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The Westside led in office absorption in the fourth quarter, according to a new report from Newmark Knight Frank—but that is probably not much of a surprise. The Westside is generally a leader in office activity. Lately, that is because tech companies have planted roots in Santa Monica, dubbing the city L.A.’s Silicon Beach. With rising prices, however, Silicon Beach has moved around the Westside area, starting in Santa Monica before moving to Playa Vista and now El Segundo and even as far east as Hollywood. To find out more about the evolution of a market that drives much of L.A.’s office activity and where it is headed next, we sat down with Steve Kolsky, EVP and managing director at NKF, for an exclusive interview.

GlobeSt.com: The Westside led in office absorption for the fourth quarter. Your report attributed this to activity from tech companies, which have garnered the Westside market the name Silicon Beach. What has been the pattern for Silicon Beach activity on the Westside?

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance writer and editor living in Los Angeles whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Los Angeles Magazine.

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