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Houston, Texas is known as:

"Space City" - "Houston, Tranquility base here. The Eagle has landed."  - Neil Armstrong spoke these words from the surface of the Moon on July 20, 1969;

"H-Town" - The Energy Capital of the World -  a global, diverse, city known for its deep roots in energy and home to a large concentration of engineers; 

"The Bayou City" - Home of the Texas Medical Center—the world's largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions;

"Clutch City” – Earned after the Houston Rockets won the 1994 and 1995 NBA championships.

A top city for millennials, Houston’s broadened economic base includes manufacturing, aeronautics, transportation, finance, international trade, entertainment, design, sports, technology and education. 

The Port of Houston ranks first in the United States in international waterborne tonnage handled and second in total cargo tonnage handled.

Houston is the largest city in Texas.  Mobility in the area is one of the top concerns for any business.  Decisions you make on where to locate your office can significantly affect you, your employees, employee recruitment and your clients. Obviously, there are many other factors you need to consider as well.  We can help ensure you have the information and understanding of the market you need to make the right choice in selecting your office space. We can help whether you want to lease or find a property to purchase.

With over 300 million square feet of office space spread over 26 submarkets, finding the most suitable office space can be a real challenge.

OfficeFinder has a corps of local Houston office space brokers who specialize in helping businesses find and negotiate for their office space. When you fill out the form at the top of this page, we analyze your needs and locate the one who is the best fit to help you out. We have pre-screened and pre-qualified all of our brokers to make sure that you get the service that you want. They will contact you right away and there is no obligation. In most cases, you will find that they perform well above your expectations. Not to leave out that their services are free to you.

The best value in commercial leasing is not easy to obtain. It can take a lot of work to wade through the options.  Get the help you need to ensure you get the best space available.

Some of the Houston office submarkets to consider include:

Downtown CBD
Houston Downtown CBD is located between Hwy 59 and Interstates 45 and 10. It is the City’s central business district and home to many well-known corporations.  Reaching roughly 50 million square feet, Downton Houston has a mix of historic office buildings as well as some of the top iconic office buildings in the world. Hines Interests, founded in Houston in 1957, is a world class developer that significantly influenced the look of our CBD skyline.  Our tunnel and sky bridge systems are efficient and convenient connecting many of the building in the CBD. The submarket attracts large image conscience companies requiring a central location with ample public transportation.

Uptown
The Uptown submarket is a dynamic and vibrant area of Houston. Historically and often referred to as the Galleria area, the business district is ranked 17th largest in the U.S with roughly 2,000 businesses, consulates, high rise condos and 24 million square feet of office space.

The area grew significantly after Hines Interests completed The Galleria shopping mall in 1970, staking claim to one of the most successful multi-use developments. After multiple expansions adding retail, office and hotel, the destination is recognized worldwide for the convenience of immediate access to a vast collection of large retailers, specialty boutique shops, restaurants, entertainment and business services.

Larger multi-building complexes in Uptown are Lakes on Post Oak, Post Oak Central, Four Oaks and Riverway. The 64 Story Williams Tower, formally Transco Tower, is the tallest building in Houston outside of downtown.

Recently added Blvd Place improved the mix of multi-use properties in the area replacing older obsolete structures with upscale shops, restaurants, a Whole Foods Market, office space and high-rise residences.

Close to Memorial Park and affluent neighborhoods, the Uptown submarket offers a wide variety of office leasing options to businesses of all sizes

Greenway Plaza
The Greenway Plaza submarket inherited its identity, and our reference to the area originated, from the large master planned commercial development created by Century Development.

While a wide variety of class A, B and C office buildings, of all sizes and ages are located in the submarket, the 10-building 4.4 million-square-foot Greenway Plaza office portfolio dominates the landscape.

Located west of downtown, east of the Galleria/Uptown office submarket, River Oaks to the north and West University to the south, Greenway Plaza is a highly desirable business location for affluent professionals.

The U.S. 59/Southwest Freeway connects the Greenway Plaza submarket to other freeways.

The Woodlands
Located 28 miles north of Houston along I-45, the Woodlands we know today is vastly different than that of 40 years ago. A true Texas business hero and gentleman, the late George P. Mitchell, established the community using federal assistance from HUD’s department - The New Community Development Corporation - Title VII New Towns.

The area, north of Houston and in Montgomery County, has matured into one of the most successful master planned communities in the country.

The Woodlands Development Company, which has changed ownership several times since its establishment is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corporation. The success of The Woodlands motivated Hughes to acquire an additional 2,000 acres north of Conroe.

The Woodlands historically low office vacancy rate has led to more than 2.4 million square feet of new office development.
Exxon Mobil Corp’s 385-acre corporate campus to the south has solidified the long term demand trend for the area.

The Energy Corridor
Some people mistakenly associate most or all of west Houston as a part of “The Energy Corridor”. The district has a distinct boundary north and south of Interstate 10 between Kirkwood and Barker Cypress.

The area gets its name from the many oil companies, both national and international, that are located there. Some of these include Shell Oil Company, BP America and ConocoPhillips along with many other large companies have headquarters or regional offices in the area.

As the third largest employment center in the region, with over 20 million square feet of office space in the area, it offers employers new state of the art facilities to entice and keep well educated personnel.

Not only is to a great area to work, but also provides a desirable suburban lifestyle for those living there. Surrounded by two large open natural areas, the Energy Corridor has over 50 miles of trails and 26,000 acres of parks. For those interested in an active and healthy lifestyle, it is hard to beat.

Westchase
The Westchase district is approximately 2,700 acres in size, with 18 million square feet of office space.
In 1973 the Westchase Corporation purchased 760 acres from the family of R.E. "Bob" Smith and development quickly followed. The Westchase District was created in the 73rd Texas State Legislature in the mid ‘90s.

The Westchase District is home to top companies like BMC Software, Haliburton, Petrobras and StatOil.

When Phillips 66 spun off from ConocoPhillips, the company acquired 14 acres in Houston’s Westchase submarket for a new global headquarters office building. The site is located off Beltway 8 West between Westheimer Road and Briar Forest Drive. The 1.1 million-square-foot facility will house all of the company’s Houston-area employees. The district is brimming with retail, restaurants, and banks and is surrounded by desirable single family residential homes.

Other Houston Submarkets include:

Houston-East
Houston-North
Houston-South/Southwest
Houston-West
League City
Stafford
Sugarland
Texas Medical Center

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Are you interested in leasing office space in the greater Houston area? Here are some facts and figures that you should know.


The Houston office space market is recovering from a recent downturn that was largely due to instability in the area's energy industry. According to CBRE's market review for the fourth quarter of 2017, this year looks to provide steady energy employment, which will help stabilize the market and see decreases in excess capacity.

Savills Studley, in their 2017 fourth quarter report, noted that leasing activity in Houston hit its highest levels since the third quarter of 2016, as a result of non-energy activity and relocation by companies whose office spaces were damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

In spite of being down in recent years, the energy industry is expected to remain a large part of the economy in Houston, CBRE stated. The companies that make up this industry have long term goals based on the volatility of the market and sublease activity simply represent a demand correction in the market.

Although the overall asking rent for office space in Houston increased by 2.6 percent in 2017, the final quarter of the year saw a slight, .5 percent decrease to an average of $28.81 per square foot. Class A office buildings saw a year-end average rent of $33.36, a 1.2 percent decrease from the third quarter asking rate for that class.

Savills Studley described the office space opportunities in Houston as "significant", as energy industry occupants continue to exercise a conservative approach and the availability of new space for lease remains ample.

Those leasing office space are likely to find attractive concession packages, the Savills Studley report noted, with concessions at their highest level since the 1980s.

The West Houston Market

West Houston, including the Energy Corridor, Katy Freeway, Westchase, West Belt, and Far West submarkets, with its high number of energy tenants, bore the brunt of the oil price downturn, CBRE reported in a recent ViewPoint on the market. Because of this, the area is now responsible for 50 percent of the region's subleasing activity. 

At the time of the report, three buildings in West Houston were entirely available for sublease, including one in the energy corridor that has never been occupied.

West Houston has accounted for approximately 35 percent of Houston's total Class A absorption. 

The percentage of availability in these markets, as of the fourth quarter of 2017, is as follows: Energy Corridor - 26.4; Katy Freeway - 18.4; Westchase - 27.0; West Belt - 24.7; and Far West - 22.6.

Downtown

The urban submarket of the Central Business District (CBD) is described in CBRE's ViewPoint as "mature", meaning that it saw little increase in recent new construction, tighter availability, and higher cost of land.

In spite of the energy industry downturn, trophy space in Houston's CBD is trending toward non-energy occupiers. Availability in this submarket is expected to peak this year, placing office space there in direct competition to Class A offerings in the region. This will likely impact the Class A market negatively.

Availability in the CBD stood at 19.4 percent at the end of 2017.

West Loop/ Galleria

According to the ViewPoint, the West Loop/ Galleria submarket has not seen a swing in demand like other areas have.

This submarket -- popular with smaller firms such as independent law, accounting, consulting, temp agencies, and advertising professionals -- is likely to be impacted by a "flight to quality", even while larger companies vacate the area in favor of more centralized business operations within the ample space available in West Houston.

The West Loop/ Galleria submarket posted an availability rate of 19.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017.

By the Numbers

4.7 percent: The average increase of office space rents each year since 2005. This increase exceeds increases in both construction costs and inflation.

3.6 million square feet: The sum of fourth quarter leasing activity in the fourth quarter of 2017. According to the report from Savills Studley, the biggest addition of leased space came from Saudi Aramco, who signed a sublease for more than 200,000 square feet in Two Allen Center two weeks after Hurricane Harvey flooded its previous space in Bellaire. Saudi Aramco extended its lease on the property beyond 2020.

213,189,747: The total net rentable area in Houston at the end of 2017.

1.9 million square feet: The total amount of Class B move outs last year. This was an indicator of migration to Class A facilities due to lower rents.

3.0 million square feet: The combined losses of net absorption in Houston's Class B and C office markets in the last two years. These classes are likely to continue to be negatively impacted by the flight to quality trend that the region is experiencing.

8.4 percent: The availability rate in the Medical Center/ South submarket in the fourth quarter of 2017. This submarket is one of the smallest and tightest in the region.

$875 million: The price tag of the recent purchase of the Houston Center by Brookfield indicates a continuing interest in Houston by investors. It was just one of several large acquisitions in the area.

5-7 years: CBRE states that it may take this long for the Houston office market to absorb six years of speculative construction, which began in 2010.

62,900: The amount of jobs that the CBRE estimates will be added to Houston payrolls in 2018. 2018 and 2019 are anticipated to be recovery years for the Houston job market, but are dependent on the assumption that the oil market will make a steady recovery.

20-26 square feet: The amount of office space demanded per job, according to CBRE.

24.5 percent: Class A availability likely peaked at this rate in 2017, and is expected to steadily decline to equilibrium levels around 2020 or 2021. Equilibrium is the natural availability level, based on historical data.

If you are ready to take advantage of the ample opportunities that the Houston office space market has to offer, let OfficeFinder help you find your new space. Contact us to get started today.

Useful Statistics for businesses looking for office space in Houston
  Houston TX State
2016 Estimated Population 2,240,582 26,956,435
Median Age 32.7 34.2
Housing Units 937,245 10,441,643
Occupied 831,166 9,289,554
Owned 359,118 5,747,458
Rented 472,048 3,542,096
Average Household Size 2.66 2.84
Rental Vacancy Rate 8.5% 7.6%
Homeowner Vacancy Rate 1.7% 1.6%
Median Home Value $140,300 $142,700
Median Monthly Rental Cost $898 $911
Estimated Mean Income $86,013 $88,231
Median Household Income $47,010 $54,727
Percent of Individuals below poverty level 21.9% 16.7%
Educational Attainment: Percent high school graduate or higher 77.4% 82.3%
Educational Attainment: Percent high school graduate 22.7% 25.1%
Educational Attainment: Percent with some College 18.6% 22.4%
Educational Attainment: Percent bachelor degree or higher 31.2% 28.1%
Average Commute time in minutes 26.8 25.9
Commute 1,074,683 12,237,558
Commute by car, truck or other vehicle - Drive Alone 819,711 9,830,530
Commute by car, truck or other vehicle - Carpool 126,007 1,297,571
Use Public Transportation 43,353 188,919
Work from Home 37,108 520,981
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