About Costa Mesa
There once was a modest agricultural community with the somewhat unfortunate name of Goat Hill. Thankfully, in 1920 the place changed its name to Costa Mesa, meaning ‘coast table’ – and today it’s a thriving city.
Costa Mesa is located in the heart of Orange County. It’s 37 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 43 miles southeast of LAX. Huntington Beach is to its northeast and Newport Beach is to its southeast, whilst Irvine is to its east. John Wayne Airport is a mere 6 miles from it.
Five Great Reasons to Live in Costa Mesa
Go green in Costa Mesa! The city is blessed with no less than 26 parks, of which the most popular is Fairview Park with its 208 acres. TeWinkle Park is popular for picnics by the lake, whilst Canyon Park is great for nature trails.
The impressive Segerstrom Center for the Arts encompasses four different spaces with almost 6,000 seats. The Center is home to the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, as well as the Pacific Symphony. The Costa Mesa Playhouse is popular too.
Eat Play Boogie
Costa Mesa truly loves its nightlife – not to mention its food. It offers a plethora of terrific restaurants for all budgets and a thriving club and music scene. No wonder The Orange County Register dubbed the city Orange County’s ‘Capital of Cool’ in 2017!
Shopping Made Easy
Shopping in Costa Mesa means plenty of choices. The swish South Coast Plaza is the city’s landmark mall with 320 shops and Costa Mesa Courtyards offers more affordable shopping. Hate malls? Then visit the trendy LAB Anti-Mall with its 25 shops and eateries.
Beaches That Way
Costa Mesa is not traditionally known as a ‘beach city’. However, it is very close to some of the best beaches in Orange County, including West Newport Beach (2.5 miles) and Corona Del Mar State Beach (6 miles), to name but a few.
Apartment Stats in Costa Mesa:
The average apartment size in Costa Mesa is 836 sq. ft, with a median price per square foot of $487, which is higher than the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim Metro average of $432. A median rental is just over $2000 as of August 2018. Only 39% of residents own their home in Costa Mesa, making it a significant and attractive market for investment buyers.
Costa Mesa is not the least expensive bet in Orange County but it has a lot going for it – centrally located, full of buzz and a happening vibe.