On average, listings lease in the $20's per square foot per year. The Sterling region is experiencing a decline in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate fell $9 per sqft per year. That's a 28% decline in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Washington D.C. market, the Sterling region has less expensive rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this depreciated region.
In the last 90 days, 0 listings have come on the market, which means leases most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. About Inf% of the available space in the Sterling 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 on the market, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
Even though the median size is 4,810 sqft, there are still 0 listings below 2,000 sqft. Most properties in this region are close to 3 floors. Most buildings in this market were built in 1991 and are Class A.