A centrally located, family-friendly community in the heart of Orange County
Costa Mesa is a vibrant city in South Orange County and is less than a 20-minute commute from the beach. It is bordered by the cities of Newport Beach, Santa Ana, and Irvine. It was first incorporated in 1953 and has grown from a small farming town to a bustling metropolitan area and is now home to some of the best shopping, dining, and entertainment venues in the world. There are several residential areas featuring custom single-family homes, luxury condominiums, and townhouses in a wide variety of architectural styles that comprise Costa Mesa's real estate options.
Costa Mesa is known for its tropical Mediterranean climate that offers fair weather year-round. The city’s famous South Coast Plaza - John Wayne Airport edge city is one of the largest and most popular commercial areas in Southern California and features an eclectic blend of residential, business, and retail spaces. Easy access to unlimited shopping options, family-friendly recreation, and John Wayne Airport make it a popular place to live among families and high-earning professionals.
Costa Mesa’s central location provides residents with easy access to the best of Orange County. It offers a sophisticated yet casual SoCal beach lifestyle, luxury shopping amenities, world-class dining, and pristine residential neighborhoods in family-oriented communities.
Costa Mesa is home to a renowned selection of fine dining options and trendy indoor and outdoor shopping centers, including the famous South Coast Plaza and The Camp. The South Coast Plaza is an iconic high-end indoor shopping mall and is considered the retail hub of the region. It features both mainstream and independent retailers like Anthropologie, Channel, and Rolex. The Camp is a hip outdoor shopping mall that is known for its collection of upscale indie retailers and health-conscious eateries.
Watergrill is a unique and innovative seafood restaurant that offers a blend of luxury and contemporary dining. Top menu items among locals include the live wild North American hardshell lobster and the wild Maryland soft shell crab. Those seeking refreshing local craft beer and an inviting atmosphere will find it at the Salty Bear Brewing Co. Its extensive menu of signature craft beer includes highlight brews like the loving cup hazy IPA and the lively up yourself West Coast IPA.
Costa Mesa is a vibrant and bustling city that offers access to many fun, family-friendly recreational opportunities. Local families and visitors flock to the annual Orange County Fair, a long-held tradition in the community. It features live music performances, games, amusement park rides, and vendors of all sorts. Although a bustling metropolitan area, the city is also home to beautiful natural spaces. Talbert Regional Park and Nature Preserve sits along the Santa Ana River and comprises 180 acres of preserved wildland divided by various featured plant species. It features plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation like hiking, biking, and picnicking.
Costa Mesa hosts several family-friendly community events. The annual Fish Fry at the Lion’s Club is a free all-ages festival that features carnival rides, locally sourced fried fish, games, a beer and wine garden, live music performances, and much more. The famed annual Orange County Marathon is a popular running event that takes place in Costa Mesa during the first week of May. It features different runs and routes for various age groups and causes.
Costa Mesa is served by the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.
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