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San Diego rents have reached record heights. According to research from Newmark Knight Frank, office rents in the market have increased 22.8% since 2013. In the third quarter, class-B rents drove the rent gains, increasing 3.6% this year, while class-A rents increased 2.5% during the same time frame. These rent gains have been driven by both the redevelopment of office properties and organic tenant growth.

San Diego landlords have actively been redeveloping out-of-date office properties throughout the market. This activity has fueled the growth of class-B rents. “There has been a reinvestment of capital over the last few years into older buildings to bring them up to today’s standards, and there is more of a progressive feel across the board,” Christopher P. High, senior managing director at Newmark Knight Frank, tells GlobeSt.com. “That reinvestment is pushing rents to get returns but also pushing rents because it creates a better and higher end environment, and that is something tenants are willing to pay more for. We have seen that trend across the county, not just in certain submarkets. The entire tide is rising based on the quality of real estate.”

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Borland is a freelance writer and editor living whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Riviera Orange County.

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