Chard or Cab?
There is a small pocket of mid level to upper level homes in NORTHWEST CM called Mesa Verde.
There are a few good schools in that area to choose from.
Eastside Costa Mesa is nice and your child gets into the beloved Newport Mesa District. ( Some love it, some don't )
Mesa Verde is low key, quiet and offer some great sized homes with space to enjoy having a party without getting your guests getting towed. Overall it's close to a decent golf course, a quick 10-15 minute ride down the Santa Ana River to the Ocean ( no traffic lights and cars to run you over ) and offers some nice parks with tons of space.
East Side CM, a lot of backstreet commuters sliding through to Newport Beach, crowded, no safe beach access and a just a tad uppity. Not over-the-top uppity but just a tad "smug" if you will.
It's like if you live across the river in Jersey and you meet someone that lives in Soho.
When you meet an East-sider, it seems like that's all they talk about for a few JUST to make sure YOU know they DON'T live in WEST CM. ( Is it that serious?)
So, give me peace, space and a quite quaint street with cool neighbors and I'm good to go.
Consider parts of South Huntington Beach too!
There's a backdoor to South Huntington Beach from the Mesa Verde area of Costa Mesa called Adams St.
It's a quick highway right in to the South edge of HB.
There are several GREAT blue ribbon schools to choose from.
I'm not a real estate agent but if you need one I know several good ones that will show you around.
I'm a lender and love Silver Oak.
If you want to shop rates or get qualified to buy, call me!
Should you choose to come, on behalf of all of us here in the "OC" We all welcome you to what hopefully becomes your home.