Most listings are in the $20's per square foot per year. The Santa Barbara submarket is seeing a decrease in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate decreased $1 per sqft per year. That's a 3% decrease in rent.
In the last 90 days, 75 listings have come on the market, so you'll want to check back regularly for new listings. About 4% of the available space 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 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 1,480 sqft. Most buildings in this market are around 2 stories. Most buildings in this region were built in 1986 and are Class A.