Newport Coast Blog

Let the Franco Team help you, find your dream home in Newport Coast.  Newport Coast is home to some of most prestigious properties in Southern California.  The property located at 8 Mystique is just one example. Listed for thirty-five million dollars, this custom built estate has is it all.  With over 18,000 square feet of living space, there are ocean views from all major rooms, a media room with theater, gym, 10 car garage, and 1200 bottle wine room, just to mention a few of the spectacular features. 

Either summer or winter Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve offers many activities for residences and visitors to take advantage of; in this nearly 1000 acres of open space, wet lands and bluffs.  In the winter the park offers a wonderful spot to watch for many unusual species of migratory birds from North America. Approximately 35,000 migratory birds winter here, including six rare and endangered species.  Any time of year the Newport Back Bay Loop Trail is terrific for biking, jogging or a stroll. This paved path follows the water, providing many opportunities to watch birds, lizards and other wildlife. 

 

March 31, 2022

Watercolors at Newport Beach Library

 

The Central Branch of the Newport Beach Library is host to the Art at the Library program. The current Art at the Library installment is Watercolors by artist by Lisa Fu. Enjoy viewing Lisa Fu’s works that focus on sunlit ocean views, blooming plants, villages in Provence and vineyards. She works in both watercolors and oils. This exhibit will be available for viewing through May 6th, 2022. The Newport Beach Library Central Branch is open seven days a week. For more information about this exhibit or other library events, see their website: https://www.newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/library-services/cultural-arts/art-at-the-library.

 

Irvine is large master planned city in the Orange County.  This 66 square mile city is made-up of mostly flat land between the Loma Ridge and San Joaquin Hills. The city of Irvine was incorporated in 1971. Located at 721 Silk Tree, this 1,500 square foot home is part of the  Meriwether development in the Columbus Park Village. This three-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built in 2006. The townhome is three levels with an attached two car garage. The recently upgraded kitchen features granite countertops, breakfast bar and full gas appliances.  Outdoors there is a ground floor patio and mid-floor balcony. Meriwether has 114 townhomes built by Lennar Homes. Columbus Park is in Tustin on the former Marine Corp base. Among the many amenities offered in Columbus Park are swimming pools, spa, a clubhouse, barbeque area and playgrounds.

 

Newport Coast is at the southernmost tip of the Newport Beach and just north of Laguna Beach. Newport Coast is home to Pelican Hill, Crystal Cove, many residential developments and the Crystal Cove State Park and Beach. Located at 17 Versailles, this 2,300 square foot home is part of the St. Michel development. This four-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built in 1996. Attention to detail can be seen in the hard wood flooring, high-volume ceilings, and a curved staircase. The chef’s kitchen features a tile backsplash, quartz countertops and stainless-steel appliances. This home sits on a 4,900 square foot piece of property.  St. Michel is in the Newport Ridge community and is a 24-hour guard gated development. Among the many amenities offered in St. Michel are two swimming pools, a spa and barbeque area.

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Feb. 28, 2022

I Hate Hamlet at NTAC

 

Newport Theater Arts Center will be performing I Hate Hamlet through March 6th. This fast-paced comedy was written by Paul Rudnick and is being directed by Floyd Harden. The play follows main character Andrew Rally as he moves to New York to portray Hamlet in theater in Central Park. Along the way you meet his girlfriend, the ghost of John Barrymore, a slimy Hollywood producer and a no-nonsense agent. Performances are scheduled for Thursday through Saturday at 8pm and Sunday afternoons at 2pm.   For information or to purchase tickets, see their website at: https://ntaconline.com/shows/.

 

 

 

Corona del Mar  is a part of Newport Beach, locally known as the CDM and is Spanish for “Crown of the Sea.” Corona del Mar is well known for its sandy beaches, tidal pools, and cliff side views. Located at 4501 Wayne Road, this 2,900 square foot home is part of the Cameo Highlands development. This four-bedroom, four-bathroom home was built in 1960. Enter this single level home through a gated courtyard. The recently remodeled home features high volume ceilings, bi-fold doors and walls of glass. The chef’s kitchen has quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances and a large center island.  This home sits on a 7,100 square foot piece of property, with a corner setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a saltwater swimming pool, spa, and al fresco dining on the patio. Homeowners have access to the private beach and walking trails. There are 142 homes in Cameo Highlands.

 

 

Newport Coast is part of Newport beach, just north of Laguna Beach. Newport Coast is home to Crystal Cove, Pelican Hill and Crystal Cove State Park and Beach.  Located at 24 Still Water, this 2,700 square foot home is part of the Costa Azul development. This three-bedroom, four-bathroom home was built in 2005.The chef’s kitchen features stainless steel appliances, a center island and granite countertops.  There are views of the Pacific Ocean, white water, city night lights and evening sunsets.  This home sits on a 5,500 square foot piece of property, with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a built-in barbeque. Costa Azul is part of the Pacific Ridge Community, which is a 24-hour guard gated development. There are just 43 homes in Costa Azul.

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Jan. 31, 2022

The Storytellers Writing Workshop

The Storytellers Writing Workshop will be beginning its next session on February 16th. The course instructor is best-selling author Chris Epting. You will learn “to draw out, recount, organize and document your life’s stories. This is a three-part workshop. Stories will be told in first person narrative. This is a way to cultivate your voice in a narrative for your life stories in memoir form or in social media form. The For more information, or to sign-up for this workshop, see their website at: https://www.newportbeachlibrary.org/calendar/writing-workshop

 

Costa Mesa is an Orange County city surrounded by Huntington Beach, Irvine, and Newport Beach. This 16 square mile city is just one mile from the Pacific Ocean at its southern most point. Located at 249 Wake Forest Road, this 2,200 square foot home is part of the College Park neighborhood in the Central Costa Mesaarea. This four-bedroom, three-bathroom was built in 1959. The main living space kitchen features white shaker cabinets, Thor appliances, an oversized island and quartz countertops. The home has been updated with new plumbing, tile floors, heating and cooling, and new duct work. The home has a permitted upstairs apartment with a kitchen, living room, bathroom, and bedroom. Among the views from this home are Disneyland’s fireworks and spectacular sunsets.This home sits on a 7,200 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy mature landscaping, a covered patio area, waterfall fountain and a rose garden. Central Costa Mesa is bordered by Baker Street, Wilson Boulevard, the 55 Freeway and Harbor Boulevard.The OC Fairgrounds, Triangle Square and Costa Mesa High School are within a close distance.

 

Newport Coast is a section of Newport Beach. Newport Coast has a high bluff setting giving it amazing views. Located at 24 Morning Light, this 5,800 square foot home is part of the Costa Azul development. This five-bedroom, eight-bathroom home was built in 2005. The home has views of the surrounding canyons and hills. Attention to detail can be seen in the beamed ceilings, crown moldings and recently refinished stone floors. The gourmet kitchen features new quartz countertops and subway tile backsplashes. This home sits on a very large 15,700 square foot piece of property, with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a swimming pool, spa, putting green, fireplace, covered patio, two built-in barbeques, a kitchenette, and firepit. Costa Azul is in the Pacific Ridge community. This is a 24-hour guard gated community, with 43 homes.

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Dec. 29, 2021

Photography: Creating Drama with Water

 

Sherman Gardens is hosting a photography workshop on Sunday, January 23rd. The class: Photography: Creating Drama with Water, will begin at 2:30pm and end at 4:30pm. Instructor Jeanine Hill will work with you to create water and flower pictures. The instructor will provide a spray bottle, flowers, and eye dropper to practice with. The first half of class will be spent practicing technique and the second half will be spent out in the garden taking pictures.  Please bring your own camera, a phone camera is just fine. The class cost in $55 for members and $65 for non-members. For more details about the class or to register for the class: see their website at  : https://thesherman.org/event/photography-class-the-shape-of-petals/.

 

Newport Beach is an Orange County city, ideally located halfway between Los Angeles and Newport Harbor. The city was incorporated in 1906 and is home to approximately 85,000 residents. Located at 38 Linda Isle, this 5,500 square foot home is part of the Linda Isle community. This four-bedroom, five-bathroom home was built in 2020.  Attention to detail can be seen in the floor to ceiling windows, two-story gallery entrance foyer and wine cellar. The home has two kitchens, a main kitchen, and a catering kitchen. There is commercial elevator access to all levels of the home. There are far reaching views of the Pacific Ocean, the main turning basin, marina, Newport Harbor, the bay, and city night lights. This home sits on a 5,700 square foot piece of property. The private dock can accommodate an 80-foot yacht. Linda Isle is in lower Newport Bay and near Balboa Island. There are 106 homes on Linda Isle, which is a guard gated community. Linda Isle is connected to the mainland by a bridge.

 

Newport Coast is part of the city of Newport Beach, in Orange County, California. Newport Coast is home to Pelican Hill, Crystal Cove and Crystal Cove State Park and Beach. Located at 11 Ultima Drive, this 1,800 square foot home is part of the Altezza development. This two-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built in 1995. This is a one level condo unit. The home has views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, Newport Beach Harbor, city night lights and beautiful evening sunsets. Waterfall sliding doors open on to a patio which is adjacent to a private hillside, giving residences a quiet entertaining space. The unit has a two-car garage.  Altezza is a 24-guard gated community built by Taylor Woodrow Homes. There are 110 townhouses and condos in Altezza. Among the many amenities offered in Altezza are a swimming pool, spa, tennis courts and clubhouse.

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Dec. 5, 2021

Night of 1,000 Lights at Sherman Gardens

Sherman Gardens and Library is hosting ten Nights of 1,000 Lights. Enjoy brilliantly lite, light displays while you tour the garden this season. For ten nights scattered throughout the month of December come out and enjoy the garden awash in lights. There will be a light tunnel, an under the sea display in the succulent garden, A South Beach display in the Tropical Conservatory and finally make a wish at the Wishing Tree.  There will be entertainment and in the Crystal Disco. In addition, there will be aerial silk performers and your will be able to visit Santa in his workshop. The garden will be open from 6pm to 9pm on December 10th, 11th, 12th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd. Member’s Night is Thursday December 9th. For more information, to purchase tickets or see their website at: https://thesherman.org/nights-of-1000-lights/.

 

Costa Mesa is an Orange County city which is surrounded by Huntington Beach, Irvine, and Newport Beach. This 16 square mile city is just one mile from the Pacific Ocean at its southernmost point. Located at 1694 Shoreline Way, this 2,200 square foot home is part of the Central Costa Mesa community. This three-bedroom, four-bathroom home was built in 2014. The condo is a corner unit and was a model unit. There are city night light views. The gourmet kitchen features a large waterfall island, stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops. Attention to detail can be seen in the custom built-ins, designer paint wood flooring.Homeowners will enjoy the rooftop deck with its far-reaching city views. Central Costa Mesa is bordered by Baker Street, Wilson Avenue, the 55 Freeway, and Harbor Boulevard. Residents are within walking distance to 17thStreet boutiques and restaurants.

Newport Coast is part of the city of Newport Beach in Orange County. Newport Coast is positioned between Laguna Beach and Newport Beach. With approximately 10,000 residents Newport Coast has a close-knit feel. Located at 1 Shell Beach, this 9,500 square foot home is part of the Crystal Cove Estate Collection.  This six-bedroom, nine-bathroom home was built in 2012 by Rodeo Homes. Enter the home through an elegant garden into a two-story foyer. Attention to detail can be seen in the use of Venetian plaster, inlaid wood floors and coffered ceilings. The home and property have endless views of the Pacific Ocean, Newport coastline, Newport Harbor, city night lights and stunning sunsets. This custom-built estate sits on a large 16,000 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will over 3,000 square foot of covered outdoor living spaces, an outdoor kitchen with a barbeque island, swimming pool and spa. All Crystal Cove residents are invited in join in all the resort style activities offered at the Canyon Club Recreational Center, which acts as the social hub of Crystal Cove.

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Oct. 29, 2021

Sunday Musicales

 

The Newport Beach Public Library is presenting Sunday Musicales. At the Central Branch of the Newport Beach Library, on Sunday afternoons, there are performances of classical and instrumental music throughout the year. These hour-long performances take place at 3pm on Sundays in the Friends Meeting Room. On Sunday, November 14th, listeners will enjoy a flute and piano duo.  The Central Branch of the Newport Beach Library is located at 1000 Avocado Avenue in Newport Beach. Admission is free to Sunday Musicales. For more information about these performances, see their website at: http//www.newportbeachlibrary.org/calendar/sunday-musicales.Bottom of Form

 

Shady Canyon is an 800-acre community with three exclusive residential developments, dedicated green space and the Shady Canyon Country Club and Golf Course. There are approximately 400 homes and 1,000 residents. Located at 59 Copper Creek, this 10,000 square foot home is part of the Shady Canyon Custom community. This seven-bedroom, twelve-bathroom home was built in 2006 and designed by architect Anthony Thibet. Attention to detail can be seen in the use of antique fireplaces, reclaimed roof tiles and flooring dating to the 17th century. In addition, there is a theatre with a stage, wine cellar, full bar, and dedicated dog bathing area. This home sits on a very large 46,000 square foot piece of property, with a corner lot setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a swimming pool, spa, pool house/guest house and gardens. Residents are within walking distance to the clubhouse.

 

Newport Coast is situated between Laguna Beach and Newport Beach and is part of the city of Newport Beach. Newport Coast is home to Pelican Hill, Crystal Cove and the Crystal Cove State Beach and Historic District. Located at 16 Castellina Drive, this 3,600 square foot home is part of the Cassis development. This three-bedroom, four-bathroom home was built in 1999. The recently remodeled kitchen has a six-burner, double oven Dacor range, walk-in pantry, and granite countertops. Attention to detail can be seen in the walnut flooring, nine sets of French doors, and an entire floor dedicated to the master suite. The home and property have views of the Pacific Ocean, white water, the surrounding hills, and canyons.  This home sits on an 8,900 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a guest casita, built-in barbeque area with bar seating for five. Cassis is a 24-hour guard gated community built by Brookfield Homes. Among the many amenities offered in Cassis are a swimming pool clubhouse and tennis courts.

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Sept. 29, 2021

The Pacific Wine and Food Classic 2021

 

The Pacific Wine and Food Classic will take place on October 23rd and October 24th.  The Wine and Food Classic will be held at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina. This is a boutique style celebration will feature wines, cocktails and bites from local chef’s and mixologists. Among the wonderful treats you will encounter are paella from Villa Roma, an oyster bar from the Caviar Company, central Mexican street food from Descanso and farm to table treats from The Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens. Guests will be greeted with a cocktail from Carajillo. There will be over 40 wines from this region. This has been voted one of the nation’s 10 best food festivals.  Newport Dunes Resort is located at 1131 Back Bay Drive in Newport Beach. For more information or to purchase tickets, see their website at: pacificwineandfood.com.

Costa Mesa is an Orange County city surrounded by Huntington Beach, Irvine, and Newport Beach.  This 16 square mile city is just one mile from the beach at its southern most tip.  The city was incorporated in 1953. Located at 1047 Cheyenne Street, this 2,100 square foot home is part of the Bar Harbor development in South Coast Metro area.  This five-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built in 1963. Attention to detail can be seen in the custom beveled glass front door, skylights, and custom-built ins.  The gourmet kitchen features stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops and wine refrigerator. This home sits on a 6,200 square foot piece of property. Outside, homeowners will enjoy a Zoysia Bermuda lawn, and custom front planters. Residents are within walking distance to the park. Bar Harbor is a single-family home neighborhood with an easy drive to local beaches.

 

Newport Coast is part of Newport Beach and is just north of Laguna Beach. Newport Coast has a population of 10,000 residents, as compared with Newport Beach’s population of 85,000 residents, giving it a close-knit feel. Located at 16 Eucalyptus, this 3,500 square foot home is part of the Pacific Ridge community. This is a four-bedroom, five-bathroom home was built in 2005. This is a Belcara plan 4 home. There are views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, San Clemente Islands, and city night lights.  This home sits on a 7,700 square foot piece of property. Pacific Ridge is a 24-hour guard gated community, near the Boomer Canyon Open Reserve. There are 328 homes in Pacific Ridge.

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Aug. 31, 2021

Container Gardening

 

Roger’s Gardens is hosting a container gardening workshop with Sarah Smith on Saturday, September 18th.  The workshop begins at 9;30am.  Horticulturist, Sarah Smith will help students learn which containers are best for their gardens and help you to create designs for different container gardens. This workshop can either be attended live in-person or via a live stream. The workshop will be held in the amphitheater. Live stream will be on Facebook or Instagram. Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road.  For more information or to register for the class, see their website at: https://www.rogersgardens.com/blogs/events/container-gardening-with-sarah-smith.

 

Irvine is a large master planned community in Orange County surrounded by Tustin, Santa Ana, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. The city was developed by the Irvine Company in the 1960’s and incorporated in 1971. Located at 170 Tribeca, this 1,900 square foot home is part of the Central Park West complex in the Airport Village of Irvine. This three-bedroom, three-bathroom was built in 2019. This one-story condo has an open floor plan filled with natural light. The gourmet kitchen features stainless steel appliances, white shaker cabinets and quartz countertops. The unit has a two-car garage with additional storage. Among the many amenities offered at Central Park West are swimming pools, spa, barbeque area and fitness center. Central Park West is close to the South Coast Plaza, Fashion Island, and Irvine Spectrum Center.

 

Newport Coast is part of Newport Beach and is situated at the southern tip of Newport Beach, just north of Laguna Beach.  Newport Coast is home to many residential developments and the Crystal Cove State Park and Beach with 3,600 acres of protected natural beauty and pristine sandy beaches. Located at 15 Lemans, this 3,800 square foot home is part of the Rivage development. This four-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built in 2001. The home has a three-car garage, home office and study with built-in desks. The chef’s kitchen features pendant lighting, granite countertops and top-of-the-line appliances. There are wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean, whitewater, city night lights and stunning evening sunsets. This home sits on an 8,300 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a swimming pool, spa, and built-in barbeque area. Among the many amenities offered by the homeowners’ association are a swimming pool. basketball court, volleyball court and sports court.  Rivage is 24-hour guard gated community. Rivage is one the northern border of Newport Coast.

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July 30, 2021

Movies on the Beach 2021

 

Movies on the Beach 2021 is taking place throughout the month of August at Newport Dunes Resort and Marina.  On Friday, August 6th, and Saturday, August 7th they will be showing Toy Story and Toy Story 3. Other movies this month include:

August 13th                 Wreck it Out

August 14th                 Shrek

August 20th                 Moana

August 21st                  Finding Nemo

August 27th                 Frozen

August 28th                 Frozen 2

Enjoy the beautiful back drop of Back Bay, while having a great night out with your family. Bring your beach blankets and chairs. For more information, see their website at: https://www.newportdunes.com/wp-content/uploads/Movies-on-the-Beach-Summer-List-2021.pdf.

 

Shady Canyon is a group of three luxury communities in the Turtle Rock Village of the city of Irvine. Shady Canyon is 800 acres with approximately 400 homes and 1,000 residents. Located at 50 Boulder, this 9,700 square foot home is part of the Shady Canyon Custom Community.  This six-bedroom, eight-bathroom home was built in 2007. The home features an executive office, home theater and game room. Attention to detail can be seen in the multiple fireplaces, wine tasting room and teen or guest wing. This home sits on a large 29,000 square foot piece of property.  Outdoors, there is a detached guest casita, resort style swimming pool, spa, and loggia. Among the many amenities offered in Shady Canyon are tennis courts, security, clubhouse, fitness center and parks.

 

Newport Coast is part of Newport Beach.  With its high bluff setting, Newport Coast has some of the most amazing view properties in Orange County. Located at 18 Mattina Drive, this 2,700 square foot home is part of the Altezza community. This three-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built in 1993. Attention to detail can be seen in the arched doorways, large number of windows and pillars in the living room and dining room. The open plan kitchen is perfect for entertaining. This condo is on a corner property, giving it exceptional privacy. There are views of the Pacific Ocean, white water, city night lights and vibrant evening sunsets. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy two private patios, surrounded by tall pines and olive trees.  Altezza is a gated development. Among the many amenities offered in Altezza are a clubhouse, barbecue area, swimming pool, spa, and tennis courts.

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June 28, 2021

Mini Gardeners Summer Camp

 

Mini Gardeners Summer Camp will take place at Sherman Gardens and Library, live and in-person this year. Kids will be learning to grow vegetables.  Sherman Garden Educators will teach students about growing tasty plants and help kids to create their own mini-garden and how to care for it. There will be several projects in addition to the mini garden including recycled paper pots. This is a STEAM based summer camp. There is a limit of 10 students per group. All activities will take place outside. There are several summer camps to choose from. For more information, or to register, see their website at: https://thesherman.org/events/summer-camp/.

 

Lido Isle is a residential only island with 850 homes.  It was begun in the 1920’s, making it one of the oldest master planned communities in California.  Located at 318 Via Soud, this 2,700 square foot home has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. It was built in 2008.  This two-level home is perfect for entertaining. This home sits on a 4,400 square foot piece of property, which is large for Lido Isle. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy the swimming pool, spa, and a translucent walk-over bridge. The roof top deck has fabulous views of the Back Bay, the Pacific Ocean, city nights and gorgeous sunsets. Lido Isle has many amenities including tennis courts, a private beach and clubhouse.

 

Newport Coast is positioned between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.  Newport Coast is home to several residential developments including Pelican Hill and Crystal Cove. Located at 87 Mandria, this 2,400 square foot home is part of the Ziani community. This four-bedroom, four-bathroom home was built in 2004. This two-story unit faces the greenbelt. It is a corner unit with a private driveway and no one above or below you.  The master suite is on the first floor and all additional bedrooms are upstairs. The chef’s kitchen features granite countertops, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, and stainless-steel appliances. Attention to detail can be seen in the use of Berber carpeting, custom built-ins, and upgraded lighting. Ziani is a gated condo community situated off of Vista Ridge. There are 168 condos in Ziani.  Among the many amenities area swimming pool, cabanas, putting green and a hammock garden.

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