The typical asking rate per listing is in the $10's per square foot per year. The Charlottesville submarket is experiencing a decline in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate decreased $6 per sqft per year. That's a 25% decline in rent.
In the last 90 days, 7 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 14% of the listings in the Charlottesville are subleases, so you might be able to snag a great spot on a short term. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet available, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
Even though the median size is 2,810 sqft, there are still 0 spaces below 2,000 sqft. Most properties in this area are approximately 5 floors. Most buildings in this region were built in 1951 and are Class A.