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    Watching the Real-Estate Bust From the Streets of San Francisco

    City’s new landmarks are struggling office buildings and a shopping mall losing tenants

    A view of California Street, where several landlords are losing tenants and struggling to pay their mortgages.


    As it rolls toward downtown San Francisco, the California Street cable car passes the gothic Grace Cathedral and an 8-foot tall statue of Tony Bennett. Then riders start to see the city’s newest landmarks.

    Among them is 650 California Street, a 34-story office building that has defaulted on its mortgage. Further on is 101 California, whose second-biggest tenant left last year and whose biggest is slashing staff and office space. Go around the corner, and Embarcadero Square is for sale for $90 million. Its owner bought it for $245 million in 2018.

    Walk down Market Street, and you will hit San Francisco Centre, the city’s largest mall. An owner’s name was pried off the wall when it stopped loan payments, but traces of the logo remain. Last month the retailer

     closed its five-story flagship store there.

    Under Pressure

    A selection of commerical properties in San Francisco with debt tied to mortgage-backed securities


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    San Francisco Centre

    600 California Street

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    525 Market Street

    101 California Street

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    Source: WSJ analysis of S&P Global data

    San Francisco’s downtown properties were some of the most valuable in the country. Buyers loaded up on debt to get a piece of the booming city. Now vacancies are approaching twice the national rate, according to CBRE Econometric Advisors. Owners are on the hook for nearly $12 billion of office bonds, according to S&P Global.

    As landlords watch their loans mature, they will have a difficult time paying them off without willing lenders. Banks are already pulling back from making loans to office landlords, and commercial mortgage-backed security issuance plummeted this year.

    Vacancy rates are rising at 600 California Street and 101 California Street while a national landlord defaulted on $1.7 billion of debt backed by properties including 650 California Street.

    While the city’s office market recently showed signs of life with sales of properties resuming at much lower valuations, a wave of maturing loans already in distress threatens to extend the city’s economic turmoil. About half of the retail stores at Union Square, the city’s downtown shopping district, have closed, and government revenue has declined. Ridership last month on Bay Area Rapid Transit was down 61% compared with 2019.

    San Francisco commercial properties with securitized mortgages
    ’2014’15’16’17’18’19’20’21’22’2325%50%75%100%SECURITIZED DATEOCCUPANCY RATE600 California Street101 California Street
    The Wall Street Journal reviewed more than 50 buildings with securitized loans in the city’s downtown tracked by real-estate data provider Trepp. Of those, 22, borrowing nearly $2.5 billion, have seen a median decline of nearly 15 percentage points in occupancy rates.
    When these properties were financed, the median occupancy rate was 100%, the data show.
    By the end of 2022 or early 2023, the median occupancy rate was about 76%. Vacancies hit short-term cash flow and signal that future tenants will pay less. Occupancy is poised to fall even further at two properties on California Street reviewed by the Journal.
    101 California Street
    Bank of America’s Merrill was the biggest tenant. Mobile banking startup Chime became the largest tenant after signing a lease for six floors in the 48-story building in 2021. Chime laid off 12% of its staff last year and is subletting two floors. Occupancy is down to 76%, compared with 92% when a portion of the $755 million mortgage was securitized in 2019. Two other tenants occupying about 10% of the building are poised to leave next year.
    600 California Street
    This building’s owner and biggest tenant are deeply connected, and both are struggling. WeWork Capital Advisors is the investment arm of WeWork. It owns the building and has defaulted on the loan. WeWork is the largest tenant. Its lenders are considering a bankruptcy filing to help it exit from expensive leases. A special servicer on the loan is suing WeWork Capital Advisors to recover $250 million including interest, taxes and foreclosure costs, court records show. The lease for the third-largest tenant expired in June.
    Source: Trepp

    Chime declined to comment.

    ’s goal is to exit underperforming locations and renegotiate leases to reach profitability, a company spokesperson said.

    The glittering dome above Market Street is one of the last remaining structures from a century-old building that was replaced by a shopping mall, the San Francisco Centre.

    The owners of San Francisco Centre handed the keys over to lenders after falling occupancy rates and low foot traffic at the city’s largest mall.

    Last month the retailer Nordstrom closed a five-story flagship store at the San Francisco Centre.

    The pandemic hit the mall’s retailers hard, and one of the complex’s biggest tenants, the anime streamer Crunchyroll, gave up its office space on the seventh floor. Occupancy at the mall is now below 50%. It was 96% when the $558 million mortgage was issued.

    Office vacancy rates, showing San Francisco’s vacancy rate for offices is above 30% while the U.S. rate is under 20%.

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    Source: CBRE Econometric Advisors

    In June, the complex’s owners,

     and Brookfield Properties, stopped paying the mortgage. By July, the Westfield logo was removed, leaving traces spelling out the name. In August, Nordstrom closed its store. Developers are pitching plans to replace the mall with a soccer stadium.

    Westfield cited declines in sales, occupancy and foot traffic as reasons for transferring the property back to the lender.

    Higher interest rates have hit real-estate values. The investment firm Pacific Investment Management Co., known for its bond funds, got a double whammy at 650 California Street.

    Tenants include the buy now, pay later lender

    , which cut 19% of its workforce and is thinking about abandoning its lease. Higher rates, wrote Chief Executive Max Levchin in a letter to staff, “dampened consumer spending and increased Affirm’s cost of borrowing dramatically.”