Costa Mesa is a city in Orange County, California. It sits on a plateau overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and despite that it's only about 16 square miles, renting here gives you access to amenities and cultural offerings usually associated with a much larger city. The world-class Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa hosts the Pacific Symphony and features renowned musicians and touring Broadway shows. South Coast Repertory Theater in Costa Mesa is a Tony-award-winning professional theater company. The town is also home to the annual Orange County Fair.
When renting in Costa Mesa, you're close to a whole host of Southern California beaches and attractions. The city borders Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, and is only about 17 miles from Laguna Beach. A day of rides at Disneyland, an Angels major league baseball game or an Anaheim Ducks NHL hockey game are within easy reach, all about 17 miles away. The big-city benefits of Los Angeles are about 40 miles away. Costa Mesa is well-situated for weekend trips. Wine aficionados can drive 70 miles to Temecula for wine tastings; Santa Barbara wineries are about three hours away. San Diego and Big Bear Lake are both around 90 miles away.
Renting in Costa Mesa
Apartments for rent in Costa Mesa fetch higher prices than in many other cities in the county and most of the state. However, there is a reasonable amount of inventoryand diligent renters can find a fair deal in a desirable area if they are prepared to face competition. Act quickly on the right place, but don't feel pressured into a bad fit since there are many apartments in this city.
Shopping South Coast Plaza ? This upscale shopping center is the largest mall on the West Coast.
Camp ? Offering healthy local and international fare, this retail center is wellness-focused.
The Lab ? Billed as "the anti-mall," you'll find edgy shops and hip dining options here.
SoCo Collection ? A retail development focused on home furnishings and eco-friendly restaurants.
OC Marketplace ? A swap meet held at the OC Fairgrounds and featuring a variety of vendors hawking wares.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. (Courtesy of Nauly22)
City streets in Costa Mesa. (Courtesy of Nauly22)