City of the Arts

Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa (Spanish for “coastal tableland”) is bordered by Newport Beach to the west, Santa Ana to the east, Huntington Beach to the north and Irvine to the south. The city can trace its roots to native settlements along the Santa Ana River, itinerant cattlemen settlement in the 1820’s, then permanent settlers in the 1870’s on into the early 20th century, with incorporation & cityhood in 1953. By 1988, the city had expanded from its original 3.5 square miles to 17 square miles.


The soul of Costa Mesa is Eastside Costa Mesa, but the Westside has been up-and-coming for some time now and is the go-to place for eclectic multifamily, mixed-use nautical/industrial/residential spaces, and older ranch homes on larger lots.


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Costa Mesa Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $1.1M
Lowest Price $0
Highest Price $8M
Total Listings 224
Avg. Days On Market 55
Avg. Price/SQFT $589

Property Types (active listings)


Mesa Verde, Mesa del Mar and the Halecrest areas are largely populated by single-family homes on 5-7K sqft lots that were built in the late 50’s through the early 70’s; interest in the neighborhoods has been increasing steadily over the decades as those lot sizes become harder to find.

The South Coast Metro area is on the north end of town and is named after the revered titan that occupies most of that area – the legendary shopping center, South Coast Plaza. The South Coast Metro area is characterized by a mix of townhomes, single-family homes, great shopping (both South Coast Plaza and the genre-defining “anti-mall” shopping collections, the Lab and the Camp), eclectic dining and the heart of OC’s performing arts centers – the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Not that everyone in Orange County can’t come to (and do) visit, but folks who live here get to call these places and spaces “neighbors”. Not bad for a former blue-collar and farming community (heck – that’s most of Orange County, I guess).

For most of Costa Mesa, it is an easy bike ride to Newport Beach down Newport Boulevard or the Banning Channel bike trail. Eastside has the advantage of being right next to Newport Bay and the great trail system that surrounds it – perfect for an easy stroll or, for the more adventurous, hitting the extended “Mountains to the Sea Trailway” system that stretches for miles.

For those that are fortunate enough to own investment real estate, and are interested in multifamily real estate, Costa Mesa has an excellent range of multifamily properties ranging from duplexes up to 80+ unit apartment complexes.

Whether you are interested in exploring Costa Mesa’s neighborhoods to find a home for yourself, or you want to start or build a portfolio of investment properties, give Jesse a call today at (949) 292-9786.



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Costa Mesa Living

  • Costa Mesa is adjacent to Irvine, Santa Ana, Newport Beach, Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach.
  • Costa Mesa has so much to offer - access to the spectacular Back Bay trail system, arguable the best small proprietor shopping + dining in the area, and is bikable in every direction.
  • Settled at the turn of the 20th century, Costa Mesa has a huge range of architectural styles, much like neighbors CDM & Newport.

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