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. 

 

Aug. 29, 2022

24th Annual Newport Beach Fire and Lifeguard Appreciation

The 24th Annual Newport Beach Fire and Lifeguard Appreciation dinner will be held on Tuesday, September 20th, 2022. The Annual Fire and Lifeguard Appreciation dinner is being held at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. The event begins at 5:30pm with cocktails on the Green followed by Dinner in the Amphitheatre. Special Recognition Awards given this evening are Lifeguard Supervisor of the Year, Firefighter of the Year, Civilian of the Year, Seasonal Lifeguard of the Year. Tickets are $75 per person and dress is Newport Beach Casual Resort Attire. The Hyatt Regency is located at 1107 Jamboree Road in Newport Beach. For more information, or to purchase tickets, see their website at: https://www.newportbeach.com/events/24th-annual-newport-beach-fire-and-lifeguard-appreciation-dinner/.

 

Corona del Mar is part of the city of Newport Beach. Corona del Mar is well known for its pristine sandy beaches, tidepools, cliffside views and quaint village shops. Located at 2510 Bungalow Place, this 2,500 square foot home is part of the Sail House development. This is a three-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built in 2002. This is a detached bungalow style home. Attention to detail can be seen in the use of hardwood floors, high volume ceilings, fireplace. The gourmet kitchen features, new cabinetry, professional grade appliances, and a six-burner range. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a large patio and low maintenance turf yard. Sail House was built by John Laing Homes and has five different floor plans to choose from. Residents are within walking distance to the beach, and many shopping and dining options. 

 

Newport Coast is part of the city Newport Beach in Orange County, California. Newport Coast is home to Pelican Hill, Crystal Cove, and many other residential developments. Located at 24 Nerval, this 4,100 square foot home is part of the Aubergine community.  This five-bedroom, six-bathroom home was built in 2003. Attention to detail can be seen in the custom built-ins, travertine tiles and crown molding. The chef’s kitchen features double ovens, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, and granite countertops. The home and property have views of the Pacific Ocean, the surrounding hills and canyons, Back Bay, coastline, city night lights and stunning sunsets. This home sits on a 10,600 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a full outdoor kitchen with Viking appliances, a spa, swimming pool, rock waterfall, and rock slide. Aubergine has just 97 homes, giving it a close-knit feel. There are four different floor plans available in Aubergine.

Posted in Newport Coast
Aug. 1, 2022

Reader's Theatre Summer Festival 2022

The Newport Theatre Arts Center is hosting the Reader’s Theatre Summer Festival running through August 14th. This is a flight of four plays, a new play every weekend for a month. This year the four plays are: 

1)    And Then There Were None a drama by Agatha Christie

2)    Nobody Loves a Telemarketer a comedy by Sean Engard

3)    The Clean House a romantic comedy by Sarah Rhul

4)    The Sleeper a dark comedy by Catherine Butterfield

The plays are directed by Stephen Gomer, Samantha Wellengard, Kysa Cohen, and Matt Koutroulis.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, see their website at: https://ntaconline.com/shows/.

 

Irvine is a large master planned community in Orange County.  This 66 square mile city is made of 38 individual villages each with residential developments, shopping, dining, entertainment and recreational sources and schools. Located at 12 Windrow, this 1,400 square foot home is part of the Patio Homes in the Orangetree Village.  This three-bedroom, two-bathroom home was built in 1977, by Presley Homes. This split level home has recently been remodeled. Attention to detail can be seen in the high-volume ceilings, Porcelanosa tiles and new patio cover. The gourmet kitchen features granite countertops, a breakfast nook, and recessed lighting. This home sits on a 2,700 square foot piece of property. Patio Homes has many amenities including a swimming pool, spa, tennis courts and clubhouse. Orangetree is bordered by Irvine Center Drive, Valley Oak Drive, and Barranca Parkway. Orangetree students attend Orangetree Elementary School, Orangetree Middle School and Irvine High School. 

 

Newport Coast is situated between Laguna Beach and Newport Beach and is part of Newport Beach city proper. Newport Coast is home to Pelican Hill, Crystal Cove and Crystal Cove State Park and Beach. Located at 5 Auvergne, this 1,700 square foot home is part of the Summit development. This three-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built in 1995.  This two-level condo has high-volume ceilings and is filled throughout with natural light. The chef’s kitchen features stainless steel appliances, white quartz countertops and a subway tile backsplash. The unit has a two-car attached garage. There are views of greenbelt.  The Summit is a gated condo community with 150 condo units and five floor plans to choose from. Among the amenities in the Summit are a swimming pool, tennis courts and community park.

Posted in Newport Coast
July 19, 2022

2022 Annual Flight of Newport Beach

The 2022 Annual Flight of Newport Beach takes place this July. The Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Commodores club is sponsoring the event. The Annual Flight will be departing from the Balboa Yacht Club. Sailors of all ages are invited to participate.  Balboa Yacht Club is located at 1801 Bayside Drive.  For more information, see their website at: https://www.newportbeach.com/events/2022-annual-flight-of-newport-beach/.

 

Corona del Mar is part of the city of Newport Beach.  Corona del Mar encompasses all the land on the seaside of the San Joaquin Hills and south Avocado Avenue to the city limits. Located at 4541 Brighton Road, this 7,000 square foot home is part of the Cameo Shores community.  This five-bedroom, six-bathroom home was built in 2018. Attention to detail can be seen in the beamed and vaulted ceilings, heated loggia, and wine cellar. The lower level of the home features a second kitchen, gym, sauna, and theater. There are far-reaching views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, white water, city night lights and vibrant sunsets.  This home sits on a very large 19,000 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a swimming pool with waterfall, loggia, built-in barbeque area and fire pit. Residents have direct access to the beach. Cameo Shores is home to 170 private residences. 

 

Newport Coast is part of the city of Newport Beach and is just north of Laguna Beach.  Newport Coast is home to Pelican Hill, Crystal Cove, and many other residential developments.  Located at 35 Silver Pine Drive, this 3,800 square foot home is part of the Santa Lucia development.  This four-bedroom, five-bathroom home was built in 1998. This Palazzo style home has recently been renovated from the high-volume ceilings to natural light, no detail has been overlooked. The gourmet kitchen features stain-steel appliances, a center island and marble floors. There are gorgeous views of Newport Harbor, the Pacific Ocean, the surrounding canyons and hills, city night lights and gorgeous sunsets. This home sits on a 6,200 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a built-in barbeque and fire pit. Santa Lucia is a 24-hour guard gated development and part of the Pelican Heights neighborhood. Residents are just a short distance from the local park and beaches.

Posted in Newport Coast
July 1, 2022

Back Bay Science Center and Tides Center

The Back Bay Science Center together with Tides Center are offering two programs in cooperation with the California Coastal Commission to promote environmental education while restoring coastal habitats. On Saturdays from 9am until 11am, the Roots program will teach you about how human activities impact on coastal habitats while you help to retore local ecosystems. On Wednesdays, from 9am until 11am, Steward Day lets you practice your habitat restoration skills while deepening your naturalist skills. No experience is necessary for either program. For more information, see any of these websites at: http://www.projectgrowca.org/ or www.tides.org/state-nonprofit-disclosures/ or https://www.backbaysciencecenter.org/education.

 

Laguna Beach is just of south Newport Beach in Orange County, California. Laguna Beach is well known for its dedication to the arts with over 180 artists in residence, weekly art walks, over 180 art galleries and three large scale art shows. Located at 959 Oriole Drive, this 1,250 square foot home is part of the Lower Bluebirdcommunity. This two-bedroom, one bathroom home was built in 1950. Attention to detail can be seen in the wood burning fireplace, custom built-ins, and maple hardwood floors. The gourmet kitchen features Corian countertops, glass-door cabinets, and a Viking range. There are views of the Pacific Ocean, surrounding hillsides and canyons, city night lights and beautiful sunsets. This home sits on a 6,300 square foot piece of property, with a cul-de-sac setting.  Lower Bluebird is situated at the beginning of the Bluebird Canyon Drive near Bluebird Park. Residents are a just a short distance to many shopping, dining, and entertainment options. 

 

Newport Coast is a part of the city of Newport Beach and is just north of Laguna Beach.  Newport Coast is home to the Crystal Cove State Park and Beach. Located at 3 Adriana, this 2,900 square foot home is part of the Campbello development. This four-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built in 1999 and has recently been remodeled. Attention to detail can be seen in the multiple fireplaces, Italian limestone flooring and stacked stone accent wall. The chef’s kitchen features Viking stainless steel appliances, soft-close cabinetry, and Caesar stone countertops.  This home sits on a 7,200 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a fire pit, built-in barbeque, and multiple seating areas. Campbello is a 24-hour guard gated neighborhood with 89 single family homes. Campbello was built by California Pacific Homes Builders.

Posted in Newport Coast
June 15, 2022

26th Annual Newport Beach Sherman Gardens Tour and Summer Garden Party

 

The 26th Annual Newport Beach Sherman Gardens Tour and Summer Garden Party Video Second Installment is taking place on Father’s Day, June 19th, 2022. The tour is virtual again this year, giving access to some amazing gardens that would not be available to tour otherwise. Three different Garden Tour videos will be released throughout the summer, all leading up to the in-person Summer Garden Party on Saturday, August 27th at Sherman Gardens. In the video release on June 19th, gardens and Historic Homes of Balboa Island will be featured. Virtual Garden Tour tickets are $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Sherman Library and Gardens is located 2647 East Coast Highway in Corona del Mar. For more information, or to purchase garden tour tickets, see their website at: https://experience.thesherman.org/newport-beach-virtual-garden-tour-050722.

 

Newport Beach is an Orange County city, with a population of approximately 85,000 residents. Newport Beach is ideally located between Los Angeles and San Diego. 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 glass walls, the two-story gallery entry and commercial elevator access to all levels. There are beautiful views of the turning basin, harbor, city night lights and stunning sunsets. This home sits on a 5,700 square foot piece of bay front property. There is private dock with space for an 80 foot plus yacht. Linda Isle is in Lower Newport Bay near Balboa Island. This is a 24-hour guard gated community with 106 homes.

 

Newport Coast is part of the Newport Beach in Orange County, California. Newport Coast is home to Pelican Hill, Crystal Cove and the Crystal Cove State Park and Beach. Located at 15 Cavaillon, this 3,400 square foot home is part of the Provence development. This four-bedroom, four-bathroom home was built in 2002. The gourmet kitchen features a large center island, granite countertops, and stainless-steel appliances. Attention to detail can be found in the use of French doors, double sided fireplace, and custom built-ins. The home sits on a 7,100 square foot piece of property, corner lot setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a covered eating area, fire pit and built-in barbeque area. Provence is in Newport Ridge North. This is a 24-hour guard gated community. Among the many amenities offered in Provence are tennis and basketball courts, a swimming pool and spa.

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June 1, 2022

Hummingbird Summer at Roger's Gardens

 

It is Hummingbird Summer at Roger’s Gardens. Hummingbird Summer begins Friday, June 3rd and runs throughout the summer until August 28th. What better way to celebrate the summer season than by bringing hummingbirds into your garden? Roger’s Gardens has over 40 hummingbird feeders to choose from. Also available are special handheld feeders. There are many water-wise plants available that also attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators to your garden. These plants almost always add colorful blooms to your garden, as well. Best of all, when you round up your purchase during hummingbird summer at Roger’s Gardens, proceeds will support the Sea and Sage local chapter of the National Audubon Society. For more information, see their website at: https://www.rogersgardens.com/blogs/events/hummingbird-summer.

Costa Mesa is an Orange County city, which is just one mile north of the Pacific Ocean at its southern most point. Costa Mesa was incorporated in 1953 and is a 16 square mile city. Located at 930 Cheyenne Street, this 1,900 square foot home is part of the Mesa North neighborhood in the South Coast Metro area of Costa Mesa. This four-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built in 1965. The front home is three bedrooms with 1 ¾ bathroom, the rear home is one bedroom, one bath with a kitchen and washer and dryer. There are five garage spots. This home sits on an 8,200 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. South Coast metro is bordered by Santa Ana and is home to the South Coast Plaza Mall. Residents are near Metro Point and The Camp.

Newport Coast is part of the city of Newport Beach in Orange County. Newport Coast is between Laguna Beach and Newport Beach. Newport Coast is home to Crystal Cove, Pelican Hill, and many more residential developments. Located at 64 Lessay, this 1,900 square foot home is part of the Sancerre development. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built in 1995. Attention to detail can be seen in the high-volume ceilings, hardwood floors and custom shades. The gourmet kitchen features stainless steel appliances. The home is at the end of a cul-de-sac, with a nature trail, so you do not have neighbors on one side. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a wraparound porch, and a built-in barbeque. Sancerre is a 24-hour guard gated community built by the Irvine Company. There are 144 detached townhomes in Sancerre.

Posted in Newport Coast
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.

Posted in Newport Coast
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.

Posted in Newport Coast
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.

Posted in Newport Coast
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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