Avison Young


Kaiser Center, 300 Lakeside Drive, Suite 1975
Number of years in Oakland: 19 years

Managing Director: Charlie Allen

I specialize in helping tenants find new office space here in Oakland, and helping negotiate their leases – and I also help Landlords market their properties. I am a LEED Accredited Professional, so I have a special interest in green office space and healthy work environments. I really enjoy helping companies find their ideal corporate culture!

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
I started as a market analyst and researcher but I was inspired to start working with companies because they really needed help navigating the tricky commercial real estate world.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
They love the fact that I become an extension of their real estate and facilities department – or in many cases, their entire real estate department!

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
Being a part of the exciting growth and change of the City has been really fun and exploring all the new restaurants.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
The City Lights Cafe, located in the new Cathedral as well at Cafe 817 in Old Oakland.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
The Golden State Warriors!

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