On average, listings lease in the $30's per square foot per year. The Gainesville submarket is experiencing a a rise in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate increased $0 per sqft per year. That's a 1% increase in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Washington D.C. market, the Gainesville submarket has lower rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this depreciated submarket.
In the last 90 days, 4 listings have come on the market, which means new listings are probably going fast. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. 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 1,360 sqft. Most buildings in this region are approximately 1 stories. Most buildings in this market were built in 2001 and are Class B.