Costa Mesa Real Estate
Although it was named after its topography—“coastal tableland”—Costa Mesa has become better known as a center for Orange County sophistication. Centrally located between San Diego and Los Angeles, the town (also home of summer’s OC Fair) combines a vibrant arts scene, renowned shopping, and a burgeoning foodie culture, all a mile from the Pacific Ocean.
Even if you play at the beach (or shop) by day, make time for a show at night in the acclaimed arts and theater district. Grab tickets to a summer concert at the Pacific Amphitheater or visit one of Costa Mesa’s more than three dozen art galleries, including the renowned Martin Lawrence Galleries. At the center of the art scene is the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the home stage for the American Ballet Theatre’s Gillespie School of Dance, the Pacific Symphony, and the Philharmonic Society. Even if you can’t snag tickets to a performance, you can take a free, behind-the-scenes tour or browse the more than two dozen pieces of public art in and around the theater complex.
If you’re more inspired by shopping bags than sculptures, head to South Coast Plaza, a destination mall with more than 250 designer retailers (including big names such as Hermès, Baccarat, Gucci, and more), an indoor carousel, and rotating art exhibits. Looking for something less mainstream? Try The LAB Anti-Mall, a unique indoor/outdoor shopping center highlighting the “Little American Business” (LAB) with cool boutiques, vintage finds, and hipster favorites.