Downtown Oakland tower is taken by lender as Bay Area office woes widen

Downtown Oakland tower is taken by lender as Bay Area office woes widen

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10-story office tower at 1700 Broadway in downtown Oakland.

OAKLAND — A downtown office tower has been seized through a foreclosure that points to a huge plunge in real estate values and a feeble Bay Area commercial property market.

The tower at 1700 Broadway — a 10-story highrise in downtown Oakland’s bustling Uptown district — is now owned by its lender following the foreclosure, documents filed on June 7 with the Alameda County Record’s office show.

1700 Broadway, a 10-story office tower in downtown Oakland, street-level view. April 2023 image capture.(Google Maps)
1700 Broadway, a 10-story office tower in downtown Oakland, street-level view, April 2023. (Google Maps)

Bank of the Sierra seized the Oakland tower during a public property auction.

Since no buyer emerged for the highrise, Bank of the Sierra took ownership of the building through a proceeding that placed a $4 million value on the building.

That amount is a jaw-dropping 69.9% less than the $13.3 million the prior owner, an affiliate controlled by HP Investors, paid in 2017 to buy the building. HP Investors is a real estate firm based in the San Diego County city of Solana Beach.

In 2020, the HP Investors affiliate landed a $9.1 million loan for the 1700 Broadway building that flopped into delinquency in February 2024. The building is located at the corner of 17th Street and Broadway.

The downtown Oakland foreclosure suggests the post-coronavirus economic maladies that have infected the commercial property markets in the Bay Area have yet to run their course.

Some experts believe lenders could seize more office and retail buildings in the wake of loan delinquencies.

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