||Ala Moana, Costa Mesa, CA (apartments)
Joined: Jun 26, 2002
From: Denver, CO
|Posted: 2005-09-10 4:39 pm  Permalink|
Street:530 Wilson Street
City:Costa Mesa (SoCal)
This complex is not far from the John Wayne Airport. It still has a running waterfall with a bridge over a small lagoon at the entrance. Not much left inside, a few portholes and pilings around the pool, no more tikis.
[ This Message was edited by: ZuluMagoo 2005-09-10 16:40 ]
Joined: Feb 01, 2005
|Posted: 2006-09-22 9:07 pm  Permalink|
Here's a shot of the pool area:
Grand Member (6 years)
Joined: Mar 30, 2008
From: The Anvil of the Sun
|Posted: 2010-03-26 07:49 am  Permalink|
Here's a couple bigger shots of the entry. When you stand in front of the waterfall you can close your eyes and imagine a time when tikis ruled the scene.
Joined: Jun 17, 2008
From: Riverside, California
|Posted: 2010-03-26 08:02 am  Permalink|
Great to see these pics...
Back in the 60s when I was a small child attending a day care/pre-school in Costa Mesa - I remember the car-ride home after my father would pick me up in the afternoon. We would pass several Polynesian themed apartment complexes, most of them with A-frame entrances, operating gas torches and waterfalls out front. I took those themed buildings for granted as a kid.
It wasn't until much later that I became interested in mid-century style - especially documenting what I could around my hometown environment before stuff disappeared. Unfortunately much of my childhood already did
tiki since '67!
Joined: Aug 29, 2009
From: Lodi, CA
|Posted: 2010-03-26 6:08 pm  Permalink|
Thanks for the update MD. It looks like the place still has green and red flood lights over the water fall pond area so that's good. It probably looks nice at night. A couple of Tikis out front and a gas Tiki torch n this place is back in business!
Joined: Jun 29, 2012
|Posted: 2012-06-29 12:35 pm  Permalink|
We drove past it a lot when I was a kid in Costa Mesa; it was far more classic then.
Joined: Mar 25, 2002
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
|Posted: 2012-06-30 03:36 am  Permalink|
On 2010-03-26 08:02, TikiG wrote:
.... We would pass several Polynesian themed apartment complexes, most of them with A-frame entrances, operating gas torches and waterfalls out front. I took those themed buildings for granted as a kid...
Sadly, it seems that everybody did, and that they were not photographed in their heyday. This is one of the biggest apartment A-frames I know of, and I would LOVE to see a photo of how the face of the A was decorated back when it was new - it must have had something, a pattern, tropical material, a lamp, a mask...
Joined: Aug 18, 2011
From: Forgotten Tiki Room. Pismo Beach, CA
|Posted: 2012-06-30 10:58 pm  Permalink|
I love this. Ofcourse being born in the 80's I missed alot of classic Tiki style in its heyday. But I really appreciate it now and love seeing complexes like this.
I'll have a Green Lizard please! Tiki-Ti.
Grand Member (first year)
Joined: Aug 05, 2011
From: Long Beach, CA via Dallas, TX
|Posted: 2012-09-24 7:26 pm  Permalink|
Apartment Therapy did a small story on this complex back in 2007.
Joined: May 03, 2007
From: Newport Beach, Ca .
|Posted: 2014-06-20 11:59 am  Permalink|
Was in the area so I thought I would go by Ala Moana apartments .The lava rock fountain was not turned on,but looks like it has been operational recently.As stated by Sven prior on this thread , has probably one of the highest pitch A frames on a building I have seen in So Cal.Would be nice if this place was brought back to it's former glory with carved tikis , glass float lamps etc.Photos may duplicate those have been submitted on this thread in the past however , just wanted TC folks to see what it looks like today .
I could see an extra large glass float lamp probably hung from the A frame .
large gauge naval chain rails with dock looking deck walkways painted, but all intact.
lava rock fountain
lava rock wall opposite of waterfall walk way intact
Very cool solid brass original extra large ship portholes