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Starting at $2,415
Updated 4 hrs ago
Sea Pointe Villas
1380 Village Way
Costa Mesa, CA
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,415
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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Starting at $1,762
Updated 14 hrs ago
3400 Avenue of the Arts Apartments
3400 Avenue of the Arts
Costa Mesa, CA
Studio
$1,762
1 Bedroom
$1,975
2 Bedrooms
$2,445
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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Starting at $1,499
Updated 6 hrs ago
Camden Martinique
2855 Pinecreek Dr
Costa Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,499
2 Bedrooms
$2,149
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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Starting at $2,319
Updated 6 hrs ago
Camden Sea Palms
1850 Whittier Ave
Costa Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,319
Located equidistant between the Marina Sea Park and the Whittier Elementary School, the Camden Sea Palms apartments are pet-friendly and hot tub-adjacent. Community courtyard, gym, clubhouse and BBQ pit.
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Starting at $2,039
Updated 9 hrs ago
Blue Sol
421 Bernard St
Costa Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,039
2 Bedrooms
$2,398
3 Bedrooms
$3,393
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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Starting at $1,699
Updated 6 hrs ago
27 Seventy Five Mesa Verde
2775 Mesa Verde Dr E
Costa Mesa, CA
Studio
$1,699
1 Bedroom
$1,819
2 Bedrooms
$2,284
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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Starting at $1,495
Updated 6 hrs ago
Harbor at Mesa Verde
2700 Peterson Pl
Costa Mesa, CA
Studio
$1,495
1 Bedroom
$1,740
2 Bedrooms
$2,185
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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Starting at $1,710
Updated 6 hrs ago
Missions At Back Bay the
1330 Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,710
2 Bedrooms
$1,979
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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Starting at $1,720
Updated 16 hrs ago
eaves South Coast
555 Paularino Ave
Costa Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,720
2 Bedrooms
$2,230
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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Starting at $1,834
Updated 16 hrs ago
Ava Newport
1765 Santa Ana Ave
Costa Mesa, CA
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1 Bedroom
$1,834
2 Bedrooms
$1,940
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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Starting at $1,855
Updated 8 hrs ago
Villa Siena
1250 Adams Ave
Costa Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,855
2 Bedrooms
$2,156
3 Bedrooms
$2,677
Luxurious community includes hot tub, pool, 24-hour maintenance. Apartment has hardwood floors, walk in closets, and patio or balcony. Located just minutes from restaurants and entertainment on Fairview Rd.
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Starting at $1,925
Updated 9 hrs ago
Baker Block
125 Baker St E
Costa Mesa, CA
Studio
$1,925
1 Bedroom
$2,225
2 Bedrooms
$2,675
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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Starting at $2,230
Updated 6 hrs ago
Madison Newport
2345 Newport Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,230
3 Bedrooms
$2,860
Ideal location minutes from Newport Blvd and the beach. Comfortable living with 24-hour gym, relaxing spa and pool, and beautiful courtyards. Interiors are spacious, furnished, and come with oversized closets for additional storage.
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Starting at $1,675
Updated 6 hrs ago
The Villages at South Coast
845 Paularino Ave
Costa Mesa, CA
Studio
$1,675
1 Bedroom
$1,840
2 Bedrooms
$2,215
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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Starting at $1,775
Updated 6 hrs ago
Baywind
151 E 21st St
Costa Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,775
2 Bedrooms
$2,025
3 Bedrooms
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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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Starting at $2,950
Updated 6 hrs ago
282 Knox Street
282 Knox Street
Costa Mesa, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,950
Starting at $1,695
Updated 6 hrs ago
931 W 19th Street
931 W 19th Street
Costa Mesa, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,695
Starting at $1,895
Updated 6 hrs ago
931 W 19th Street
931 W 19th Street
Costa Mesa, CA
2 Bedrooms
$1,895
Starting at $3,200
Updated 16 hrs ago
363 Rochester
363 Rochester
Costa Mesa, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,200
Starting at $2,995
Updated 17 hrs ago
2649 Elden Avenue #D
2649 Elden Avenue #D
Costa Mesa, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,995
Starting at $2,700
Updated 3 days ago
2286 Pacific Ave Unit E
2286 Pacific Ave Unit E
Costa Mesa, CA
3 Bedrooms
$2,700
Starting at $4,000
Updated 3 days ago
587 Marquette Circle
587 Marquette Circle
Costa Mesa, CA
3 Bedrooms
$4,000
Starting at $3,750
Updated 5 days ago
1275 Conway Avenue
1275 Conway Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA
4 Bedrooms
$3,750
Starting at $2,800
Updated 9 days ago
164 LEXINGTON LN
164 LEXINGTON LN
Costa Mesa, CA
3 Bedrooms
$2,800

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City GuideCosta 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.

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 ‘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

May 2018 Costa Mesa Rent Report

Welcome to the May 2018 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 are up marginally by 0.7% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Costa Mesa stand at $1,820 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,340 for a two-bedroom. Costa Mesa's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 2.1%, as well as the national average of 1.5%.

    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, 8 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Garden Grove has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 5.3%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,100, while one-bedrooms go for $1,630.
    • Over the past year, Huntington Beach has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 0.2%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,380, 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 $2,680; rents fell 0.2% over the past month but rose 2.6% over the past year.
    • Lancaster has the least expensive rents in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,740; rents decreased 0.1% over the past month but were up 5.1% over the past year.

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

    As rents have increased marginally in Costa Mesa, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Compared to most large cities across the country, Costa Mesa is less affordable for renters.

    • Rents increased moderately in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 2.1% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 2.4% in San Jose, 1.9% in San Diego, and 1.3% in San Francisco.
    • Costa Mesa's median two-bedroom rent of $2,340 is above the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.5% over the past year compared to the 0.7% rise in Costa Mesa.
    • While Costa Mesa's rents rose marginally over the past year, many cities nationwide saw more substantial increases, including Houston (+3.1%), Phoenix (+2.3%), and Boston (+1.0%).
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Costa Mesa than most large cities. For example, Houston has a median 2BR rent of $1,020, 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
    $1,360
    $1,740
    0.1%
    2.1%
    Long Beach
    $1,370
    $1,760
    -0.1%
    2%
    Anaheim
    $1,640
    $2,110
    -0.3%
    3.8%
    Santa Ana
    $1,450
    $1,860
    -0.6%
    1.8%
    Irvine
    $2,080
    $2,680
    -0.2%
    2.6%
    Glendale
    $1,380
    $1,770
    0.8%
    0
    Huntington Beach
    $1,850
    $2,380
    -0.9%
    -0.2%
    Santa Clarita
    $1,980
    $2,550
    1%
    4.8%
    Garden Grove
    $1,630
    $2,100
    -0.1%
    5.3%
    Lancaster
    $1,350
    $1,740
    -0.1%
    5.1%
    Palmdale
    $1,570
    $2,010
    0.2%
    3.5%
    Pomona
    $1,140
    $1,450
    0
    -0.2%
    Torrance
    $1,580
    $2,030
    0.1%
    2.7%
    Pasadena
    $1,600
    $2,060
    -0.1%
    1.1%
    Orange
    $1,770
    $2,270
    0.2%
    1%
    Fullerton
    $1,530
    $1,970
    0.1%
    2.2%
    Downey
    $1,390
    $1,790
    -0.1%
    1.9%
    Costa Mesa
    $1,820
    $2,340
    0.3%
    0.7%
    Inglewood
    $1,180
    $1,520
    -0.1%
    2.9%
    West Covina
    $1,750
    $2,250
    0.3%
    4.5%
    Norwalk
    $1,520
    $1,960
    -0.1%
    3.5%
    Burbank
    $1,600
    $2,060
    0.4%
    5.1%
    Mission Viejo
    $2,080
    $2,680
    -0.3%
    2.1%
    Santa Monica
    $1,640
    $2,110
    0.1%
    1.2%
    Westminster
    $1,610
    $2,070
    0
    2.4%
    Whittier
    $1,400
    $1,800
    0.5%
    2.6%
    Newport Beach
    $2,810
    $3,610
    0.7%
    2.4%
    Hawthorne
    $1,190
    $1,530
    0
    3.9%
    Buena Park
    $1,610
    $2,070
    0
    3.5%
    Lakewood
    $1,750
    $2,250
    0.3%
    2.7%
    Lake Forest
    $1,850
    $2,370
    0.1%
    1.7%
    Bellflower
    $1,370
    $1,760
    0.3%
    2.2%
    Tustin
    $1,890
    $2,430
    -0.1%
    1.6%
    Redondo Beach
    $1,970
    $2,530
    0
    1.3%
    San Clemente
    $2,280
    $2,940
    0.6%
    0
    Laguna Niguel
    $1,790
    $2,300
    0.3%
    -2.5%
    Montebello
    $1,390
    $1,790
    0.2%
    5.4%
    La Habra
    $1,530
    $1,970
    0.2%
    3.1%
    Fountain Valley
    $1,860
    $2,390
    0
    5.5%
    Paramount
    $1,430
    $1,840
    0
    2.8%
    Placentia
    $1,770
    $2,270
    0.9%
    3.2%
    Glendora
    $1,670
    $2,140
    -0.6%
    1.1%
    Rancho Santa Margarita
    $1,930
    $2,480
    0.8%
    0.5%
    Aliso Viejo
    $1,630
    $2,100
    -0.3%
    -17.8%
    Cypress
    $1,740
    $2,240
    0
    0.3%
    Covina
    $1,590
    $2,040
    0.4%
    0.8%
    Rancho Palos Verdes
    $3,430
    $4,410
    -0.5%
    3.6%
    Brea
    $1,730
    $2,230
    3.4%
    Culver City
    $1,770
    $2,270
    0.2%
    6.5%
    West Hollywood
    $1,940
    $2,490
    3.1%
    -2.1%
    Beverly Hills
    $3,100
    $3,980
    -0.6%
    -1.2%
    San Dimas
    $1,810
    $2,320
    -0.6%
    3.4%
    Dana Point
    $2,030
    $2,600
    0.5%
    2.4%
    Laguna Beach
    $2,060
    $2,650
    1.2%
    1.4%
    Hermosa Beach
    $2,160
    $2,770
    0.3%
    0.6%
    Marina del Rey
    $3,590
    $4,620
    0.5%
    2.2%
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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.

    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 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.

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    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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