Most listings are in the $20's per square foot per year. The East Village region is going through a decline in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate decreased $28 per sqft per year. That's a 54% decline in rent.
Compared to the rest of the San Diego market, the East Village submarket has less expensive rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this depreciated submarket.
In the last 90 days, 7 listings have come on the market, which means leases are probably leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. 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 4,000 sqft, there are still 0 office spaces below 2,000 sqft. Most buildings in this area are around 3 floors. Most buildings in this market were built in 2006 and are Class B.
Not much of the real estate is used for commercial space, so it might be hard to find office space. Arts, entertainment, and restaurants are the dominant industries in this area. Commute by walking is the most popular way to get to work amongst East Village folk. Commuting between 20 and 25 minutes a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.