On average, listings lease in the $40's per square foot per year. The Albany submarket is going through a a rise in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate rose $10 per sqft per year. That's a 29% increase in rent.
Compared to the rest of the East Bay market, the Albany region has greater rates, and you'll need to make a great offer to be in this hot region.
In the last 90 days, 4 listings have been listed, which means new availabilities are probably going fast. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. 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 610 sqft. Most buildings in this area are around 2 stories. Most buildings in this market were built in 1983 and are Class C.