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103 apartments for rent near Costa Mesa, CA

Last updated April 26 at 11:58PM
195 Mesa Drive
Eastside Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa, CA
Updated April 26 at 6:17AM
3 Bedrooms
302 Princeton Drive
Central Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa, CA
Updated April 23 at 8:15AM
4 Bedrooms
2253 Rutgers Drive, Costa Mesa
Central Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa, CA
Updated April 18 at 10:35PM
4 Bedrooms
668 Center Street
Westside Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa, CA
Updated April 18 at 11:26PM
2 Bedrooms
288 E 15th St
Eastside Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa, CA
Updated April 18 at 10:33PM
3 Bedrooms
Westside Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa, CA
Updated April 21 at 9:16PM
2 Bedrooms
377 Avocado Street
Central Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa, CA
Updated April 26 at 12:23AM
3 Bedrooms
939 W 19th Street
Westside Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa, CA
Updated April 26 at 6:18AM
3 Bedrooms
2233 Fairview Road
Central Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa, CA
Updated April 26 at 11:56PM
3 Bedrooms
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City Guide
Costa Mesa

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.

Costa Mesa Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Costa Mesa ranks on:
A- Overall satisfaction
B- Safety and crime rate
C+ Jobs and career opportunities
C+ Recreational activities
F Affordability
B- Quality of schools
A- Weather
F Commute time
C State and local taxes
F Public transit
C+ Pet-friendliness
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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.