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Costa Mesa Apartments
Last updated January 27 2023 at 12:19 AM

580 Apartments in Costa Mesa, California

Costa Mesa Apartment Renter's Guide

Overview


Population: 113,003
Population Density: 7,154.1 people/sq mile
Median Age: 37
Percentage of Family Households: 59%
Median Annual Income: $97,904 / year
Median Rent: $2,025 / month

What locals are saying

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

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.

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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 ‚Äė70s), 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 ‚Äď 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.

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Costa Mesa Demographics


How diverse is Costa Mesa?

The representation of ethnic minorities in Costa Mesa is higher than the national average. The eight main ethnic groups that make up the population of Costa Mesa are White (46.8%), Hispanic Or Latino (34.6%), Asian (10.3%), Two Or More (4.9%), Black Or African American (1.9%), Other (1.4%), American Indian Or Alaska Native (0.2%), and Native Hawaiian Or Other Pacific Islander (0%).

What does the age breakdown look like for Costa Mesa residents?

The median age in Costa Mesa is 37 while the most populous age group of residents is the under 20 group.

How diverse is Costa Mesa?

The representation of ethnic minorities in Costa Mesa is higher than the national average. The eight main ethnic groups that make up the population of Costa Mesa are White (46.8%), Hispanic Or Latino (34.6%), Asian (10.3%), Two Or More (4.9%), Black Or African American (1.9%), Other (1.4%), American Indian Or Alaska Native (0.2%), and Native Hawaiian Or Other Pacific Islander (0%).

What does the age breakdown look like for Costa Mesa residents?

The median age in Costa Mesa is 37 while the most populous age group of residents is the under 20 group.

Costa Mesa Crime


Overall Crime

Above Average
Overall crime in Costa Mesa is above average in comparison to the national average.

Violent Crime

Below Average
The level of violent crime in Costa Mesa is below average compared to the national average violent crime rate.

Property Crime

Above Average
The level of property crime in Costa Mesa is above average compared to the national average property crime rate.

Top Schools in Costa Mesa


Elementary Schools

9 /10
Maude B. Davis Elementary School
Public
PK-6
Public
PK-6
565 Students
29 Reviews
565
Students
29 Reviews
9 /10
Killybrooke Elementary School
Public
PK-6
Public
PK-6
411 Students
6 Reviews
411
Students
6 Reviews
8 /10
California Elementary School
Public
K-6
Public
K-6
429 Students
9 Reviews
429
Students
9 Reviews

Middle Schools

6 /10
Costa Mesa High School
Public
7-12
Public
7-12
1,846 Students
9 Reviews
1,846
Students
9 Reviews
5 /10
Occs:chep/PCHS School
Public
K-12
Public
K-12
613 Students
5 Reviews
613
Students
5 Reviews
4 /10
Charles W. Tewinkle Middle School
Public
7-8
Public
7-8
626 Students
10 Reviews
626
Students
10 Reviews

High Schools

9 /10
Early College High School
Public
9-12
Public
9-12
184 Students
11 Reviews
184
Students
11 Reviews
6 /10
Costa Mesa High School
Public
7-12
Public
7-12
1,846 Students
9 Reviews
1,846
Students
9 Reviews
5 /10
Occs:chep/PCHS School
Public
K-12
Public
K-12
613 Students
5 Reviews
613
Students
5 Reviews

What Renters Say about Costa Mesa


Apartment List has released the results for Costa Mesa from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.
‚ÄúAccording to our results, renters in Costa Mesa are satisfied with the city overall,‚ÄĚ says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. ‚ÄúThey gave a mix of above- and below-average scores.‚ÄĚ
94%
Weather
74%
Quality of Schools
73%
Parks and Outdoor Activities
73%
Pet Friendliness
69%
Commute Time
68%
Social Life
59%
Jobs and Career Opportunities
53%
Safety and Crime Rate
41%
Public Transit
32%
Dating
25%
State and Local Taxes
13%
Affordability
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Check out 580 verified apartments for rent in Costa Mesa, CA with rents starting as low as $1,850. Some apartments for rent in Costa Mesa might offer rent specials. Look out for the
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Mediterranean Village Costa Mesa Photo Gallery 1
1 of 15
1 Bedroom
$2,284
750 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,918
1050 sqft
A resort-style apartment community nestled in lush tropical vegetation; Mediterranean Village is located in the Orange County city of Costa Mesa. Centrally located between Irvine, Newport Beach and Anaheim, this charming community provides a perfect balance of comfort and convenience. Please note, our prices and availability are subject to change. Please talk to a leasing consultant for the most current information!
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Halcyon House Photo Gallery 1
1 of 101
Verified
57 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$3,160
653 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,988
1150 sqft
Halcyon House takes Orange County living a step beyond, a world above. It‚Äôs a residential offering unlike anything else in the area, one that establishes an urban way of living resembling that of a sophisticated boutique hotel‚ÄĒ highly serviced, extremely personal, absolutely effortless. Where every nuanced detail is looked after with the utmost precision and grace, and amenity offerings are second to none. Creating a living experience perfectly in tune with its surroundings, Halcyon House connects residents to Costa Mesa‚Äôs renowned art, culture, dining and shopping while providing a private retreat from it all. At Halcyon House, anything is possible, worries are checked at the front door and a warm, inviting welcome home awaits, each and every time. LMC LIVING INC., CA DRE #01983707
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Baker Block Photo Gallery 1
1 of 50
1 Bedroom
$2,943
732 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,810
1089 sqft
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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Camden Martinique Photo Gallery 1
1 of 28
Verified
16 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,283
495 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,994
1013 sqft
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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Average rent in Costa Mesa, California

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The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Costa Mesa is $2,758, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $3,659. Rent rates updated 8 days ago
* Averages are based on the rental prices of properties listed on Apartment List
580 Anton Photo Gallery 1
1 of 33
Verified
15 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,655
664 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,753
1051 sqft
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. Undeniably impressive, 580 Anton offers new and elegant living that’s flawless. It’s a sprawling work of modern art created an for exceptional and intelligent living. Experience breathtaking modern architecture, spacious residences, and top of the line finishes. The atmosphere is tranquil and inspired. The combination is perfection. The coveted location in the Town Center of Costa Mesa allows immediate access to world-class performances at Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts, as well as gourmet dining and designer couture at prestigious South Coast Plaza. There is nothing typical about this new community because there is nothing typical about you.
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Senior Housing - Azulon at Mesa Verde Photo Gallery 1
1 of 30
Senior Housing
1 Bedroom
$2,411
780 sqft
Senior Housing - Azulon at Mesa Verde are meticulous to detail. This world-class property‚Äôs convenient location, luxury amenities, community features, and onsite staff work together and create the perfect rental experience. Azul√≥n at Mesa Verde¬ģ is an upscale 55+ apartment community and the perfect place to start and finish your Costa Mesa apartment search. Residents love our designer floor plans, unique interiors, and custom home feel.
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The Villages at South Coast Photo Gallery 1
1 of 12
2 Bedrooms
$2,800
900 sqft
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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Baywind Photo Gallery 1
1 of 18
Verified
3 Units Available
2 Bedrooms
$2,645
875 sqft
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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Sea Pointe Villas Photo Gallery 1
1 of 16
Verified
3 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,499
753 sqft
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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Atwater Cove Photo Gallery 1
1 of 40
Verified
8 Units Available
1 Bedroom
$2,375
528 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,990
1008 sqft
Welcome home to AtWater Cove, where convenience and comfort maximize your daily routine. Our apartments in Costa Mesa, CA, have everything you need to step into a life of ease and find a place that instantly feels like home. With close access to a variety of restaurants, shops, parks and entertainment, you can step into the local lifestyle right outside your door. Here, the perfect combination of nature and comfortable city life is yours. Spend afternoons and weekends exploring Talbert Regional Park, Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, local beaches or all Costa Mesa has to offer. Grab a bite or your favorite brew at Bad Coffee, Broken Yolk Cafe, La Farola or MoonGoat Coffee and fall in love with our friendly community. Come home to AtWater Cove and come home to better living. Schedule a tour today!
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Missions At Back Bay Photo Gallery 1
1 of 34
1 Bedroom
$2,190
754 sqft
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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Harbor at Mesa Verde Photo Gallery 1
1 of 99
Verified
28 Units Available
Studio
$1,865
441 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,391
600 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,678
1032 sqft
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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27 Seventy Five Mesa Verde Photo Gallery 1
1 of 170
1 Bedroom
$2,317
801 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,884
1037 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,144
1456 sqft
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.
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eaves South Coast Photo Gallery 1
1 of 30
1 Bedroom
$2,250
524 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,885
1050 sqft
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.
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Ava Newport Photo Gallery 1
1 of 27
Verified
9 Units Available
Studio
$2,152
320 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,585
675 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,761
650 sqft
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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3400 Avenue of the Arts Apartments Photo Gallery 1
1 of 30
Studio
$2,359
530 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,719
750 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,096
1220 sqft
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.
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717 Weelo Drive - B Photo Gallery 1
1 of 20
2 Bedrooms
$4,500
745 sqft
Enjoy the Pacific Breeze as it blows over Costa Mesa in this fully loaded coastal getaway! Centrally located off the freeway, walking distance to shopping, dinner, movies, and a quick jog to the ocean! This two-bedroom one bathroom back unit of a duplex is completely private with it's own entrances, off-street parking, laundry room, and palatial backyard filled with fun. It was custom designed by a notable inventor who put great care into each detail, creature comfort, and amenity. The property comes fully furnished with all the bare necessities - kitchenware, bedding/linens, appliances, games, backyard furniture, indoor/outdoor stereo, two large HD flat-screen TV's, with streaming sticks. There's a separate laundry room with a washer, dryer, iron, ironing board, and wash basin. The backyard is fully equipped to entertain with a large two grill BBQ, dining furniture, jumbo shade umbrella, and outdoor speakers with AUX hook-ups. The garage has been converted to a game room with ping-pong table, dart board, bar, stools, and speaker system.
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256 16th Place - A Photo Gallery 1
1 of 20
3 Bedrooms
$4,399
1010 sqft
OPEN HOUSE 1/29 - Sunday - 3:00pm to 5:00pm This residence is a 3 bed 2 bath front unit of a classic coastal triplex. It's perfectly located in quiet Eastside Costa Mesa, just a mile from the Coast Highway and the Newport Beach peninsula. The unit has been thoroughly renovated and it's bright, open, and modern with large windows and a large glass patio door that opens to a private fenced backyard. The remodeled kitchen features a new stainless-steel refrigerator, gas stove, microwave, dishwasher, and art-deco cast concrete counter-top, with subway backsplash tiles. Amenities include wood-plank flooring throughout, luxury trim, central heating, ceiling fans in all rooms, mirrored closet doors, in-unit washer/dryer, private single car garage with remote opener, and an additional off-street parking space. Local schools in the Newport Mesa school district are Newport Heights Elementary, Ensign Jr High, and Newport Harbor High School. Tenant is responsible for electricity plus water, trash, and sewer which costs $125/month. One month security deposit. Annual lease term. Pets ok on prior approval; no restricted breeds.
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629 Cardiff Reef Photo Gallery 1
1 of 26
3 Bedrooms
$5,495
629 Cardiff Reef, Costa Mesa is located in the 17 West complex at 19th and Superior. Beautiful open concept layout with large rooftop deck with city views. This is a live/work property with an ADA compliant bath on lower, office level of unit. Direct 2-car garage access, washer/dryer on second level; a/c and central heat. Call or text Julia Morton directly with questions and an appointment to view. Julia Morton, Realtor DRE 02016387 (949) 933-2906 Contact us to schedule a showing.
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1226 Londonderry Street Photo Gallery 1
1 of 29
3 Bedrooms
$5,200
1400 sqft
Updated single-level pool home with a private manicured backyard. This three-bedroom two bathroom home is warm, inviting, and filled with designed touches. Natural hardwood floors flow throughout the house. Beautiful double french doors open onto the entertainers' backyard with a pool and built-in BBQ with bar seating. Upgraded kitchen with granite counters, gas range, refrigerator, and wine refrigerator. Ceiling fans in each bedroom. The garage has been updated with epoxy flooring and new storage cabinets and can be used as additional office space. The cozy living room is complete with a wood-burning fireplace. The back gate opens onto a tree-lined park with walking trails and a playground. The owner pays for pool and gardening services.
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2020 Santa Ana Avenue Photo Gallery 1
1 of 23
3 Bedrooms
$5,595
1600 sqft
Exclusively located behind a gated entry in Eastside Costa Mesa, 2020 Santa Ana Avenue #E offers three bedrooms plus an additional small room which could be utilized as a nursery, an additional closet or an office. Two full bathrooms upstairs and a half bath (powder room) downstairs completes this sophisticated abode. The gourmet kitchen offers stainless steel appliances, white cabinetry and granite countertops are effortlessly coordinated with hardwood floors and split tone grey hue painted walls and white crown moulding accents. The oversized primary suite can be compared to a day-at-the-spa as it offers dual travertine vanity sinks, a jetted soaking tub, a separate shower and fantastic walk-in-closet. Enjoy al fresco dining in your private backyard space or take a stroll to one of many restaurants and or gastropubs. Weekend bike rides to the beach or swimming in the back bay are convenient and easy from this Eastside Costa Mesa location. Welcome yourself home to 2020 Santa Ana Ave #E!
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2169 Harmony Way Photo Gallery 1
1 of 10
2 Bedrooms
$4,300
1736 sqft
Upgraded single-family three-story home in Costa Mesa. Built in 2014 this home is spotless! There are two bedrooms + a den/office, with 2 full bathrooms and 2 half-bathrooms. When you enter the home on the first floor is a spacious den/office with a half bath and direct access to the two-car garage, and the private patio. Upstairs on the second floor is the spectacular kitchen with stainless appliances, white cabinets, quartz countertops, and a glass backsplash. There is a full living room with access to the balcony and dining room. The laundry room and another half bath round out the second floor. On the third level is the master suite with a full bath, and a secondary en-suite bedroom. High-end finishes can be found throughout the home. Located near the freeway, and a short drive to the beach, shopping, and dining!
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3140 Bermuda Drive Photo Gallery 1
1 of 31
4 Bedrooms
$4,500
1987 sqft
Welcome to Mesa Verde! Large home with brand new kitchen being torn out and remodeled right now! It will include new white shaker cabinets, white quartz counter tops, new stainless steel drop in sink with new faucet. All new appliances in the kitchen with new flooring! Large front and back yard for entertaining. 2 car attached garage. Fencing gates will be repaired or remolded. New touch up painting and ceilings scraped throughout. This friendly neighborhood is close to a plethora of shopping, dining, parks, dog park, and John Wayne Airport! Also home to award winning Newport Mesa Unified School District Mesa Verde is also has the prestigious Mesa Verde Golf and Country Club and the public Costa Mesa Golf and Country Club. Welcome to your new home!
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1083 Sea Terrace Lane Photo Gallery 1
1 of 19
2 Bedrooms
$3,600
1245 sqft
Rarely on the market! Sea Bluff Canyon Townhome. This gorgeous unit will have new Vinyl flooring put in throughout and full painting and scraping of ceilings! 2 Master Bedrooms, each with full baths, plus a Den with a warm burning fireplace and skylights. The is a 2 story townhome, 2 car attached garage with direct access into your home, washer and dryer hook-ups. Private backyard that cuddles up to the wilderness of Talbert Regional Park and Canyon Park. Only about 1 mile from the beach! Lots of shopping and dining nearby with easy access to Huntington Beach/Surf City and Newport Beach. Beautiful club house with pool, spa and tennis courts. Small pets are great, per HOA rules! (Updated photos to come once work is complete)
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The average rent in Costa Mesa is $2,157 for a studio, $2,758 for a one-bedroom apartment, and $3,659 for a two-bedroom apartment. If you are looking for a deal, keep an eye out for a red pulsing icon that indicates rent specials.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much is rent in Costa Mesa?

In Costa Mesa, the average rent is $2,157 for a studio, $2,758 for a 1-bedroom, $3,659 for a 2-bedroom, and $4,210 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 find the lowest-priced apartments in Costa Mesa by using the cheap apartments filter or you can 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 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 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 Vanguard University of Southern California, Chapman University, Orange Coast College, Pomona College, and California State University-Fullerton.

Average rent in Costa Mesa, California

City Guide
The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Costa Mesa is $2,758, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $3,659. Rent rates updated 8 days ago
* Averages are based on the rental prices of properties listed on Apartment List