The typical asking rate per listing is in the $80's per square foot per year. The North Beach region is going through a decline in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate decreased $4 per sqft per year. That's a 5% decrease in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Bay Area market, the North Beach region has higher rates, and you'll have to negotiate above asking rent to be in this hot region.
In the last 90 days, 23 listings have been posted online, which means new listings are probably leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 4% of the listings in the North Beach are subleases, so you will probably need to sign a longer term lease with the landlord directly. 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 3,250 sqft, there are still 0 new availabilities below 2,000 sqft. Most properties in this area are around 3 stories. Most buildings in this market were built in 1908 and are Class B.
Not much of the real estate is used for commercial space, so it might be hard to find office space. Public administration is the dominant industry in this region. Commute by taxi is the most popular way to get to work amongst North Beach folk. Commuting between 20 and 25 minutes a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.