The typical asking rate per listing is in the $60's per square foot per year. The Manhattan Beach region is seeing a a rise in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate increased $63 per sqft per year.
Compared to the rest of the Metropolitan Los Angeles market, the Manhattan Beach submarket has greater rates, and you'll have to negotiate above asking rent to be in this hot region.
In the last 90 days, 13 listings have been made available, which means leases most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 38% of the available space in the Manhattan Beach are subleases, so you might be able to sign a shorter term by taking over a previous lease. 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 1,610 sqft. Most buildings in this market are close to 6 stories. Most buildings in this region were built in 1983 and are Class B.