Costa Mesa, located 37 miles southeast of Los Angeles, is a sunny paradise with year-round mild weather and convenient access to multiple beaches. A shopping mecca, Costa Mesa is your perfect fit if you're a prospective apartment renter with a flair for fashion and a love for the laid-back California lifestyle.
Originally named Harper, this formerly quiet suburb changed its name to Costa Mesa in 1920, and primarily focused on the agricultural industry.
Today, this Orange County city has a population that surpasses 111,000, and the economy relies strongly on the retail and service industries. Once you have found your Costa Mesa apartment for rent you will want to check out the South Coast Plaza, a shopping center with over 300 stores and gourmet restaurants. You will also want to check out "The Triangle" for outdoor retail space, and the South Coast Plaza Village for cobblestone streets, restaurants and art galleries.
There are also plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreational activities in this charming Southern California city. Costa Mesa has 26 parks, and a golf course. For fun day trips with the family, check out Knott's Berry Farm, which is approximately 30 minutes north, or Legoland and SeaWorld, which are an hour and an hour and half drive south, respectively. You can also take a ferry over to Catalina Island and go whale watching and fishing.
If you're a Costa Mesa apartment renter looking to get involved in the local arts and culture scene, check out the Segerstrom Center for the Arts as well as the South Coast Repertory Theater.
Costa Mesa primarily has a car culture, but the city is also served by several bus lines of the Orange County Transportation Authority.
Costa Mesa apartment renters have a number of educational institutions to choose from. Costa Mesa is home to Orange Coast College and Pacific College, which is near the Sandpointe neighborhood and the airport. Orange Coast College is in the heart of downtown in the Monticello area. Both colleges are accessible by public transportation.
If you're a Costa Mesa apartment renter looking for work, the shopping and retail sector is the city's most lucrative source of revenue. The Orange County Performing Arts Center, which is located in Costa Mesa, is another large contributor to the city's growth. Some of Costa Mesa's top employers include Experian, Coast Community College District Foundation, and Orange Coast College.