For those people who rank freeway access high on their list of life's most important ingredients, a triangular area of Costa Mesa bordered by the San Diego, Corona del Mar and Costa Mesa freeways could well be Shangri-La.
Located just south of the shopping bustle of South Coast Plaza, this triangular piece of real estate is home to a variety of establishments catering to the hectic life styles of young professionals who live or work in the area. A myriad of businesses including fast-food restaurants, drive-through cleaners and convenience stores cram the busier streets of Bristol and Baker. Flat-topped buildings housing light industrial or service companies face each other across quiet side streets.
For business travelers in search of lodging close to clients, shopping and, of course, the freeway on-ramp, the area is about as centrally located as it is possible to get. A number of hotels, including the 486-room Red Lion Inn and the 227-room Holiday Inn, rim the area near its northernmost edge.
Hemmed in by three freeways, the potential for commercial sprawl in this wedge of land is naturally restricted, but this has not impeded the construction of one of the biggest projects in the area.