The typical asking rate per listing is in the $30's per square foot per year. The Downtown Santa Ana region is going through a a rise in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate went up $6 per sqft per year. That's a 24% increase in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Metropolitan Los Angeles market, the Downtown Santa Ana region has lower rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this discounted submarket.
In the last 90 days, 16 listings have been listed, which means leases most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 6% of the office spaces in the Downtown Santa Ana are subleases, so you will probably have to focus your search on direct office leases. 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 1,610 sqft. Most buildings in this market are around 2 stories. Most buildings in this market were built in 1949 and are Class B.
Not much of the real estate is used for commercial space, so it might be hard to find office space. Finance and insurance are the dominant industries in this area. Commute by bike is the most popular way to get to work amongst Downtown Santa Ana residents. Commuting under 5 minutes a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.