Boutique financial services firms have recently secured over 20,000 square feet at 540 Madison Avenue, where asking rents range from $80 to over $100 per square foot.
“Boutique financial firms are still the sweet spot for the building,” Cynthia Wasserberger of Jones Lang LaSalle, told The Commercial Observer. The majority of the spaces at the property are prebuilt or that the landlord, Boston Properties, is building for the tenant.
Real estate investment and private equity firm World Class Capital has signed a lease for 2,723 square feet at Boston Properties’ 540 Madison Avenue, where asking rents range from $80 to $90 per square foot.
“They were looking to open up a New York office that reflected their business model,” Gabe Marans of Studley, who represented the tenant, told The Commercial Observer. “They wanted to be in a boutique building that had easy access to transportation and that was centrally located on the island.”
In another whopping example of large real estate owners seeking to capitalize on current market conditions by unloading top-shelf inventory, Boston Properties has reportedly sold its 23-story office building at 125 West 55th Street for $470 million to J.P. Morgan Asset Management.
The deal follows a string of other Class A building sales this year – 550 Madison Avenue, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 237 Park Avenue and 75 Rockefeller Plaza – which accounted for $3.8 billion of the city’s first quarter dollar volume and created a 46% year-over-year jump, according to data from Avison Young.
With eight buildings totaling close to nine million square feet across a number of submarkets, Boston Properties is one of the largest owners of real estate in Midtown. Andrew Levin, senior vice president of leasing in the real estate investment trust’s New York office, has his finger on the pulse of the market. He spoke with The Commercial Observer last week about leasing trends in Midtown and Boston Properties’ development of 250 West 55th Street, which will open in fall 2013.
Shortly after China-based Bank of East Asia announced it would relocate from 202 Canal Street in Chinatown, banking executives signed off on renovation plans at the bank’s new 10th-floor headquarters at 540 Madison Avenue.
Previously occupied by SAC Capital, the space will be demolished and rebuilt, resulting in an array of sun-soaked, sleek perimeter offices lined with glass panels and interior workstations that allow for a mix of privacy and collaboration, all wrapped up in a prime Midtown location. The 10,900-square-foot deal set off a string of other lease signings: Conquest Capital Group, Hakluyt Co. and Ajax Advisors followed suit at the building, which is made up of various boutique financial firms, law firms and hedge funds.
“They were looking for a quality building, a boutique building where they could have a full floor and an identity—they weren’t looking at big corporate office buildings,” said Cynthia Wasserberger, a Jones Lang LaSalle broker who represented landlord Boston Properties.
Along with Boston Properties’ Adam Frazier, Ms. Wasserberger reviewed floor plans with The Commercial Observer and discussed what, exactly, drew the bank from Chinatown to 540 Madison Avenue.
The Bank of East Asia Ltd. will be relocating their New York office to Midtown.
The China-based bank will move from their office from the heart of Chinatown at 202 Canal Street to a 10,900-square-foot office occupying the entire 10th floor at 540 Madison Avenue.
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