Costa Mesa Newcomers Guide

OC Fair Costa MesaMoving to a new community is exciting, especially one that's as vibrant as Costa Mesa. Its Spanish name reflects its geographical feature, literally a coastal tableland that affords views of the Pacific Ocean, just one mile from its southernmost border. It is an ideal location with easy access to nearby Irvine and Anaheim, and only 37 miles to Los Angeles and less than 90 miles to San Diego – great for commuting to employment centers, shopping, entertainment, recreation and cultural attractions. Costa Mesa's proximity to the Santa Ana River made it historically important to earlier settlers and cattle ranchers. Today, that same advantageous location makes Costa Mesa a major player in Orange County, attracting businesses and visitors. It is celebrated as "The City of the Arts," the capitol of the action sports industry, and home of Orange County's top 20 revenue-generating retail centers.

This thriving city of about 112,000 residents within a 16-square-mile area. It is a young, educated population, with a median age of 33.6 years and 37% holding bachelor degrees or higher. They enjoy a year-round mild Mediterranean climate cooled by coastal breezes and a commute to work that averages under 20 minutes. The median household income of $61,136 in 2011 was above the statewide median of $57,287.1

Relocating to Costa Mesa

OC Parks Costa MesaIf you're relocating for work or lifestyle reasons, Costa Mesa is an excellent choice., which ranks small-to-midsized cities based on eight categories, named Costa Mesa one of its Top 100 Best Places to Live in its October 2013 list. Costa Mesa's highest scores came for its amenities, which included parks, weather, arts and golf courses. The months' long study of over 1,700 U.S. cities also was rated communities for economic opportunities, availability of housing, infrastructure, demographics, education, healthcare and social and civic capital., an objective comparison search engine, gave Costa Mesa a an overall rating of 5 stars, the highest available. The city also earned 5 stars for climate and general economics.

Costa Mesa Real Estate

OC Mart Mix Costa MesaAccording to, the median value of Costa Mesa homes for sale as of January 2016 was $698,000, an increase of 6.9% over the past year. Zillow forecasts that home prices will rise another 1.6% in 2016. Zillow also notes that medial rentals in Costa Mesa are $2,918.2

If you're looking for new homes in Costa Mesa, Taylor Morrison is now selling at a premium location. Lighthouse is a rare opportunity to own a new single-family detached home in Costa Mesa.

Lighthouse at 1647 Pocomo Way is close to Southern California's best beaches, popular eateries, entertainment and award-winning local schools. It also provides easy access to top area job centers, nearby John Wayne Airport and major transportation corridors. Lighthouse floor plans range from 1,820 to 2,281 square feet and feature the popular open concept with flexible work/live space and roof-top decks. The three-story homes offer three and four bedrooms, two to three full baths, up to two half baths and two-car garages. Planned amenities include an onsite pool and spa, tot lot and community gathering spots. Schedule your visit, and request more information here. You can also view the floor plans online and browse the ready-now homes.

Costa Mesa Economy

The Lab Costa MesaCosta Mesa has a thriving, diversified economy. In 2012, the city created an Economic Development Department to attract and retain top national and international companies. According to the Center for Demographic Research, major employers currently include Experience Information Solutions, Coast Community College District, Auto Club of Southern California and White Cap Construction Supplies. As one of the nation's largest retail powers, Costa Mesa is also home to South Coast Plaza, Metro Pointe, The Camp and The Lab, as well as the SoCo Collection of five-star restaurants and hotels, Harbor Boulevard of Cars, and such action sports industry leaders as Hurley International, Quicksilver, RVCA, Paul Frank and Volcom.

Costa Mesa Schools

Children in Costa Mesa attend public schools in the Newport Mesa Unified School District. NMUSD includes 31 schools that serve nearly 22,000 students grades K through 12. It boasts a 23/1 student to full-time teacher ratio, which is less than the state average. According to an NCES report, in 2010, NMUSD spent $11,108 per pupil. Institutions of higher learning in the area include the University of California-Irvine, Concordia University, Santa Ana College, Golden West College, Irvine Valley College, Chapman University, University of Phoenix-Southern California Campus, Orange Coast College, Vanguard University of Southern California and Pacific College.

Costa Mesa Living

Segerstrom Concert Hall Costa MesaCosta Mesa residents are within minutes of an array of exceptional recreational, historical, cultural and entertainment venues, along with world-class shopping, dining and outstanding medical facilities, and the vast recreational opportunities afforded by proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Highlights include The Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the International Surfing Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, Huntington Beach Pier, South Coast Plaza, The Irvine Spectrum Balboa and Catalina islands, and dozens of local, regional and state parks ranging from Bolsa Chica Conservancy to Crystal Cove State Park and Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park. Top-rated golf courses include Los Lagos, Oak Creek and Mesa Verde at Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club. Learn more about local interests near Costa Mesa here.

Make Yourself at Home in Costa Mesa

For more information about new homes in Costa Mesa that are available now or coming soon, send an email request to Taylor Morrison's Internet Home Consultant or join the VIP Interest Lists.

Photo credit:
OC Fair: Elia Scudiero flickr cc
Family walking Riley Wilderness Trail: OCParks_CA flickr cc
Segerstrom Center for the Arts: Tracie Hall flickr cc