Most listings are in the $40's per square foot per year. The Downtown San Rafael submarket is going through a a boost in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate increased $47 per sqft per year.
Compared to the rest of the Bay Area market, the Downtown San Rafael region has smaller rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this discounted region.
In the last 90 days, 13 listings have been posted online, which means new availabilities are probably going fast. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 123% of the available space in the Downtown San Rafael are subleases, so you might be able to sign a shorter term by taking over a previous lease. 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 1,940 sqft. Most properties in this region are around 3 floors. Most buildings in this area 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 market. Commute by car is the most popular way to get to work amongst Downtown San Rafael occupants. Commuting close to an hour a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.