The typical asking rate per listing is in the $30's per square foot per year. The Santa Barbara region is experiencing a an increase in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate rose $7 per sqft per year. That's a 25% rise in rent.
In the last 90 days, 211 listings have been listed, so you'll want to check back regularly for new listings. About 31% of the office spaces in the Santa Barbara are subleases, so you might be able to sign a shorter term by taking over a previous 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 1,210 sqft. Most properties in this area are close to 2 stories. Most buildings in this area were built in 1986 and are Class A.