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Blue Sol
421 Bernard St
Costa Mesa, CA | Central Costa Mesa
1 Bedroom
$2,181
772 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
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Last updated November 25 at 06:30 AM
Just minutes from South Coast Plaza, this beautiful development offers walk-in closets, garden tubs and beautiful, luxury hardwoods throughout the units. Each unit also offers washers and dryers and spacious patios or decks.
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2 Units Available
291 Avocado Street
291 Avocado Street
Costa Mesa, CA | Central Costa Mesa
1 Bedroom
$1,650
2 Bedrooms
$2,095
Last updated November 25 at 06:29 AM
A 24 Unit Community Complex in a beautiful neighborhood of Costa Mesa.
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1 Unit Available
La Costa
354 Avocado Street
Costa Mesa, CA | Central Costa Mesa
1 Bedroom
$1,750
700 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated November 25 at 06:27 AM
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at La Costa in Costa Mesa. View photos, descriptions and more!
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2 Units Available
Plaza Townhomes
811 Paularino Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,975
850 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 06:23 AM
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at Plaza Townhomes in Costa Mesa. View photos, descriptions and more!
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5 Units Available
Sea Pointe Villas
1380 Village Way
Costa Mesa, CA | Central Costa Mesa
1 Bedroom
$1,999
636 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,299
1042 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$2,999
1275 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 06:14 AM
Bright, spacious homes with unique hardwood floors and other designer finishes. Located within walking distance of convenient shopping and dining, with pool, hot tub, and gym right at home.
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1 Unit Available
Kenwood Place
1762 Kenwood Place
Costa Mesa, CA | Westside Costa Mesa
1 Bedroom
$2,100
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated November 25 at 06:03 AM
1 & 2 bedrooms apartments homes, big patios, new renovated units, This great west Side Costa Mesa neighborhood has schools, parks and a variety of shops and restaurants within walking distance.
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15 Units Available
Baker Block
125 Baker St E
Costa Mesa, CA
Studio
$1,949
654 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,094
910 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,969
1156 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 05:30 AM
Apartments include stainless steel appliances, walk-in closets, wood plank flooring and stunning views. Community amenities include indoor and outdoor cabanas, game room, pool with hot tub and a dog park.
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49 Units Available
Camden Martinique
2855 Pinecreek Dr
Costa Mesa, CA | Central Costa Mesa
1 Bedroom
$1,612
657 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,172
1008 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 05:29 AM
Palm-lined apartment complexes surround a green community with hot tub, tennis courts and a community garden. Bathtub, carpeting, fireplace and stainless steel appliances in a very walkable neighborhood.
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1 Unit Available
The Wilson
1032 W. Wilson
Costa Mesa, CA | Westside Costa Mesa
2 Bedrooms
$2,300
1028 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 04:45 AM
Welcome to The Wilson, located on the corner of W. Wilson Avenue and Pacific Avenue in Costa Mesa. We offer spacious two bedroom townhomes with large private patios, large closets, energy efficient appliances and wood-style flooring.
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4 Units Available
Atwater Cove
425 Merrimac Way
Costa Mesa, CA | Central Costa Mesa
1 Bedroom
$1,799
593 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,200
1008 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 04:45 AM
Welcome home to Atwater Cove Apartments in Costa Mesa, CA. Enjoy living in a relaxing atmosphere surrounded by lush landscaping and babbling brooks. Our thoughtfully-planned one and two bedroom floor plans were designed with you in mind.
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7 Units Available
Apex Apartment Homes
530 W Wilson St
Costa Mesa, CA | Westside Costa Mesa
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,895
692 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 04:45 AM
Live like you want! At Apex, we offer newly remodeled one & two-bedroom apartment homes in a variety of floorplans, with sleek & modern finishes.
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19 Units Available
580 Anton
580 Anton Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA | South Coast Metro
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,309
746 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,317
1129 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 04:45 AM
Live better than ever before in our studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartment residences for rent in Costa Mesa, CA. The level of design, accommodation, and service make 580 Anton an extraordinary place to call home.
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5 Units Available
The Villages at South Coast
845 Paularino Ave
Costa Mesa, CA
Studio
$1,775
525 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,910
700 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,410
900 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 04:45 AM
Apartment community features media room and 24-hour, on-site laundry for recreation and convenience. Recently renovated units feature ceiling fan and air conditioning. Near Shiffer Park and the John Wayne Airport with easy access to Interstate-405.
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1 Unit Available
Baywind
151 E 21st St
Costa Mesa, CA | Eastside Costa Mesa
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,395
916 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated November 25 at 04:45 AM
Close proximity to the Costa Mesa Freeway and just a short distance from the ocean and Newport's beaches. Units feature granite countertops, walk-in closets and extra storage. Pool and hot tub. Pet friendly.
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19 Units Available
Mediterranean Village Costa Mesa
2400 Harbor Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA | Central Costa Mesa
1 Bedroom
$1,747
863 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,094
1172 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 04:44 AM
A resort-style apartment community nestled in lush tropical vegetation; Mediterranean Village is located in the Orange County city of Costa Mesa.
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27 Units Available
Harbor at Mesa Verde
2700 Peterson Pl
Costa Mesa, CA | Central Costa Mesa
Studio
$1,504
441 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,861
600 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,199
1098 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 02:00 PM
Sleek and modern air-conditioned apartments with washer/dryer hookups and fireplaces. Coffee bar, clubhouse, hot tub and gym available for residents. Dogs allowed. Right next to the shops and restaurants at the Mesa Verde Center.
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4 Units Available
Missions At Back Bay
1330 Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$1,960
954 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 02:00 PM
Pet-friendly apartments with large bedrooms, black or stainless steel appliances, ceiling fans and walk-in closets. Easy access to 405, 55 and 73 and close to the South Coast Plaza.
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52 Units Available
27 Seventy Five Mesa Verde
2775 Mesa Verde Dr E
Costa Mesa, CA | Central Costa Mesa
Studio
$1,625
480 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,834
767 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,291
1100 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 02:00 PM
Yards from Baker St and close to Saint John the Baptist School. Apartment has a fireplace, granite counters and a full selection of modern kitchen appliances. Resident amenities include a tennis court and a pool.
Verified
18 Units Available
3400 Avenue of the Arts Apartments
3400 Avenue of the Arts
Costa Mesa, CA | South Coast Metro
Studio
$1,717
576 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,940
775 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,538
1243 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 02:54 PM
Close to beaches. Units include all appliances, plus full-sized washer and dryer, granite countertops, walk-in closets and a fireplace. Basketball and tennis courts, clubhouse, game room and 24-hour gym.
Verified
7 Units Available
Ava Newport
1765 Santa Ana Ave
Costa Mesa, CA | Westside Costa Mesa
Studio
$1,780
320 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,145
880 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 01:04 PM
Funky apartments in Costa Mesa with lots of light near Back Bay. Units feature granite counters, hardwood floors and spacious closets. A friendly community with bike storage and yoga facilities.
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2 Units Available
Monrovia
1819 Monrovia Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA | Westside Costa Mesa
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,030
950 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 06:57 PM
PLEASE CALL TO SCHEDULE YOUR IN-PERSON OR VIRTUAL TOUR! Welcome to The Monrovia Apartment Homes, set in a tree-lined neighborhood in Costa Mesa, California, our community features one and two bedroom apartments.
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25 Units Available
eaves South Coast
555 Paularino Ave
Costa Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,701
670 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,165
1050 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 01:04 PM
Just off Highway 55. On-site amenities include tennis court, pool, hot tub, gym and game room. Green community that's pet-friendly. In-suite features include walk-in closets, updated appliances and hardwood floors. Recently renovated.
1 Unit Available
186 Del Mar Avenue
186 Del Mar Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA | Eastside Costa Mesa
2 Bedrooms
$2,850
885 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 06:16 AM
Lovely, bright one story house with 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, and living room with fireplace. Kitchen has a stove, microwave, and a dishwasher. There is a laundry hook-up in the unit near the back door, which opens onto a private backyard patio.
1 Unit Available
438 Esther Street
438 Esther Street
Costa Mesa, CA | Eastside Costa Mesa
3 Bedrooms
$3,700
1254 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 06:16 AM
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Median Rent in Costa Mesa

Last updated Nov. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Costa Mesa is $1,861, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,150.
Studio
$1,751
1 Bed
$1,861
2 Beds
$2,150
3+ Beds
$2,574
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much is rent in Costa Mesa?
In Costa Mesa, the median rent is $1,751 for a studio, $1,861 for a 1-bedroom, $2,150 for a 2-bedroom, and $2,574 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Costa Mesa, check out our monthly Costa Mesa Rent Report.
How much is rent in Costa Mesa?
In Costa Mesa, the median rent is $1,751 for a studio, $1,861 for a 1-bedroom, $2,150 for a 2-bedroom, and $2,574 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Costa Mesa, check out our monthly Costa Mesa Rent Report.
How can I find a cheap apartment in Costa Mesa?
You can filter cheap apartments in Costa Mesa by price: under $1,800, under $1,600, or search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.
How can I find a cheap apartment in Costa Mesa?
You can filter cheap apartments in Costa Mesa by price: under $1,800, under $1,600, or search by apartments that are offering move-in specials.
How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in Costa Mesa?
You can use the pet-friendly filter to find Costa Mesa apartments that allow pets.
How can I find a pet-friendly apartment in Costa Mesa?
You can use the pet-friendly filter to find Costa Mesa apartments that allow pets.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Costa Mesa properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some Costa Mesa properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How much should I pay for rent in Costa Mesa?
The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in Costa Mesa.
How much should I pay for rent in Costa Mesa?
The answer to this question depends on your household income and a couple of other factors. You can use our Rent Calculator to figure out how much you should spend on rent in Costa Mesa.
How can I find off-campus housing in Costa Mesa?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Costa Mesa. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include California State University-Fullerton, Orange Coast College, Hope International University, Vanguard University of Southern California, and Chapman University.
How can I find off-campus housing in Costa Mesa?
You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Costa Mesa. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include California State University-Fullerton, Orange Coast College, Hope International University, Vanguard University of Southern California, and Chapman University.

Median Rent in Costa Mesa

Last updated Nov. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Costa Mesa is $1,861, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,150.
Studio
$1,751
1 Bed
$1,861
2 Beds
$2,150
3+ Beds
$2,574

City Guide

Costa Mesa
Nestled inside of California’s Orange County sits a small city (only about 16 square miles) that borders the Pacific Ocean. Located thirty miles from Los Angeles and minutes from Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa is a laid back suburb with a history of agriculture, a well-known arts/theatre community and an enviable atmosphere.
Nestled inside of California’s Orange County sits a small city (only about 16 square miles) that borders the Pacific Ocean. Located thirty miles from Los Angeles and minutes from Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa is a laid back suburb with a history of agriculture, a well-known arts/theatre community and an enviable atmosphere.

During the heyday of all things Laguna and Newport Beach (Oh, how we miss The OC), Costa Mesa played the quiet neighbor. A role, in fact, that this city is used to playing. Ready to move? Good. Let's find you the perfect Costa Mesa apartment.

Having trouble with Craigslist Costa Mesa? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

Neighborhoods:

Costa Mesa is a cozy city that features a nice blend of single family homes and apartment housing, as well as luxury living. Anywhere you live here, you will find sunshine, perfect California-esque views and friendly neighbors. The best part, perhaps, is that every neighborhood is within walking distance to a park, making living here perfect for those who love the great outdoors.

Mesa Verde: Mesa Verde is made up of single family homes (many built in the 1960s and ‘70s), apartments and condos. The area does have proximity to a golf course, Fairview Regional Park, and Estancia Park, which boasts the historical Estancia Adobe. The home sizes here tend to range between average (4 bedrooms) and sprawling (7 bedrooms) with large lots. The apartments also tend to be a bit more luxurious, offering fireplaces, clubhouses with resident perks, pools and coffee bars. This area is great for commuters, as it is near the 405 and the 73 freeways.

Cliff Haven: Back Bay running track is virtually in your backyard in this 'hood. Cliff Haven is an affordable area. Filled with single family homes (some built before 1939, most built in 1970s and later) & condos. While there are some multi-unit complexes here. Many of the apartments to rent are guest houses, in law suites, etc. that are located on someone’s property. Here, you'll be right near the Costa Mesa Freeway (55) for an easy commute to work or south to Newport Beach.

Santa Ana Heights: Recently annexed from Newport Beach, this part of town is located near the bluff in Costa Mesa, providing great views as well as accessibility to John Wayne airport, shopping and dining at the nearby Triangle Square. Though it has been annexed, part of Santa Ana Heights falls into the Newport Beach area, making living here convenient for weekend trips. There are many apartments to choose from in Santa Ana Heights, as well as an abundance of single family homes that are both established and newly constructed. Some of the apartments here also offer garages to help eliminate street parking. There are horse trails here and it's close to Back Bay for those who want to get in touch with nature.

Costa Mesa (proper/downtown – 92626): The main zip code of Costa Mesa, there are about thirteen different neighborhoods that fall into the category of Costa Mesa proper from the Costa Mesa Freeway to Newport Blvd. Inside of these neighborhoods, future residents can find ranch style housing, as well as luxury apartment living and small cottages/condos. The majority of apartments located in the downtown area offer amazing perks for residents including rock climbing walls, wine chillers and concierge services. Many of the neighborhoods are close to the theatre, performing arts center and shopping, as well as nightlife.

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Costa Mesa is a cozy city that features a nice blend of single family homes and apartment housing, as well as luxury living. Anywhere you live here, you will find sunshine, perfect California-esque views and friendly neighbors. The best part, perhaps, is that every neighborhood is within walking distance to a park, making living here perfect for those who love the great outdoors.

Mesa Verde: Mesa Verde is made up of single family homes (many built in the 1960s and ‘70s), apartments and condos. The area does have proximity to a golf course, Fairview Regional Park, and Estancia Park, which boasts the historical Estancia Adobe. The home sizes here tend to range between average (4 bedrooms) and sprawling (7 bedrooms) with large lots. The apartments also tend to be a bit more luxurious, offering fireplaces, clubhouses with resident perks, pools and coffee bars. This area is great for commuters, as it is near the 405 and the 73 freeways.

Cliff Haven: Back Bay running track is virtually in your backyard in this 'hood. Cliff Haven is an affordable area. Filled with single family homes (some built before 1939, most built in 1970s and later) & condos. While there are some multi-unit complexes here. Many of the apartments to rent are guest houses, in law suites, etc. that are located on someone’s property. Here, you'll be right near the Costa Mesa Freeway (55) for an easy commute to work or south to Newport Beach.

Santa Ana Heights: Recently annexed from Newport Beach, this part of town is located near the bluff in Costa Mesa, providing great views as well as accessibility to John Wayne airport, shopping and dining at the nearby Triangle Square. Though it has been annexed, part of Santa Ana Heights falls into the Newport Beach area, making living here convenient for weekend trips. There are many apartments to choose from in Santa Ana Heights, as well as an abundance of single family homes that are both established and newly constructed. Some of the apartments here also offer garages to help eliminate street parking. There are horse trails here and it's close to Back Bay for those who want to get in touch with nature.

Costa Mesa (proper/downtown – 92626): The main zip code of Costa Mesa, there are about thirteen different neighborhoods that fall into the category of Costa Mesa proper from the Costa Mesa Freeway to Newport Blvd. Inside of these neighborhoods, future residents can find ranch style housing, as well as luxury apartment living and small cottages/condos. The majority of apartments located in the downtown area offer amazing perks for residents including rock climbing walls, wine chillers and concierge services. Many of the neighborhoods are close to the theatre, performing arts center and shopping, as well as nightlife.

Living in the Real OC:

While the images of sunny days ring true, life in Costa Mesa isn’t all shopping and drama. With weather that is near perfect throughout the year and views that can’t be beat (canyons, bluffs, beaches - oh, my!), life in Costa Mesa is a fine mix of suburbia and trendy city. Costa Mesa is not just a city on the edge of a state, it’s a city on the edge of it all.

Living in the Real OC:
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While the images of sunny days ring true, life in Costa Mesa isn’t all shopping and drama. With weather that is near perfect throughout the year and views that can’t be beat (canyons, bluffs, beaches - oh, my!), life in Costa Mesa is a fine mix of suburbia and trendy city. Costa Mesa is not just a city on the edge of a state, it’s a city on the edge of it all.

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City Guide

Costa Mesa
Nestled inside of California’s Orange County sits a small city (only about 16 square miles) that borders the Pacific Ocean. Located thirty miles from Los Angeles and minutes from Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa is a laid back suburb with a history of agriculture, a well-known arts/theatre community and an enviable atmosphere.
Nestled inside of California’s Orange County sits a small city (only about 16 square miles) that borders the Pacific Ocean. Located thirty miles from Los Angeles and minutes from Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa is a laid back suburb with a history of agriculture, a well-known arts/theatre community and an enviable atmosphere.

During the heyday of all things Laguna and Newport Beach (Oh, how we miss The OC), Costa Mesa played the quiet neighbor. A role, in fact, that this city is used to playing. Ready to move? Good. Let's find you the perfect Costa Mesa apartment.

Having trouble with Craigslist Costa Mesa? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

Neighborhoods:

Costa Mesa is a cozy city that features a nice blend of single family homes and apartment housing, as well as luxury living. Anywhere you live here, you will find sunshine, perfect California-esque views and friendly neighbors. The best part, perhaps, is that every neighborhood is within walking distance to a park, making living here perfect for those who love the great outdoors.

Mesa Verde: Mesa Verde is made up of single family homes (many built in the 1960s and ‘70s), apartments and condos. The area does have proximity to a golf course, Fairview Regional Park, and Estancia Park, which boasts the historical Estancia Adobe. The home sizes here tend to range between average (4 bedrooms) and sprawling (7 bedrooms) with large lots. The apartments also tend to be a bit more luxurious, offering fireplaces, clubhouses with resident perks, pools and coffee bars. This area is great for commuters, as it is near the 405 and the 73 freeways.

Cliff Haven: Back Bay running track is virtually in your backyard in this 'hood. Cliff Haven is an affordable area. Filled with single family homes (some built before 1939, most built in 1970s and later) & condos. While there are some multi-unit complexes here. Many of the apartments to rent are guest houses, in law suites, etc. that are located on someone’s property. Here, you'll be right near the Costa Mesa Freeway (55) for an easy commute to work or south to Newport Beach.

Santa Ana Heights: Recently annexed from Newport Beach, this part of town is located near the bluff in Costa Mesa, providing great views as well as accessibility to John Wayne airport, shopping and dining at the nearby Triangle Square. Though it has been annexed, part of Santa Ana Heights falls into the Newport Beach area, making living here convenient for weekend trips. There are many apartments to choose from in Santa Ana Heights, as well as an abundance of single family homes that are both established and newly constructed. Some of the apartments here also offer garages to help eliminate street parking. There are horse trails here and it's close to Back Bay for those who want to get in touch with nature.

Costa Mesa (proper/downtown – 92626): The main zip code of Costa Mesa, there are about thirteen different neighborhoods that fall into the category of Costa Mesa proper from the Costa Mesa Freeway to Newport Blvd. Inside of these neighborhoods, future residents can find ranch style housing, as well as luxury apartment living and small cottages/condos. The majority of apartments located in the downtown area offer amazing perks for residents including rock climbing walls, wine chillers and concierge services. Many of the neighborhoods are close to the theatre, performing arts center and shopping, as well as nightlife.

Neighborhoods:
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Costa Mesa is a cozy city that features a nice blend of single family homes and apartment housing, as well as luxury living. Anywhere you live here, you will find sunshine, perfect California-esque views and friendly neighbors. The best part, perhaps, is that every neighborhood is within walking distance to a park, making living here perfect for those who love the great outdoors.

Mesa Verde: Mesa Verde is made up of single family homes (many built in the 1960s and ‘70s), apartments and condos. The area does have proximity to a golf course, Fairview Regional Park, and Estancia Park, which boasts the historical Estancia Adobe. The home sizes here tend to range between average (4 bedrooms) and sprawling (7 bedrooms) with large lots. The apartments also tend to be a bit more luxurious, offering fireplaces, clubhouses with resident perks, pools and coffee bars. This area is great for commuters, as it is near the 405 and the 73 freeways.

Cliff Haven: Back Bay running track is virtually in your backyard in this 'hood. Cliff Haven is an affordable area. Filled with single family homes (some built before 1939, most built in 1970s and later) & condos. While there are some multi-unit complexes here. Many of the apartments to rent are guest houses, in law suites, etc. that are located on someone’s property. Here, you'll be right near the Costa Mesa Freeway (55) for an easy commute to work or south to Newport Beach.

Santa Ana Heights: Recently annexed from Newport Beach, this part of town is located near the bluff in Costa Mesa, providing great views as well as accessibility to John Wayne airport, shopping and dining at the nearby Triangle Square. Though it has been annexed, part of Santa Ana Heights falls into the Newport Beach area, making living here convenient for weekend trips. There are many apartments to choose from in Santa Ana Heights, as well as an abundance of single family homes that are both established and newly constructed. Some of the apartments here also offer garages to help eliminate street parking. There are horse trails here and it's close to Back Bay for those who want to get in touch with nature.

Costa Mesa (proper/downtown – 92626): The main zip code of Costa Mesa, there are about thirteen different neighborhoods that fall into the category of Costa Mesa proper from the Costa Mesa Freeway to Newport Blvd. Inside of these neighborhoods, future residents can find ranch style housing, as well as luxury apartment living and small cottages/condos. The majority of apartments located in the downtown area offer amazing perks for residents including rock climbing walls, wine chillers and concierge services. Many of the neighborhoods are close to the theatre, performing arts center and shopping, as well as nightlife.

Living in the Real OC:

While the images of sunny days ring true, life in Costa Mesa isn’t all shopping and drama. With weather that is near perfect throughout the year and views that can’t be beat (canyons, bluffs, beaches - oh, my!), life in Costa Mesa is a fine mix of suburbia and trendy city. Costa Mesa is not just a city on the edge of a state, it’s a city on the edge of it all.

Living in the Real OC:
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While the images of sunny days ring true, life in Costa Mesa isn’t all shopping and drama. With weather that is near perfect throughout the year and views that can’t be beat (canyons, bluffs, beaches - oh, my!), life in Costa Mesa is a fine mix of suburbia and trendy city. Costa Mesa is not just a city on the edge of a state, it’s a city on the edge of it all.

Rent Report
Costa Mesa

December 2020 Costa Mesa Rent Report

Welcome to the December 2020 Costa Mesa Rent Report. Costa Mesa rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Costa Mesa rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Costa Mesa rents declined slightly over the past month

Costa Mesa rents have declined 0.2% over the past month, and are down slightly by 0.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Costa Mesa stand at $1,862 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,150 for a two-bedroom. Costa Mesa's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of -5.2%, as well as the national average of -1.3%.

    Rents falling across the Los Angeles Metro

    Rent prices have been decreasing not just in Costa Mesa over the past year, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities in the Los Angeles metro for which we have data, 6 of them have seen prices drop. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Over the past year, Los Angeles proper has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 8.1%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,998, while one-bedrooms go for $1,523.
    • Santa Clarita has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 3.1%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,416, while one-bedrooms go for $1,933.
    • Irvine has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,735; rents grew 0.4% over the past month but fell 4.2% over the past year.
    • Long Beach has the least expensive rents in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,778; rents fell 0.6% over the past month and 0.3% over the past year.

    Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Costa Mesa

    As rents have fallen slightly in Costa Mesa, a few large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Compared to most large cities across the country, Costa Mesa is less affordable for renters.

    • With cities across the state seeing varying rent trends, California as a whole has logged -5.2% year-over-year decline. For example, rents have fallen by 0.1% in San Diego.
    • Costa Mesa's median two-bedroom rent of $2,150 is above the national average of $1,095. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.3% over the past year compared to the 0.1% decline in Costa Mesa.
    • While rents in Costa Mesa fell slightly over the past year, the city of Phoenix saw an increase of 3.9%.
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Costa Mesa than most large cities. For example, Houston has a median 2BR rent of $1,073, where Costa Mesa is more than twice that price.

    For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S.

    City
    Median 1BR Rent
    Median 2BR Rent
    M/M Rent Growth
    Y/Y Rent Growth
    Los Angeles
    $1,520
    $2,000
    -0.7%
    -8.1%
    Long Beach
    $1,400
    $1,780
    -0.6%
    -0.3%
    Anaheim
    $1,520
    $1,960
    -0.2%
    2.1%
    Santa Ana
    $1,450
    $1,870
    0.5%
    0.3%
    Irvine
    $2,210
    $2,740
    0.4%
    -4.2%
    Glendale
    $1,300
    $1,810
    0.8%
    -6.8%
    Huntington Beach
    $1,850
    $2,070
    0.1%
    -0.1%
    Santa Clarita
    $1,930
    $2,420
    0.6%
    3.1%
    Pasadena
    $1,590
    $2,110
    0
    -6.6%
    Orange
    $1,700
    $2,050
    0
    1.1%
    Fullerton
    $1,620
    $2,020
    1%
    0.7%
    Costa Mesa
    $1,860
    $2,150
    -0.2%
    -0.1%
    West Covina
    $1,740
    $2,310
    -0.1%
    3.7%
    Burbank
    $1,570
    $2,200
    -0.1%
    -10.6%
    Mission Viejo
    $2,040
    $2,510
    0.5%
    0.6%
    Santa Monica
    $1,860
    $2,340
    -0.8%
    -12.5%
    Newport Beach
    $2,240
    $2,820
    0.9%
    2.4%
    Lake Forest
    $2,090
    $2,450
    -0.6%
    0.4%
    Laguna Niguel
    $2,090
    $2,630
    1.4%
    1.9%
    West Hollywood
    $1,850
    $2,380
    2.3%
    -5.1%
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    Methodology - Recent Updates:

    Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

    Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post about the methodology on our blog.

    Methodology:

    Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

    Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

    Read more about our methodology.

    About Rent Reports:

    Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

    We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

    Read More

    December 2020 Costa Mesa Rent Report

    Welcome to the December 2020 Costa Mesa Rent Report. Costa Mesa rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Costa Mesa rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

    View full Rent Report

    December 2020 Costa Mesa Rent Report

    Welcome to the December 2020 Costa Mesa Rent Report. Costa Mesa rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Costa Mesa rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

    Costa Mesa rents declined slightly over the past month

    Costa Mesa rents have declined 0.2% over the past month, and are down slightly by 0.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Costa Mesa stand at $1,862 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,150 for a two-bedroom. Costa Mesa's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of -5.2%, as well as the national average of -1.3%.

      Rents falling across the Los Angeles Metro

      Rent prices have been decreasing not just in Costa Mesa over the past year, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities in the Los Angeles metro for which we have data, 6 of them have seen prices drop. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

      • Over the past year, Los Angeles proper has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 8.1%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,998, while one-bedrooms go for $1,523.
      • Santa Clarita has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 3.1%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,416, while one-bedrooms go for $1,933.
      • Irvine has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,735; rents grew 0.4% over the past month but fell 4.2% over the past year.
      • Long Beach has the least expensive rents in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,778; rents fell 0.6% over the past month and 0.3% over the past year.

      Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Costa Mesa

      As rents have fallen slightly in Costa Mesa, a few large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Compared to most large cities across the country, Costa Mesa is less affordable for renters.

      • With cities across the state seeing varying rent trends, California as a whole has logged -5.2% year-over-year decline. For example, rents have fallen by 0.1% in San Diego.
      • Costa Mesa's median two-bedroom rent of $2,150 is above the national average of $1,095. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.3% over the past year compared to the 0.1% decline in Costa Mesa.
      • While rents in Costa Mesa fell slightly over the past year, the city of Phoenix saw an increase of 3.9%.
      • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Costa Mesa than most large cities. For example, Houston has a median 2BR rent of $1,073, where Costa Mesa is more than twice that price.

      For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S.

      City
      Median 1BR Rent
      Median 2BR Rent
      M/M Rent Growth
      Y/Y Rent Growth
      Los Angeles
      $1,520
      $2,000
      -0.7%
      -8.1%
      Long Beach
      $1,400
      $1,780
      -0.6%
      -0.3%
      Anaheim
      $1,520
      $1,960
      -0.2%
      2.1%
      Santa Ana
      $1,450
      $1,870
      0.5%
      0.3%
      Irvine
      $2,210
      $2,740
      0.4%
      -4.2%
      Glendale
      $1,300
      $1,810
      0.8%
      -6.8%
      Huntington Beach
      $1,850
      $2,070
      0.1%
      -0.1%
      Santa Clarita
      $1,930
      $2,420
      0.6%
      3.1%
      Pasadena
      $1,590
      $2,110
      0
      -6.6%
      Orange
      $1,700
      $2,050
      0
      1.1%
      Fullerton
      $1,620
      $2,020
      1%
      0.7%
      Costa Mesa
      $1,860
      $2,150
      -0.2%
      -0.1%
      West Covina
      $1,740
      $2,310
      -0.1%
      3.7%
      Burbank
      $1,570
      $2,200
      -0.1%
      -10.6%
      Mission Viejo
      $2,040
      $2,510
      0.5%
      0.6%
      Santa Monica
      $1,860
      $2,340
      -0.8%
      -12.5%
      Newport Beach
      $2,240
      $2,820
      0.9%
      2.4%
      Lake Forest
      $2,090
      $2,450
      -0.6%
      0.4%
      Laguna Niguel
      $2,090
      $2,630
      1.4%
      1.9%
      West Hollywood
      $1,850
      $2,380
      2.3%
      -5.1%
      See More

      Methodology - Recent Updates:

      Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

      Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post about the methodology on our blog.

      Methodology:

      Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

      Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

      Read more about our methodology.

      About Rent Reports:

      Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

      We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

      Costa Mesa Renter Confidence Survey
      National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states

      Here’s how Costa Mesa ranks on:

      A-
      Overall satisfaction
      B-
      Safety and crime rate
      C+
      Jobs and career opportunities
      C+
      Recreational activities
      B-
      Quality of schools
      A-
      Weather
      C
      State and local taxes
      C+
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released results for Costa Mesa from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

      “According to our results, renters in Costa Mesa are satisfied with the city overall,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “They gave a mix of above- and below-average scores.”

      Key findings in Costa Mesa include the following:

      • Costa Mesa renters give their city an A- overall for satisfaction.
      • The highest-rated category for Costa Mesa was the weather, which received an A- score.
      • Categories like safety and the quality of local schools received near-average scores of B-.
      • Areas of concern included local job and career opportunities (C+) and access to parks and community events in Costa Mesa (C+).
      • The largest sources of dissatisfaction were commute times, affordability, and access to public transit, which all received an F score from renters.
      • Overall, renter satisfaction in Costa Mesa is comparable to nearby cities like Long Beach (B+) and Irvine (A+), and renters are more satisfied than those in Santa Ana (C).
      • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.
      View our national survey results here.
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      Renter Confidence Survey

      Apartment List has released results for Costa Mesa from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

      “According to our results, renters in Costa Mesa are satisfied with the city overall,” says A...

      View full Costa Mesa Renter Survey

      Here’s how Costa Mesa ranks on:

      A-
      Overall satisfaction
      B-
      Safety and crime rate
      C+
      Jobs and career opportunities
      C+
      Recreational activities
      B-
      Quality of schools
      A-
      Weather
      C
      State and local taxes
      C+
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released results for Costa Mesa from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

      “According to our results, renters in Costa Mesa are satisfied with the city overall,” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “They gave a mix of above- and below-average scores.”

      Key findings in Costa Mesa include the following:

      • Costa Mesa renters give their city an A- overall for satisfaction.
      • The highest-rated category for Costa Mesa was the weather, which received an A- score.
      • Categories like safety and the quality of local schools received near-average scores of B-.
      • Areas of concern included local job and career opportunities (C+) and access to parks and community events in Costa Mesa (C+).
      • The largest sources of dissatisfaction were commute times, affordability, and access to public transit, which all received an F score from renters.
      • Overall, renter satisfaction in Costa Mesa is comparable to nearby cities like Long Beach (B+) and Irvine (A+), and renters are more satisfied than those in Santa Ana (C).
      • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.
      View our national survey results here.