The typical asking rate per listing is in the $20's per square foot per year. The Chesapeake region is experiencing a a boost in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate increased $6 per sqft per year. That's a 33% rise in rent.
In the last 90 days, 52 listings have come on the market, so you'll want to check back regularly for new listings. About 2% of the office spaces in the Chesapeake are subleases, so you will probably have to consider a longer term lease. 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 2,250 sqft. Most properties in this area are close to 2 floors. Most buildings in this area were built in 1988 and are Class B.