Apple Purchases Massive 43-Acre Development Site in North San Jose

Shortly after leasing a 300,000 square foot campus in North San Jose, Apple has expanded on its real estate holdings in the area, buying a 43-acre development site at 2347 North First Street for more than $138 million.

According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, the site, which consists of undeveloped land, is approved for up to 2.8 million square feet of office space, much like Apple's Campus 2 location in Cupertino. Apple has not submitted building plans for the site, and it is unclear what the company plans to do with the land.

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Map showing land bought by Apple and other available real estate in the same North San Jose area

Apple is expanding rapidly in the Bay Area. In addition to the second Cupertino campus and the 300,000 square feet of space leased in San Jose in July, the company made its first real estate lease in San Francisco last week, signing a deal for 76,000 square feet of office space.

Along with office space, Apple is also said to be seeking additional space for both industrial purposes and research and development, possibly for undisclosed projects like its Apple Car.

What's interesting in the latest transaction is that Apple opted to buy, not lease. It's possible Apple wants more control over whatever it does there, and simply felt more comfortable owning the land. In addition to office space, Apple has been in the market for broad swaths of heavy R&D and industrial space, industry observers tell me. The latter could be read as a tantalizing sign of Apple's interest in manufacturing, though such a possibility is for now market speculation.

The land that Apple purchased in North San Jose is located approximately 12 miles from its 1 Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino and is across the freeway from the Mineta San Jose International Airport. North First Street is already home to other major companies like Cisco and Samsung.

Update August 4, 5:57 AM: Apple has given a statement to Silicon Valley Business Journal regarding its general plans for the site.

"As we continue to grow, we're planning to build R&D facilities and some additional office space in San Jose," spokeswoman Rachel Wolf said in an emailed statement. "The property isn't far from the future home of our new campus and we're looking forward to expanding our presence in the Bay Area."

Top Rated Comments

AngerDanger Avatar
75 months ago
Apple has not submitted building plans for the site, and it is unclear what the company plans to do with the land.
My guess is that this will be Tim's field to stand in the middle of and yell for hours at a time to vent his frustration over Thunderstrike 2.
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EyeTack Avatar
75 months ago
I'm surprised there was any land left in San Jose to purchase...
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Oblivious.Robot Avatar
75 months ago
And kids that's the reason why we can't have 32Gb as a iPhone/iPad standard. :p
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GrumpyMom Avatar
75 months ago
I think this is either for Apple Car factories or it's a private running track so that Sir Jonathan can make himself even thinner.
Lol. Actually if they obsess about making the car thin like they do with everything else, we all are going to need a few runs around the track to fit into the Apple Car.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mazz0 Avatar
75 months ago
They'll hang a big banner saying "Samsung Sucks" in the direction of their building
Isn't it more likely Samgsung will buy an identically shaped piece of land, put up a bunch of prefab building, and then make adverts about how rubbish Apple's land is?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BeefCake 15 Avatar
75 months ago
They'll hang a big banner saying "Samsung Sucks" in the direction of their building
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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