On average, listings lease in the $30's per square foot per year. The Civic Center region is going through a decrease in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate decreased $8 per sqft per year. That's a 16% decline in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Bay Area market, the Civic Center region has lower rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this depreciated region.
In the last 90 days, 4 listings have been made available, which means spaces are probably leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 25% of the available leases in the Civic Center are subleases, so you might be able to find a shorter term or below market rent. 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 8,500 sqft, there are still 0 office spaces below 2,000 sqft. Most buildings in this region are close to 4 floors. Most buildings in this market were built in 1912 and are Class B.
A large portion of this area is residential, but there's plenty of office_space. Manufacturing is the dominant industry in this area. Commute by public transit is the most popular way to get to work amongst Civic Center occupants. Commuting close to 30 minutes a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.