Kinzer Market Observations: Lake Union


This is the next in a series of in-depth analyses of submarket-level trends that we’ve observed in recent years.
By: Capital Markets Team

Lake Union Sale Trends

Lake Union has been a top performing submarket in the region for the last decade, from a leasing, development, and investment sales perspective. An average of more than $1.0 billion in office sales have occurred annually from 2015-2019. Last year saw a record of $1.75 billion in office property trade hands, which accounted for 20.2% of all volume in the metro area. The vast majority of recent activity has involved single-tenant buildings occupied by the most valuable tech firms in the world.

Lake Union Pricing Trends

The first $700/SF office sale in Seattle happened in Lake Union in 2013. Since that transaction, an additional 32 transactions have closed above that threshold. 55% of all $700/SF sales in the region have occurred in Lake Union, and it is the only submarket with multiple $900/SF deals (6 deals). Seattle has cemented its position as a top-10 market globally throughout the cycle, and as such, foreign capital has flocked to the area. However, the majority of large transactions in the market still include domestic buyers.

Trades in the last 5 years

Lake Union is the only submarket in Seattle to pass the $1,000/SF threshold.

Trades in the last 5 years

Major occupiers in buildings that traded for $700/SF

Major Transactions

Elizabeth Schalka, Principal
Adrienne Hunter, Principal
Alex Muir, Principal
Jena Thornton, Principal-Hospitality
Stuart Williams, Partner

Images from CoStar and M Walmsley
Data by Kinzer Partners and CoStar