The typical asking rate per listing is in the $50's per square foot per year. The Downtown Berkeley region is seeing a a boost in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate rose $1 per sqft per year. That's a 2% rise in rent.
Compared to the rest of the East Bay market, the Downtown Berkeley submarket has higher rates, and you'll need to pay a premium to be in this hot submarket.
In the last 90 days, 7 listings have been listed, which means new availabilities most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 29% of the available space in the Downtown Berkeley are subleases, so you might be able to sign a shorter term by taking over a previous lease. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet posted, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 450 sqft. Most properties in this region are close to 3 stories. Most buildings in this area were built in 1983 and are Class B.
Not much of the real estate is used for commercial space, so it might be hard to find office space. Education is the dominant industry in this area. Commute by walking is the most popular way to get to work amongst Downtown Berkeley occupants. Commuting between 30 and 45 minutes a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.