Most listings are in the $20's per square foot per year. The Santa Maria submarket is experiencing a a rise in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate went up $3 per sqft per year. That's a 17% rise in rent.
In the last 90 days, 30 listings have been listed, which means new availabilities are probably going fast. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. 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 1,740 sqft. Most buildings in this area are close to 2 floors. Most buildings in this market were built in 1994 and are Class A.