Newport Beach Blog

Sept. 26, 2017

SCORE, 5th Annual Women Business Owners Conference

 

With the fall season beginning, add a comfort factor to your home staging. Create a warm space with soft throw pillows and afghans in deep reads, oranges or caramel covers. With the cooler weather, you will create an inviting space that encourages potential buyers to linger and picture themselves in these spaces.

 

SCORE, 5th Annual Women Business Owners Conference will take place on Thursday, September 28th. The conference is all day from 7:30am to 4:30pm. The keynote speaker will by Nellie Akalp and she will present How to Embrace the “small” in Small Business. Other speakers will include Liz Goodgold, Lisa T.D. Nguyen and Roni Ramos. This is an interactive conference with a focus on marketing. This conference will be held at The Great Wolf Lodge located at 12681 Harbor Boulevard in Garden Grove. Tickets are $75 and includes breakfast, lunch and parking. For more information or register of the conference see their website at www.scoreboc.com.

 

Newport Beach was incorporated in 1906 and is the oldest city in Orange County. The population of the city is approximately 85,000 residents. Located at 410 East Oceanfront, this home is part of the Balboa Peninsula development. This home was built in 1976. There are two master bedrooms suites, one on the ground floor and one on the second floor. Attention to detail can be seen in the vaulted ceilings, recessed lighting and dual pane windows. There is a four car garage. This home has spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, white water, city night lights and picture perfect sunsets. The home sits on a 3,000 square foot piece of property. Balboa Peninsula begins at 45th Street and runs to the end of the Peninsula. This community is approximately three miles long, stretching from Newport Harbor to the Pacific Ocean.

 

Located at 31951 Coast Highway, this 2,400 square foot home is part of the South Laguna Village community. This four bedroom, three bathroom home was built in 1960. Entertaining is delightful in the gourmet kitchen which opens on to a great room. Almost every room of the home has views of the Pacific Ocean, white water, city night lights and evening sunsets.  This home sits on a large 12,000 square foot piece of bluff front property. This home is perched on Thousand Steps beach with a private beach area. Outdoors there is a two tiered view patio with an outdoor kitchen, bar and fire pit. South Laguna Village is in the heart of Laguna Beach and has a population of approximately 700 residents.

 

Located at 15 Ocean Ridge Drive, this 6,400 square foot home is part of the Pelican Ridge development in Newport Coast. This six bedroom, seven bathroom home was built in 1997 and has recently been remodeled.  Named the Ardley Estate this home has a Mid Century Montecito design. The gourmet kitchen features dual dishwashers, Viking appliances and a butler’s pantry. Attention to detail can be seen the use of Honduran mahogany, Venetian plaster walls and the fireplace. This home sits on a very large, 17,000 square foot piece of property with a corner lot setting. Outdoors there is a 42 foot lap pool, spa, and water features.

Lido Isle is located in Newport Harbor in the city of Newport Beach. Lido Isle is a residential only island with approximately 850 homes on the isle. Homes on Lido Isle range in price from 1.25 million to twenty plus million dollars. Homes are Mediterranean and Cape Cod in architectural style. The views from Lido Isle include, the Pacific Ocean, the bay, city night lights and spectacular sunsets. There is a yacht club on the island, which acts as the social hub of the island.

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Sept. 13, 2017

20th Annual Newport Beach Fire and Lifegaurd Appreciation Dinner

 

Prior to a fall home sale is the perfect time to have your HVAC system checked out and have any repairs done, if necessary. Change the furnace filter. Check to make sure both the heat and air conditioning are in working order. You will be ready for any crazy fall weather and the home inspector for a home sale.

 

 

The 20th Annual Newport Beach Fire and Lifegaurd Appreciation Dinner will be held on September 21st, 2017.  Recognition awards will be given to the Life guard Supervisor of the Year, Firefighter of the year and Seasonal Lifeguard of the year. There will be a gourmet dinner, cocktails and live music. The event will get underway at 5:30pm. The Appreciation Dinner will be held at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa located at 900 Newport Center Drive. Individual tickets are $65 or tables of 10 are $650. For more information or to reserve a table or purchase a ticket, see their website at: https://www.newportbeach.com/events/20th-annual-newport-beach-fire-and-lifeguard-appreciation-dinner/.

 

 

Newport Beach is beach front city and the first city to be incorporated in Orange County. Located at 12 Bay Island, this 5,200 square foot home is part of the Bay Island community. This four bedroom, six bathroom home was built in 1967. Attention to detail can be seen in the use of bamboo, glass slide away doors and the fireplace. There are views of Newport Harbor, sunsets, city night lights, surrounding islands and a private beach. This home sits on a 4,100 square foot piece of property with a corner setting.  Bay Island is a private gated community which is only residential and is accessible by foot and golf carts. Parking is available off site. There are 23 homes on the island.

 

 

Located at 9 Classico Drive, this 2,400 square foot home is part of the Altezza development in Newport Coast. This three bedroom, three bathroom home was built in 1994. This former model home has a main floor master suite. Attention to detail can be seen in the 19 foot ceilings, hardwood floors and the fireplace.  Altezza is an award winning community designed and built by Taylor Woodrow Homes. There are 110 townhomes and condos in this community.

 

 

Located at 4501 Wayne Road, this 2,900 square foot home is part of the Cameo Highlands development in Corona del Mar. This four bedroom, four bathroom home was built in 1960. This home sits on a 7,100 square foot piece of property. Expansive lanai doors open onto the terrace with a saltwater swimming pool.  This development has 142 homes which are all single level to ensure the views for years to come.

 

 

Deerfield Park is a mid-sized development in the village of El Camino Real within the city of Irvine. Deerfield in bordered by Yale Avenue, Irvine Center Drive, Culver Drive and Deerfield Avenue. This development was built by Century Homes in 1976. There are five floor plans to choose from with square footage between 1,700 square feet and 2,600 square feet. El Camino Real is encompasses 1,179 acres with 21 home tracts.

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Aug. 31, 2017

Labor Day Cruises

 

When you are staging your home, use plants and fresh cut flowers to add a pop of color to your decorating. Mums, kale, late summer bloomers and green plants can all be used. In addition, place a container of blooming plants by the front door, this helps to create a warm and welcoming entry way. Potential will feel invited into the home.

 

 

Hornblower Cruises are offering special cruises for Labor Day weekend. Labor Day Beer and Bubbly Cruises will be available at 11:30am on Monday, September 4th to help you celebrate Labor Day in style. The cruises are two hours long and offer beer, champagne, a morning cruise with background music and brunch buffet. The buffet will feature American breakfast dishes, seasonal lunch specials and lots of dessert options. Cruises take place on John Wayne’s legendary yacht The Wild Goose. To purchase tickets or find out more information, see their website at: https://www.hornblower.com/port/overview/nb+labor-day-beer-and-bubbly.

 

 

Newport Beach was the first city incorporated in Orange County being incorporated in 1906. The city is home to approximately 85,000 residents. Located at 300 Enero, this 1,800 square foot home is part of the Bluffs development. This three bedroom, three bathroom home was built in 1967. This home has recently been remodeled and features hardwood floors, coastal décor and a greenbelt setting. The great room has a stone fireplace, opens on to the dining room and is filled with natural light. The kitchen has custom cabinetry and a breakfast bar. The home has views of Back Bay. The home has a bluff front and corner lot setting. There is a two car garage with extra storage. The Bluffs is part of the Harbor View area of Newport Beach. The Bluffs is set on 150 acres of land, 125 acres of which are dedicated to open space.

 

 

Located at 32013 Point Place, this 5,300 square foot home is part of the South Laguna Bluffs development in Laguna Beach. This four bedroom, four bathroom home was built in 2004. This floating glass house was designed by architect Paul McClean. The glass house takes advantage of the amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, Palos Verdes, Catalina Island, city night lights and brilliant sunsets. This home sits on an 11,000 square foot piece of property. The garage features a unique auto lift to create a piece of art of your special car as entry gallery art. South Laguna Bluffs is just a short distance from Thousands Steps Beach.

 

 

Lido Isle is a residential island located in Newport Harbor and is part of Newport Beach. Lido Isle was one of California’s very first master planned communities having being begun in the 1920’s. There is a yacht club on the island, which acts as the social hub of the island. There are approximately 850 homes with mostly Mediterranean and Cape Cod architectural styles. Lido Isle has spectacular views of Pacific Ocean, the bay, city night lights and breathtaking sunsets.

 

Located at 11 Needle Grass, this 12,500 square foot house is part of the Shady Canyon Custom Home community in Shady Canyon, Irvine. This five bedroom, eight bathroom home custom built estate was built in 2013. The home has panoramic views of the surrounding canyons, Catalina Island, the Pacific Ocean and Newport Beach. This home sits on an acre size piece of property within walking distance of the clubhouse.

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Aug. 16, 2017

2017 California-Triennial at OCMA

 

Summertime is a popular time to move, especially before the school year starts. Make the most of the summer selling season by filling your home with natural light and having a well maintained yard. Keep the home’s interior a comfortable temperature.  Put out snacks and cold bottled water for open houses and showings.

 

 

The 2017 California-Pacific Triennial is currently on exhibit at the Orange County Museum of Art through September 3rd. This is the second triennial and it focuses on Pacific Rim contemporary art and is being curated by Senior Curator Cassandra Coblentz. This triennial is centered on the topic of architecture. Admission is $10. Fridays are free admission day. For more information about this exhibit, see their website at: https://www.ocma.net/exhibition/2017-california-pacific-triennial.

 

 

Newport Beach was incorporated in 1906. The city has a population of approximately 85,000 residents. Located at 7 Troon Drive, this 10,000 square foot home is part of the One Ford Road development. This six bedroom, six bathroom home was built in 2006.  The home has a Hawaiian ranch style. There are amazing of views the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, Palos Verdes, the bay, city night lights and stunning sunsets. Outdoors, the estate is like a resort with a pool, pool house, lanai, waterfalls, casita, putting green, gardens and a cabana bar and grill. One Ford Road is located in the East Bluff – Harbor View area of Newport Beach. This is a 24 hour guard gated development. Students living in this area attend Lincoln Elementary School, Corona del Mar Intermediate and High School.

 

 

Shady Canyon is part of the Turtle Rock section of the city of Irvine. Shady Canyon is made-up of three different developments, The Villas of Shady Canyon, Masters Collection and Sycamore. There are approximately 1,000 residents in Shady Canyon. All developments are 24 hour guard gated neighborhoods. The developments surround the award winning Shady Canyon Golf Course. Among the many amenities offered in Shady Canyon are a resort style pool, clubhouse and tennis courts.

 

 

The Canyon is a development in Laguna Beach. The Canyon is set off of Highway 18 at the top of Laguna Beach. Located at 21062 Laguna Canyon Road, this spectacular property is home to John Barber’s Glass Studio. The property is filled with oak trees and surrounded by sandstone cliffs. The main house has one bedroom and an office. There is also a large workshop and kiln on the property. This is a one of a kind property.

 

Laurelwood Estates is in Central Costa Mesa. This development is very family oriented. The area is filled with parks. Tewinkle Park has a large lake, picnic areas and trails. Central Costa Mesa is home to Costa Mesa Farm Sports Complex. Orange Coast College is located in Central Costa Mesa.

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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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