Hidden Gem or Polished Turd?

Costa Mesa is HOT right now. It seems like everyone wants a piece of the coastal-but-not-pretentious (and you can still kinda afford it) community. One thing we haven’t talked about on here, and that I think is important to mention, is how style-forward Costa Mesa is. We find more homes with higher quality, higher style remodels here than just about any other community. And that’s what leads us to this house. It’s the complete package…from a reimagined exterior to an interior that checks just about every box. This is the kinda home where you’re tempted to make an offer including the furniture so you can just pack a suitcase and move right in. 

And in the grand scheme of East-of-the-55 prices, it’s very affordably-priced at just about a million dollars (yes, I completely understand how irritating it might be to hear a $1M property called affordably-priced, but when you’ve been looking at teardowns for more money, you can understand my point). And this house really is done to the 9s. We like just about everything about it. And for those of you wishing for a more coastal Eichler home — this isn’t it. BUT, IT HAS AN ATRIUM! So inside you’ll find big open spaces — a hallmark of this late 60s / early 70s contemporary design period and they’ve made the most of it with the remodels. The exterior paint scheme is edgy, without being tiring. 

So that brings us back to the title — it’s not clickbait — it’s a legitimate question. This home isn’t perfect. In fact, if you’re doing some math, you might see a snag. This home is 1845 square feet and has a 2 car garage (approximately 400 square feet), all located on a 4160 square foot lot. So 54% of the lot is covered with a building. Let’s contrast that with a typical 1950s, 1500 square foot ranch in Eastside CM on a 7200 square feet lot. There the coverage ratio is 26%. This is huge and when you look at the pictures — the difference in outdoor space is apparent. It’s also tucked into a bit of a funky corner between the 55 and the 73, behind Santa Ana country club. Despite all that, make no mistake, this is probably the most bang-for-the-buck on this side of town.

Want the live show? Call us. 

162 The Masters Circle, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 (MLS # NP17236113)

(all data current as of 1/18/2018)
Price $990,000
Beds 3
Baths 2 baths
Home size 1,845 sq ft
Lot Size 4,160 sqft
Days on Market 94
Status Active
This beautiful ONE story, mid-century modern inspired 3 bed, 2 bath home offers a layout that seamlessly integrates the classic SoCal coveted indoor-outdoor living style anchored by a central atrium patio. Upon entering the home you'll be mesmerized by the open floor plan & natural light filled rooms; then drawn to the spacious island kitchen that is central to the living & dining areas as the vibrant home center. This home had been extensively remodeled in 2013 with the latest trends in home design and meticulously maintained with continual enhancements, tasteful designer touches & upgrades such as: NEW Solar Power system, entire interior & exterior paint, NEW Nest controlled A/C, NEW roof, NEW windows, custom designed gate w/ Ring doorbell, upgraded electrical panel ..just to name a few. Enjoy beautiful fireside lounging in the living room with a ”fire & ice” stone hearth, an open kitchen concept and plenty of backyard space for gracious outdoor entertaining. The recently remodeled front yard has been re-landscaped to be drought friendly with artificial grass and beautiful new concrete & stone design driveway. The large master suite includes a spa inspired bathroom with dual sinks, a modern soaking tub, separate rain shower. Extremely convenient central coastal OC location on the very special secret, private and quiet cul-de-sac "The Masters Circle" street with just 50 homes, adjacent to the SACC country club golf course & OC's best shopping, dining, beaches & parks.

Property Type(s): Single Family

Last Updated 1/18/2018 Tract Other (OTHR)
Year Built 1970 Community C5 - East Costa Mesa
Garage Spaces n/a County Orange
Total Parking n/a


School District Newport Mesa Unified

Additional Details

Lot 4160 sq ft Area C5 - East Costa Mesa
HOA Dues 0.00 Parking Spaces: 2.00
Pool Description None Sewer Sewer Paid
Stories 1 Subdivision Other (OTHR)
Utilities Public; Sewer Paid; View Description None
Water Public Zoning R-1


Air Central
Air Conditioning Yes
Appliances Dishwasher, Electric Oven, Garbage Disposal, Microwave
Basement Foundation: Slab
Fireplace Yes
Garage Direct Garage Access, Driveway - Concrete, Garage -
Heat Central Furnace, Fireplace
Interior Block Walls, Cathedral-Vaulted Ceilings, Ceiling Fan, High Ceilings (9 Feet+), Open Floor Plan, Recessed Lighting, Storage Space, Track Lighting, Wired for Data, Wired for Sound
Lot Description Back Yard, Cul-De-Sac, Front Yard, Lawn, Lot-Level/Flat, Patio Home, Sprinkler System
Master on Main Yes
Style Mid Century Modern


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Listing provided by : Ellen Walker CalBRE:01380663, Coldwell Banker Res. Brokerage

(view all details for MLS #NP17236113)

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