Most listings are in the $40's per square foot per year. The Santa Barbara submarket is seeing a an increase in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate went up $5 per sqft per year. That's a 12% increase in rent.
In the last 90 days, 44 listings have been made available, so you'll want to check back regularly for new listings. About 9% of the available space 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 1,410 sqft. Most properties in this market are around 2 stories. Most buildings in this market were built in 1971 and are Class A.