The typical asking rate per listing is in the $30's per square foot per year. The Santa Barbara region is experiencing a a rise in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate went up $32 per sqft per year.
In the last 90 days, 99 listings have been listed, so you'll want to check back regularly for new listings. About 44% of the listings in the Santa Barbara are subleases, so you might be able to snag a great spot on a short term. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet posted, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 1,130 sqft. Most properties in this market are close to 2 stories. Most buildings in this area were built in 1974 and are Class A.