Guest Post by Sullivan Johnston, Research Coordinator at Avison Young Commercial Real Estate
As in quarters past, Austin’s CBD submarket continues to entice an array of office tenants, despite some reports illustrating downtrends in occupancy and rental rates. Austin’s favorable business environment has emerged as a worthwhile investment, with companies such as Kuka Robotics, Samsung, and Indeed relocating and expanding to the Central Texas metro, showing little obstinance to the high cost of occupancy.
Though Class A vacancy in the CBD increased from 4.74% in Q2 to 5.46% in Q3, demand remains unfettered with the CBD waging the highest rate of leasing activity for the quarter at 381,649 sf. The average Class A gross asking rate in the CBD for Q3 was $51.71, with some buildings commanding rates upward of $61. While the North/Domain and East submarkets may be at the mercy of potential downturns in the tech sector, the diverse office culture the CBD touts shields office use and thus, demand.