Most listings are in the $20's per square foot per year. The Santa Barbara submarket is experiencing a a rise in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate rose $3 per sqft per year. That's a 13% increase in rent.
In the last 90 days, 190 listings have been posted online, so you'll want to check back regularly for new listings. About 8% of the available leases in the Santa Barbara are subleases, so you will probably have to consider a longer term 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 2,220 sqft. Most properties in this area are around 2 stories. Most buildings in this area were built in 1986 and are Class A.