South Coast Metro is a district within Costa Mesa and Santa Ana comprised of a blend of residential, office and retail developments. Its population is 30,409 people. The district spreads out from the South Coast Plaza to form an urban-retail area, known for its high rise office buildings and hotels. The cultural element of South Coast Metro includes the Costa Mesa Theater and Arts District, where the Sergerstrom Center for the Arts is found.
The Sergerstrom Center is known for its architecture and for hosting world renowned theater groups, dance companies and orchestral musical performances. Interstate 405 (San Diego Freeway) runs through South Coast Metro. Costa Mesa State Route 55 and Corona Del Mar (State Route 73) also serve the South Coast Metro area. The John Wayne Airport is nearby.
South Coast Metro is in the center of Southern California’s OC culture. In this district is a unique blend of premier residential and business environments, hotels, restaurants, fine arts and shopping. The area has over 1,300 companies that bring in over $1.7 billion in retail sales alone. The Sergerstrom Center for the Arts presents national Broadway tours, performing arts festivals, contemporary theatre and the world’s greatest dance companies.
The district is home to the American Ballet Theater William J. Gillespie School, the Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory and five universities and colleges as well as companies such as Mercedes Benz, ETrade, Deloitte and Experian.
The chances of intense heat and droughts affecting this neighborhood are highest between July and October. During this time, wildfires may spark in the area and create dangerously poor air quality.
Because the temperature rarely falls below 41°F, winter storms aren’t a concern for local residents. However, hail storms, thunderstorms, and high winds cause a considerable amount of property damage on a yearly basis.
Earthquake activity is commonplace in this part of California. Considering that the earthquake index is one of the highest in the country, residents are almost certain to experience some sort of activity. 3.5 magnitude earthquakes are also not out of place in South Coast Metro.
South Coast Metro is at the confluence of three major freeways and many surface streets, providing direct access to other urban areas, such as Los Angeles and San Diego. The San Diego Freeway runs through South Coast Metro, which makes for convenient commutes to nearby Orange Coast College, Chapman University and University of California at Irvine.
During rush hour, however, this freeway is the most congested in the entire U.S. John Wayne Airport, accessible from the 55 freeway, is only five minutes away. Commute time to Los Angeles International Airport is 45 minutes. The drive to Newport Beach is 15 minutes and to Anaheim, 20 minutes.
South Coast Metro has a reported crimes per square mile rate of 264. To compare, California’s crimes per square mile rate comes in at 85, and the national median is 31.1.
The violent crime rate per 1,000 residents is estimated to be 3.03. Meanwhile, the property crime rate per 1,000 people is 33.45. This data indicates property crime is largely responsible for South Coast Metro appearing less safe when compared with other California neighborhoods and cities.
Overall, South Coast Metro’s total crime rates place the neighborhood as more secure than roughly 10% of residential areas across the country.
Within the South Coast Metro area are several public schools and one private school, including Killybrooke Elementary School, Paularino Elementary School, Orange County School of the Arts, Maude B. Davis Elementary School, St. John the Baptist Catholic School and others.
The South Coast Metro area schools integrate a high level of technological courses like robotics with training for artistically inclined students, such as visual, performing and culinary arts courses. An outstanding elementary school in the district is Maude B. Davis Elementary School, where students have scored twice as high as the state average in reading and mathematics.
Another top-rated school in South Coast Metro is the Orange County School of the Arts, which prepares students for higher education or professional careers in literary and performing arts. Another notable high school is Sergerstrom High School, from which 99% of students graduate and 95% of students attend institutions of higher learning.
There are at least three homes currently for sale in South Coast Metro. List prices for these homes range from $849,900 to $950,000 for a two-bedroom, two-bath home to a five-bedroom, four-bath home. Median home value is $407,413. Median rent is $1,759.
The median list price in South Coast Metro is $833,000. The median list price per square foot is $390. The median sold price is $800,000. Listed homes are “hot homes,” which means they will sell quickly, most staying on the market for only 35 days.
Over the last four to five years, the median home sales price went from $608,750 to $800,000, with some spikes and dips along the way. The number of sales over the same period went from 140 to 173, also with some spikes and dips. The greatest number of sales in one month during this period was 242.
Homes for Sale
South Coast Metro is a district within Costa Mesa/Santa Ana that’s an amalgam of multiple builder tracts. Area housing is a mixture of single-family residential homes, townhomes and condominiums, broken down into about 29 different neighborhoods, most of which were built in the late 1960s and in the early 1970s. One of the first developments in Costa Mesa is the Halecrest neighborhood. Built in the mid-1950s, this neighborhood still holds much of its mid-20th century charm.
One of the more interesting neighborhoods in South Coast Metro is the Hall of Fame neighborhood, built with a Tahitian theme. Mesa North President Streets is a residential neighborhood containing a large group of homes near Paularino Elementary School. One of the newest housing developments in South Coast Metro is The Laurels at Providence Park. Real estate in this area was built by Standard Pacific Home Builders in 2004 and 2005. Wimbledon Village is a group of homes built in an English tradition.