The typical asking rate per listing is in the $30's per square foot per year. The Downtown Santa Barbara region is going through a decline in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate decreased $4 per sqft per year. That's a 10% decrease in rent.
In the last 90 days, 52 listings have been made available, so you'll want to check back regularly for new listings. About 8% of the available space in the Downtown Santa Barbara are subleases, so you will probably have to focus your search on direct office leases. 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 1,950 sqft. Most buildings in this market are around 2 floors. Most buildings in this region were built in 1968 and are Class A.
Not much of the real estate is used for commercial space, so it might be hard to find office space. Manufacturing is the dominant industry in this region. Commute by car is the most popular way to get to work amongst Downtown Santa Barbara occupants. Commuting between 30 and 45 minutes a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.