The typical asking rate per listing is in the $20's per square foot per year. The Santa Cruz region is going through a a boost in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate rose $4 per sqft per year. That's a 19% increase in rent.
In the last 90 days, 29 listings have been listed, which means spaces might be leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 100% of the available space in the Santa Cruz are subleases, so you might be able to snag a great spot on a short term. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet available, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 1,930 sqft. Most buildings in this region are approximately 2 floors. Most buildings in this region were built in 1977 and are Class B.