The typical asking rate per listing is in the $30's per square foot per year. The Novato region is seeing a decline in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate fell $2 per sqft per year. That's a 6% decrease in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Bay Area market, the Novato region has lower rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this depreciated region.
In the last 90 days, 47 listings have been posted online, so you'll want to check back regularly for new listings. About 102% of the listings in the Novato are subleases, so you might be able to snag a great spot on a short term. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet posted, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
Even though the median size is 2,530 sqft, there are still 0 new availabilities below 2,000 sqft. Most properties in this area are around 2 stories. Most buildings in this area were built in 1987 and are Class A.