By Meghan Hall
Google’s commitment to its hometown of Mountain View, Calif., is readily apparent to those who have followed the company’s rapid expansion throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The technology company’s real estate activity — whether they are large leases are land purchases — have been based in the Silicon Valley submarket, making the news of its most recent lease of 151,000 square feet at 620 National Ave. no surprise.
Colliers International Senior Vice President Justin Reilly and Avison Young’s Managing Director Gregg von Thaden represented the owners of the property, National Avenue Partners LLC in the negotiations. According to a report by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, WeWork had been considering the office for its own expansion, but National Avenue Partners believed Google’s status as a publicly traded company with a long history of solid credit to better suit their needs. The building could potentially accommodate between 755 to 1,000 employees.
Construction was completed on the Class A office development in July of 2016, and the property is located just blocks from where LinkedIn planned to build its future headquarters prior to a property swap with Google that involved 1 million square feet of existing buildings, including LinkedIn’s headquarters and 2.4 million square feet of future development capacity. Other major tenants in the area include Honda, Samsung and Siemens. The office is one block from an MVgo Shuttle stop with free service to downtown Mountain View and the Caltrain station, while the Bayshore/NASA and Middlefield VTA Light Rail stations are walking distance away.
The building itself features open floor plates on four floors, outdoor amenity spaces and several outdoor decks. Electric vehicle charging stations, bike storage and on-site showers are also part of the amenities package included in the development.
Google has had an active year in Mountain View, submitting plans to redevelop North Bayshore at the end of 2018 after purchasing the Shoreline Technology Park for $1 billion, and purchasing 1555 Plymouth St., a 215,000 square foot office building, for $40 million in April.