Newport Beach Blog

Dec. 30, 2020

The Historic District

The Crystal Cove State Park is home to the Historic District.  This 12.3 acre of portion of the 2,700-acre state park. The historic district is home to 46 vintage cottages built by the sea in the 1930’s and the 1940’s. The first two phases of the restoration have been completed. There are 21 cottages available for overnight stays to the public. Cottages include studios, one- and two-bedroom options. This is one of the last examples of the early 20th century Southern California developments.  For more information, see their website at: http://www.crystalcovestatepark.org/the-historic-district/.

 

Corona del Mar is part of the Newport Beach. Locally known as the CDM, Corona del Mar is Spanish for “Crown of the Sea.” This area is known for its sandy beaches, tide pools and endless views. Located at 234 Morning Canyon Road, this 4,500 square foot home is part of the Shore Cliffs development. This four-bedroom, five-bathroom home was built in 2005. This open floor plan home was designed by architect Ron Yeo.  This home sits on a large 14,000 square foot piece of property, with over 60 feet of view frontage. Residents are just minutes from golf, shopping, dining and beaches. Shore Cliffs is home to 146 custom built homes. Shore Cliffs residents have private beach access. 

 

Newport Beach is one of the oldest city’s in Orange County, being incorporated in 1906. Newport Beach has approximately 85,000 residents. Located at 1106 Pembroke, this 1,800 square foot home is part of the Westcliff development. This three-bedroom, two-bathroom home was built in 1960. Attention to detail can be seen in the use of coffered ceilings, fireplace and French doors. The gourmet kitchen features granite counter tops, built-in range and plenty of storage. This home sits on a 7,300 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a swimming pool and mature landscaping. Westcliff is in Upper Newport Bay. There is a bike path through Westcliff which residents can use to reach the beach, shopping and the Back Bay recreation area. 

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Dec. 3, 2020

California Proposition #19 Passed

California Proposition #19 passed in November election, with 8,534,173 or 51.1% of the vote. This proposition will allow eligible homeowners to transfer their tax assessments anywhere in the state. Tax assessments can be transferred to more expensive homes with an upward adjustment. Persons 55 and older, with disabilities or victims of natural disaster or hazardous waste contamination can now transfer their tax assessments from one to three. Secondary properties, such as vacation homes or rentals, inherited from parents to children or from grandparents to grandchildren can be reassessed at market value when transferred, with the first one million dollars being exempt from reassessment. On inherited primary properties, the parent or grandparent can transfer the property without the property’s tax assessment resetting to market value. The additional revenue from generated from this proposition will be used by schools and wildlife agencies through the California Fire Response Fund and the County Revenue Protection Fund.

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Dec. 2, 2020

112th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, Commodores Club, is proud to present the 112th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights presentation. The parade will feature yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes. This will be the first year that the parade can also be seen virtually. There will be several choices of viewing platforms: web, social media, and the Newport Beach local broadcast channel, NBTV. These run all five nights of the parade. The parade runs from December 16th through December 20th. The auction has also gone virtual this year. This annual event raises money for the Newport Chamber of Commerce Christmas Boat Parade.  For more information, see their website: https://www.christmasboatparade.com/auction/.

 

Lido Isle is modeled after a Mediterranean Island and is in Newport Harbor. There are approximately 850 homes and one yacht club on Lido Isle. Located at 203 Via Ithaca, this 4,200 square foot home has five bedrooms and six bathrooms. The home was built in 2006. Attention to detail can be seen in the marble flooring, cherry flooring and fireplace. The gourmet kitchen features Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, a butler’s pantry and wine refrigerator. The home sits on a 4,300 square foot piece of property bordering Piazza Lido. The rooftop deck has panoramic views. Homeowners are within walking distance to local restaurants and shops. Among the many amenities offered on the island are tennis courts, security, a private beach and clubhouse. 

 

Newport Beach is one of the oldest cities in Orange County, having been incorporated in 1906. The population of Newport Beach is approximately 85,000 residents. Located at 342 Peach Tree Lane, this 2,600 square foot home is part of the Cherry Lake community. This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home was built in 1961.This single floor home offers flexible living spaces. The large kitchen opens to the dining area and living room. The master suite offers vaulted ceilings, his and her closets and direct access to the backyard. This home sits on a 7,400 square foot piece of property, with a cul-de-sac and corner setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a swimming pool, spa and wrap around deck. Homeowners are within walking distance to the Back Bay trails, Irvine Ranch market and Newport Beach Golf Club. Cherry Lake is a spring fed lake with 19 luxury homes.

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Oct. 29, 2020

Thanksgiving on Hornblower Cruises

Hornblower Cruises is offering a stress free Thanksgiving celebration set against the back drop of beautiful Newport Harbor. Begin the three-hour cruise with a glass of champagne upon boarding. There will be live musical entertainment. The Thanksgiving buffet will feature all the traditional favorites plus yummy desserts and a cash bar. This is fabulous way to take in all the sights of Newport Beach with your family and friends.  For more information or to make reservations, see their website at: https://www.hornblower.com/newport-beach/thanksgiving-buffet-oc/.

 

Pelican Hill is a group of exclusive developments in the Newport Coast section of Newport Beach. The five developments surround the Pelican Hill Resort, Spa and Golf Courses. Located at 6 Fair Harbor, this 8,800 square foot custom built estate is part of the Pelican Hill development. This five bedroom, seven bathroom home was built in 2000. Attention to detail can be seen in the wrought iron staircase, fireplace and use of travertine. The home features a sunken formal living room, formal dry bar and library. There are forever views of the Pacific Ocean, surrounding hills, city night lights and gorgeous sunsets.  This home sits on a large 24,000 square foot piece of property with a corner lot setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a swimming pool, built-in barbeque pavilion and fire pit.  Pelican Hill is a 24-hour guard gated community with 140 custom built homes. Pelican Hill sits above the Crystal Cove State Park. 

 

Newport Beach is an Orange County city with a population of approximately 85,000 residents. Newport Beach is ideally situated between Los Angeles and San Diego. Located at 28 San Antonio, this 4,500 square foot home is part of the Lucera development. This four bedroom, five bathroom home was built in 1999. Attention to detail can be seen in the custom woodwork, disappearing glass sliding doors, and fireplace. Entertaining is seamless in this home with a secondary kitchen, eat-in kitchen, wine cellar and formal dining room. The home has two staircases. The home sits on a 9,300 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a professionally landscaped garden, spa, water feature and covered entertaining areas.  Lucera is in the East Bluff – Harbor View area, in the Bonita Canyon Community. Fashion Island is just short drive from Lucera. 

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Sept. 30, 2020

Just Sold by Michael Franco in Pelican Crest

Just Sold by Michael Franco in Pelican Crest

 

Michael Franco of MWA Luxury Real Estate just sold 5 Skycrest in Pelican Crest. Pelican Crest is part of the Pelican Hilldevelopment in Newport Coast. 5 Skycrest is a 9,500 square foot home has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. This home sold for nearly eleven million dollars, which is approximately $1150 a square foot. The nearly panoramic views include the Pacific Ocean, surrounding mountains, city night lights and sunsets. The 30,000 square foot piece of property has swimming pool, spa, gazebo, built-in barbeque area and rose garden. This residence is the number one architecture design award winner in Newport Coast.  Newport Coast is home to Pelican Hill and its five developments, Crystal Cove and many other residential developments. Crystal Cove State Park and Beach and Pelican Hill Resort, Spa and Golf Courses are also part of the Newport Coast. Although this home is off the market, Michael has many more properties to inspire you, in Crystal Cove, Pelican Hill and Newport Coast. Michael is always available at 949-200-2383 or at michael@mwaluxury.com.

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Sept. 30, 2020

4 Baffin Bay in Crystal Cove was just sold by Michael Franco

4 Baffin Bay in Crystal Cove was just sold by Michael Franco

 

Michael Franco of MWA Luxury Real Estate recently sold the home located at 4 Baffin Bay in the Crystal Cove in Newport Coast. Newport Coast has many wonderful areas such as Crystal Cove and Pelican Hill. Whether you are buying, selling, or both, Michael Franco will walk you smoothly through the process. This 3,500 square foot home sits on a 6,900 square foot piece of property.  This is a four bedroom, three and half bathroom home which was built in 2001. With views of the Pacific Ocean, white water, city night lights and gorgeous evening sunsets. Crystal Cove offers many amenities, including the Canyon Club Recreational Center, which acts as the social hub of the area. The home sold for 3.3 million dollars, approximately $985 per square foot. This property has been sold, however, Michael has many other properties ready to view in Crystal Cove, Pelican Hill and Newport Coast. To reach Michael, at any time, he is available at 949-200-2383 or at michael@mwaluxury.com.

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Sept. 30, 2020

Balboa Island is Open

Balboa Island is open and ready for visitors.  Balboa Island is open for driving, walking, biking and by riding the Balboa Island Ferry.  There are many unique coastal chic shops with art, beach fashions and jewelry, restaurants and bistros to enjoy. Among Balboa Island’s treasures are the Balboa Bar and the Frozen Banana, which have been island treasures for over 75 years. Since 1919, the Balboa Island Ferry has been providing services for cars, walkers and cyclists between Balboa Island and Balboa Peninsula. The crossing is approximately 800 feet, which is a direct route for the ferry, otherwise it can be few miles. The ferry operates Monday through Sunday from 6:30am to 12am. For more information about riding the ferry, see their website at: http://www.balboaislandferry.com/Or for more information about Balboa Island, see their website athttps://www.balboaisland.com/.

 

Lido Isle is a Newport Beach island in Newport Harbor. This is one of California’s oldest master planned communities, having been begun in the 1920’s. Located at 132 Via Yella, this 3,000 square foot home has four bedrooms and five bathrooms. This home was built in 2019. There is elevator access to all floors. Attention to detail can be seen in the use of wainscoting, electric window treatments and designer fixtures. There are wonderful views of the surrounding mountains, Catalina Island, white water, Pacific Ocean and the city night lights from the rooftop deck. This home sits on a 3,000 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, there is a dual sided fireplace, multiple seating areas and a roof top deck. Among the amenities offered on Lido isle are tennis courts, private beach, and a clubhouse.  The Lido Isle Yacht Club acts as the social hub of the island. 

 

Newport Beach is the oldest beach front city in Orange County, being incorporated in 1906. The population of Newport Beach is approximately 85,000 residents. Located at 2112 East Balboa Boulevard, this 11,000 square foot home is part of the Balboa Peninsula Point community.  This six bedroom, ten bathroom home was built in 2006. Attention to detail can be seen in the use of steel doors, use of imported French limestone and tray ceilings. The home has a new Creston System. The home and property have views of Back Bay, the bay, city night lights, and Newport Harbor.  This home sits on a large 14,000 square foot piece of property. Residents are within walking distance to the beach and to the “Wedge.”

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Sept. 30, 2020

12 Dunes Bluff in Newport Coast, was just sold by Michael Franco

12 Dunes Bluff in Newport Coast, was just sold by Michael Franco

 

Just recently, Michael Franco, of MWA Luxury Real Estate, sold the home at 12 Dunes Bluff in Newport Coast.  Whether you are buying or selling, Michael Franco offers professional and efficient service in Orange County. He recently handled the listing and sale of the property at 12 Dunes Bluff, which sold for 4.8 million dollars.  This home is 3,800 square feet with four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. Attention to detail can be seen in the use of stone flooring, wood flooring and elegant moldings. Built in 2005, the home has 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, coastline, whitewater, city night lights and vibrant sunsets.  This home is part of the Crystal Cove development which is located in Newport Coast. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy an open-air courtyard, outdoor fireplace and guest casita. Crystal Cove is just north of Laguna Beach. Crystal Cove is home to the Crystal Cove State Park, with 3.2 miles of coastline, 400 acres of bluffs, 2,400 acres of canyons and 18 miles of trails. Although, this property has been sold, Michael has many others he can show throughout Crystal Cove and the greater Orange County area. Michael is always available at 949-200-2383 or at michael@mwaluxury.com.

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Sept. 30, 2020

Michael Franco sells 30 Pelican Point Drive in Newport Coast

Michael Franco sells 30 Pelican Point Drive in Newport Coast

 

Michael Franco of MWA Luxury Real Estate sold the estate at 30 Pelican Point Drive in May of 2020.  Michael Franco offers unparalleled real estate services, whether you are buying or selling property in Orange County. 30 Pelican Point sold for $9,000,000. This 7,100 square foot home is part of the Pelican Point development in Pelican Hill. Built in 2005, Villa Del Mare has the finest finishes, inside and out. This is a four-bedroom, seven-bathroom home with a seven-space subterranean garage. With panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, white water, the Newport Coastline, and the Pelican Hill Golf Course, the property is ideal for entertaining. The custom-built estate has a 400-bottle wine cellar, theater lounge and a Savant Smart Home System. Pelican Point is a 24-hour guard community with just 48 custom built estates. Although, this property has been sold, Michael has many others ready to show you in Pelican Hill, Crystal Cove and Newport Coast. Michael is always available at 949-200-2383 or at michael@mwaluxury.com.

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Aug. 31, 2020

CA Biodiversity Day 2020

Back Bay Science Center is hosting CA Biodiversity Day 2020 on Sunday, September 13th. California Biodiversity Day is an annual event to celebrate and protect the state’s vast biodiversity. This year’s event has been designed to meet social distancing guidelines. From 10am to 4pm, join with Back Bay Science Center, iNaturalist and California Academy of Sciences to collect information about the biodiversity of a certain area. Upper Newport Bay will be the focus of September 13th’s event. For more information, see their website at: 

http://backbaysciencecenter.org/events/.

 

Irvine is a large master planned community made-up of 34 unique “Villages.” Each village has its own architectural style, retail shopping and dining areas, schools and churches. Located at 113 Heather Mist, this 5,400 square foot home is part of the Hidden Canyon development in the  Lambert Ranch Village. This five bedroom, six bathroom home was built in 2016. Attention to detail can be seen in the double winding staircase, hardwood floors and custom-made window treatments. The gourmet kitchen features an oversized island, floor to ceiling cabinetry and dual refrigerators.  The home has views of the city night lights and of the surrounding hillsides. This home sits on an 8,100 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, there is large deck and patio, built-in barbeque area and beach pool with a waterfall spa. Lambert Ranch was built by The New Home Company is a gated community covering 50 acres. 

https://www.newportbeachhomesforsale.com/.

 

Newport Beach is one of the oldest city’s in Orange County. The population of Newport Beach is approximately 85,000. Located at 67 Cape Andover, this 4,200 square foot home is part of the Castaways development. This five bedroom, four bathroom home was built in 1997. The chef’s kitchen opens to the dining room, family room and breakfast nook.  The home and property have gorgeous views of Back Bay, Main Channel, Newport Harbor, city night lights, the Pacific Ocean, and Fashion Island. This home sits on a 6,200 square foot home with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a spa, fire pit, covered patio and a built-in barbeque area. Castaways has 110 single family homes. Castaways is in the Upper Newport Bay area and is bordered by Dover Drive. 

 

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