California cities are among the most expensive office markets in the country. A total of 36 cities in California landed on a list of the 100 most expensive office markets in the country from Yardi Commercial Café. California dominated the list overall, and Los Angeles and the Bay Area led with a total of 21 markets on the list. In Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and, surprisingly, East Los Angeles, were on the list for most expensive markets. In San Francisco, the North and South Financial Districts both made the list along with SoMa.

“It’s no secret that the tech sector has a significant effect on office prices in California, particularly in the Bay Area. Large tech companies have been consistently active in Silicon Valley’s office markets; Google was the buyer in all of the three office deals that pushed Mountain View-Shoreline to number one in the most expensive submarkets list,” an expert at Yardi tells “At the same time, the California office market also draws big bets from real estate investment companies: Beacon Capital Partners’ $600 million purchase of the Zynga HQ was California’s biggest office deal in 2019.”

While some markets were nearly guaranteed to make the list, while others were surprising. In Los Angeles, East L.A. was in the latter category. “East Los Angeles made it to #19 thanks to its three office deals averaging $556 per square foot,” says the Yardi expert. “The sale of the Ford Factory for $195 million was closed in January, but the other two deals were struck in October and December, respectively. For 2020, it’s still early in the year, so any submarket that sees sustained interest in several high-value deals could crack the top 100.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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