The typical asking rate per listing is in the $20's per square foot per year. The Kern submarket is going through a decrease in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate decreased $3 per sqft per year. That's a 12% decrease in rent.
In the last 90 days, 120 listings have come on the market, so you'll want to check back regularly for new listings. About 6% of the listings in the Kern are subleases, so you will probably need to sign a longer term lease with the landlord directly. 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 3,090 sqft, there are still 0 leases below 2,000 sqft. Most properties in this market are approximately 2 floors. Most buildings in this area were built in 1985 and are Class B.