I have to agree with some of the other posts- craigslist or westsiderentals.com will give you the best selection of rentals. Two bedrooms are generally between $1200-1500/month. I would stay away from any situation where you think a distressed homeowner might be foreclosed on though; a foreclosure that you are renting might get you out on the street again looking for a new place to rent.
It's a good time to buy- if you have the right mix of credentials, loans are fairly straightforward and interest rates are in the high 4% range right now, which is really affordable for most condos in Costa Mesa.
Broker, Veranda Homes