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246 Palmer St
Eastside Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa, CA
Updated June 22 at 9:10PM
5 Bedrooms
260 Victoria Street
Central Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa, CA
Updated June 13 at 4:14AM
3 Bedrooms
3017 Ceylon Road
Mesa Verde
Costa Mesa, CA
Updated June 24 at 8:01AM
4 Bedrooms
290 Victoria St . #E4
Central Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa, CA
Updated June 11 at 9:55AM
2 Bedrooms
858 Joann Street
Westside Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa, CA
Updated June 24 at 3:37AM
3 Bedrooms
694 Joann Street
Westside Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa, CA
Updated June 24 at 7:05PM
2 Bedrooms
2493 Elden Avenue
Eastside Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa, CA
Updated June 6 at 7:35AM
3 Bedrooms
2381 Cornell Drive
Central Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa, CA
Updated June 14 at 4:18AM
4 Bedrooms
575 Pierpont Dr
Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa, CA
Updated June 28 at 3:51AM
4 Bedrooms
1961 Santa Ana Ave
Eastside Costa Mesa
Costa Mesa, CA
Updated June 15 at 11:26PM
4 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.

Rent Report
Costa Mesa

June 2017 Costa Mesa Rent Report

Welcome to the June 2017 Costa Mesa Rent Report. Costa Mesa rents remained steady 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 held steady over the past month

Costa Mesa rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they have increased moderately by 3.9% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Costa Mesa stand at $1,810 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,320 for a two-bedroom. Costa Mesa's year-over-year rent growth is on par with the state average of 3.9%, but exceeds the national average of 2.6%.

Rents rising across the Los Angeles Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Costa Mesa, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Los Angeles metro, all of them have seen prices rise, and this trend can be seen throughout other areas in the state, as well. California as a whole has logged a 3.9% year-over-year growth. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro, as well as the rest of the state.

  • Garden Grove has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 9.2%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,030, while one-bedrooms go for $1,580.
  • Over the past month, Huntington Beach has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with decline of 0.4%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,370, while one-bedrooms go for $1,850.
  • Irvine has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,600; rents went down 0.1% over the past month but rose 3.4% over the past year.
  • Los Angeles proper has the least expensive rents in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,710; rents were up 0.4% over the past month and 4.5% over the past year.
  • Looking throughout the rest of the state, Fremont is the most expensive of all California's major cities outside the Los Angeles metro, with a median two-bedroom rent of $3,530; of the 10 largest cities in the state that we have data for, San Francisco, where a two-bedroom goes for $3,020, is the only major city to see rents fall year-over-year (-1.0%).
  • Sacramento, Chula Vista, and Fresno have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (7.4%, 4.8%, and 4.8%, respectively).

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

As rents have increased in Costa Mesa, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Compared to most large cities across the country, Costa Mesa is less affordable for renters.

  • Costa Mesa's median two-bedroom rent of $2,320 is above the national average of $1,150. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.6% over the past year.
  • While Costa Mesa's rents rose over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including Houston (-2.8%) and Miami (-1.3%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Costa Mesa than most large cities. Comparably, Houston has a median 2BR rent of $990, 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. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Los Angeles $1,330 $1,710 0.4% 4.5%
Long Beach $1,340 $1,720 -0.2% 4.8%
Anaheim $1,590 $2,050 0.8% 5.1%
Santa Ana $1,420 $1,830 0.0% 5.6%
Irvine $2,030 $2,600 -0.1% 3.4%
Glendale $1,380 $1,770 -0.2% 3.0%
Huntington Beach $1,850 $2,370 -0.4% 2.6%
Santa Clarita $1,900 $2,440 0.5% 4.4%
Garden Grove $1,580 $2,030 2.2% 9.2%
Pasadena $1,580 $2,030 -0.3% 2.1%
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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 here.


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 here.

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 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
Best Worst
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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.