From the Rumor Mill - Top Golf Coming To Houston

Following up on our story about the possible future of the former site of Astroworld, we thought it was worth mentioning another tidbit of news we found exciting.  This could be huge.  Several commercial real estate insiders have told us that Top Golf, the awesome golf driving range concept with stateside locations in Dallas, Chicago, and Northern Virginia is on its way to the Greater Houston area in the near future.  They also have several locations in the United Kingdom.

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Plans in motion to construct 20 stories of Houston office space

The burgeoning oil and gas market in the Houston area continues to push ongoing commercial real estate development and encourage new investments in local infrastructure. Now, one real estate team has announced plans to construct a 20-story tower west of Houston to house additional office space to serve this sector and others.

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Local businessman predicts future Austin expansion

When real estate developer Kevin Williamson arrived in Austin 14 years ago, the West Sixth Street district was not much to write home about - a deli and a steakhouse were the main attractions. They were, at least, until Williamson helped pioneer the expansion of several businesses that have transformed the area into a vibrant destination spot, which has positively effected Austin office space.

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New York City financial markets affecting commercial real estate leasing

Real estate observers in New York City were encouraged by recent reports that financial services corporation Morgan Stanley would expand its commercial real estate lease at One New York Plaza in Manhattan. While that company's expansion may have been a sign of an improvement environment for New York office space leasing activity, experts say the local market has still been stifled by the challenges faced by several Wall Street businesses.

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What Do Office Tenants In The Garden State Want Most? FOOD ON SITE.

It's always interesting to compare commercial real estate leasing trends from market to market.  Different cities and regions produce unique leasing landscapes and a tenant leasing office space in Houston Texas may value certain amenities differently than a tenant leasing space somewhere on the East Coast.  According to a recent article in Globe Street, CBRE sent an anonymous survey to decision makers of more than 100 large tenants across the state of New Jersey ranking the most important "must-have" amenities in an office building.

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Interview with Shion Deysarkar - CEO at Datafiniti

We love connecting with old friends who have been involved in the startup world and chatting about their experiences with office space, and how it factored into the growth of their companies.  TheSquareFoot caught up with Shion Deysarkar, CEO at Datafiniti.  Datafiniti is a search engine for data.

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Interview With Nick Ducoff - CEO Co-Founder Of Infochimps

TheSquareFoot got the chance to chat with Nick Ducoff, CEO & Co-Founder of Infochimps and an old friend, about how office space factored into the growth of his company from an Austin startup based in an apartment to commercial space on West 6th Street.  Infochimps is a data platform for apps and analytics.

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Offices for Techies and Creative Types

In this blog post on Globe St, Tony LoPinto (their recruiting expert) discusses recent decisions by Google and Twitter to locate their employees in city locations.  He notes that this a new trend, different from days past where technology companies choose offices in suburban locations.  Google's purchase of 111 Eight Ave at the end of last year was the largest purchase of commercial real estate by a tenant in US history.  Sorry Chevron.  

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Commercial Real Estate and Accounting Mix Like Oil and Vinegar

As a CPA, tech, and CRE geek (I am the life of the party...), I found the recent article on Globe Street pertaining to the new commercial real estate leases accounting rules particularly interesting. The article points out the uncertainty surrounding when the new lease accounting rules will come into place. Having experience in the accounting world, uncertainty and drafts constantly changing is nothing new. What is interesting is the type of personalities at play between folks in the commercial real estate in Houston world versus the accounting world. From dealing with both sides, I will let you guess who would be more fun to converse with in a social setting...

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The Block[s Of Office Space] Are Hot

I've now seen two separate articles in the last several days about how available large blocks of Texas office space are decreasing.  Our friend Coy Davidson was commenting on the Houston market over the weekend (does he ever sleep?!?) noting how the increased leasing velocity in the city has led to fewer options for tenants needing large spaces.  This lovely graph shows the decreasing availability quarter-over-quarter for the last 3 quarters.  In all three buckets, the number of available spaces has decreased by about 20%.  This is great news for the landlords but it leaves fewer options for tenants looking for Texas office space

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