On average, listings lease in the $30's per square foot per year. The Malden submarket is experiencing a a boost in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate rose $3 per sqft per year. That's a 11% increase in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Greater Boston market, the Malden region has greater rates, and you'll have to negotiate above asking rent to be in this hot submarket.
In the last 90 days, 19 listings have come on the market, which means leases might be leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. 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 500 sqft. Most properties in this region are close to 4 stories. Most buildings in this area were built in 1920 and are Class B.