On average, listings lease in the $30's per square foot per year. The La Mesa submarket is going through a an increase in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate increased $8 per sqft per year. That's a 33% rise in rent.
Compared to the rest of the San Diego market, the La Mesa region has less expensive rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this discounted submarket.
In the last 90 days, 10 listings have been listed, which means new availabilities most likley are leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. About 40% of the available leases in the La Mesa 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.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 1,370 sqft. Most buildings in this region are approximately 2 floors. Most buildings in this region were built in 1979 and are Class C.
Not much of the real estate is used for commercial space, so it might be hard to find office space. Real estate is the dominant industry in this market. Commute by public transit is the most popular way to get to work amongst La Mesa residents. Commuting between 30 and 45 minutes a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.