The typical asking rate per listing is in the $10's per square foot per year. The Peabody submarket is seeing a a boost in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate rose $16 per sqft per year. That's a Inf% increase in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Greater Boston market, the Peabody region has less expensive rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this undervalued region.
In the last 90 days, 1 listings have come on the market, which means leases most likley are leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. 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 2,030 sqft. Most buildings in this region are around 2 floors. Most buildings in this area were built in 1985 and are Class B.