Costa Mesa is a populous city in the Orange County
region of Southern California that has grown rapidly over the past few decades. It borders several central OC municipalities, including Newport Beach in the south and west, Irvine in the east, Santa Ana and Fountain Valley in the north, and Huntington Beach in the west. Costa Mesa falls into the category of ‘near-coastal’; while it lies comfortably within striking distance of the beach, its would-be coastal territory is owned by its neighbor, Newport Beach
Coast or no coast, Costa Mesa exhibits vibrant service and commerce industries—bars, restaurants, shops, etc.—and is, like most cities in Orange County, rather a nice place to live. Primary arteries include the 55, 405, and 73 freeways, as well as the Pacific Coast Highway. Some areas of Costa Mesa are reasonably walkable, and in general, even moderate walkability should be considered a huge advantage over most cities in Orange County.