The typical asking rate per listing is in the $40's per square foot per year. The Downtown San Rafael region is going through a decline in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate decreased $4 per sqft per year. That's a 8% decline in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Bay Area market, the Downtown San Rafael submarket has lower rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this discounted submarket.
In the last 90 days, 13 listings have been listed, which means listings most likley are leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. About 115% of the office spaces 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 available, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 510 sqft. Most buildings in this area are approximately 3 floors. Most buildings in this region were built in 1963 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 region. Commute by car is the most popular way to get to work amongst Downtown San Rafael occupants. Commuting around an hour a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.