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Industrial Market Analysis: Denver Q4 2018

Posted by Brian Lantzy on March 12, 2019
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As with every other commercial real estate sector, the industrial market in Denver remains very robust and shows no signs of weakening. In fact, as opposed to other market sectors where performance seems to have leveled off over the past year, industrial vacancy rates have continued to decline, asking rates have increased, and strong net absorption is still being realized.

Market Rents

For the market as a whole, the quoted average asking rates stood at $9.34 psf, an increase of 2.1% from the third quarter 2018. Flex rates stood at $11.87 psf, while warehouse was at $8.22 psf.  In the submarkets, the lowest asking rate was $6.56 in the E. I-70/Montbello area (which also has a relatively high vacancy of 5.58%). The highest asking rates were in the Southeast Denver submarket, at $11.01 psf.


Vacancy across the Denver market stands at 4.5%, down slightly from the past two quarters. The vacancy rate has been declining since its mid-2010 high of nearly 16%, with a steady, dramatic decline since late 2012. Flex projects stand at 6.5% vacancy, while warehouse vacancy is at 4%. In the various submarkets, Aurora had the highest vacancy rate at 8%, while the West Denver submarket had an incredibly low 1.4% vacancy rate.


Industrial absorption for the year was 4,431,159 sq.ft. across the Denver market. Every submarket, except Southwest Denver, also realized positive net absorption for the year, with North Denver leading the way with 1,255,470 sq.ft.

Industrial Outlook

Denver’s vigorous economy and increased visibility as a top tier market have allowed the industrial sector to continue its run of 35 consecutive quarters of positive net absorption. Developers are still active with over 4 million square feet delivered in 2018 and another 6 million square feet of projects underway. 2018 also saw record high lease rates as well as sales activity. The healthy market fundamentals and strong demand point to impressive industrial metrics in 2019.

The table below reports some of the key market indicators of the industrial property market, across 12 submarkets and the metro Denver area.

Industrial Market Data: Denver Metro Q4 2018, Wheelhouse Commercial

The information contained in this article is obtained from sources deemed reliable; however, Wheelhouse Commercial cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.

Brian LantzyBrian Lantzy is the Vice President of Operations at Wheelhouse Commercial in Denver, Colorado. For more information about how Wheelhouse Commercial can help manage your properties, please call 303.518.7406 or email

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