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Atlanta Real Estate Market Trends | Midtown Atlanta Office Q4 2020

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Midtown Atlanta ends 2020 with its worst quarter ever in its history.

Key Takeaways

  • Midtown experienced its worst quarter ever in the last quarter of 2020.
  • Midtown's fourth quarter occupancy loss can be attributed to just one tenant.
  • The submarket's vacancy rate increased this quarter.
  • Midtown's Class A rental rate decreased the most of Atlanta's submarkets.
  • Activity is anticipated to turn positive over the coming year.


Midtown Atlanta ended the year with the worst quarter ever in its history. The submarket lost a net total of -856,900 square feet of occupied office space.

The fourth quarter's occupancy loss can be attributed to one tenant, whose vacancy has been in the works for some time. AT&T completed its move-out of its space at Tower Square, giving back just under 790,000 square feet as part of its ongoing consolidation strategy in Atlanta.

As expected, the submarket's vacancy rate increased in the fourth quarter of 2020. It is now at its highest level in six years.

Midtown's Class A rental rate dropped the most of any other submarket in Atlanta this quarter. This is likely due to the vacancy coming from AT&T's space as it is currently priced well below the submarket's average.

This quarter's occupancy loss was an anticipated bump in the road for Midtown Atlanta. The submarket continues to be Atlanta's top office node, remaining high on the lists of potential prospects. Overall activity will return here over the coming year.


Atlanta Real Estate Market Trends | Midtown Atlanta Office Q4 2020

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