The typical asking rate per listing is in the $30's per square foot per year. The Canal region is going through a an increase in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate increased $7 per sqft per year. That's a 29% increase in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Bay Area market, the Canal submarket has lower rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this undervalued region.
In the last 90 days, 3 listings have been listed, 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 1,300 sqft. Most properties in this region are approximately 2 floors. Most buildings in this area were built in 1980 and are Class B.
Not much of the real estate is used for commercial space, so it might be hard to find office space. Professional services is the dominant industry in this market. Commute by public transit is the most popular way to get to work amongst Canal folk. Commuting under 5 minutes a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.