The typical asking rate per listing is in the $50's per square foot per year. The Downtown San Rafael region is experiencing a a rise in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate rose $10 per sqft per year. That's a 24% rise in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Bay Area market, the Downtown San Rafael submarket has higher rates, and you'll have to negotiate above asking rent to be in this hot region.
In the last 90 days, 13 listings have been listed, which means spaces might be going fast. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. About 8% of the available leases in the Downtown San Rafael are subleases, so you will probably have to focus your search on direct office leases. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet available, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 1,970 sqft. Most buildings in this region are around 3 stories. Most buildings in this market were built in 1965 and are Class A.
Not much of the real estate is used for commercial space, so it might be hard to find office space. Construction is the dominant industry in this market. Commute by car is the most popular way to get to work amongst Downtown San Rafael residents. Commuting close to an hour a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.