Most listings are in the $20's per square foot per year. The Costa Mesa submarket is going through a a boost in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate rose $6 per sqft per year. That's a 23% increase in rent.
Compared to the rest of the Metropolitan Los Angeles market, the Costa Mesa submarket has less expensive rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this discounted submarket.
In the last 90 days, 72 listings have been listed, so you'll want to check back regularly for new listings. About 4% of the office spaces in the Costa Mesa are subleases, so you will probably have to focus your search on direct office leases. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet available, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
The standard measurement for office space in this area is around 2,170 sqft. Most properties in this region are approximately 2 stories. Most buildings in this market were built in 1983 and are Class A.