The typical asking rate per listing is in the $10's per square foot per year. The First Side region is going through a decline in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate fell $7 per sqft per year. That's a 25% decline in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Pittsburgh market, the First Side submarket has lower rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this undervalued submarket.
In the last 90 days, 17 listings have been posted online, which means office spaces most likley are leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 53% of the office spaces in the First Side 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 on the market, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
Even though the median size is 2,800 sqft, there are still 0 listings below 2,000 sqft. Most buildings in this region are around 5 stories. Most buildings in this region were built in 1910 and are Class B.
Arts, entertainment, and restaurants are the dominant industries in this area. Most of the residents of First Side work from home. Commuting approximately an hour a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.