Monthly Archives: September 2021

CRE Office Pulse 004: Chicago’s Suburban Office Market — More Competitive Than You Think

Suburban Chicago’s office vacancy rates may seem historically high, but the headline numbers overlook key details about the marketplace. Large, low-quality properties are having an outsized effect on the averages. Removing these “zombies” from the data shows the market is more competitive than you think.

Read on to find out more


Ten with Ben 011: “Welcoming Laurence Elbaum, Co-Founder of Bradford Allen”

With 30 years of experience in commercial real estate, today’s guest knows what the fundamentals of the business are all about. Meet Laurence Elbaum, Principal and Co-Founder of Bradford Allen.

When he began Bradford Allen with business partner Jeffrey Bernstein in 2003, he was certain of just one thing: BA would succeed, because failure was not an option. That mindset has translated into a philosophy that continues to drive the firm today. Listen in as Larry explains why technology will not replace the ground work involved in CRE, the importance of knowing the value of a dollar for your client, and how our investment strategy changed during the course of the pandemic.

As BA’s suburban portfolio grows, the comparisons to downtown become more prevalent. While Chicago’s Loop has not seen the same return to work as many suburban buildings, Larry speculates that new changes will come as Gen Z’s presence emerges within the work force.


Bradford Allen Investment Advisors acquires Edens Corporate Center in Northbrook, IL

CHICAGO, IL — John Butler, Executive Managing Director of BAIA, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Edens Corporate Center at 630 & 650 Dundee Road in Northbrook, IL. Bradford Allen Realty Services will be the leasing agent, and Bradford Allen Management Services will be the property manager.

Built in 1988, the recently renovated property is a Class A, 187,509-square-foot suburban office building located immediately right off of the Edens Expressway/Interstate 94, the main highway north from the city of Chicago. Joel Berger, Senior Managing Director, and Jake Blesi, Associate, will lease the four-floor property, which currently offers 56,000 square feet of vacancies and an underway spec suite, as well as move-in ready options for tenants. The complex features a 122-car, below-ground, heated, executive parking garage; a one-of-a-kind outdoor meeting facility; recently modernized lobbies, lavatories, and common areas, along with a fitness center and yoga studio.

“The property is unique within the Skokie Boulevard submarket. It is easily the best option for the smaller and mid-sized tenants, with each floor having two wings that offer flexible space designs with a great window line. The proximity to walkable amenities coupled with the underground garage, the renovated common areas, indoor and outdoor conference facilities, fitness center, and Once Upon a Bagel as the on-site food service, make Edens Corporate Center the best value in the submarket,” said Berger.

“We just signed our first new lease with Phase 3 Capital Management for 3,500 RSF last week and have another lease out for signature. The North suburbs have continued to perform well this year, and we were so excited to have had the opportunity to acquire one of the best buildings in the North Market. Our planned upgrades to the tenant amenities—along with the engaged, flexible, and local ownership—will help the property attract dynamic new tenants in the area,” added Butler.

About Bradford Allen
Bradford Allen is a national commercial real estate firm based in the heart of downtown Chicago. The company offers a full array of brokerage services and expertise to entrepreneurial, corporate, and not-for-profit clients. Services include strategy, marketing, and transaction execution for occupiers, investors, and owners of commercial real estate. Bradford Allen is the brand name of Bradford Allen Realty Services.