Yearly Archives: 2015

Destination: East Bay

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By: Katherine BillingsleyResearch Analyst | Oakland-East Bay

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As rental rates soar in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, tenants are increasingly exploring options in the East Bay. Current economic conditions in the two-county market provide a promising outlook for both investors and tenants alike. The unemployment rate in the East Bay is below California’s at 5.1 percent (California at 6.5… Read More

Understanding the Ongoing Revitalization of Downtown Oakland

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By: Hailey Harrington, Brokerage Associate | Natalie Behmlander, Marketing Manager – JLL Walnut Creek

Oakland is full of different neighborhoods with unique personalities. This map will help you understand the amenities available in the city’s different areas, along with an added dose of historical significance. Oakland’s brimming with exciting restaurants and bars – so come explore!

Download the PDF here: Oakland Neighborhood Map

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#SacOnTheMap – Check Out Downtown Sacramento’s Transformation

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By: Leo Canale, Marketing – Sacramento


Urban core projects continue down the pipeline

Downtown Sacramento is currently undergoing a renaissance, with a level of investment activity not seen since the 1920s. An improved local economy and new entertainment and sports complex have jump-started this momentum. In alignment with Mayor Kevin Johnson’s ambitious plan of building 10,000 new units, multi-family developers are capitalizing on the renewed interest in… Read More

Here’s What It Will Take to Build New Office Towers in Downtown Sacramento

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By: Ben van der Meer, Staff Writer, Sacramento Business Journal
Greg LeviGreg Levi, Managing Director, JLL Sacramento

Office-tower rents are creeping up. Occupancy is rising. Companies are coming back downtown after decades in the suburbs. So when will we see cranes again over

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Confessions of a CRE Newbie

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CREBy: Arielle Babineaux, Marketing Manager – SV

Let me start of with a quick hello to our blog audience! My name is Arielle and I was recently (June) hired as the Marketing Manager for our JLL Silicon Valley office. As such, I have become quite immersed in the wild world of commercial real estate. Coming from a different industry there has been a… Read More

It’s Different This Time: San Francisco’s Commercial Real Estate Bubble

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By: Hudson Smythe, Vice President


By every measure, San Francisco’s commercial real estate market is on fire, and the tech industry continues to fuel it.  Tech companies occupy 25% of San Francisco’s office inventory and yet are accountable for 70% of the city’s net occupancy growth.  The health of the tech economy and that… Read More

Hottest Trends in Creative Office Design for 2015

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By: NorCal Project Development Services Team

Office design and layout is a key focus for companies as they look to attract, recruit and retain the best talent in an increasingly competitive business environment.

Here are five trends our experts in Project Development Services see as likely to dominate build outs for workplace design over the next 12 months.

Sit/Stand Stations
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2 Great Cities, But What to Eat? Pizza vs Burrito

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By: Katy Scheck, Director of Marketing

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Pizza vs burrito. It’s a dilemma I face 24/7. With only 7 days in a week it seems impossible to consume enough of the 2 best foods on the planet. I would go see a movie called Pizza vs Burrito before I… Read More

Oh What a Skyline!

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By: Amber Schiada, Vice President, Director of Research

My favorite thing about visiting a new city is seeing its skyline for the first time. I have a deep interest in architectural design, and while I may not be an architect by training, I can certainly recognize a beautiful cityscape when I see one. I live in San Francisco, and love to escape the city, but every time I return and hit the curve… Read More

You Can’t Manage What You Can’t Measure

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By: Ari Hoffman, Manager, West, JLL Energy and Sustainability Solutions, San Francisco

In San Francisco, we sit at the nexus of the technological world, but we don’t always make good use of technological tools. Take submetering, for example. Quite simply, submetering is the practice of placing usage measurement meters (for electricity, water, gas, heat, etc.) in tenant spaces and specific equipment to measure consumption at a more granular level than just a public… Read More