The birthplace of both Mother’s Market and Kitchen and huge surf brands, Eastside Costa Mesa has developed a reputation for being one of Orange County’s most diverse, hip and exciting communities. The mile-long stretch of 17th Street has become a hot spot for restaurants and fitness studios, boasting a few of the area’s best barre, Pilates, indoor cycling and yoga studios, alongside restaurants that run the gamut from Northwest-inspired cuisine and Australian meat pies to gourmet donuts — all within biking and walking distance.
The homes in the area are undergoing a renaissance much like the neighborhood itself did in the ‘90s. Niche developers are transforming post-war homes into modern marvels that focus not only on design, but sustainability, maintaining a low carbon footprint during and after construction and utilizing local and reclaimed materials. If this all sounds a little too hip, it’s not. Families love the area for its close proximity to just about everything, from freeways to the beach itself — it’s just three miles away — so there’s never an excuse not to hit the waves after a game. Younger couples are drawn to the area because of its walkability and neighborhood feel, which can be rare not only in Orange County, but in much of Southern California. Single-family homes sit on manicured lots (with huge back yards) just blocks away from new multi-unit mini developments, but each home has its own unique design and charm, giving the eclectic neighborhood one more thing to brag about, since it’s not regulated by any sort of neighborhood homeowners association. That means homeowners can inject as much personality into their homes as they like, packing plenty of creativity into a neighborhood that spans only about three square miles.
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