The typical asking rate per listing is in the $20's per square foot per year. The First Side region is experiencing a a boost in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate rose $22 per sqft per year.
Compared to the rest of the Pittsburgh market, the First Side submarket has less expensive rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this depreciated submarket.
In the last 90 days, 17 listings have been listed, which means office spaces most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. About 24% of the available space 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 2,600 sqft, there are still 0 listings below 2,000 sqft. Most buildings in this area are around 5 floors. Most buildings in this area were built in 1910 and are Class B.
Arts, entertainment, and restaurants are the dominant industries in this region. Most of the folk of First Side work from home. Commuting around an hour a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.