On average, listings lease in the $30's per square foot per year. The Santa Barbara region is experiencing a an increase in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate rose $3 per sqft per year. That's a 11% rise in rent.
In the last 90 days, 90 listings have been posted online, so you'll want to check back regularly for new listings. About 7% of the office spaces 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 available, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 1,520 sqft. Most properties in this area are close to 2 stories. Most buildings in this area were built in 1986 and are Class A.