The typical asking rate per listing is in the $30's per square foot per year. The Santa Barbara region is going through a an increase in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate increased $7 per sqft per year. That's a 27% rise in rent.
In the last 90 days, 139 listings have been posted online, so you'll want to check back regularly for new listings. About 6% of the available leases in the Santa Barbara 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 on the market, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 1,480 sqft. Most properties in this region are close to 2 stories. Most buildings in this area were built in 1986 and are Class A.