COSTA MESA – With a rooftop deck, high ceilings and contemporary design, MBK Homes officials are hoping its Sea House development in the Westside of Costa Mesa will attract young home buyers.

MBK Homes held a soft opening last weekend for the development, providing house hunters a chance to tour and preview the single family detached homes on 1042 West 18th Street.

Article Tab: A view from above the rooftop deck of one of MBK Homes' Sea House 33-townhome development on 1042 W. 18th St. in Costa Mesa. The grand opening is slated for September 21.
A view from above the rooftop deck of one of MBK Homes’ Sea House 33-townhome development on 1042 W. 18th St. in Costa Mesa. The grand opening is slated for September 21.

The demographic in the Newport-Mesa area is changing and becoming an attractive live-work destination for young home buyers, said Rick Fletcher, vice president of sales and marketing at MBK.

“The area is home to many local businesses” Fletcher said. “It’s about a mile bike ride to the beach. It’s close to Newport Beach. We just know in Costa Mesa is drawing in a younger crowd, or young families and single professionals. We feel the Sea House product and architecture that we have is meeting a demand that already exists in the area.”

Once fully developed, the Sea House, which sits in front of the gated California Seabreeze community, will be home to 33 new three-story homes. The homes will be offered in either two or three bedrooms, with a den, two full and two half baths, and a two-car attached garage. The first and second floor boasts 10-foot high ceilings, and a 150 to 250-square-foot roof deck on top of each home offering a view of the Pacific Ocean and city in the distance.

The homes will range from 1,587 to 1,786-square-feet and prices are expected to start in the mid-$600,000s, Fletcher said.

MBK Homes purchased the 70,000-square-foot lot in 2012 from an undisclosed LLC for $7 million, Fletcher said.

Fletcher said it was MBK Homes’ intent after purchasing the lot to create an urban contemporary development targeting young home buyers.

Two homes were available to be seen during the soft opening last weekend.

About 50 people previewed the two and three bedroom homes, said Jenifer Park, new home consultant at MBK.

“So far we’ve received positive reviews,” Park said. “The neighbors were mostly thrilled that we were here building since we got rid of the eye soar in the community. Apparently the previous owners never kept up with the maintenance and [their] yard grew like a jungle in the back of the homes.”

Jason and Cheryl Polk were with their 2-year-old daughter on a Sunday checking out the new property.


Cheryl said she was impressed with the design but felt there were too many stairs for families with toddlers running around.


Side-by-side, both of the homes were also very close together, they said.


Jason liked the rooftop deck feature.


“It’s nice,” said Jason, who lives in the neighboring California Seabreeze community. “It has a great ocean view. I’m the kind of person who likes to sit outside so I would make use of the rooftop deck.”


Fletcher said he expects construction to be completed next year. Sea House grand opening is slated for Sep. 21.

Sea House features:

Three-story homes

10-foot ceilings in first and second floor

Den/office on the first floor

Half bathrooms on the first and second floor

Two full baths on the third floor

Built-in washer and dryer on third floor

USB charging station in kitchen

HOA $122

No Mello-Roos

Tax rate 1.25 percent

Price: starting at mid-$600,000s

Neighboring Schools:

Whittier Elementary

Ensign Middle School

Newport Harbor High School