Boston, MA Office Overview
Notable Boston commercial real estate neighborhoods include the Back Bay, Charlestown, and South Boston office space submarkets. With a metropolitan population of nearly 2 million people, it's the largest city in New England and is seeing major demand for office space throughout the entire region.
As of mid-2017, the Greater Boston market encompasses over 74 million square feet of existing office space in properties larger than 50,000 square feet. The city's reputation as the intellectual and medical center of New England continues to drive employment in the education, biotechnology, education, and financial services sectors and also has a powerful impact on the local commercial real estate market.
Boston, MA Office Inventory Description
Boston ranks among the top 30 most economically powerful cities in the world and is home not only to a diverse mix of white collar businesses but is also considered to be highly innovative due in no small part to the presence of world-class universities that attract high-technology companies and venture capital.
With a gross metropolitan product of nearly $177 billion annually, there is powerful demand for white-collar employment in Boston. Nearly 75% of the office space in the city is Class A or A+, while Class B inventory contributes an additional 25% of product to the market.
The Financial District submarket is home to some of the most prestigious Class A buildings in the U.S. Global investors are attracted to world-class office properties like 50 Post Office Square, Two International Place, and 101 Federal Street.
Boston, MA Commercial Inventory Breakdown
Total: 116,412,404 SF
By square footage range:
- 50k to 100k SF: 7,744,446 SF / 6.65% of total office
- 100k to 500k SF: 49,954,628 SF / 42.91% of total office
- 500k to 1M SF: 34,937,684 SF / 30.01% of total office
- > 1M SF: 23,775,646 SF / 20.42% of total office
- Class A+: 20,167,759 SF / 17.32% of total office
- Class A: 48,830,522 SF / 41.95% of total office
- Class B: 21,919,925 SF / 18.83% of total office
- Class C: 309,189 SF / 0.27% of total office
Top 10 Largest Office Buildings
|Office building||Address||Sqft||Year built|
|200 Clarendon Street||200 Clarendon Street, 02116||1,764,440||1976|
|John Hancock Tower||200 Clarendon Street, 02116||1,755,398||1974|
|125 High Street||125 High Street, 02110||1,484,268||1989|
|The Innovation and Design Building||1 Design Center Place, 02210||1,389,192||2000|
|100 Federal Street||100 Federal Street, 02110||1,247,849||1971|
|The Offices at Copley Place||100 Huntington Avenue, 02116||1,242,000||1983|
|53 State Street||53 State Street, 02109||1,240,000||1983|
|Prudential Center - Prudential Tower||800 Boylston Street, 02199||1,235,777||1961|
|One Financial Center||1 Financial Center, 02111||1,226,449||1984|
|One Federal Street||1 Federal Street, 02110||1,118,355||1976|
Largest Office Properties Recently Completed
|Office building||Address||Sqft||Year built|
|One Post Office Square - Redevelopment||1 Post Office Square, 02110||1,082,000||2021|
|Hub on Causeway||100 Causeway Street, 02114||1,036,500||2021|
|The BEAT||135 Morrissey Blvd, 02125||700,000||2021|
|Boston Seaport - 111 Harbor Way||111 Harbor Way, 02210||525,000||2021|
|MassMutual Campus - 10 Fan Pier Blvd||10 Fan Pier Blvd, 02210||313,021||2021|
|iSQ Seaport - Phase II||6 Tide Street, 02210||269,000||2021|
|321 Harrison Avenue||321 Harrison Avenue, 02118||235,000||2021|
|69 A Street NPC||69 A Street, 02127||45,672||2021|
|Two Drydock||2 Drydock Avenue, 02210||245,725||2020|
|1785 Columbus Avenue||1785 Columbus Avenue, 02119||139,200||2020|
Boston, MA Green Office Space
The 2017 National Green Building Adoption Index reviewed office properties in the top 30 U.S. markets. Boston has placed 14th on this survey. While nearly 4% of buildings over 50,000 square feet are LEED certified, just under 9% rank as Energy Star Certified and nearly 11% are recognized as green buildings. The volume of green certification has increased from less than 5% in 2005 to 38% as of mid-2017.
An outstanding example of a LEED-certified property is 100 Cambridge Street. Completed in 1965, this nearly 750,000-square-foot building has attained LEED Gold certification.
It's not just newly built workspaces that can be energy efficient. Built in 1873, the One Winthrop Square in the Financial District is recognized as a LEED certified green building. As tenants, national and global investors seek out green certified workspaces for their use and portfolios, the green office trend will continue to grow in Boston.
Boston, MA's Top Office-Using Sectors
Finance, education, bio-technology and high-technology all contribute significantly to the economy in Boston and drive demand for white collar employment in the metropolitan area. The Route 128 Corridor and the Greater Boston area continue to attract large amounts of venture capital investment.
- Finance – banking and financial services companies such as Fidelity Investments, Bain Capital, and State Street Corporation.
- Education – known as the intellectual capital of New England, institutions of higher education in the city include Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tufts.
- Biotechnology & High-Technology – including Abbott Laboratories, Advanced Cell Technology, Boston Scientific, and the Intel Corporation
- Corporate Offices – companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Novartis, Philips Electronics, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does office space cost in Boston, MA?
The average office rental rate in Boston, MA is $45.37 per square foot. Asking prices vary based on the property’s location, overall rating, amenities, proximity to restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues, as well as public transport, airports and highways. Check Boston Office Market Trends for more stats.
What is the size of available office spaces in Boston, MA?
The Boston, MA office market can accommodate various businesses, sporting a range of office space availabilities. The average size of office space availabilities is 245,116 square feet. If you’re just starting out as a company or as an entrepreneur, the smallest available office space in Boston, MA is 232 square feet, while the maximum rentable space on the market now is 490,000 square feet.
How do I get office space in Boston, MA?
Start your search for office space in Boston, MA by using our filters that allow you to find the best space for your business needs. Filter listings by location, property size, available space or lease rate. Property pages will offer details about an office building’s rating, year built, availabilities, price per square foot and more. After drawing up a shortlist, make sure you contact the listed broker(s) to schedule a viewing and begin the negotiation process for your lease contract.
How many office listings are available in Boston, MA?
There are 627 office listings on the Boston, MA market. See all available office spaces for rent.
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What other property types are available for lease in Boston, MA?
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- Total Population684,379
- Male Population(48.0 %) 328,503
- Female Population(52.0 %) 355,876
- Median Age32.20
- Average Household Income$107,604
- Median Household Income$71,115
- Median Income Under 25$34,417
- Median Income 25-44$93,318
- Median Income 45-64$77,266
- Median Income Over 65$32,764
Top 50 Office Sales of the Last 2 Decades
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