On average, listings lease in the $20's per square foot per year. The North Philadelphia submarket is going through a a boost in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate went up $1 per sqft per year. That's a 2% rise in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Philadelphia market, the North Philadelphia region has smaller rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this discounted submarket.
In the last 90 days, 31 listings have been posted online, which means listings are probably leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. About 65% of the listings in the North Philadelphia are subleases, so you might be able to snag a great spot on a short term. 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 8,080 sqft, there are still 0 listings below 2,000 sqft. Most buildings in this market are approximately 3 stories. Most buildings in this region were built in 1937 and are Class B.