The typical asking rate per listing is in the $40's per square foot per year. The Bethesda submarket is experiencing a decrease in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate decreased $13 per sqft per year. That's a 22% decrease in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Washington D.C. market, the Bethesda region has higher rates, and you'll need to make a great offer to be in this hot region.
In the last 90 days, 23 listings have come on the market, which means listings most likley are leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 13% of the office spaces in the Bethesda 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 posted, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
Even though the median size is 2,860 sqft, there are still 0 new listings below 2,000 sqft. Most buildings in this region are approximately 10 floors. Most buildings in this area were built in 1980 and are Class A.