On average, listings lease in the $20's per square foot per year. The Lake Forest region is experiencing a decrease in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate fell $3 per sqft per year. That's a 10% decline in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Metropolitan Los Angeles market, the Lake Forest submarket has smaller rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this discounted region.
In the last 90 days, 15 listings have come on the market, which means new listings most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 60% of the listings in the Lake Forest are subleases, so you might be able to find a shorter term or below market rent. 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 1,190 sqft. Most buildings in this region are close to 2 stories. Most buildings in this market were built in 1981 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 area. Most of the occupants of Lake Forest work from home. Commuting around 10 minutes a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.