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Costa Mesa is located in Orange County, California. Costa Mesa is surrounded by the cities of Huntington Beach, Irvine and Newport Beach. Situated 37 miles south of Los Angeles and 88 miles north of San Diego, it has the perfect Southern California location. The city is 16 square miles, in size and just one mile from the Pacific Ocean, at its southern tip. Costa Mesa was incorporated in 1953 and has a population of approximately 110,000 people. In 1999, Costa Mesa adopted the city slogan of “The City of Arts”, a long way from its roots as a semi-rural farming community. Currently, Costa Mesa is home to The South Coast Repertory Theater, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the regional symphony orchestra, Segerstrom Concert Hall and Samueli Theater.
With five city sections and a vast amount of neighborhoods to choose from, the Franco Team of real estate professionals will successfully guide you through buying and selling process. The five distinctive sections of Costa Mesa include: Central Costa Mesa, Eastside Costa Mesa, Mesa Verde, South Coast Metro and Southwest Costa Mesa. Homes prices in Costa Mesa generally range from 250,000 dollars to 1.5 million dollars. Homes values are based on such property features as views, location, city location, lot size, house specifics and much more. The views available in Costa Mesa homes include Back Bay, bluffs and surrounding mountain views.
Costa Mesa has a rich academic history. There are multiple colleges located within the city, such as Orange Coast College, Coastline Community College, Vanguard University, National University and Whittier Law School. Coast Mesa is part of the distinguished Newport-Mesa Unified School District. There are 22 elementary schools, two middle schools; Tewinkle Middle School and Costa Mesa Middle School and two high schools; Costa Mesa High School and Estancia High School. Also within Costa Mesa borders are three alternative high schools; Back Bay High School, Monte Vista High School and Coastline Early College High School. There are an additional 23 private schools which serve 3,600 students. These schools include but are not limited to Christ Lutheran School, Grace Education, John Bunyan Academy, Kline School and Page Private School.
With gorgeous weather year round, it is no wonder that Costa Mesa is home to large array of outdoor activities. There are 28 community parks and two municipal golf courses for residents to enjoy. The Costa Mesa Tennis Center is a popular recreational area. Fairview Park hosts many summertime festivals and a summer concert series, in addition to being a wildlife and nature preserve. The city has many miles of trails winding through it for walking, biking, hiking and horseback riding.
Central Costa Mesa is located in the center of Costa Mesa proper; it is bordered by Baker Street on the north, Wilson Boulevard on the south, the 55 Freeway on the east and Harbor Boulevard on the west. Central Costa Mesa residents have easy access to all the wonderful conveniences of downtown Costa Mesa. There are 22 different neighborhoods in Central Costa Mesa, including the popular College Park Collection. There are single family neighborhoods, townhouse communities and condos to choose from. Central Costa Mesa is home to many of the city’s largest business and industry. The Costa Mesa city governmental offices are located in Central Costa Mesa on Fair Drive, directly across from the world famous Orange County Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds host the county fair, a summer concert series and a large array of other events throughout the year. For residents there many local parks scattered throughout Central Costa Mesa. Tewinkle Park is adjacent to the Costa Mesa Fairgrounds and is home to the Field of Dreams, little league complex and Costa Mesa Tennis Center. The Costa Mesa Farms Sports Complex is also in Central Costa Mesa, providing residents with both the city’s soccer programs and flag football programs.
Eastside Costa Mesa is one of the most popular places to call home in Costa Mesa. The borders of Eastside Costa Mesa are the 55 Freeway on the south and eastside sides of Newport Beach. The Eastside is the closest area of Costa Mesa to the beaches in the City of Newport Beach and Newport Harbor, making this home to some of the most expensive real estate in Costa Mesa. In addition, the Eastside is home to Old Town and the 17th Street boutique shops and restaurants. Eastside Costa Mesa was originally home to local farmers and many World War II veterans. Historically, homes were small cottages built on oversized lots. Homes have been rebuilt, renovated and remodeled over the years. Few neighborhoods in this area have homeowner associations. Forty different neighborhoods make up this section, offering 2,000 individual residences. There are single family residences, townhomes and condos offered in the Eastside. Since the mid 2000’s, Costa Mesa has enforced new preservation regulations on land use, ensuring lots stay large. The Eastside section has many parks including Harper Park and Tustin Park. Many residents also enjoy walking to the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve.
Mesa Verde is border by the 405 Freeway on the north, Harbor Boulevard on the east, Adams Boulevard and Fairview Park on the South and the Santa Ana River Trail on the west. Mesa Verde was developed after other areas of Costa Mesa with greater attention to design and neighborhood lay out. Mesa Verde was developed in the late 1950’s and the early 1960’s. The popular Buccola neighborhoods were built in the 1960’s and the early 1970’s. The last neighborhood developed in the area was the Upper Bird Streets completed in 1978. There are 30 different neighborhoods in Mesa Verde. Mesa Verde is a very family centered community. Many homes are within walking distance to local schools. In addition, Mesa Verde has an exceptional library and many parks. The Mesa Verde Country Club is located here. Within a short driving distance are the Orange County Fairgrounds, Orange Coast College, South Coast Plaza and Vanguard University.
South Coast Metro is the area surrounding the South Coast Plaza Mall. This area actually expands in the neighboring city of Santa Ana. The borders of South Coast Metro are on the north Sunflower Boulevard, Baker, on the south Baker Street, on the west Harbor Boulevard and where the 405 Freeway meets the 73 Freeway on the east. There are 29 distinctive neighborhoods in South Coast Metro, including condos, townhomes and single family residences. South Coast Metro was developed between the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, after the South Coast Plaza mall was constructed in 1966. In addition to the mall, South Coast Metro is home to many local restaurants and businesses. South Coast Metro has the very best access in Costa Mesa to shopping and dining. Many large corporations are headquartered in South Coast Metro such as Experian, Deloitte, ETrade and Mercedes Benz.
The Southwest area of Costa Mesa borders the Mesa Verde section. Southwest Costa Mesa is bordered by Wilson Boulevard on the north, Newport Beach on the south, the Santa Ana River Trail on the west and the 55 Freeway and Newport Boulevard on the east. This section Costa Mesa was built primarily between the 1940’s and 1950’s. Much of this area was originally zoned for industrial use, however today only the area west of 19th Street is still industrial. The city of Costa Mesa is working on a redevelopment plan for this area; the revitalization will add housing that will be developed as live/work concept dwellings. Forty-Three separate neighborhoods make up Southwest Costa Mesa. There is a mix of townhomes, condos and single family residences in this area. Freedom Homes and Canyon Park are among the neighborhoods originally built in the 1940’s. While the upscale condo neighborhoods built along Pacific Avenue have terrific views of the Pacific Ocean and Huntington Beach.
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