Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa is a city in southern California. It is located in Orange County, bordered by the cities of Newport Beach (south), Huntington Beach (west), Santa Ana (north), and Irvine (east). Costa Mesa is known for the South Coast Plaza shopping center, and the OC Fair & Event Center. 

Aerial view of Costa Mesa overlooking the downtown area in Orange County, CA.

Costa Mesa Market Stats

Average Home Price $2M
Lowest Priced Home $1M
Highest Listing Price $15.3M
Total Property Listings 82
Avg. Days On Market 54
Avg. Price/SQFT $717

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Costa Mesa Real Estate Information

Residential real estate in Costa Mesa was developed mostly through the city's growth period in the mid-20th Century. As such, many of the homes for sale in Costa Mesa are single-story bungalows and ranchers in classic California Modern style.

California Modern homes are deceptively simple in their design, with low-pitched roofs, muted colors, and subtle decorative elements in the form of patterned bricks, stone, or exposed roof struts. These homes are excellent for keeping cool airflow through the generally open interiors in the summer, and provide a generous amount of space without exposing windows and walls to too much direct sunlight. 

Other styles of home in Costa Mesa are "new traditional" dwellings with exterior shutters, tile roofs, and the odd double-story; and American Craftsman homes, with wide porches, prominent stonework, and an overall sturdy cabin-like appearance.  

Some areas in Costa Mesa even have rear alley access, for added convenience. 

A number of modern townhome developments have also become available in Costa Mesa, for a fantastic blend of convenience and luxury. 

Community Amenities & Attractions in Costa Mesa CA

A prominent highlight of the Costa Mesa community is the Orange County Fairgrounds & Event Center. This complex includes a number of attractions and event spaces, such as:

  • Heroes Hall Veterans' Museum
  • The Pacific Amphitheatre
  • Orange County Market Place & Night Market
  • Orange County Wine Society

Make sure to check out all the regular food-related events held at the OC Fairgrounds

The previously mentioned South Coast Plaza is another popular destination in Costa Mesa. This large shopping center hosts many amazing stores, restaurants, and businesses - enough for an entire day's worth of activities!

And a short distance east is the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, hosting galleries and concert spaces. 

If you're looking for more outdoor activities, Costa Mesa has a number of parks and outdoor sporting facilities as well:

  • Santa Ana Country Club
  • TeWinkle Park
  • Jack R. Hammett Sports Complex
  • Costa Mesa Golf Course
  • Fairview Park
  • Mesa Verde Country Club
  • Wakeham Park

All amazing spaces with well-kept and multi-purpose facilities - a real rarity in a small and densely populated community like Costa Mesa. 

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