Apple inks deal for first major office space in San Francisco

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in General Discussion edited July 2015
Apple has reportedly signed a deal to lease 76,000 square feet of office space in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood, marking its first real push into the city's office market.




The deal is actually a sublease of two floors in a South of Market building occupied mostly by CBS Interactive, real estate sources told the San Francisco Business Times. The space is believed to be big enough for around 400 to 500 workers, but very expensive, since rents in the area are typically about $66 per square foot.

For Apple, though, the space may be a better way of accommodating and taking advantage of its San Francisco workforce. In 2013 the company said that about 14 percent of its employees lived in the city, but these people have either had to commute or ride Apple buses to outlying offices.

Earlier in July, the company leased 300,000 square feet in San Jose, where about a quarter of its workforce calls home. Apple headquarters is located in Cupertino -- a small Bay Area city with a population close to 60,000.

Apple's plans for the San Francisco space are unknown, although several years ago Beats Music, bought by Apple in 2014, signed a lease for 26,000 square feet in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood. That lease is due to expire in 2017, and Apple could be aiming to expand office space dedicated to Apple Music, Beats Music's successor.

Alternately though Apple could simply want an office for San Francisco residents to work out of when needed, or to allocate the space for an unannounced project. The company is for instance believed to be working on an electric car, though those efforts may currently be centered in Sunnyvale.

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  • Reply 1 of 10

    Office space in SF is expensive - will they be able to afford it..?

  • Reply 2 of 10
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,963member
    gregquinn wrote: »
    Office space in SF is expensive - will they be able to afford it..?

    Pretty soon they might be the only ones that can. :lol:
  • Reply 3 of 10
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    I think many of Apple's designers live in SF. But according to the New Yorker they're moving in to a 30,000 sq ft space in the new campus.
  • Reply 4 of 10
    mike1mike1 Posts: 1,730member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by gregquinn View Post

     

    Office space in SF is expensive - will they be able to afford it..?


    Still cheaper than Manhattan.

  • Reply 5 of 10
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 29,880member
    Buying up real estate in high-end markets would be a good use of some of that Apple cash and would insulate Apple somewhat once the next market crash hits.

    I'd like to be able to rent a place from Apple Apartments.
  • Reply 6 of 10
    rogifanrogifan Posts: 10,669member
    Buying up real estate in high-end markets would be a good use of some of that Apple cash and would insulate Apple somewhat once the next market crash hits.

    I'd like to be able to rent a place from Apple Apartments.

    Apple Apartments featuring HomeKit everywhere. Sounds like a winner to me. :D
  • Reply 7 of 10
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 12,963member
    mike1 wrote: »
    gregquinn wrote: »
     
    Office space in SF is expensive - will they be able to afford it..?
    Still cheaper than Manhattan.

    Because there are more industries vying for space in Manhattan.
  • Reply 8 of 10
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,741member
    Buying up real estate in high-end markets would be a good use of some of that Apple cash and would insulate Apple somewhat once the next market crash hits.

    I'd like to be able to rent a place from Apple Apartments.

    - Touch ID entry.

    - Dinner already curated "for you" and divided into neat playlists.

    - A virtual Drake appears offering cooking tips.

    - Siri offers Sandra-Bullock-in-Demolition-Man style sex.
    (Sorry. Anything more would compromise battery life.)
  • Reply 9 of 10
    zoetmbzoetmb Posts: 2,329member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mike1 View Post

     

    Still cheaper than Manhattan.




    Not necessarily.   $60 a square foot for Class A office space is typical in Manhattan.  Don't confuse office space with retail space.   A company I consult for, with offices in a lesser, smaller building in the east 30s, is paying only around $25 a sq ft.    

  • Reply 10 of 10
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 29,880member
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Quadra 610 View Post





    - Touch ID entry.



    - Dinner already curated "for you" and divided into neat playlists.



    - A virtual Drake appears offering cooking tips.



    - Siri offers Sandra-Bullock-in-Demolition-Man style sex.

    (Sorry. Anything more would compromise battery life.)



    Remove the Drake function and we've got a winner.

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