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. 

 

Feb. 2, 2021

Corona Beach

 

Corona Beach is water lover’s dream location. Known as the CdM, Corona del Mar is home to vintage cottages, gourmet restaurants and water activities. Big Corona Beach is a California State Beach which is great for swimming and has volleyball courts and fire pits. From Bing Corona explore the cliffs and caves of Pirates Cove, where scenes from Gilligan’s Island were filmed.  Little Corona Beach has an array of tide pools filled with sea urchins and anemones and is terrific for snorkeling. The Goldenrod Footbridge was built in 1928 and is part of the stroll along Ocean Boulevard. For more information about exploring Corona Beach, see their website at: http://californiatidepools.com/little-corona-beach-tidepools/.

 

Newport Beach is an Orange County city ideally located between Los Angeles and San Diego. Newport Beach has real estate options that appeal to everyone from upscale mobile home parks to one-of-a-kind of the ocean front estates. Located at 2307 Redlands Drive, this 2,000 square foot home is part of the Cherry Lake community. This four-bedroom, two-bathroom home was built in 1960. This is a single level home filled with natural light. This home sits on 7,200 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a spa, fire pit, and elevated deck. Cherry Lake is the only lakeside community in Newport Beach. There are just 19 homes on Cherry Lake. Cherry Lake is bordered by Heather Lane, Lake Park Lane and 23rd Street.

 

Newport Coast is the southernmost section in Newport Beach, just north of Laguna Beach. Newport Coast has a population of 10,000 residents, giving it a close-knit feel. Located at 37 Silver Pine Drive, this 3,400 square feet home is part of the Santa Lucia development. This four-bedroom, five-bathroom home was built in 1998. The gourmet kitchen features a large center island, custom cabinetry and a La Cornue range. This home and property have exceptional views of Newport Harbor, the Pacific Ocean, and lovely evening sunsets. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a built-in barbeque area, fire pit and play area. Santa Lucia is just east of the Pelican Heights neighborhood at the edge of Buck Gully Canyon. This is a 24-hour guard gated development, with 100 single family homes.

Posted in Newport Coast
Dec. 30, 2020

Back Bay Loop Trail

 

Back Bay Loop Trail is still open. Back Bay Loop Trail is part of Upper Newport Bay. This is a 10.5-mile trail that winds through Upper Newport Bay with stops at Upper Castaways Park, Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, Back Bay Science Center and Big Canyon. There are many entry points into the Back Bay Look Trail including the scenic stops and Newport Aquatic Center, Back Bay View Park and the Environmental Nature Center. The Back Bay Loop Trail links to the 22-mile Mountains to Sea Trail.  The Mountains to Sea trail is a National Recreational Trail. For more information, see their website at: https://www.newportbeachca.gov/how-do-i-/view/things-to-do/back-bay-loop-trail.

 

Laguna Beach is seaside city with sandy beaches, canyons and coastal hills. Laguna Beach has a population of approximately 23,000 residents. Located at 44 Emerald Bay, this 3,000 square foot home is part of the Emerald Bay development. This five-bedroom, four-bathroom home was built in 1976. Recently the kitchen, living room and dining room have been updated. The home has stunning west facing views of the Pacific Ocean white water, city night lights and evening sunsets.  The home sits on a 3,300 square foot piece of property. There are multiple decks overlooking the ocean and the home has an outdoor shower and spa. Emerald Bay is a 24-hour guard gated community, which is between the Smithcliffs and Irvine Cove developments. Emerald Bay residents have private beach access.

 

Newport Coast is at the south end of Newport Beach, just north of Laguna Beach. Newport Coast is a master planned community with one-of-a-kind estates, single family homes and condos. Located at 7 Shoreridge, this 9,700 square foot home is part of the Pelican Crest development. This five-bedroom, eight-bathroom custom home was built in 2001. Attention to detail can be seen in the grand staircase, wood paneling and private theater. The gourmet kitchen features wine cooler, center island and chef’s pantry. There are gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean, Newport Beach coastline, and the surrounding the hills and canyons.  This home sits on a large 17,600 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a plunge pool and hot tub. Pelican Crest has 166 homes and is a 24-hour guard gated neighborhood.

Posted in Newport Coast
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.

Posted in Newport Coast
Dec. 2, 2020

Designing with Poinsettias

 

On Saturday, December 5th, Roger’s Gardens will be hosting a Designing with Poinsettias webinar. The workshop will be broadcast on Instagram and Facebook Live at 9am. Garden Rooms Specialist, Nika Davis will show how poinsettia plants can be incorporated into your décor for a holiday feel. She will show a few different varieties. Nika will also give care and maintenance instructions. During the live stream, there will be time for questions and answers. On December 12th at 9am, there will a workshop on Holiday Fresh Florals and Planted Arrangements. Shelley Burton, Garden Rooms Team Leader, will show original fresh floral designs and planted arrangements that Roger’s Gardens is offering this holiday season.  For more information, see their website at: https://www.rogersgardens.com/blogs/live-streams.

 

Newport Beach is an Orange County city, which is ideally located between Los Angeles and San Diego. Newport Beach has many real estate options from up-scale mobile home park, to single family residences, to one of a kind beach estates. Located at 102 Scholz Plaza, Unit #249, this 960 square foot condo unit is part of the Versailles complex. This two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo home was built in 1971. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances and recessed lighting. The unit has two parking spots in the subterranean garage. The private balcony has views of the pine trees and fountains. Versailles is situated just off of Superior and Hospital Road, four blocks east of the Pacific Coast Highway. There are 255 units in Versailles. Among the many amenities offered in Versailles are a swimming pool, spa, exercise room and clubhouse.

 

Newport Coast is a section of Newport Beach, in the southernmost tip of the city, just north of Laguna Beach. Newport Coast is home to many exclusive developments.  With its high bluff setting, homes have spectacular views. Located at 33 Lemans, this 3,600 square foot piece of property is part of the Aubergine development. This three-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built in 2001. The chef’s kitchen features stainless-steel appliances, walk-in pantry and quartz countertops. With its high bluff setting, this home has wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island and Palos Verdes. This home sits on a 7,900 square foot piece of property. Among the many amenities offered in Aubergine are a swimming pool, spa, basketball court and tennis courts. Aubergine has 97 homes with four different home plans.

 

Posted in Newport Coast
Oct. 29, 2020

Thanksgiving Cornucopia

 

Sherman Gardens and Library is hosting an outdoor workshop on how to construct a cornucopia, perfect for you fall decorating and Thanksgiving table. The class will take place on Tuesday, November 24th from 10am to 12 noon.  The color palette will be warm fall tones, to welcome in the autumn season. The cornucopia will be filled with fall fruits, foliage and flowers. All materials will be provided.  The cost is $70 for non-members and $60 for members.  For more information or to register for this class, see their website at: https://thesherman.org/event/floral-class-bountiful-cornucopias-2/.

 

Shady Canyon is a group of three luxury residential communities in the Turtle Rock Village of the city of Irvine.  The three developments are: The Masters Collection, Sycamore and the Villas of Shady Canyon. Located at 24 Blue Heron, this 7,000 square foot home is part of the Shady Canyon Custom community. This six bedroom, seven bedroom home was built in 2003. Reminiscent of the French Countryside the Provencal style home has views of the golf course, surrounding hills and canyons and the city night lights. Attention to detail can be found in the barrel ceilings, stone walls and French doors. There is a climate-controlled wine room, custom made wine racks and a great room with full bar service.  This home sits on a large 24,000 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a swimming pool, spa, outdoor fireplace, courtyards and entertaining spaces.

 

Newport Coast is part of the larger city of Newport Beach and is ideally situated between Los Angeles and San Diego. Newport Coast home is to Pelican Hill, Crystal Cove, world class golf and five star restaurants. Located at 25 Overlook Drive, this 5,500 square foot home is part of the Cassis development. This five bedroom, five bathroom home was built in 2002. Attention to detail can be seen in the high-volume ceilings, fireplace and bi-fold doors. The chef’s kitchen features a Calibur six-burner range custom hood. There are awe-inspiring views of the Pacific Ocean, whitewater, Palos Verdes, city night lights, Catalina Island, Newport Harbor and the evening sunsets. This home sits on a large 12,000 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a saltwater swimming pool, spa, firepit and two covered loggias. Cassis was built by Brookfield Homes and is a 24-hour guard gated community. Neighborhood amenities include a swimming pool, clubhouse and tennis courts. Cassis is part of the Ocean Heights area.

Posted in Newport Coast
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 Hill development 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.

Posted in Newport Coast
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.

Posted in Newport Coast
Sept. 30, 2020

Visiting Newport Pier

 

Newport Pier is one the many piers throughout Newport Beach.  This is a wooden pier from which you can see Balboa Pier to the south. This pier has historically been known as McFadden’s Wharf.  Dory Fishermen dock their dory boats and bring their catch at the end of the day at the Dory Fleet Fish Market. The pier overlooks the Newport Municipal Beach. There are many shops, restaurants, hotels and bike path along the pier. This is a great place to people watch, tourists, surfers, rock climbers and many others. The pier is located at 70 Newport Pier in Newport Beach. For more information about the pier or the dory fleet, see their websites at either https://www.californiabeaches.com/attraction/newport-beach-pier/ or https://doryfleet.com/.

 

Corona del Mar is a section of the Newport Beach, that is Spanish for “Crown of the Sea.” Corona del Mar is well known for its sandy beaches, tide pools and cliff side views. Located at 15 Muir Beach Circle, this 9,000 square foot piece of property is part of the Spyglass Hill community. This six bedroom, seven bathroom home was built in 1977.  The home features a grand foyer, ocean view dining room, lounge and gym. This tennis estate has views of the Pacific Ocean, white water, Catalina Island, Palos Verdes, city night lights and gorgeous evening sunsets. This home sits on a very large 23,900 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a tennis court, swimming pool, jacuzzi, fire pit and mature landscaping. Spyglass is near the San Joaquin reservoir. There are approximately 350 single family homes in this area. Spyglass residents are just a short drive from Crystal Cove State Park.

 

Newport Coast is part of Newport Beach, situated at its southernmost tip, just north of Laguna Beach. Newport Coast has a population of approximately 10,000 residents compared to Newport Beach’s population of 85,000, giving it a close-knit feel. Located at 29 Via Diamante, this 5,500 square foot home is part of the Perazul community. This four bedroom, five bathroom home was built in 2000. The gourmet kitchen features stainless steel Viking appliances, dual ovens, dual dishwashers and a large center island. Attention to detail can be seen in the use of floor to ceiling windows, La Cantina Sliding Accordion Doors and stone flooring.  There are views of the Pacific Ocean, surrounding mountains and canyons, Catalina Island, and city night lights.  This home sits on a 12,000 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowners enjoy a swimming pool, spa, cabana, fire feature and built in barbeque. Perazul was built by Taylor Woodrow Homes. Perazul is a 24-hour guard gated development within Ocean Heights. Students living in this area attend Newport Coast Elementary School. And Corona del Mar Intermediate and High School.

Posted in Newport Coast
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.

Posted in Newport Coast
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.

Posted in Newport Coast