Compared to the rest of the Bay Area market, the Civic Center region has more expensive rates, and you'll have to negotiate above asking rent to be in this hot region.
In the last 90 days, 4 listings have been made available, which means leases most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. About 25% of the available leases in the Civic Center 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 2,880 sqft, there are still 0 new listings below 2,000 sqft. Most buildings in this market are close to 4 floors. Most buildings in this area were built in 1912 and are Class B.
A large portion of this region is residential, but there's plenty of office_space. Manufacturing is the dominant industry in this region. Commute by public transit is the most popular way to get to work amongst Civic Center folk. Commuting around 30 minutes a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.