The typical asking rate per listing is in the $30's per square foot per year. The Santa Cruz region is going through a a rise in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate increased $10 per sqft per year. That's a 41% increase in rent.
In the last 90 days, 9 listings have been posted online, which means leases most likley are leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet on the market, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
Even though the median size is 6,080 sqft, there are still 0 listings below 2,000 sqft. Most properties in this area are close to 1 floors. Most buildings in this market were built in 1888 and are Class A.