Most listings are in the $40's per square foot per year. The Bethesda region is experiencing a decline in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate decreased $13 per sqft per year. That's a 22% decline in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Washington D.C. market, the Bethesda submarket has higher rates, and you'll need to make a great offer to be in this hot region.
In the last 90 days, 23 listings have been made available, which means new listings most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 13% of the office spaces in the Bethesda 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 available, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
Even though the median size is 2,860 sqft, there are still 0 new availabilities below 2,000 sqft. Most buildings in this area are around 10 stories. Most buildings in this area were built in 1980 and are Class A.