Boston office market insights

Q1 2022: As return-to-office efforts start to pick up, a flight-to-quality begins to emerge with an ample amount of top-tier space available throughout the market.

235 msf


With 7.3MSF of space under construction, downtown office towers have been the largest driver of new deliveries, shifting the narrative from available office space seen as a burden to creating premium space to take advantage of the flight-to-quality trend.

1.1 msf

Net Absorption

Greater Boston’s road to recovery is back on track after a quarter of negative absorption with roughly 1.1 msf of positive absorption in Q1 of 2022. This marks an all-time high in quarterly net absorption since the start of the pandemic.


Direct Asking Rent

Landlords remain firm on asking rents, as companies return to office in a competitive market. Across the board, Class A rent is steadily on the rise, particularly in Boston and Cambridge where the highest quality of space is delivered. Class B rents have remained static.

39.3 msf


The amount of available office space in Greater Boston has increased by 2.97% over the past 12 months which has mainly been driven by more sublease options hitting the market due to companies rethinking their workplace strategy.


Vacancy rates

Greater Boston vacancy improves from 14% in Q4 2021 to 12.7% in Q1 2022 in thanks to strong absorption and a white-hot lab market eating into vacant office supply through life science building conversions.

$488 m

Investment Sales

Greater Boston Investment activity has surged to $10B since the start of the pandemic, as investors acquire assets with hopes of conversion to lab space.

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