Flex Office Space Footprint in Manhattan Has Grown 300 Percent Since 2015

According to a new report from CBRE, the flexible office space footprint in Manhattan has tripled to 15 million square feet over the last five years as providers’ offerings have evolved, new players entered the market and new flexible space models have arisen.

Manhattan is the largest U.S. flex office market by far, with nearly three times the inventory of Los Angeles, which placed second. Manhattan is also the second-most-penetrated market in the nation, with flexible space accounting for 3.6 percent of total office inventory, trailing only tech-centric San Francisco at 4 percent and far surpassing the national average of 1.8 percent. CBRE indicates that the 10 largest flex markets will continue to increase their flex-office penetration faster than other markets, after growing by 70 percent since 2017, compared to 43 percent in other markets.

Manhattan flex space inventory grew by 9.5 percent in the first half of 2019. This expansion is being driven by the pursuit of medium-sized and large corporate and enterprise users, according to CBRE, which predicts flexible space operators will continue to be active in the market, seeking further expansion opportunities that will likely account for approximately 15 percent of overall Manhattan leasing activity through year-end 2019.


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