - Winter 2014" Publication

Dec 23, 2013, 18:51 ET from Transwestern

BOSTON, Dec. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Greater Boston's commercial real estate office market is closing the year with a very strong fourth quarter, with overall vacancy dropping to 13.4 percent, the lowest level in five years. The findings are part of "officeSTATus – Winter 2014", a new research publication from Transwestern | RBJ.

The drop in vacancy, from last quarter's 13.8 percent, was driven by tenants absorbing more than 800,000 square feet of office space. Boston's Central Business District saw vacancy tumble below 10 percent to 9.6 percent, with an even lower 5.3 percent rate in the peripheral Central Boston areas (not including Financial District, Back Bay and Seaport District).

In Cambridge, vacancy dropped to its lowest level in more than ten years, a scant 5.7 percent (down from 8.3 percent last quarter and the lowest level since the first quarter of 2001). The region's suburban markets also were very active. Class A asking lease rates are now up by double-digits in Burlington, Newton, Waltham and Wellesley, as compared to this time last year, due to constraints in Class A space.

"The positive quarter in the office market occurred in conjunction with a period of robust stock market activity and optimism for the tech-oriented Greater Boston economy and employment markets," said Brendan Carroll, senior vice president, Transwestern | RBJ. "The only downside of the strong results is that certain geographies have very tight space constraints, with a commensurate impact on tenant choice."

This quarter's "Market Interesting" section asks what has become of tenant choice, with vacancy down in so many submarkets. The section distills the number of contiguous availabilities for tenants in each submarket, by size of space, and includes a comparison with figures two quarters and two years ago.

To request a copy of "officeSTATus – Winter 2014," please send an email to Brendan Carroll at

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