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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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March 13, 2020

Recently sold in Cypress, Orange County

Michael Franco and the team at MWA luxury real estate recently sold a home in the city of Cypress. Cypress is an Orange County city, with a population of approximately 47,000 residents. Cypress was incorporated in 1956, under the name of Dairy City. In 1957, the city changed the name to Cypress. One of the most popular events in the city is the annual birthday celebration of the city. Called the Cypress Community Festival, this one-day celebration is the largest single day event of its kind in Orange County. Located at 5490 Brittany Way, in the city of Cypress, this home sold on January 1st, 2020 for $460,000. This condo is part of The Cambridge Commons Condominium Complex, which was built in 1985.  This corner unit is two bedrooms, three bathrooms and 907 square feet. Recent updates include new paint and new flooring.  The renovated kitchen has brand new stainless steel appliances, built-in microwave, dishwasher, and granite countertops. This unit has a two-car attached garage. Residents are approximately a ten-minute drive from the beach. Among amenities offered in The Cambridge Commons are a swimming pool and recreation area. Students in this area attend schools in the Anaheim Union High School District which includes Walker Middle School and Kennedy High School.

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March 12, 2020

Michael Franco sells in Laguna Niquel

The home at 31711 Isle Vis  in Laguna Niquel was recently sold by Michael Franco and the team at MWA luxury real estate.  The home sold on January 21st, 2020 for $3,175,000. This four bedroom, five bathroom home is 4,956 square feet. The home was built in 1999. The Mediterranean style home is in the guard gated development of Monarch Point. The home features a formal living room and dining room, chef’s kitchen large family room and office space. The kitchen has a large center island, a six-burner cooktop, and breakfast bar. Attention to detail can be seen the use of granite, recessed lighting and crown molding. The laundry has two washers and two dryers. The home also has two fireplaces. Views from the home and property include the Pacific Ocean, surrounding canyons, the coastline, Catalina Island, and city night lights.  The home sits on a quarter acre piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a built-in barbeque area, patio, swimming pool and spa. Laguna Niguel is just east of the Laguna Beach. Laguna Niguel was incorporated in 1959 and is one the first master planned communities in California, it currently has a population of approximately 63,000 residents. Laguna Niquel is bordered by Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills and Aliso Viejo. Laguna Niguel students attend schools in the Capistrano Unified School District. There are seven elementary schools serving Laguna Niguel, one middle school and two high schools. The high schools are Dana Hills located in Dana Point and Aliso Niguel High School located in Aliso Viejo.  

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March 11, 2020

Recently Sold in Pacific Ridge, Newport Coast

Michael Franco and the MWA Luxury team recently sold the home located at 1 Tranquil, in Newport Coast. . Newport Coast is at the south end of Newport Beach, just north of Laguna Beach. Newport Coast was annexed by Newport Beach in 2001. The home was sold on February 3rd for $2,150,000. This four bedroom, three bathroom home is 2,812 square feet. This home was built in 2005 and has a Tuscan architectural style. The gourmet kitchen features a gas range, granite countertops and stone work. Flooring is hardwood and stone. There is one fireplace in the home, located in the family room. The property is 7,039 square foot. There are views of the surrounding mountains and the surrounding greenbelt. This is home is situated in the Pacific Ridge development. Pacific Ridge is comprised of four developments: Belcara, Cypress, Pienza and Costa Azul. This home is in Belcara. This is a 24-hour guard gated development near the Boomer Canyon Open Reserve. Belcara has 107 single family homes, with four models to choose from. Among the many amenities offered in Pacific Ridge are a 10-acre park, junior Olympic size swimming pool, spa, wading pool, and barbeque area with an outdoor fireplace. Students living in Belcara attend Newport Coast Elementary School, and Corona del Mar Intermediate and High School. Recently

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Feb. 28, 2020

2020 Tomatomania at Roger's Gardens

Tomatomania is back at Roger’s Gardens.  Monday, March 2nd through Saturday, March 7th.  Join the tomato team at Roger’s Gardens for everything tomato. There will be presentations, a tomato walk and talk, and many tomato varieties to choose from for your garden. The tomato walk and talk will occur at 2pm each day Monday through Friday.  On Saturday, March 7th, join Randy Richie for a talk on soil how to for the best organic gardening. Roger’s Gardens is located in Corona del Mar.  For more information or to sign-up for any of the tomato sessions, see their website at: https://www.rogersgardens.com/seminar-event/tomatomania-%e2%80%a2-garden-to-tablein-march-with-david-rizzo/.

 

Laguna Beach is a beach side city with an active arts colony, seven miles of sandy beaches, canyons and coastal hills. Laguna Beach has variety of real estate options to choose from, including custom built estates, chic condos and beach cottages. Located at 20482 Sun Valley Drive, this 1,500 square foot home is part of The Canyon development. This three bedroom, three bathroom home was built in 1949. The property has three separate structures each with a bathroom. One of the three structures is set-up for a guest house.  The home sits on a very large, 1.5-acre piece of mostly flat property. This is a very natural setting, yet very close to all the amenities of Laguna Beach. The home is on a cul-de-sac and is surrounded by a 12 foot high concrete wall. Outdoors, there is a 75 foot lap pool and spa. Among the many trees on the property are eucalyptus, lemon, orange, grapefruit and lime trees. The Canyon is situated off of Highway 18 at the top of Laguna Beach. Beaches are just a ten minute drive from The Canyon. 

 

Newport Beach is the oldest beach front city in Orange County, being incorporated in 1906. Newport Beach has a population of approximately 85,000 residents. Located at 8 Sawgrass, this 3,100 square foot home is part of the One Ford Road community. This four bedroom, four bathroom home was built in 1998. This is a Balboa Plan 4 home with an updated kitchen with Wolf appliances, double oven and Sub-Zero refrigerator. Attention to detail can be seen in the plank hardwood floors, new interior paint and private staircase. The home sits on a 4,300 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors homeowners will enjoy a built-in barbeque and fountain.  One Ford Road is in the East Bluff – Harbor View area. This is 24-hour guard gated community with many amenities including two swimming pools, a playground, putting green and fitness center.

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