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Asian cities top list of most expensive offices to rent

February 03, 2012|By Roger Vincent
  • Hong Kong has the highest office rents in the world.
Hong Kong has the highest office rents in the world. (Geraldine Wilkins/Los…)

Asia – most notably Beijing – is experiencing a boom in office rents fueled by rising demand and increasingly limited supply, a real estate brokerage said.

Rents for prime office space in Beijing rose 75% last year to $130 per square foot per year, the highest increase of any city in the world in 2011, according to Cushman & Wakefield.

Hong Kong remains the most expensive city for office space in terms of total occupancy costs at $244 per square foot, followed by London’s West End at $239 a square foot and Tokyo at $197 a square foot.

The most expensive location in the United States was New York’s Midtown neighborhood at $120 a square foot.

Globally, 2011 saw office demand improving with availability falling and rents rising by 3%. It was the second consecutive year of positive rental growth following a year of declining rents in all regions in 2009.

However, the recovery remains restricted to prime office space and is most visible in major gateway cities, Cushman & Wakefield said.


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