Compared to the rest of the East Bay market, the Downtown Berkeley region has greater rates, and you'll have to negotiate above asking rent to be in this hot submarket.
In the last 90 days, 9 listings have been listed, which means leases most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. About 22% of the available space in the Downtown Berkeley are subleases, so you might be able to snag a great spot on a short term. 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 1,600 sqft. Most buildings in this area are around 3 stories. Most buildings in this region 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 market. Commute by walking is the most popular way to get to work amongst Downtown Berkeley folk. Commuting between 30 and 45 minutes a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.