Costa Mesa Real Estate
Costa Mesa, perhaps one of Orange County's most central destinations, is a medium sized city of 110,000 residents sandwiched between Irvine, Newport Beach, Santa Ana, Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach.
For many homebuyers, homes in Costa Mesa represent the best "bang for your buck" available in Orange County: Quick access to the Counties beaches, freeways, and jobs, along with a lively nightlife for younger residents - all at a cost significantly below that most of the surrounding areas.
Costa Mesa was recently ranked #99 in the Livibility.com index of America's top 100 places to live. The livibility.com index takes a multitude of factors into account, ranking cities based on 8 categories: economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and healthcare.
Costa Mesa Homes for Sale
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Costa Mesa residents are on average significantly younger than in most of the surrounding areas, with a median age of just 33.7 years old. This demographic makes for a market for local nightlife to exist, and as such, local establishments such as those on 17th street and others fill the space in the market for younger singles - Costa Mesa's nightlife scene is one of the most vibrant in the County (though, admittedly, the bar for that distinction in the area has been set relatively low). With all this being said, Costa Mesa is often the neighborhood of choice for younger singles, as well as for young couples - relative affordability and close to ideal location make for an excellent "starter neighborhood" for many.
With Costa Mesa's location, you are minutes from the beaches, the freeways, Orange County's employment centers, and shopping and dining options in every direction. Also in Costa Mesa is Orange Coast College, a 24,000 student community college which is distinctive for being one of the top "transfer-colleges" in the country that ranks as the top feeder college into California State University, #5 for transfers to University of California, and is ranked #65 in the nation among the country's 5,000 junior colleges.
Living In Costa Mesa
One of the most distinctive venues in Costa Mesa is South Coast Plaza, the largest mall on the west coast, with over 250 stores and $1.5 billion in sales. South Coast Plaza and the surrounding area also host many of the area's finest dining selections such as Mastro's Steakhouse, Scott's Restaurant and Bar, Maggiano's Italian, Anqi by Crustacean and others. Segerstrom Center for the Arts hosts several of the nation's best Broadway shows on a rotating calendar as well as the Pacific Symphony.
Also in Costa Mesa are the huge Orange County Fairgrounds, which, apart from the Orange County Fair, hosts several concerts throughout the year, a large weekly swap meet, Centennial Farm, a gathering of hip food trucks every Wednesday night, and farmer's markets on Thursday.
Costa Mesa's nightlife consists of several venues, such as Pierce Street Annex, The Harp, Yard House, the Shark Lounge, and many others. Another plus for Costa Mesa's residents is the huge and diverse array of dining options including authentic taco stands, to the high end dining in South Coast Plaza, to the extensive Japanese options near the Japanese grocery store, Mitsuwa.
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Costa Mesa Home Prices
Compared to many of the surrounding choices, many consider Costa Mesa prices to be a screaming bargain when looking at many other choices on a "cost per square foot" basis. Eastside Costa Mesa - the part of Costa Mesa that is east of the 55 Freeway - which is often compared to next-door Newport Beach, run on average $150-$200 per square foot cheaper than comparable properties with a Newport zip code. When looking at areas on the other side of the 55, home prices are at levels not available in many nearby places at $350 to $450 per square foot.
At the lower end of the Costa Mesa real estate price spectrum are condos and townhomes from 800 to 1,400 square feet which range in price from about $275,000 to $650,000. Condos as the higher end of that spectrum are there as functions of both size and geography: properties that reside further east or closer to the South Coast Plaza Shopping District command much higher prices than those in the more central areas of Costa Mesa.
Single family homes in Costa Mesa start at around $500,000, which at that lower end is generally a 1,300 to 1,600 square foot 3 bedroom 2 bath home built in the 1950's. Towards the middle end of the spectrum you'll find plenty of choices in the $600,000 to $800,00 range, which depending on the location might be a 1,500 to 2,500 home on a larger lot.
Lastly, at the higher end of the Costa Mesa real estate spectrum are some of the County's absolute best bargains in terms of larger homes, with many 3,000 and 4,000 square foot residences in the $1.1 to $1.4 million range.
Costa Mesa Real Estate Pros and Cons
While Costa Mesa is an ideal place for many, those with children who plan to attend public school may want to consider Eastside Costa Mesa. Most other parts of Costa Mesa contain schools that could generously be called "mediocre", an exception to which is Early College High, one of the states' very best high schools. With that being said, many find Costa Mesa to be the ideal compromise as for those who like the beach-close atmosphere, it will be hard to find a more cost-effective area. Also, Costa Mesa residents are just minutes away from Orange County's major travel arteries of the 405, 55 and 73 Freeways, and 10 minutes from John Wayne Airport.
Many of our real estate clients choose Costa Mesa as the place to buy a "starter home" before they plan on moving on to Newport Beach or Irvine, but honestly, quite a few who move to Costa Mesa fall in love with it and choose to stay in the city when they purchase the next or "move-up" home.
Homes for sale in Costa Mesa are broken up into 5 main areas.
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