One of the first questions from many clients is…”Where can we find cheap warehouse space”. Let’s face it, monthly rental payments constitute a large percentage of a company’s operating expenses. If you are looking for space to rent in Houston, you can find practically the same space in different locations and for noticeably different rental rates.
Why do the rental rates vary so much? Age of the building is the primary factor. Followed by location, building function and of course demand. Buildings with specific amenities such as rail access, heavy crane service or large stabilized yard will bring a higher rate than those industrial properties without such options.
Where is the cheap (inexpensive) warehouse space in Houston? Industrial property located around the 610 Loop in generally the least expensive. Dock high distribution space on Market St, Wallisville Rd, South Loop, Fairway Park and old Hempstead Rd will start in the $.50’s PSF per month on a gross basis. New lease space in ESFR fire sprinklered buildings of the same size will run the $.60’s to $.70’s PSF per month on a gross basis. Warehouse space for lease near Intercontinental airport will be somewhere in between these rates for comparable space.
Since Houston has no zoning regulations, warehouses are mixed in with other types of developments and consequently can be difficult to find if you are not familiar with the market. If “cheap” space is your goal, enlist a qualified broker to assist you in your property search.
Eric Hughes – Broker
(281) 236-9553 cell
Centermark Commercial Real Estate