On average, listings lease in the $20's per square foot per year. The North Philadelphia East region is seeing a an increase in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate rose $28 per sqft per year.
Compared to the rest of the Philadelphia market, the North Philadelphia East submarket has lower rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this depreciated region.
In the last 90 days, 3 listings have come on the market, which means spaces most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 67% of the available leases in the North Philadelphia East 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 19,380 sqft, there are still 0 new listings below 2,000 sqft. Most properties in this area are close to 7 floors. Most buildings in this area were built in 1971 and are Class B.