On average, listings lease in the $10's per square foot per year. The South Tacoma 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 20% decline in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Seattle Metropolitan Area market, the South Tacoma submarket has less expensive rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this discounted region.
In the last 90 days, 4 listings have been listed, which means new listings most likley are leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 100% of the available space in the South Tacoma 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.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 1,040 sqft. Most properties in this market are around 2 stories. Most buildings in this area were built in 1981 and are Class B.
Not much of the real estate is used for commercial space, so it might be hard to find office space. Manufacturing is the dominant industry in this market. Commute by car is the most popular way to get to work amongst South Tacoma occupants. Commuting close to 10 minutes a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.