On average, listings lease in the $20's per square foot per year. The Downtown Santa Rosa region is going through a a rise in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate rose $25 per sqft per year.
Compared to the rest of the Bay Area market, the Downtown Santa Rosa region has lower rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this undervalued region.
In the last 90 days, 1 listings have been posted online, which means new availabilities might be leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. About 100% of the available leases in the Downtown Santa Rosa are subleases, so you might be able to sign a shorter term by taking over a previous lease. 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 2,850 sqft, there are still 0 spaces below 2,000 sqft. Most properties in this market are around 2 floors. Most buildings in this area were built in 1982 and are Class B.
Not much of the real estate is used for commercial space, so it might be hard to find office space. Utilities is the dominant industry in this market. Commute by car is the most popular way to get to work amongst Downtown Santa Rosa residents. Commuting between 30 and 45 minutes a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.