Costa Mesa Westside, Affordable Housing with Style, and bettershelter
As I mentions in a previous post (“Price Reductions in Southwest Costa Mesa“), an area in Southwest Costa Mesa (Costa Mesa Westside, to be more exact) has some interesting architecture that is worth a look. Some feel that this part of Costa Mesa is seeing some changes for the better. Some renovated bungalows on Bernard Street are examples of this revitalization and interesting architecture. (For another example of this revitalization, see “Westside Costa Mesa Revitalized.”)
One of the participants in this transformation is bettershelter, the real estate and development firm that renovated 12 Bernard Street bungalows with a mid-century architectural style (the 1.7 Ocean development). Bettershelter’s goal is to provide affordable housing that has some style.
Since it appears that these developers have added value to this area, I applaud what they have done on Bernard Street. However, with these homes priced in the $500,000 range, while maybe reasonable by Orange County norms, many hard-working Orange County residents are still priced out of the home-owning market.
I hope that these developers continue with this kind of work. But what needs to be done, or not done, to allow the average working person to share in the Orange County version of the American Dream is a discussion, or discussions, worth taking up in the future. For now, if you have an opinion on this, please leave your comments.
PHOTO COURTESY The Daily Pilot, “Developers build beach houses for first-time buyers,” Pete Zehnder and Steve Jones, developers of the 1.7 Ocean bungalows on Bernard Street in Costa Mesa Westside
Note: See upcoming posts for information on which Bernard Street bungalows are currently on the market.