Commercial Leasing

If you are looking to lease a space for your business or find the right tenant for your commercial building – we can help. Downing & Company has completed leasing transactions in some of the most sought after and desirable commercial districts in San Francisco. With our intimate local knowledge and expertise we’ve helped our clients cut through the market noise and carefully outwit the competition to lease retail space on bustling Valencia Street in the Mission District, 24th Street in Noe Valley, Hayes Street in Hayes Valley, Divisadero Street in NOPA, and on Market Street among others. We’ve also completed numerous office lease transactions in the Financial District and in SOMA. See below for some of our results. These are just a small sample of the transactions we have completed.

962 Valencia Street

Chrome Industries, a San Francisco based bicycle messenger bag and apparel company hired us to help them find a space on Valencia Street – one of the most challenging and highly competitive streets to lease space on in the city. Within 30 days of engagement we successfully out maneuvered competing bidders and secured them a space on one of the busiest, most heavily trafficked blocks in the Mission District. This space required considerable improvements to bring it up to code which we carefully negotiated with the landlord. Post construction Chrome’s created an amazing space. Their design team preserved a lot of its historic detail and added some edgy, modern updates. Chrome also has shops (they call them hubs) in New York, Chicago, Portland, and Seattle. Their headquarters is located in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco.


27 Maiden Lane

Prynt, a tech hardware company that makes the first ever instant camera case for smartphones, hired us to find them office space in Downtown San Francisco. Their company was expanding and they needed a larger office to house their 25+ employees. Their wish list included an open floor plan, multiple conference rooms, and close proximity to a BART station. That’s exactly what we found them at 27 Maiden Lane, Suite 590. This well-appointed 4,532 square foot office featured 11’ ceilings, exposed brick, large operable windows providing lots of natural sunlight, two glass enclosed conference rooms, and a kitchenette. Furthermore, it was just two blocks from the Montgomery BART station. To date Prynt has raised $9.2 million in venture capital. Their product is sold through Amazon, Best Buy, Urban Outfitters, and Harrods among others.


364 Hayes Street

On 364 Hayes Street the property owner hired us to find a long-term tenant for 1,583 square feet of retail space that was turning over in the building. With its exceptional location in the popular Hayes Valley shopping district, its beautiful brick façade, and open floor plan we were thrilled to get this exclusive leasing assignment. Our marketing effort on 364 Hayes Street attracted a tremendous amount of interest as retail space of this caliber is rarely available in the neighborhood. After a thorough vetting of potential candidates and their finances the space was leased to Maker & Moss, an eclectic shop that sells locally sourced home furnishings, lighting, jewelry, and accessories.


600 Divisadero Street

Rare Device, a retail shop selling a carefully curated mix of children’s clothing, jewelry, home decor, and housewares (often locally produced, handmade creations) came to us seeking to relocate their existing shop to a better location with higher foot traffic. While working within their relatively tight budget and desire to move to a pedestrian friendly neighborhood we got them an ideal space in the heart of the NOPA retail corridor at 600 Divisadero Street. At the time, 600 Divisadero Street was not officially on the market (the building was undergoing an earthquake retrofit) however Rare Device could see its potential and requested that we reach out to the landlord to find out if they would rent the space to them. Ownership was receptive and we quickly put a deal together. A few months later Rare Device completed their relocation and we are happy to say they are thriving on Divisadero Street. A few of their neighbors include the very popular Bi-Rite grocery store, NOPA restaurant, and Mojo Bicycle Café.


2164 Market Street

Revamp Salon came to us seeking to find a larger space for their hair salon. Noted as one of the top rated salons in San Francisco by Elle Magazine, Revamp had outgrown their existing space. For their new salon Revamp wanted about 2,000 square feet so they could add additional styling stations to meet their growing client demand. We secured them 2,100 square feet of space (plus a storage basement) at 2164 Market Street. For Revamp, this was a perfect location. It was just 6 blocks from their former salon and it was located on a rapidly improving section of Market Street where several new condominium projects were recently built. Prior to occupancy the space at 2164 Market Street required significant improvements which we helped Revamp Salon successfully negotiate with the landlord.


4071 24th Street

Retail space on Noe Valley’s 24th Street corridor rarely turns over so when we heard that Mike of Noe Valley Shoe Repair was closing his shop after 33 years in business so he could retire we had to check out 4071 24th Street. Upon first blush the space was a mess (it looked like it had not been updated in about 30 years) but we saw potential. It had an excellent location on one of the busiest blocks on 24th Street plus it was next door to the very popular Noe Valley Bakery. One of the first phone calls we made about leasing this space was to Rare Device. We had stayed in contact after helping them lease 600 Divisadero Street and with the success of that store we had a hunch they might be ready to open a second store. Our hunch was correct. Shortly after showing Rare Device the space and hooking them up with one of our contractor’s to handle the necessary renovations they happily leased 4071 24th Street.


418 Valencia Street

Time Frame, a seller and distributor of vintage sunglasses, watches, and jewelry came to us seeking to open their first store. While they had successfully been in business for many years handling worldwide distribution of their vintage goods, Time Frame wanted a brick and mortar shop to connect with local customers. After trying to find a space themselves and having no luck they reached out to Downing & Company for assistance. Leveraging our relationships with building owners and brokers we found them an “off market” opportunity to lease a space on Valencia Street in the Mission District (the preferred neighborhood where Time Frame wanted to open their store). They were thrilled with the space and we quickly helped them negotiate a lease. Shortly thereafter Time Frame opened their first store.


31 Water Street

Ocean Conservancy, a highly regarded non-profit organization protecting our oceans for nearly 40 years, was seeking to expand their presence and open a new office in San Francisco. They contacted Downing & Company to help them find a space. As a longtime supporter and member of Surfrider Foundation (fellow environmental ocean advocates) we were happy to assist them. After a thorough search we found Ocean Conservancy 2,600 square feet of office space with a beautiful outdoor deck located just a few blocks from Aquatic Park in North Beach. They loved the unique space we found them by the bay and shortly thereafter signed a lease. Ocean Conservancy is headquartered in Washington, DC with regional offices across the country.