SUNNYVALE -- Twitter has established its first presence in the South Bay by leasing an office in downtown Sunnyvale, and real estate agents said Thursday that it may expand its local operations further.
The San Francisco-based microblogging service has leased 8,000 square feet near the Caltrain station in Sunnyvale, according to brokers with Colliers International who arranged the deal.
"This is a big deal for this area -- a tech company from San Francisco opening an office in Silicon Valley," said Colliers broker Kevin Moul.
A number of high-profile companies have agreed to lease large blocks of space in Sunnyvale over the last several months, including Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG), LinkedIn and Amazon unit Lab 126.
"Twitter bypassed Mountain View and Palo Alto, even though there are blocks of space the same size as this lease, because we do offer the ability to expand at our location," said David Sandlin, a senior vice president with Colliers. "Twitter is on a high growth curve."
The new Twitter office would have about 40 to 50 employees, based on the size of the Twitter lease and the typical allowance for employees per square foot of space.
"We're excited that Twitter chose Sunnyvale," said Connie Verceles, Sunnyvale's economic development manager. "This is definitely a company with high name recognition."
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the social networking company was attracted to the site because of the Caltrain station, the downtown amenities and the potential for expansion, according to Colliers.
When Twitter will open the office is unknown, but the property owner, Principal Real Estate Investors, is making improvements in preparation.
Principal also is constructing a 107,000-square-foot office building next to the building where Twitter will have its new offices. Plus, Principal and its partner in the project, Legacy Partners, are eyeing the potential for developing 1 million square feet at that site.
"Getting high-growth, really cool technology companies into the project is something we've been working to do," Sandlin said.
City officials say they believe the influx of tech companies into Sunnyvale will bolster the local economy.
"This and other deals mean new employees who will visit our shops, and dine in our restaurants," Verceles said.
Contact George Avalos at 408-373-3556 or 925-977-8477. Follow him at Twitter.com/george_avalos. ___