Newport Beach is a prestigious community with a mix of homes from modest to the most lavish. Approximately 40 square miles large, almost 22 square miles of that is water, and visitors and residents alike take full advantage of this fact. All of the towns and villages are located to take advantage of the views of the blue Pacific, give access to the white sand beaches, and provide as many boating opportunities as the coastline will allow.
Newport Beach is also home to many of Orange County's iconic sporting, arts, culture, community and culinary events throughout the year. Newport Beach's beaches and idyllic California coastline plays host to such events such as the annual Newport Beach Sandcastle Competition, Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and the Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race.
Most residents of the Balboa Peninsula area of Newport Beach are drawn by their mutual love of seaside living, and the Peninsula offers that to them in a relaxed, upscale environment. Surrounded by the Newport Harbor and the Pacific Ocean homeowners enjoy boating, surfing and the three miles of coastline perfect for bicycling. Shops, restaurants, parks and The Fun Zone are also available, within walking distance of many of these affluent homes. Popular as a vacation home destination and to year round homeowners, the Balboa Peninsula is home to spectacular waterfront properties and classic cottages as well as beach houses and custom built residences.
Corona del Mar
Attracting a variety of homeowners from families, young professionals and retirees, Corona del Mar in Newport Beach offers a sophisticated lifestyle to residents choosing to live in the "Crown of the Sea". Corona del Mar is known for its fine beaches, tidepools, cliffside views and quaint village shops.
Nestled on the foot of the San Joaquin Hills and fronting the Pacific Ocean, Corona del Mar ranges along a bluff at the south end of Newport Beach and includes some of Orange County's most prestigious residential areas. Settled early in the 20th century, the older area of Corona del Mar consists mostly of closely-spaced, free-standing, detached single family houses of varying architecture, concentrated along Pacific Coast Highway. Newer developments in Harbor View Hills consist of California ranch style houses, many with expansive ocean views.
Spyglass Hill is a small, private gated neighborhood of 349 homes, perched on a ridge offering stunning views of nearby isles and the yacht-dotted harbor of Newport Beach in the quaint and serene village of Corona del Mar. Centrally located near Newport Beach and Newport Coast, and just north of Laguna Beach Spyglass offers residents a great deal of amenities with the nearby country clubs, golf courses, parks, nature preserves, and upscale shopping.
The East Bay neighbrohood is a 460 single family home planned community in the heart of Newport Beach. Residents enjoy sweeping views of the Back Bay, Newport Bay, and city lights from many of the homes. Built in the early 60's as a tract home community, Eastbluff has evolved over the years as both remodels and new construction has changed the appearance, but the heart of the community remains its family orientation.
Located in the hills of Newport Beach, Harbor View was designed with three phases and 1200 homes that were developed in the late 1960s with six different home models, each phase having its own Home Owners Association. The homes originally sold for approximately $30,000. Today, Harbor View is laced with custom homes, remodeled homes and original homes. Many younger homeowners in Harbor View grew up here, enjoying the expansive greenbelt and nature trail, pool, clubhouse and city park and playgrounds. Now they're sharing that same childhood with families of their own.
Balboa Island is located in the Newport Beach Harbor and consist of 3 separate man made islands: Balboa Island, the largest; the smaller Little Balboa Island to the east of Balboa Island, joined by a two-lane bridge; and the smallest Collins Island to the northwest of Balboa Island, joined by a one-lane bridge. The Balboa Island community is joined to the mainland by a short two-lane bridge on the northeast of Balboa Island, and a privately-operated fleet of three, three-car ferryboats which provide access across the harbor to the Balboa Peninsula which lies to the south. Many of the waterfront homes have private piers for docking boats and the homes located on interior streets named after semi-precious stones allow residents to be close to the small commerical/loft district.
William Collins, from Pasadena, California began dredging a channel on the north side of Newport bay and deposited the sand and silt on tide lands that would eventually become Balboa Island in 1908. During this same time period, lots were being offered for sale in the amounts of $350.00 to $750.00, with the highest price lots located on the bay and waterfront. However, even though these lots were being advertised, many of the original lots were sold for as little as $25.00.
Balboa Island in Newport Beach was considered a place to go for summer vacations. Many of the Balboa Island homes did not have heaters, so these homes were used during the summer months, and were often closed up for the winter. Tourists and families came to visit Balboa Island during the summer months and enjoy the climate in Newport Beach. The growth of Balboa Island was slow initially, however in 1916 Balboa Island officially became part of the the City of Newport Beach.
Approximately 3,000 residents live on just 0.2 square miles giving it a population density higher than that of San Francisco. Despite having some of the country's most expensive homes, most of the dwellings are on small lots; a lot size on Balboa Island is 35 feet x 85 feet. Despite the smaller spaces homeowners love the private and secluded atmosphere and Balboa Island has developed into a close-knit, wealthy, upscale community, home to professionals, families, retirees, students and celebrities.
Newport Heights is one of Newport Beach's desirable neighborhood, located east of Hwy 1, the Pacific Coast Highway, and south of Newport Blvd in Newport Beach, California it offers a variety homes ranging from small condominiums to luxury homes. It is located near the ocean, amazing restaurants, and near Fashion Island for some of the most incredible shopping in Orange County.
Newport Heights homes were first built in the 1940's with many of the original cottages stil standing, mixed with elaborate mansions. There is always construction going on in the area, whether it be a remodel or a complete tear down to rebuild a home. With lot sizes typically smaller than other areas in Newport Beach, some residents have been known to purchase the home next door to use as a backyard, or to expand their homes. Lot sizes average about 6,000 square feet for many of the homes.
Newport Heights consists of several smaller communities: Eastside Heights a start-up neighborhood, Cliff Haven has beautiful mansions, and Kings Road, where homes have incredible ocean and bay views.