A beautiful town founded in 1953, Costa Mesa, CA has changed tremendously over the years. In fact, if we truly want to get historical, the land itself was inhabited by the Gabrieleno/Tongva and Juaneno/Luiseno nations long, long ago. It wasn’t until 1769 (long, long ago indeed!) that Spanish explorers happened upon the area in their travels and gave it the name of Valley of Saint Anne.
On November 1st, 1776, the year of our nation’s founding, Mission San Juan Capistrano was established as the first official European settlement in what the Spanish explorers had named New Spain.
Fast-forward several years, past the conclusion of the Mexican-American war, and California had officially become part of the United States of America. In 1880 settlers arrived and created Fairview, a town geographically located about where Harbor and Adams Avenue intersect today. And then in 1920 the town name was changed to Costa Mesa, a quite literal description (in Spanish of course) of the city’s location on top of a coastal “table”.
It wasn’t until much later, after World War 2 in fact, that the area started to meaningfully grow in population, when soldiers who had been trained at the Santa Ana Army Base returned with their families after the war’s conclusion. From 1920 to the 1950’s, the population of Costa Mesa increased by over 5 times. Today the population of Costa Mesa is north of 112,000 and is comprised of a highly diverse group of citizens from all over the world.
While historically Costa Mesa and surrounding parts of Orange County were primarily economically driven by agriculture, today Costa Mesa’s economy is heavily driven by retail. In fact, the city’s mall, South Coast Plaza, is one of the most successful malls in all of the United States, bringing in an average of over $1 billion in revenue per year.
South Coast Plaza certainly drives the local economy but several large businesses also call Costa Mesa home for their headquarters, including Experian, Hurley, Volcom, El Pollo Loco, Trinity Broadcasting Network and RVCA. Many of these companies have large warehouses in the Southwest part of the city, as do many other manufacturing companies.
As far as pure numbers are concerned, El Pollo Loco and Experian employ the most people by far of any companies in Costa Mesa. Coast Community College, Orange Coast College and Triple A all employ multiple thousand people in their own right, but El Pollo Loco and Experian take the cake in this respect.
But the city isn’t just one of retail and manufacturing. Costa Mesa arguably boasts an even more impressive reputation for the arts. Home to the Orange County Fairgrounds, The Pacific Amphitheatre, The Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa has long been a lover and nurturer of music, acting, film and dance. Some of the greatest artists in the world have performed at the Pacific Amphitheatre and Broadway’s most famous plays tour through the South Coast Repertory and Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The latter two proudly boast some of the most exquisite architecture in Orange County, with both incredibly beautiful aesthetics and acoustically masterful interiors.
Singers like Madonna, Kelly Clarkson, Jessica Simpson and Steppenwolf have all performed at the Pacific Amphitheatre, usually on tour stops scheduled during the annual Orange County Fair in July.
Many notable individuals actually call Costa Mesa home! Olympians like Sharon Day, Mie Barrowman, Jake Gibb, Xeno Muller, Misty May-Treanor and Kyla Ross all reside in Costa Mesa. Current and professional athletes live here as well, like Jesse Sapolu (Super Bowl Champion) and Rony Argueta (professional soccer player).
Enough with the glitz and glamor. What about education? The city is also home to Orange Coast College, Vanguard University, Whittier Law School and National University. Additionally, Costa Mesa has multiple high schools, Costa Mesa High School and Estancia High School. Costa Mesa resident and Olympic high jumper Sharon Day actually graduated from Costa Mesa High School.
And while having two high schools the they each have their own middle school. Estancia High School is fed by Tewinkle Middle School (named after the city’s first mayor) and Costa Mesa High School is fed by Costa Mesa Middle School (which actually shares the same campus as the high school).
Costa Mesa is a proud city, a center of commerce, art and education. Situated at the juncture of the 405, 73 and 55 freeways the city is highly a highly convenient place to live for the many who commute south, north or east for work. Costa Mesa’s convenient location is also very responsible for the success of its mall, South Coast Plaza, which is adjacent to the 405 freeway, and the success of the Orange County Fairgrounds which is adjacent to the 55 freeway. Residents praise the city’s infrastructure and design for its ease of navigation and relative lack of traffic (when compared with neighboring cities).
The city shares borders with Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana and Newport Beach and is a center of commerce and entertainment for all four cities.
A ten minute drive from the beach while being just up a coastal hill makes Costa Mesa a highly attractive place of residence for thousands of people. Because of its unique location Costa Mesa has the benefits of being by the ocean, such as the cool breeze and sunshine, without some of the downsides, like thick marine layers in the mornings or inconvenience of travel. Property is cheaper in Costa Mesa, when compared to its coastal neighbor, Newport Beach, while retaining many of the benefits of being close to the ocean.
Costa Mesa, the “Coastal Table” (translated from the Spanish name) is an incredible place to live and a destination for travel for people all over the world. Whether it’s business, leisure or life in general that brings one here, you’re sure to enjoy your stay.
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