Most listings are in the $40's per square foot per year. The Downtown San Rafael submarket is going through a a boost in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate increased $5 per sqft per year. That's a 12% increase in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Bay Area market, the Downtown San Rafael submarket has greater rates, and you'll have to negotiate above asking rent to be in this hot region.
In the last 90 days, 18 listings have come on the market, which means leases are probably going fast. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. About 11% of the available leases in the Downtown San Rafael 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 on the market, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 840 sqft. Most buildings in this market are approximately 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 area. 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.