On average, listings lease in the $20's per square foot per year. The Charlottesville submarket is seeing a decline in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate decreased $8 per sqft per year. That's a 25% decrease in rent.
In the last 90 days, 7 listings have come on the market, which means leases most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 114% of the office spaces in the Charlottesville are subleases, so you might be able to find a shorter term or below market rent. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet on the market, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 570 sqft. Most buildings in this region are close to 2 floors. Most buildings in this area were built in 1951 and are Class A.