ABOUT Mesa Verde
Mesa Verde is located in the northwest sector of the city of Costa Mesa, California. It comprises about 3,000 homes with around 13,000 residents and covers roughly four square miles. Since Mesa Verde is located near major thoroughfares, commuting to other Southern California locations is convenient. Mesa Versa is quintessential suburbia—a quiet, Norman Rockwell-like neighborhood with curving, tree-lined streets that give it an upscale feel.
Although not a neighborhood of choice for singles, Mesa Verde is a good place to raise families. Mesa Verde doesn’t have a vibrant nightlife and abundant entertainment, but it has several beautiful parks and a wealth of options for dining and shopping on nearby Harbor Boulevard. The neighborhood borders the Santa Ana River Trail, which offers a 20-minute bike ride to Huntington Beach. Neighborhood schools are rated as average, compared to those in other communities, but Early College High School in Mesa Verde is considered one of the best educational institutions in California.
Most residents of Mesa Verde are married with an education level above the national median. Although most houses are average in cost and size, the layout of the neighborhood is anything but average. The Mesa Verde section of Costa Mesa was developed with more attention to design and aesthetics than the other areas of Costa Mesa.
Therefore, the area has beautiful, winding and curving tree-lined streets that give it the exclusive feel of more affluent California communities. The neighborhood offers several parks, including two very large ones, a nearby bike/walking trail, a nice community center, two outstanding golf courses and lots of dining and high-end shopping.
TOP Mesa Verde HIGHLIGHTS
Around 160 earthquakes of 3.5 magnitudes or above were recorded in this part of California between 1950 and 2010 alone. For additional context, Mesa Verde’s earthquake index is more than twice California’s earthquake index of 21.80. With such a high index, it’s more of a question of if, rather than when, an earthquake will affect this neighborhood.
Because Mesa Verde is located near the Pacific Coast, high surf and weather moving in from the Pacific Ocean are of particular concern for residents. This neighborhood is regularly hit by floods, high winds, and hail storms. Intense thunderstorms are also known to develop in or around Mesa Verde.
Mesa Verde is optimally located for commuting. With Interstate 405 directly north of the area, commutes to Long Beach, Torrance and even Los Angeles are convenient. Highway 55 can be connected from Harbor Boulevard to reach Interstate 5 or the California 91 Expressway.
California State Route 73 is also nearby for an easy commute to the University of California at Irvine. The John Wayne Airport is only ten minutes away by car. Brookhurst Street, just to the west of the Santa Ana River, connects to the famous Pacific Coast Highway, which features beautiful stops such as Rancho Palos Verdes, Huntington Beach, Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach.
Although Mesa Verde’s overall crime rate doesn’t appear too attractive at first glance, it is worth noting that the neighborhood’s violent crime rate is lower than the same rates of both California and the country as a whole.
Specifically, the assault rate per 100K residents is 136.3. This is lower than California’s rate of 266.5 and the national rate of 246.8. From there, the robbery rate per 100K residents is 96.2, whereas California’s rate is 137.3.
The annual property crime rate in this area of California tracks around 3,800. The estimated odds of experiencing a property crime in Mesa Verde are 1 in 30.
SCHOOLS IN Mesa Verde
Mesa Verde offers various preschool through high school educational opportunities in public and private schools. One of the public high schools, Early College High School, specializes in preparing students for college by focusing on academics and giving college credit for courses completed in high school. There are four private schools in the area, three of which also have a preschool.
One of the private schools is a highly rated Montessori school. Grades awarded to Mesa Verde schools by the website Niche range from B- to A. While the public schools have very dedicated staff and teachers, the Montessori school, Kline School and Renascence School International offer unique, highly-rated approaches to education. In this family-friendly neighborhood, there are enough public and private schools to keep the student to teacher ratio fairly low. Several of the schools give strong attention to performing arts and technology. Volunteer and parent participation in school activities are high.
Mesa Verde Housing 2020
Mesa Verde currently has around 30 homes for sale. Throughout the last year (2018), properties in Mesa Verde sold for $415,000 to $1.66 million. The median home value in Mesa Verde is $806,321. Median rent is $1,638 per month. The Mesa Verde housing market is somewhat competitive. The average list price of a home in Mesa Verde was $905,000 in December, 2018, down 19.6% from the last year.
The average list price per square foot in Mesa Verde is currently $491, which is down 3.2% from last year. The median list and the medium sold prices of Mesa Verde homes has stayed relatively stable over the last two to three years. However, prices in both categories have spiked and fallen again in this time period. The real estate market in Mesa Verde has currently taken another dip and remains a seller’s market.
Mesa Verde Homes for Sale
The Mesa Verde area was primarily developed in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Later development occurred in the 1970s. The final development was finished in the early 2000s. Most of the older homes in the area are single family ranch style and two story homes. Mesa Verde homes are built on decent sized lots on wide, tree-lined streets. Most homes will cost from $450,000 to $1,500,000.
Homes in the lower price range are typically 1,400 to 1,600 square feet with three bedrooms and two baths on a 6,000 to 7,000 foot lot. Higher end homes are 2,000 to 3,000 square feet with four to five bedrooms on lots that are 8,000 feet or more. Some larger estates are found in Mesa Verde, representing some of the best prices in Orange County for large properties. Homes with 7,000+ square feet can sell for around $2.5 million. Some Mesa Verde condominiums are available for $220,000 to $250,000.