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    580 Anton Costa Mesa, CA 1 Bedroom Kitchen 580 Anton Costa Mesa, CA 2 Bedroom
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    580 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    12 Units available
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    1 BED $2,825+
    2 BEDS $4,275+
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    5/5 CC on Nov 17, 2020

    Beautiful and well maintained, the staff is so amazing, very helpful, friendly and takes care of the needs of the residents without delay.

    4.5/5 Anonymous on Jul 10, 2023

    The building is high-end. The view of the lake is incredible. The location is great. Management is very helpful.

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    550 Paularino, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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    1 BED $2,195+
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    1142 Buckingham Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    Studio $2,215+
    1 BED $2,655+
    2 BEDS $3,105
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    241 Avocado Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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    151 East 21St Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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    580 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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    1 BED $2,825+
    2 BEDS $4,275+
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    2151 Orange Ave., 2152 Elden Ave., 2160 Elden Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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    2621 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    1 BED $2,395
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    1850 Whittier Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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    2 BEDS $3,016+
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    1981 Wallace Avenue C101, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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    2013 Charle Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
    1 BED $2,350+
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    845 Paularino Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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    1 BED $2,525
    2 BEDS $3,025+
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    381 Hamilton Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
    1 BED $2,550
    2 BEDS $3,295
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    655 Baker Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    1 BED $2,245+
    2 BEDS $2,800+
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    1000 South Coast Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    1 BED $2,315+
    2 BEDS $2,925
    3 BEDS $3,660+
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    1500 Mesa Verde Drive E., Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    1 BED $2,639
    2 BEDS $3,120+
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    398 W. Wilson St., Costa Mesa, CA 92627
    2 BEDS $2,100
    3 BEDS $2,800
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    2250 Vanguard Way, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    Studio $1,945+
    1 BED $1,800
    2 BEDS $2,295
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    621 West Wilson, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
    2 BEDS $3,000+
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    2178 Canyon Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
    2 BEDS $2,899+
    3 BEDS $3,360+
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    635 West Baker Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    Studio $1,932+
    1 BED $2,101+
    2 BEDS $2,963+
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    1840 Park Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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    1561 Mesa Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
    1 BED $2,394+
    2 BEDS $2,916+
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    20122 Santa Ana Ave., Newport Beach, CA 92660
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    1691 Mesa Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
    1 BED $2,495
    2 BEDS $2,995
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Average rent in Costa Mesa, CA

$2,699/mo Costa Mesa, CA average rental price, March 2024
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The average monthly rent of apartments in Costa Mesa, CA is $2,699.

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    Getting around in Costa Mesa, CA

    49 /100
    Car-Dependent
    41 /100
    Some Transit
    70 /100
    Very Bikeable
    Walk Score®: 49, Transit Score®: 41, Bike Score®: 70

    Frequently asked questions

    When were prices and availability in Costa Mesa, CA last updated?

    Prices and availability in Costa Mesa, CA were last updated on 12 Apr 2024.

    What are the best apartments in Costa Mesa, CA?

    The best apartments in Costa Mesa, CA are: 580 Anton, Park Mesa Villas, Wimbledon Glen, Lido Apartments - 241 Avocado St and Baywind Apartment Homes.

    What is the average rent in Costa Mesa, CA?

    The average rent in Costa Mesa, CA is $2,699. Start your search for apartments in Costa Mesa, CA now.

    What is the price range for a studio apartment in Costa Mesa, CA?

    The price range for a studio apartment in Costa Mesa, CA is between $1,800 and $5,317. View all studio apartments in Costa Mesa, CA.

    What is the price range for a 1-bedroom apartment in Costa Mesa, CA?

    The price range for a 1-bedroom apartment in Costa Mesa, CA is between $1,800 and $7,011. Browse all available 1-bedroom apartments in Costa Mesa, CA now.

    What is the price range for a 2-bedroom apartment in Costa Mesa, CA?

    The price range for a 2-bedroom apartment in Costa Mesa, CA is between $1,800 and $7,461. Browse and find a 2-bedroom apartment in Costa Mesa, CA.

    What is the price range for a 3-bedroom apartment in Costa Mesa, CA?

    The price range for a 3-bedroom apartment in Costa Mesa, CA is between $2,315 and $3,135. Browse all available 3-bedroom apartments in Costa Mesa, CA.

    What type of rental buildings are in Costa Mesa, CA?

    In Costa Mesa, 60% of the residents are renting compared to 40% owning a home, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Large-scale apartment buildings with more than 50 units represent 20% of Costa Mesa’s rentals, 63% are small-scale complexes with under 50 units, and 16% are single-family rentals.

    What do typical apartment communities look like in Costa Mesa, CA?

    The average age of rental buildings in Costa Mesa is 40 years old, with 15% being newer apartment buildings completed since 2000. The average height of apartment buildings in the city is 2 stories, of which 96% are garden-style apartment communities, 4% are mid-sized buildings, and 2% are high-rises. These characteristics describe large-scale apartment communities of 50 apartments or more.

    What apartment floorplans are common in Costa Mesa, CA?

    Rental apartments in Costa Mesa come in a range of sizes and floorplans. Studio apartments represent 8% of units for rent, ideal for singles, renters on a budget and people who value central locations more than space. Rentals with 1-bedroom floorplans make up 49% of the total apartments in the city, while 2-bedroom floorplans represent around 39% of all rentals in Costa Mesa. The rest are larger floorplans with 3 bedrooms or more, typically preferred by families, larger households or roommates sharing space.

    Renter's guide to Costa Mesa, CA

    Known as the city of the arts, Costa Mesa is a city in Orange County, CA. The name translates to ‘coast table’, or more accurately, the plateau by the coast, which describes the local geography perfectly. It’s among the top 50 best places to live for young professionals in the U.S., coming in at #39, and ranks as the 10th healthiest city in America. This comes as little surprise when you consider that it’s also the 15th best city for outdoor activities in America.

    With a population of 112,930 and an area of 15.81 sq. miles, it has a population density of 7,219 people per square mile. While this may be considered high within the United States as a whole, it’s relatively low compared to other cities and neighborhoods within the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area. It’s among the principal cities in LA, though it’s dwarfed by neighbors such as Irvine, and Huntington Beach, in terms of size and population.

    Costa Mesa enjoys a semi-arid climate, resulting in mild temperatures throughout the year, and little rainfall, especially in summer. January is typically the coldest and wettest month, with average lows of around 47°F, and 2.5 inches of rainfall. August is generally the hottest month, with high temperatures averaging out at around 85°F. Throughout the year you can expect an average of 10.7 inches of rainfall.

    Tips for renting in Costa Mesa, CA

    Many people who consider moving to Costa Mesa are moving from LA in search of a more peaceful life. The slightly lower prices are also an attraction. If you do plan to move from LA, but continue to work there, be warned that commute times from Costa Mesa can be extremely long, with congestion causing daily delays.

    Costa Mesa, like other parts of Orange County, is also more family-orientated than downtown LA, with more of a small-town feel. As such, it attracts families, and you might find life a little quiet. Having said that, it’s a college town that has attracted many young professionals in recent years, lending it a more hip vibe than other nearby towns.

    Like other places near the ocean, temperatures don’t get as high as the inner city areas, so be prepared for cooler temperatures. If you see a place advertised without air-con, don’t turn it down outright like you might in downtown LA, as you might be okay with just an electric fan in summer.

    In terms of neighborhoods, the most popular areas are in West Side Costa Mesa, though these also tend to be the more expensive.

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    Living in Costa Mesa, CA

    Costa Mesa has a lot going for it and has become a hub for young professionals and their new families. It’s an ideal spot for those who love the great outdoors, with a wealth of nearby nature reserves and state parks to explore. As a college town, it has an active nightlife, and a thriving theater and arts district, meaning there’s plenty to keep you busy.

    Besides the buzz, it’s not an overly large town, and manages to retain a small-town vibe. Most residents know their neighbors, and with residential neighborhoods well-spaced out, it doesn’t seem overly cramped. On the other hand, public transport links are relatively poor, and owning a private vehicle is almost essential if you wish to venture outside of town.

    Things to do in Costa Mesa, CA

    For nature lovers, Costa Mesa is heaven on earth, with several parks within the city limits offering stunning views and a plethora of hiking trails. Fairview park offers spectacular views out to the ocean, hiking trails, a space reserved for flying model airplanes, and wildlife. In addition, it plays host to Costa Mesa Concerts in the Park, a free event featuring live music, a beer garden, and kids activities, which runs every Tuesday evening throughout July.

    Things to do

    There’s lots more to Costa Mesa than just stunning scenery, however. It’s a top shopping destination, with the internationally acclaimed South Coast Plaza standing out as a firm favorite. Home to over 250 luxury brands, it’s a great place to keep up with the latest fashions, eat world-class food from across the globe, or enjoy the latest blockbuster. Check out the free movie screenings every Monday throughout July and August, during Movies in the Park, just outside the Plaza. For a more local feel, head to The LAB, or The CAMP, two smaller shopping centers that focus on being eco-friendly and supporting local artisans.

    The OC Fair and Event Center also plays host to numerous markets and festivals throughout the year, including street food festivals, farmer’s markets, and many more. It’s also home to the iconic Orange County Fair, a 23-day extravaganza featuring funfair rides, concerts, carnival games, competitions, and workshops, making it fun for all the family.

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    Costa Mesa, CA employment & economy

    As Costa Mesa is renowned as an international shopping mecca, it’s no surprise that retail trade is the most common industry, with almost 8,000 residents employed in retail and sales related occupations. Other common industries include accommodation and food services, and professional, scientific, and technical services. There’s also a higher than average number of people employed in real estate.

    Besides retail, the most common jobs include management roles, and office and administration positions. A high number of residents also work in arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations. The highest paid residents work in legal roles, healthcare, and architecture and engineering positions.

    Several well-known companies have headquarters in Costa Mesa, including Experian, Toyota Racing Development, and Vans.

    Education in Costa Mesa, CA

    There is a total of 27 public schools within Costa Mesa, served by the Newport-Mesa unified school district. The top-rated high schools are Early College High School and the Costa Mesa High School. The Maude B. Davis Elementary School is the top-rated elementary school in the city and students frequently perform well above average in state tests. Killybrooke Elementary School is another top-rated school, and constantly performs above average.

    There are also several higher education institutions within Costa Mesa, including the University of Pheonix-California, Orange County College, Whittier Law School, National University, and Vanguard University. With so many colleges offering a wide range of degrees, Costa Mesa is a popular college town.

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