The typical asking rate per listing is in the $40's per square foot per year. The West Berkeley region is going through a an increase in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate rose $19 per sqft per year. That's a 74% rise in rent.
Compared to the rest of the East Bay market, the West Berkeley submarket has more expensive rates, and you'll need to pay a premium to be in this hot region.
In the last 90 days, 13 listings have been posted online, which means listings most likley are leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 15% of the listings in the West 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 on the market, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
Even though the median size is 10,280 sqft, there are still 0 new availabilities below 2,000 sqft. Most buildings in this region are approximately 2 floors. Most buildings in this market were built in 1961 and are Class B.
Not much of the real estate is used for commercial space, so it might be hard to find office space. Agriculture is the dominant industry in this market. Commute by walking is the most popular way to get to work amongst West Berkeley residents. Commuting approximately 10 minutes a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.