The typical asking rate per listing is in the $10's per square foot per year. The Beverly submarket is going through a decline in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate decreased $1 per sqft per year. That's a 4% decline in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Greater Boston market, the Beverly submarket has less expensive rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this discounted region.
In the last 90 days, 34 listings have been posted online, which means listings might be leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. About 6% of the listings in the Beverly are subleases, so you will probably have to consider a longer term lease. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet posted, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 1,500 sqft. Most properties in this region are approximately 4 stories. Most buildings in this market were built in 1985 and are Class A.