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July 31, 2020

24th Annual Newport Beach Garden Tour Soiree of the Summer

The 24th Annual Newport Beach Garden Tour fun is continuing with the Soiree of the Summer; The Newport Beach Garden Tour Summer Garden Party. The party will be held at the Sherman Gardens and Library on Saturday, August 29th.  While the tour was done virtually this year, the party will be live and in person. There will be a raffle, silent auction, bouquet bar, fanciest hat contest, food and drinks. The party begins at 5pm and continues until 8pm. If you have purchased a ticket to the garden tour, then you already have your ticket for the Summer Garden Party.  For more information or to purchase tickets, see their website at: https://thesherman.org/newport-beach-virtual-garden-tour/.

 

Laguna Beach is a seaside community with over seven miles of beaches, canyons and coastal hills. This Orange County city has approximately 23,000 residents. Located at 31521 Bluff Drive, this 4,300 square foot home is part of the Table Rock community.  This five bedroom, seven bathroom home was built in 1947. Attention to detail can be seen in the four fireplaces, use of limestone and slate.  The property has views of the Pacific Ocean, whitewater, Catalina Island, city night lights and vibrant evening sunsets. Views stretch to Palos Verdes, San Clemente Islands and the West Street Beach. This home sits on a very large 33,000 square foot piece of ocean front property. Outdoors homeowners will enjoy an outdoor fireplace, swimming pool, spa, antique statuary, and lush gardens. Table Rock is situated on the cliff on Table Rock Drive, just south of the Montage Resort. Among the many amenities offered in Table Rock are a clubhouse, fitness room, library and pool and spa. 

 

Newport Beach is an Orange County city which was incorporated in 1906.  This ideally located city; halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles, has a population of 85,000 residents. Located at 3179 Corte Portofino, this 2,200 square foot home is part of the Newport North Villas. This three bedroom, three bathroom home was built in 1987. Attention to detail can be seen the alabaster chandelier, stone flooring and vaulted ceilings. The home has been remodeled and updated. The gourmet kitchen features Thermador appliances, granite countertops and breakfast nook.  This home sits on a 6,600 square foot piece of property.  The Bonita Creek Park is within walking distance. Newport North Villas is a 24 hour guard gated community in the East Bluff – Harbor View area.  Back Bay is just a short distance away. Soiree 

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June 29, 2020

Duffy Boat Cruising

Duffy Boat Cruising is open again. These small electric boats, are described as golf clubs on water. The low speed boats are perfect for small groups to enjoy the bay. Perfect for a lunchtime cruise or a sunset happy hour. Duffy Boats were invented in Newport Beach by Marshall “Duffy” Duffield. Newport Harbor is beautiful and easy to explore. Parties are generally six to twelve people. Reservations are recommended.  For more information, see their website at: https://www.duffyboats.com/newport-beach-rentals/.

 

Costa Mesa is an Orange County city surrounded by Huntington Beach, Irvine and Newport Beach. Costa Mesa was incorporated in 1953 and has a population of approximately 110,000 residents. Located at 1833 Ocean Court, this 1,800 square foot home is part of the Seahorse community in Eastside Costa Mesacommunity. This three bedroom, four bathroom home was built in 2014. This is the largest floor plan offered in Seahorse.  The home has a private courtyard. Attention to detail can be seen in the stone countertops, hardwood floors and designer light features. There is an attached two car garage. This home sits on a 2,100 square foot home with a corner lot setting. The fourth floor has a roof top deck with views of the Pacific Ocean, white water and beautiful sunsets. Homes are near the Newport Beach Peninsula, local parks and many local dining options. The beach is just a bike ride away. 

https://www.newportbeachhomesforsale.com/.

 

Newport Beach is one of the oldest cities in Orange County.  Newport Beach is home to approximately 85,000 residents. From upscale mobile home parks to luxurious ocean front estates, Newport Beach has something for everyone. Located at 22 Encore, this 1,600 square foot home is part of the Newport Crest development. Unit #229 has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The condo complex was built in 1973. The condo was completely remolded in 2018. The chef’s kitchen features stainless steel appliances, white cabinetry and granite countertops. Attention to detail can be seen in the use of shiplap, vaulted ceilings and custom closets. The unit has an attached two car garage. This is a front row unit with 180 degree ocean views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, Newport Pier, with views all the way to Palos Verdes. Newport Crest is made up of 460 condos. Among the many amenities offered in Newport Crest are tennis courts, a swimming pool and spa. Residents are within walking distance to the beach and Sunset Ridge Park. 

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June 22, 2020

Just Sold: Villa del Mare in Pelican Point

Just Sold: Villa del Mare in Pelican Point

 

Just Sold!  Villa del Mare in Pelican Point, located at 30 Pelican Drive was just sold by Michael Franco of MWA Luxury real estate. Pelican Point is a development in the Pelican Hill section of Newport Coast in Newport Beach. Villa del Mare sold for 9 million dollars.  This 7,100 square foot home has four bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The home was built in 2005. The master suite features his and her closets, a sitting area, and a private terrace with a fireplace. The open floor plan kitchen has pocket doors which allows for seamless indoor to outdoor entertaining. The home has a 400-bottle wine cellar, media lounge, an elevator to all levels and a Savant Smart home System. There is a seven-car subterranean garage.  Among the wonderful views from this custom-built estate and property include the Pacific Ocean, whitewater, city night lights, gorgeous evening sunsets and the 11th green of the Pelican Hill Golf Course. Outdoors homeowners will enjoy a custom glass mosaic swimming pool, spa, built-in barbeque area and multiple outdoor fireplaces. Students in this area attend harbor View Elementary School and Corona del Mar Intermediate and High School. Pelican Point is a 24-hour guard gated community of just 48 custom built homes. 

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June 2, 2020

2020 Camp Newport

Enjoy the summer at Camp Newport. Camp Newport 2020’s theme is Focus on Fun! Camp Newport is a collection of the week-long summer courses offered through the City of Newport Beach Recreation and Senior Services Department. (They also offer programming at winter break, ski week and spring break.) Among the many categories programming is offered in are: art and theater, beach and bay, special needs, special interest swimming and aquatic sports, dance and music, STEM, and sports and fitness. For more information, see their website at: https://www.newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/recreation-senior-services/camp-newport.

 

Lido Isle is a residential only island with 850 homes and a yacht club in Newport Harbor. Lido Isla is one of the oldest master planned communities in Orange County, having been begun in the early 1920’s. Located at 420 Via Lido Nord, this 2,200 square foot home has three bedrooms and three bathrooms.  This home was built in 1947.  There are two bedrooms on the main floor and a view master bedroom. The kitchen features granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances. There are amazing views of the bay, sailing boats, yachts and kayakers. This home sits on a 3,500 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy two separate patios, one situated on the waterfront. Homeowners are just a few blocks from the clubhouse.  Other Lido Isle amenities include; tennis courts, yacht club, private beach and playground. 

 

Newport Beach is the oldest beach front city in Orange County, having been incorporated in 1906.  Newport Beach has a population of the approximately 85,000 residents. Located at 2136 East Balboa Boulevard, this 9,800 square foot home is part of the Balboa Peninsula community. This six bedroom, ten bathroom home was built in 2018. Attention to detail can be seen in the use of French Limestone, wood beamed ceilings and Savant Smart Home Automation system. The lower level is a dedicated spa with a salt cave, hydrotherapy, Swedish dry sauna, gym and juice bar. The home has 270 degree views of the water and Harbor. The home sits on a 9,600 square foot piece of property with 72 foot of bay frontage.  Outdoors, there is a private dock which can accommodate a 59 foot vessel, an 80 foot vessel and a smaller third vessel. Balboa Peninsula begins at 45th Street and runs to the end of the peninsula. The boardwalk is wonderful for walking, jogging and socializing.

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April 30, 2020

Sunday Musicales at the Newport Beach Public Library

Sunday Musicales at the Newport Beach Public Library take place once a month on Sunday at 3pm. These hour-long performances are held in the Friends Room at the Central Library. On Sunday, May 17th, Agnes Szekely Schwarz and Sonia Less playing the violin and piano. Agnes Szekely is a native of Hungary and is the concertmaster with the Rio Hondo Symphony. Sonia Lee has performed in 18 countries on four continents. If you ever miss a Sunday Musicale, you can view the performance on NBTV streaming video. The Central Branch of the library is located at 1000 Avocado Avenue in Newport Beach. For more information, see their website at: 

https://www.newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/library-services/cultural-arts/sunday-musicales.

 

Lido Isle is an island in Newport Harbor in the city of Newport Beach.  Lido Isle began in the 1920’s, making it one of the oldest master planned communities in California. Located at 117 Via Antibes, this 7,300 square condo complex has six fully occupied units. The complex was built in 1958. Each unit has a private two-car garage, in-unit laundry and access to the gated inner courtyard.  This condo development sits on a 9,200 square foot piece of property, very large by Lido Isle standards. The neighborhood park is within walking distance.  Among the many amenities offered on Lido Isle are tennis courts, yacht club, dog park, snack bar and private beach.

 

Newport Beach is an Orange County city.  It was one of the oldest beach front cities in the county, being incorporated in 1906. The population of Newport Beach is approximately 85,000 residents. Located at 20 Palazoo, this 3,800 square foot home is part of the Lucera development. This four bedroom, four bathroom home was built in 1998. The gourmet kitchen features a large center island, top-of-line appliances and breakfast area. This home sits on an 8,200 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a saltwater pool, spa with a waterfall, covered loggia, built-in barbeque area, and outdoor fireplace. Lucera is a 24-hour guard gated community in the Bonita Canyon community. Among the many amenities offered in this area are an Olympic size swimming pool, spa, playground, barbeque area and tennis courts. Residents are within a short distance to Fashion Island Mall. 

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March 30, 2020

Afternoon Tea at Sherman Library and Gardens

Enjoy afternoon tea at Sherman Library and Gardens. Afternoon Tea is served on the second and the last Wednesday of each month, beginning at 2:30pm. On the second Friday of the month, there are also two other seating 2:45pm and 3:00pm. This is a wonderful way to connect and relax with friends and family. Sip tea in a beautiful sunny setting surrounded by the fragment and colorful gardens. Included are scones with homemade strawberry jam, lemon curd and fresh butter, tea sandwiches and les desserts.  Tickets are $34 per person, by reservation only. For more information or to purchase tickets, see their website at: https://thesherman.org/dining/afternoon-tea/.

 

Irvine is a large master planned city which is 66 square miles of mostly flat land between Loma Ridge and San Joaquin Hills. Irvine is made-up of 34 unique villages with residential developments, schools, shopping and dining. Located at 10 Lehigh Aisle, this 1,900 square foot home is part of the Oxford Court development in the  University Town Center Village. Unit #118 is a three bedroom, three bathroom townhome. This unit was built in 1988. The condo has two master suites. Both the paint and tiles floors are new. The highly upgraded kitchen features granite countertops and new cabinets. Oxford Court was built by JM Peters Builders.  There are 209 units in Oxford Court.  University Town Center is bordered by University Drive, Campus Drive, the 405 Freeway and Culver Drive. Among the many amenities offered in the University Town Center are a swimming pool and tennis courts. This village is also home to the William Mason Regional Park. Students living in this area attend Turtle Rock Elementary School. Rancho San Joaquin Middle School and University High School. 

 

Newport Beach is one the oldest cities in Orange County, having been incorporated in 1906.  The population of Newport Beach is approximately 85,000. Located at 31 Beacon Bay, this 2,900 square foot home is part of the Beacon Bay community. This five bedroom, four bathroom home was built in 1942. This home sits on a 4,300 square foot piece of property.  The home has a master bedroom, two bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, living room on the main living level. The upper level apartment has two bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, and living room with a private entrance. The home has sunset and harbor views.  Beacon Bay is in the Lower Newport Bay area, directly across from Balboa Island. There are approximately 72 homes in Beacon Bay. Residents are within walking distance to the beach. Among the many amenities offered in Beacon Bay are tennis courts, small boat storage, docks and boat slips.

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March 20, 2020

Just sold in Newport Ridge, Newport Coast

Michael Franco and the team at MWA Luxury real estate sold the home located at 32 Bargemon in the Newport Ridgedevelopment in Newport Coast.  The home sold on June 25th, 2019 for $1,900,000. This four bedroom, two and half bathroom home is 2,900 square feet. The kitchen has a six-burner stove. This home was built in 2002. This home sits on a 5,900 square foot piece of property, with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a swimming pool. 

Newport Ridge is situated just off the Newport Ridge Drive and it is surrounded by Buck Gully and Coyote Canyon. There are just 38 homes in Newport Ridge.  Newport Ridge was built between 1993 and 1995. Among the amenities offered in Newport Ridge are s sports court, tennis courts and barbeque area. Students living in this area attend Newport Mesa Unified Schools, specifically Newport Coast Elementary School and Corona del Mar Intermediate and High School. Newport Coast is part of Newport Beach, having been annexed in 2001.  Newport Coast is just north of Laguna Beach.  The area of the city is home to the Pelican Hill Resort, Spa, and Golf Courses and the Crystal Cove State Park and Beach. Newport Coast has five-star restaurants and world-class shopping.

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March 19, 2020

Michael Franco sells in Huntington Beach

Michael Franco and MWA Luxury real estate recently sold the home at 607 8th Street in Huntington Beach. The home sold on October 22, 2019 for $1,444,000. This three bedroom, five bathroom home is 2,500 square feet. This home was built in 1989. The open plan kitchen was recently remodeled with granite and stone countertops and pots and pans drawers. Attention to detail can be seen in the high-volume ceilings, fireplace and plantation shutters. The home has peek-a-bee ocean views and city night light views. Homeowners are a five minute walk to the beach and a ten minute walk to the downtown. Students living in this area attend Smith Elementary School, Dwyer Middle School and Huntington High School. Huntington Beach is the largest beach side city in Orange County. Known as HB and “Surf City, USA,”  Huntington Beach  has 8.5 miles of uninterrupted coastline and beach. The city has a population of approximately 190,000 residents and is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, Seal Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Westminster and Fountain Valley. The downtown area of Huntington Beach has over 250 downtown businesses, including restaurants, shopping and a large variety of services. The downtown area has street fairs and farmers markets, all while enjoying ocean views. 

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March 18, 2020

Just Sold in Tesoro Crest, Newport Coast

Located at 36 Marisol, Newport Coast, this Italianate Villa was just sold by Michael Franco and the team at MWA Luxury real estate. The home sold on November 26th, 2019 for $1,775,000. This 2,200 square foot home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms and was built in 1998. The open floor plan features high ceilings, a neutral color palette and is filled with natural light. The recently remodeled kitchen has marble countertops, travertine floors and stainless-steel appliances. The family room has a fireplace and custom built-ins. The home sits on a 4,000 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy the built-in barbeque area, spa and an outdoor dining area. Tesoro Crest was built by Standard Pacific Homes, with four floor plans.  This is a 24-hour guard gated community. The homeowners’ association provides many amenities including a swimming pool, barbeque area, sports court and tennis courts. Students attend the award-winning Newport Mesa Unified Schools, Newport Coast Elementary and Corona del Mar Intermediate and High School. Newport Coast is situated at the south end of Newport Beach, just north of Laguna Beach. Newport Coast is home to the world-class Pelican Hill Resort, Spa and Golf Courses, Crystal Cove State Park, five-star restaurants and shopping. 

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March 16, 2020

Recently sold in The Meridian in Newport Beach

Michael Franco and the MWA luxury real estate team recently sold the home located at 1309 Santa Barbara Drive.  This home is situated in The Meridian development in Newport Beach.  This 2,400 square foot condo was built in 2014.  It has two bedrooms and three bathrooms. The master bathroom was redone in 2018 with natural stone walk-in shower. This unit faces the golf course and has also has ocean views, including Catalina Island. The sale includes all furniture, fixtures, wall art and electronic equipment. The home sold on December 20th, 2019 for $3,350,000. The Meridian is a condo complex which is in the East Bluff area. The complex was completed in 2015, with 79 units. There are great views of the Pacific Ocean, golf course, and city night lights. The building has concierge service. Among the many amenities offered in the Meridian are a fitness center, clubroom, a grilling area and an outdoor swimming pool. Residents of the Meridian are within walking distance of Fashion Island. Newport Beach is world-class Orange County city. Newport Beach is one of the oldest cities in Orange County, being incorporated in 1906.

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