The typical asking rate per listing is in the $40's per square foot per year. The Foster City region is experiencing a decrease in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate decreased $32 per sqft per year. That's a 42% decline in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Silicon Valley market, the Foster City region has lower rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this discounted region.
In the last 90 days, 6 listings have been listed, which means new listings most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. About 33% of the available leases in the Foster City 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 available, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
Even though the median size is 4,030 sqft, there are still 0 new listings below 2,000 sqft. Most properties in this area are approximately 4 floors. Most buildings in this region were built in 1988 and are Class A.