Flower Street is in Eastside Costa Mesa. The Eastside is known as the "hip side", restaurants and private shops offer entertainment for the locals. Newport Harbor High School and the public elementary schools are ranked high. The demand for housing in this area has caused a large increase in home values and in rents. In 2017 a builder finished a few beautiful homes most with 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Plenty of room for a growing family interested in the local schools. The new homes for sale have led a resurgence of the smaller, original homes on the street.
Obviously, location, location, location matters and it's the driving force for all coastal communities. I have interviewed some of the longtime residents of Costa Mesa, some newer residents and some of the kids that are going to school and growing up right here.
It was interesting to talk to the old-timers. Some were upset with the population growth but happy about the real estate appreciation. You can't have fast appreciation without continued demand for housing and Costa Mesa has that. One longtime resident spoke about the planning of the neighborhoods. The city tried to protect the neighborhoods from traffic and noise pollution which has created a real community feel within the neighborhoods.
The younger residents are loving the hipster coffee shops and restaurants that have opened. Breweries mentioned include Bootleggers Brewery, Barley Forge and Gunwhale Ales. These are the kind of things that create community.
The kids were influenced by the surf and skate culture. But I must add that the kids have it good here. Music, art, sports and outdoor lifestyles are all present, the kids are lucky in Costa Mesa. Public skateparks, open space, parks and ball fields are all over the town. It seems like a great place to live and grow up.
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