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The Esplanade

JLL earns exclusive leasing assignment for Esplanade office towers

After an extensive vetting process, the Phoenix office of JLL has been selected as the exclusive leasing agent for the four Class A office towers at The Esplanade, a 1-million-square-foot landmark mixed-use project located at 24th Street and Camelback Road, in the heart of Phoenix’s prestigious Camelback Corridor.

JLL Managing Director John Bonnell and JLL Vice Presidents Brett Abramson and Greg McMillan will direct all office leasing efforts for The Esplanade’s 10- and 11-story, Class A office towers. The buildings were constructed between 1989 and 2002, and represent a total 906,459 square feet of space at 2425, 2525, 2575 and 2555 E. Camelback Rd. Each tower features high-end finishes, panoramic views of Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak, private balconies, 24-hour security, on-site conference and fitness facilities, concierge and abundant covered parking.

JLL is also working with property owner by MetLife, Inc. as it implements extensive, project-wide renovations that are delivering new building lobbies, new corridors, an upgraded amenity package and new speculative office suites.

“The Esplanade represents some of the Valley’s nicest office space in an equally premier location. It is one of those iconic projects that checks virtually every box on the tenant and employee wish list,” said Bonnell. “It also has an owner that recognizes the value of these advantages, and will make the investment necessary to ensure The Esplanade remains a market leader for the long term.”

In addition to its office towers, The Esplanade includes a first-floor retail component, fine and casual dining, a 14-screen AMC Theatre, a 291-room Ritz Carlton Hotel, and a pedestrian-friendly design that links the project to neighboring Biltmore Fashion Park, one of the metro area’s most upscale shopping and dining environments.

The Esplanade is within one mile of Piestewa Freeway/State Route 51 and minutes from the Valley’s Loop freeway system, Interstate 10, Downtown Phoenix and Sky Harbor International Airport. These factors combined to rank Camelback Road as #34 on JLL’s list of Most Expensive U.S. Streets for Office Space in 2013—an overview of the nation’s most premier, in-demand submarkets for office space.

JLL Report

As Phoenix Suburban Office Markets Recover, Skyline Poised to Follow

“Game on” seems to be the sentiment of Phoenix office tenants as they continue to bounce back from the recession, albeit with smaller work spaces that must achieve greater efficiencies with a reduced footprint. Suburban office markets—primarily in Tempe, Chandler and the Camelback Corridor—that are close to employees and offer higher-density parking are leading this trend, according to JLL’s Spring 2014 U.S. Skyline Review. (see link below)

“The Phoenix Skyline experienced the full force of the recession, and most of its tenant base shed jobs and reduced their real estate footprints in response,” said Dennis Desmond, Senior Managing Director in the Phoenix office of JLL. “But Phoenix jobs are returning, and with them a steady growth in occupancy that is tightening and pushing rental rates Valley-wide. Over the next several years, we expect this to have the same impact on the Downtown and Midtown Skyline submarkets.”

JLL’s proprietary Skyline report identifies and tracks micro-segments of 43 city centers across the nation. The Skyline features Trophy and Class A buildings where tenants and investors focus demand for office space in a flight to quality and efficiency. (Check out the themes that shape the U.S. skyline.)

Though the direct vacancy rate for Phoenix’s Skyline still sits at 22.9 percent, sights are set on rapidly improving Skylines across the nation—where competition for office properties in 2013 propelled the national vacancy level to an average 13.4 percent.

“If you look at the JLL Skyline Clock, Phoenix sits squarely between the ‘Bottoming Phase’ and the ‘Rising Phase’,” said John Bonnell, Managing Director in the Phoenix office of JLL. “This is a perfect storm for tenants who appreciate the price differential, central location and amenities that Downtown and Midtown have to offer. It’s an opportunity that we remind our clients about constantly, and one that we expect to continue throughout 2014, since new construction is also very limited.”

In spite of tightening market fundamentals, construction activity in Skylines across the nation remains low. Seven U.S. Skylines—including Phoenix—show no current development. Two Skylines indicate just one proposed project.

”The lack of development is causing a space crunch on each end of the spectrum,” said John Sikaitis, Managing Director of Research at JLL. “Trophy properties are far outperforming the broader market with respect to occupancy levels and rents, and a similar tightening exists in value-add properties. This squeeze from both ends is expected to have a significant impact on the properties in the middle as tenants are being priced out of their former go-to options.”

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