Charleston office market reports

2Q21 highlights and trends

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Total vacancy in Charleston is at a record high, totaling 11.6%, however, as companies and new homeowners expand to Charleston, we may see an increase in office leasing activity. Asking rents are at about $28.40 psf, as demand is starting to increase in secondary and tertiary markets.


Economic conditions

Unemployment rate in Charleston, down 750 bps from the height of the pandemic.


Recovery rate

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's rate of recovery for the state, with leisure and hospitality and education and health services seeing the highest precentage of job gains since April 2020. Charleston is now reporting less than 100 new COVID-19 cases per week.


Office demand

Leasing activity for 2021 so far has surpassed half of the total leasing activity recorded in 2020 - we can expect that year-end 2021 office leasing will surpass the totals in 2020.


Office supply

Total amount of vacant sublease space (in square feet) on the market in Charleston, comprising only 2.3% of total vacant space. This number has increased by 1.99% from the amount of sublease space listed in 2020.


Pricing trends

Current asking rent for Charleston offices, this is a slight increase from the asking rent in 2020, but an 8.8% decrease in asking rent from 2019.


Capital markets

Total office investment volume (in millions) in Charleston for the period from Jan 2020 through Jun 2021. For 2021, the total investment volume sits at $26M. 

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