On average, listings lease in the $20's per square foot per year. The West Philadelphia submarket is seeing a a rise in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate went up $3 per sqft per year. That's a 16% increase in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Philadelphia market, the West Philadelphia submarket has less expensive rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this discounted submarket.
In the last 90 days, 22 listings have been listed, which means new listings most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 73% of the listings in the West Philadelphia 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 available, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
Even though the median size is 25,120 sqft, there are still 0 new listings below 2,000 sqft. Most properties in this region are close to 4 stories. Most buildings in this area were built in 1978 and are Class B.