Most listings are in the $30's per square foot per year. The Costa Mesa region is seeing a an increase in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate went up $7 per sqft per year. That's a 32% increase in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Metropolitan Los Angeles market, the Costa Mesa submarket has lower rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this undervalued region.
In the last 90 days, 75 listings have been listed, so you'll want to check back regularly for new listings. About 1% of the listings in the Costa Mesa are subleases, so you will probably have to consider a longer term lease. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet posted, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 1,970 sqft. Most properties in this region are around 2 floors. Most buildings in this area were built in 1982 and are Class A.
Not much of the real estate is used for commercial space, so it might be hard to find office space. Public administration is the dominant industry in this market. Commute by car is the most popular way to get to work amongst Costa Mesa folk. Commuting between 20 and 25 minutes a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.