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July 3, 2017

Pacific Symphony: Symphony in the Cities

 

To make your home and the closets look more spacious, de-clutter the space prior to listing the home for sale. This can include taking out extra furniture, which will make rooms look larger. Also, select furniture and accessories, so that you stage each room with a purpose, so potential buyers have a clear idea of how each room is used. Also, de-clutter closets; a perfect way to do this is to remove all out of season clothes. Make sure the light bulbs and fixtures in the closets are in working order because potential buyers will turn them on when viewing the house.

 

 

On Sunday, July 16th, the City of Newport Beach and the Pacific Symphony will host a concert. The Pacific Symphony: Symphony in the Cities will be played on the Newport Beach Civic Center Green. This is part of the Symphony in the Cities series.  The concert begins with “Musical Playground” which is an interactive activity for kids, which has instrument making, a drum circle, an instrument petting zoo and a chance to meet the musicians. Maestro Carl St. Clair will teach the kids how to conduct. The music will start at 7pm. The evening begins at 5:30pm and continues until 8:30pm. The event is open to the public and is free to attend. Bring a picnic dinner or enjoy refreshments from the food trucks onsite. The Newport Beach Civic Center is located at 100 Civic Center Drive in Newport Beach.  For more information, see their website at: http://www.newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/library-services/cultural-arts/pacific-symphony.

 

 

Newport Beach has an endless amount of real estate options from an up-scale mobile home park to historic beach cottages to custom waterfront estates. Each area has its own distinctive personality. Located at 404 Harbor Woods Place, Unit #404, this 1,050 square foot condo is part of the Harbor Woods Complex. This two bedroom, two bathroom unit was built in 1984. The kitchen is bright with natural light and has new appliances, which have not been used. In addition, to new appliances, the condo has new carpet and upgraded windows. This unit has a two car attached direct access garage.  The outdoor patio is large and a great space for entertaining. This unit is within walking distance of the clubhouse, pool and spa. Harbor Woods is part of the Corona del Mar section of Newport Beach.  Students living in this area, attend Corona del Mar Intermediate and High School. Harbor Woods is a private and quiet community.

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June 5, 2017

3rd Annual Vintage Home Tour

 

If you have a swimming pool, make the most of it during a home sale. In Orange County, a swimming pool is a huge selling point, especially during the summer months. Begin by keeping the pool and the pool area well maintained and clean. Before showings and open houses, clean up the pool area, remove used towels, put away toys and keep the pool sparkling clean. Make sure there is seating around the pool. Add accessories such a setting a table or putting fluffy clean towels on lounge chairs, to create a resort atmosphere.

The 3rd Annual Vintage Home Tour will take place on Saturday, June 17th. The tour is hosted by the Balboa Island Museum and Historical Society. This tour celebrates the historical and vintage homes and a vintage yacht called “The Phantom.” Among the homes toured are the “Rempel House” on Little Island, a 1954 Mid-Century Modern home, and historic cottages. Tickets are $35 for members or $40 for non-members.  The Balboa Island Museum is located at 331 Marine Avenue on Balboa Island. The tour begins at 11am and continues until 4pm. To purchase tickets or learn more about the home tour, see their website at: http://balboaislandmuseum.org/. 

Newport Beach was incorporated in 1906 and is the oldest city in Orange County. The population is approximately 85,000 residents. Newport Beach is ideally located half-way between Los Angeles and San Diego. Located at 721 Saint James Road, this 8,100 square foot home is part of the Cliffhaven. This five bedroom, seven bathroom home was built in 2008. This home was designed by architect Robert Ensign and has a Spanish Revival architectural style. Enter the home to a two story foyer.  Attention to detail can be seen in the beam ceilings, custom iron work and arched passageways. The gourmet kitchen has Carrara marble countertops, a La Cornue range, and butler’s pantry. The library has wood paneled walls and a fireplace. This home sits on a very large 22,000 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy the swimming pool, spa, putting green and sports court. In addition, outdoors there is a loggia with a fireplace and an outdoor kitchenette.

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May 8, 2017

23rd Annual Balboa Island Artwalk

 

When you are preparing to sell your home, a great place to start is with a pre-inspection of the home. This way you will know what problems the home has and you will be able to fix them prior to listing the home. This will make the home sale process and closing go smoother. Also, during open houses and showings, potential buyers will notice how well the home has been maintained. It usually is more cost efficient to fix problems up front rather than wait to the home inspection.

 

The 23rd Annual Balboa Island Artwalk is just around the corner. The 2017 Balboa Island Artwalk will take place on Sunday, May 21st. This daylong event will begin at 9am and continue until 5pm. This is an outdoor art show which has over one mile of the art and live music. This premiere art show features 100 local artists and is the start of the Balboa’s summer season. Among the types of art for sale will be jewelry, blown glass, paintings, sculpture and photography. The live music will be performed by The Retros, Jim Roberts, the Rick Sherman Duo and many others. The art walk will be located along the South Bayfront Promenade. This event is open to the public and free to attend. For more information about the Artwalk or to see a complete listing of artists, see their website at: http://www.balboaislandartwalk.info/Artwalk/Balboa_Island_Artwalk.html.

 

Newport Beach is home to Newport Harbor, which is largest recreational boat harbor on the west coast. Unique to Newport Beach are the many dock and dine options available to local boaters. Located at 4311 Seashore Drive, this 3,300 square foot home is part of the West Newport Beach community. This three bedroom, four bathroom home was built in 1977. The contemporary style home has an open floor plan with abundant natural light. There is indoor-outdoor space on each level of the home, which are partitioned with retractable glass walls. The home has top of the line audio, video and security systems. The home has panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, Palos Verdes, Newport Beach coastline, Balboa Pier, city night lights and picture perfect sunsets.  This home sits on a 2,500 square foot piece of ocean front property with a corner lot setting. West Newport Beach is in close proximity to Balboa Peninsula which is home to the Balboa Bar, The Balboa Fun Zone and the Newport Beach Ferris Wheel.

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April 24, 2017

44th Annual Newport Beach Boat Show

 

One of the most difficult things in putting your home up for sale is choosing the correct price. Work with your, local professional real estate agent, like those at The Franco Taem. Some of the factors included in figuring out your home’s price are recent home sales in your neighborhood, special features of your home and property, school district, and city statistics. If you price the home to high, you risk missing potential buyers and if you price it to low, you will walk away leaving money on the table.

 

The very popular Annual Newport Boat Show is back, it will run from Thursday, April 27th through Sunday, April 30th. This is the 44th Annual Newport Boat Show and is one of the best in the West. The show will include the newest vessels available.  There will be exhibitors both shore side and in the water.  There will be more than 200 boats on display, including both trawlers and big boats. The Boat Show will be held at the Lido Marina Village.  The Boat Show is open from 12noon to 7pm Thursday and 10am to 7pm on Friday, Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday. Lido Marina Village is located at 3424 Via Lido in Newport Beach. There is free offsite parking with a shuttle bus. Tickets are $15. For more information or to pre-purchase tickets, see their website at: http://www.newportinwaterboatshow.co/.

 

Newport Beach is the oldest city in Orange County, being incorporated in 1906. Newport Beach has a population of approximately 85,000 residents. Located at 1752 East Oceanfront, this 4,000 square foot home is part of the Balboa Peninsula Point community. This four bedroom, six bathroom home was built in 2010. The custom built house has a Hampton’s inspired Cape Cod architectural style. The open plan home features a home office, an elevator to all floors and private master suite. There are amazing views of Pacific Ocean, sandy beaches, Newport Harbor entrance, The Wedge, Balboa Pier and Catalina Island.  This home sits on a 4,700 square foot piece of property with 60 feet of beach frontage. There is a private guest cottage off of the courtyard. Balboa Peninsula Point is situated at the end of the Balboa Peninsula and encompasses all the residences from A Street to the water. There is a large variety of shopping, dining and entertainment in Balboa including the Fun Zone, the Newport Beach Ferris Wheel and the Balboa Bar.

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April 9, 2017

3rd Annual Virtual Denim Dash

 

Prior to listing your home on the real estate market, deep clean your home. Pay attention to all the little details, like washing windows and cleaning the grout on the floor and in bathrooms. Make sure all the light bulbs are working in both indoor fixtures and outdoor fixtures. Take the time to clean all the fixtures, as well. Polish the floors. Consider having the carpets professionally cleaned, this is a great way to eliminate odors in the home. Clean off counter tops and closets. Potential buyers will notice the attention to detail.

 

The 3rd Annual Virtual Denim Dash is being held on Thursday, April 13th. The Denim Dash 5K at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina will start at 5pm. You can dash just one lap or complete the entire 5K with three laps around the Dunes. In addition to the dash, there will be arts and crafts, music, food, Easter Eggs and photos with the Easter Bunny.  You can participate locally in Orange County, or virtually from anywhere in the world. Be a virtual dasher by participating April 1st through April 30th, 2017 by walking, running, swimming or biking 3.1 miles.   All proceeds will benefit the non-profit Global RARE Patient Impact Grant Program. The Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive in Newport Beach. For more information about this event, see their website at: https://globalgenes.org/denimdash16/.

 

Newport Beach has many real estate options available. Newport Beach has everything from an up-scale mobile home park to custom designed and built ocean front properties. Located at 40 Hillsdale Drive, this 3,400 square foot home is part of the Belcourt Terrace development. This four bedroom, four bathroom home was built in 1985.  Attention to detail can be seen in the tall baseboards, crown moldings and hardwood floors. The formal living room features a wall of book shelves, French doors and a fireplace. The kitchen and family are open to each other, and the family room has another fireplace. There are surrounding mountain views and city night light views. This condo style home has a private backyard and garden. The backyard is large enough for entertaining and outdoor dining. Belcourt Terraces is a 24 hour guard gated community. Belcourt Terraces is very near Fashion Island with many shopping, dining and entertainment options. Belcourt Terraces is in the East Bluff- Harbor View area of Newport Beach.

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March 26, 2017

4th Annual Craft Beer Festival

 

When you are selling home, pay extra special attention to staging the spaces which are most important to potential buyers. The rooms which potential buyers are looking the most at are kitchens, master bedrooms, bathroom and family rooms, followed by living room and dining rooms. Stage these rooms, so buyers know exactly what their use is. De-clutter the rooms and remove extra furniture, make them look as large as possible.

 

The 4th Annual Craft Beer Festival is almost here. The Craft Beer Festival will take place on Saturday, April 1st from 12:30pm to 5pm. Beer lovers and festival goers will have an opportunity to talk with local brew masters and to taste up to 30 different beers. In addition, there will be a selection of red and white wines, for those who prefer wine to beer. There will over 30 different beers available for sampling from fifteen different breweries. There will be a large selection of food from local restaurants on the Peninsula: Balboa BBQ, Cruisers Pizza Bar and Grill, Ruby’s, East Balboa Café, Corner of Paradise Ice Cream, Harborside and Newport Landing. Live music will be provided by Greg Peters and The Strangers. Several games will be set-up for a fun afternoon with friends and family. The festival will be held at Balboa Village just a few steps from the Ferry.  Balboa Village is located at 600 East Balboa Boulevard in Newport Beach.  For more information about the Beer Fest, see their website at: http://www.balboabeerfest.com/.

 

Newport Beach is a beachside city which was incorporated in 1906. Newport Beach is situated 35 miles south of Los Angeles and 77 miles north of San Diego. Located at 1901 Kings Road, this 8,100 square foot home is part of the Kings Road development. This five bedroom, six bathroom home was built in 1991. This custom built home has three levels. The home features a media room, spa and sauna room. The large home office could easily be converted to a master suite. There is a private casita on the property, perfect for guests. The elevator accesses all the home’s levels. There are awe-inspiring views of the Pacific Ocean, Newport Harbor, Catalina Island, city night lights and picture perfect sunsets. This home sits on an 11,000 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowner’s will enjoy relaxing by the swimming pool and spa and getting a hole in one on the home’s putting green. Kings Road is situated in the Cliffhaven Area in Newport Heights. Students are just a short walk to Ensign Middle School and Newport Harbor High School.

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March 13, 2017

KJazz Cruises

When you are selling your home, as part of the de-cluttering process, clear the counters off.  Regardless of the room, take the time to clear off the counter tops of everyday items. In bathroom, remove items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, perfumes and deodorants. On the bathroom counter put out a basket of plush and fluffy hand towels wrapped with a pretty bow and a vase of flowers. In the kitchen, put away toasters, coffee makers and mixers.  Add a bowl of fresh fruit to the counter. Rooms will look larger, clean and neat.

Hornblower Cruises and KJazz are coming together to bring you a very special cruise opportunity. This Champagne Brunch Cruise will give guests a chance to enjoy the gorgeous views of Newport Harbor, while enjoying live jazz entertainment. There will be a large buffet and endless champagne. In addition, guest will enjoy a private table and complimentary soda, juice, coffee and tea. This cruise is available on March 4th, April 1st, May 6th, June 3rd and July 1st. On these dates, a KJazz DJ personality will join the cruise. Cruises will board at 11:30am and the cruise will get underway at 12noon and return to the dock at 2pm. Hornblower Cruises is located at 2431 West Coast Highway in Newport Beach. For more information about the Jazz cruises or to purchase tickets, see their website at: https://www.hornblower.com/port/overview/nb+new-port-beach-kjazz-champagne-brunch-cruise.

Newport Beach is the oldest city in Orange County, being incorporated in 1906. With a Mediterranean like climate, Newport Beach has wonderful year round weather. Located at 27 Balboa Coves, this 3,000 square foot home is part of the Balboa Coves development. This four bedroom, five bathroom home was built in 2009. The gourmet kitchen features a large center island, granite counter tops and a built in pizza oven. In the great room, there is stone fireplace, custom built-ins and the room opens on to a bay front terrace. There are wonderful views of Newport Bay, the canal, Newport Harbor, the Pacific Ocean, city night lights and picture perfect sunsets. This home sits on a 4,200 square foot piece of waterfront property with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowner’s will enjoy entertaining on the bay front terrace, around the fire pit or cooking on the built-in barbeque. Homeowner’s are steps from the sandy beach. Balboa Coves is a 24 hour guard gated community, with 68 homes. Balboa Coves is in the West Newport – Lido Isle area of Newport Beach.

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Feb. 26, 2017

Caroline Zimmermann Art Show

Create an atmosphere that is warm and welcoming in your home when it is listed on the real estate market. During showings and open houses, have quiet music playing in the background. Check with your realtor with what they prefer for music genre, jazz or classical are generally soothing and appeal to almost anyone. Use digital music or cd’s to avoid commercials from radio stations, also this way music will play continually.

Lahaina Galleries is hosting a Caroline Zimmermann Art Show in early March. The show will take place on Saturday, March 4th from 4pm to 7pm. Artist Caroline Zimmermann will be showing her new collection. The collection features pieces created from her recent travels in Hawaii, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and Venice, Italy. Water is the focus of her art, influenced by her passion for surfing. Lahaina Galleries is located at 1173 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach. The gallery is below Cheesecake Factory in Fashion Island. For more information about this art show, or the others they have throughout the year, see their website at: http://www.lahainagalleries.com/.

Newport Beach is ideally situated half-way between Los Angeles and San Diego. The city is home to many luxury residential developments, endless views and world class shopping and dining. Located at 3611 Seashore Drive, this 2,300 square foot home is part of the West Newport Beach community. This three bedroom, four bathroom home was built in 2008. This is a custom built tri-level home. Each bedroom has a private bathroom. The gourmet kitchen features Thermador appliances and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. There are sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, white water, sandy beaches, city night lights and gorgeous sunsets. The home sits on a 2,000 square foot piece of beach front property. The home is just one block from the boardwalk in West Newport Beach. Outdoor’s homeowners will enjoy entertaining on the roof top deck with forever views. West Newport Beach residents have easy access to many local boutique shops, restaurants and entertainment options.

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Feb. 12, 2017

17th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party and Big Band Blowout

When you are preparing your home for a home sale, think about possibly repainting the home. Bright and bold colors are a turn off for the majority of potential buyers. Neutral colors are the most pleasing for the majority of potential buyers. Colors in the cream, ivory and beige families are great color choices. If you would like to add a pop of color to the room, try adding colorful throw pillows, throws or a vase of brightly colored flowers to the coffee table. Remember, in your new home you can paint it all your favorite bright and bold colors.

The 17th Annual Newport Beach Jazz Party and Big Band Blowout will be taking place Thursday, February 23rd through Sunday, February 26th.  The Jazz Party and Big Band Blowout will be held at the Newport Beach Marriott. Each of the four evenings of the Jazz Party, there will be a different big band closing out the evening’s performances. There will be Champagne Jazz Brunches on both Saturday and Sunday and afternoon jazz session’s poolside. This jazz celebration is a perfect way to learn more about this music genre from professionals and connoisseurs. This jazz event draws performers and fans from across the country. The Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa is located at 900 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach. For more information about individual events or to purchase tickets, see their website at: http://www.newportbeachjazzparty.com/.

Newport Beach is one of the oldest cities in Orange County and was incorporated in 1906. With a Mediterranean like climate, Newport Beach has near perfect year round weather. Located at 2551 Vista Drive, this 4,000 square foot home is part of the Bayshores development. This four bedroom, four bathroom home was built in 1998. The home features a professional quality kitchen, a great room and a wine cellar. The formal dining room has a butler pantry. The spacious master suite has its own fireplace and has an adjoining office. This home sits on a 4,700 square foot piece of property. Bayshores is a 24 hour guard gated community in the Lower Newport Bay and Balboa Island area of Newport Beach. There are 250 homes in Bayshores. This is a very private and quiet neighborhood.

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Jan. 29, 2017

Strike A Pose at OCMA

Prior to listing your home on the real estate market, take a walk through your home looking at it through the eyes of the potential buyers. Re-paint walls if necessary, when choosing the colors, consider neutral colors such as ivory, cream, and caramels. Neutral colors appeal to majority of potential buyers. Neutral colors also make it easier for potential buyers to picture themselves living in this house. For a pop of color add throw pillows or afghans in rich crimson, oranges and deep yellow colors.

The Orange County Museum of Art is showing a new film on Friday, February 10th. This exhibit is entitled Strike a Pose. The exhibit features seven young male dancers who danced with Madonna both on the tour and in the movie Truth or Dare. They discuss what was life was like during and after the tour. The film was directed by Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan. This film presentation is put together in partnership with Cinema Orange and the Newport Beach Film Festival. There will be a food onsite for this event. The movie will begin at 7pm; tickets will be handed out beginning at 5pm. This movie will be played on a Free Friday at the Museum. Both the Segerstrom Foundation and the City of Newport Beach Arts Commission support Free Fridays at the Museum. The Orange County Museum of Art is located at 850 San Clemente Drive in Newport Beach. For more information about the museum or this film; see their website at: https://www.ocma.net/event/cinema-orange-strike-pose.

Newport Beach was incorporated in 1906 and is the oldest city in Orange County. The city has a population of 85,000 residents. Located at 1 San Sebastian, this 6,100 square foot home is part of the Harbor Ridge Custom development. This six bedroom, six bathroom home was built in 1989. There is a library in the home with floor to ceiling bookshelves. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances. Attention to detail can be seen crown moldings, five fireplaces and main floor master suite. The home has beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean, coastline, Catalina Island and panoramic city views. This home sits on a very large 27,000 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowner’s will enjoy entertaining on the large terrace and relaxing in the gardens. Harbor Ridge is in the East BluffHarbor View area of Newport Beach. There just 170 homes in Harbor Ridge.

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