Compared to the rest of the East Bay market, the Richmond submarket has lower rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this depreciated submarket.
In the last 90 days, 14 listings have been posted online, which means new listings most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 57% of the office spaces in the Richmond 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.
Even though the median size is 2,810 sqft, there are still 0 leases below 2,000 sqft. Most properties in this market are close to 1 floors. Most buildings in this area were built in 1987 and are Class A.