Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa is a diverse city bordering the California coast just northeast of Newport Beach in the heart of Orange County. Along with the rest of coastal southern California, Costa Mesa offers a pleasurable Mediterranean climate with mild winters and summers.

Why It’s Appealing:
Costa Mesa is home to South Coast Plaza, a very upscale mall catering to the designer savvy shopper with such well-known names as Harry Winston, Tiffany & Co., Bloomingdales, Coach, Godiva, and Kate Spade. South Coast Plaza also offers dining from casual cuisine to those with a more refined palette, with such fare as Boudin I SF, Claim Jumper, Hamamori Restaurant and Sushi Bar, Vaca and Quattro Café, to name a few. Across the street from South Coast Plaza and with a connecting pedestrian bridge, you’ll find the prestigious Segerstrom Center for the Arts, which provides the community with world-class live entertainment including ballet, opera, Broadway Musicals and solo artists. Costa Mesa is also dedicated to outdoor space including the spacious Tewinkle Park, which offers playgrounds as well as a beautiful lake and waterfall. Across the street from Tewinkle Park you’ll find the OC Fair Grounds, offering year-round events and concerts. Artistic, creative people looking for something off the beaten path will appreciate the environmentally-conscious Lab/Anti-Mall and The Camp, two outdoor shopping/dining experiences across the street from one another, located on Bristol. The Lab offers organic coffee, unique shops, and The Gypsy Den, a favorite eatery among artists and eclectic locals. The Camp offers more dining and shopping choices with an eco-friendly balance in all that they offer. Costa Mesa real estate varies widely in cost and amenities and really offers something for almost any budget.

Fun Facts:
● The Orange County Fair takes place at the fairgrounds in Costa Mesa each July. The Fair receives more than one million visitors each year.
● The Annual Scarecrow & Pumpkin Festival was first held in 1938, went on hiatus for seven decades, and then was restarted in 2013.
● Adjacent to the OC Fairgrounds is the Pacific Amphitheatre, which has hosted acts such as Madonna, Jessica Simpson, Steppenwolf, Kelly Clarkson and many more.

Population: 112,174
Area: 15.7 square miles
Median Home Value: $686,800
Average Household Income: $65,830
Average Commute Time: 22 mins
Points of Interest:

  • South Coast Plaza
  • Segerstrom Center for the Arts
  • Fairview Park
  • Tewinkle Park
  • OC Fair Grounds
  • Pacific Symphony
  • SOCO/The OC Mix
  • California Scenario – sculpture garden
  • The Lab Anti-Mall/The Camp
  • Diego Sepulveda Adobe
Many Great Schools, including:

  • Adams Elementary
  • Anderson Elementary
  • California Elementary
  • College Park Elementary
  • Corona Del Mar middle
  • Costa Mesa middle
  • Ensign middle
  • TeWinkle middle
  • Corona Del Mar high
  • Costa Mesa high
  • Early College high
  • Estancia high
  • Newport Harbor high
  • Orange Coast College


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