The typical asking rate per listing is in the $30's per square foot per year. The West Oakland submarket is experiencing a a rise in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate increased $11 per sqft per year. That's a 40% rise in rent.
In the last 90 days, 7 listings have been posted online, 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 available, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
Even though the median size is 4,500 sqft, there are still 0 new listings below 2,000 sqft. Most properties in this area are close to 2 floors. Most buildings in this region were built in 1955 and are Class B.
Not much of the real estate is used for commercial space, so it might be hard to find office space. Education is the dominant industry in this market. Most of the folk of West Oakland work from home. Commuting around 10 minutes a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.