The typical asking rate per listing is in the $50's per square foot per year. The Downtown San Rafael region is going through a a rise in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate increased $10 per sqft per year. That's a 24% increase in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Bay Area market, the Downtown San Rafael submarket has more expensive rates, and you'll have to negotiate above asking rent to be in this hot region.
In the last 90 days, 13 listings have been posted online, which means office spaces might be going fast. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 8% of the available leases in the Downtown San Rafael are subleases, so you will probably have to consider a longer term lease. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet available, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 1,970 sqft. Most buildings in this area are approximately 3 floors. Most buildings in this market were built in 1965 and are Class A.
Not much of the real estate is used for commercial space, so it might be hard to find office space. Construction is the dominant industry in this area. Commute by car is the most popular way to get to work amongst Downtown San Rafael folk. Commuting close to an hour a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.