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. 

 

May 27, 2021

Bog in a Bowl: Growing Carnivorous Plants in Containers

 

The Sherman Garden and Library is hosting a workshop on making a Bog in a Bowl: Growing Carnivorous Plants in Containers.  On Thursday, June 17th, the garden will introduce participants into the world of carnivorous plants such as Venus flytraps. You will create your own miniature peat bog garden with three carnivorous plants. The two-hour workshop will begin at 10am. Registration is required. Class size is limited. The cost is $75 for members and $85 for non-members. For more information or to register, see their website at: https://thesherman.org/event/bog-in-a-bowl-growing-carnivorous-plants-in-containers/.Bottom of Form

 

Crystal Cove is a group of exclusive developments in the Newport Coast section of Newport Beach. Crystal Cove is also home to Crystal Cove State Park with 3.2 miles of coastline, 400 acres of bluffs and 2,400 acres of canyons. Located at 6 Sea Glass, this 7,100 square foot home is part of The Tides community. This four-bedroom, eight-bathroom home was built in 2007. There are views of Pacific Ocean, white water and amazing evening sunsets. Attention to detail can be seen in the arched doorways, wood beamed ceilings and custom woodwork. The chef’s kitchen features Wolf stainless steel appliances, marble countertops and a Shaker cabinetry. This home sits on a 14,000 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowners will a swimming pool, loggia with a fireplace, veranda and well-manicured grounds. The stand-alone casita is perfect for guests. The Tides is a 24-hour guard community, situated next to the Sea Crest development. The Tides was built by Standard Pacific Homes.

 

Newport Coast is part of Newport Beach and just north of Laguna Beach. Newport Coast is home to Pelican Hill and Crystal Cove. Located 4 Vincennes, this 3,700 square foot home is part of the Rivage development. This four-bedroom, four-bathroom was built in 2000. Attention to detail can be seen in the White Oak plank floorings, fireplace and balconies. The gourmet kitchen features Taj Mahal quartz center island, breakfast area and top of the line appliances. The home sits on a 6,500 square foot piece of property. Rivage is a 24-hour guard neighborhood of the single-family homes. Students living in this area attend Newport Coast Elementary School and Corona del Mar Intermediate and High School.

Posted in Newport Coast
April 30, 2021

Newport Performing Arts Center

 

The Newport Performing Arts Center is being revamped.  They will bring year-round performing arts to downtown Newport Beach. There will be dance, music, comedy, theater, speakers and educational programming, all in a restored historical structure in Washington Square. Currently, they have four performances recorded and available virtually online. They are Newport String Project, Victor Main: Classical Guitarist, Cheryl Wheeler: Singer/Songwriter and Griffin Anthony: Singer/Songwriter.  For more information or to view their online series, see their website at: https://npacri.org/.

 

Laguna Beach is an Orange County city, just south of Newport Beach. Laguna Beach has seven miles of sandy beaches, canyons and coastal hills for endless views. Located at 183 Dumond Drive, this 2,000 square foot home is part of the Victoria Beach community.  This five-bedroom, five-bathroom home is located just a few doors away from the beach. There are panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, white water, sandy beaches, city night lights and stunning evening sunsets. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy lush tropical gardens, three viewing decks and backyard palm trees. Residents are less than a mile from The Montage Resort and Spa and are just steps away from the trolley stop. Victoria Beach is west of the Pacific Coast Highway in South Laguna Beach.

 

Newport Coast is part of the city of Newport Beach, in the southern tip of the city. Newport Coast offers something for everyone from gated communities to one of a kind beach front estates. Located at 15 Chatelaine, this 2,700 square foot home is part of the Montserrat development. This four-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built in 1994. Attention to detail can be seen in the high-volume ceilings, high windows and open floor plan. This home sits on a 4,700 square foot piece of property.  Montserrat is was built by California Pacific Homes and Developers. There are just 80 homes in this neighborhood. Students living in this area attend Newport Coast Elementary School and Corona del Mar Intermediate and High School.

Posted in Newport Coast
March 31, 2021

Spring in the Garden

 

Roger’s Gardens is celebrating Spring in the Garden from Friday, March 19th through Sunday, May 9th. Inside the garden, visitors will discover orchids, indoor plants, annuals, perennials, vegetable starts and much, much more. There are artistic display vignettes. Learn from Roger’s experts about edible gardening, perennial gardening and fun garden art in workshops and talks. Bring some of nature home with you. Roger’s Gardens is open from 9am to 6pm each day. For more information about the event, see their website at: https://www.rogersgardens.com/blogs/events/experience-spring-in-the-garden-br-friday-march-19-sunday-may-9-from-9-am-6-pm.

 

Pelican Hill is in the Newport Coast section of Newport Beach. There are five exclusive developments in Pelican Hill: Pelican Crest, Pelican Ridge, Pelican Hill, Pelican Point and Pelican Ridge Estates. Located at 7 Pelican Vista Drive, this 11,000 square foot home is part of the Pelican Crest development. This six-bedroom, nine-bathroom home was built in 2005. Attention to detail can be seen in the stone floorings, custom moldings and heated floors. Homeowners will enjoy entertaining in the billiards room and home theater.  The home and property have near panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Newport Harbor, the Newport Coast coastline, Catalina Island, white water, city night lights and beautiful sunsets. This custom-built estate sits on a very large 29,000 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy covered loggias and sunken Italian Gardens. Pelican Crest is a 24-hour guard gated community with just 158 custom built homes. It was designed by the Irvine Company.

 

Newport Coast is a part of Newport Beach and is situated just north of Laguna Beach. Newport Coast is home to many residential developments and the Crystal Cove State Park and Beach. There is 18 miles of trails, 3.2 miles of beaches and many tidepools for exploring. Located at 4 Via Rubino, this 6,000 square foot home is part of the Perazul development in Ocean Heights. This four-bedroom, five-bathroom home was built in 2000. The recently updated home is turnkey. The kitchen features a large island. There are far reaching views of the Pacific Ocean, Newport Harbor, city nights and impressive sunsets. This home sits on 13,000 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, no expensive was spared there are extensive ponds, fountains, hardscape and rare plants in the gardens. There is an outdoor kitchen, dining area and fire pit. Perazul was built by Taylor Woodrow Homes and it is a gated community. The homeowner’s association has many amenities including a clubhouse, swimming pool, spa, sports court and tennis courts.

Posted in Newport Coast
March 1, 2021

2021 Newport Beach Garden Tour Selection

 

The Sherman Library and Gardens is accepting garden nominations for the 2021 Newport Beach Garden Tour.  This is the 25th Anniversary of this fund-raising event.  The virtual garden tour will take place on Saturday, May 8th, Mother’s Day weekend. The selection committee is looking for recommendations of private, residential gardens. Since the tour is virtual this year, the committee is hoping people who would prefer to not have the public walk through their garden will be willing to participate. Participation can be anonymous, if desired. A professional videographer will film the gardens. The tour showcases six gardens each year. The Newport Beach Garden Tour supports Sherman Gardens. For more information or to make a recommendation, see their website at: https://www.rogersgardens.com/blogs/community-events/sherman-library-gardens-now-accepting-garden-nominations-for-2021-newport-beach-garden-tour.

 

Pelican Hill is a part of the Newport Coast section of Newport Beach. This area is just north of Laguna Beach. The population of Newport Beach is 85,000 while the population of Newport Coast is just 10,000, giving it close-knit feel. Located at 6 Kingsport Drive, this 5,100 square foot home is part of the Pelican Ridge development. This five-bedroom, six-bathroom home was built in 1996. Attention to detail can be seen in the high-volume ceilings, fireplace and wet bar. The chef’s kitchen features a Sub-Zero refrigerator, two kitchen islands and double ovens. The home has views of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding canyons and hills. This home sits on a large 11,700 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a custom swimming pool, spa, and waterfall. Pelican Ridge is a 24-hour guard gated community developed by the Irvine Company.

 

Newport Coast is a coastal area of Newport Beach, which is home to Crystal Cove, Pelican Hill, Crystal Cove State Park Beach and many other wonderful residential communities. Located at 37 Silver Pine Drive, this 3,400 square foot home is part of the Santa Lucia development. This four-bedroom, five-bathroom home was built in 1998.This home sits on a 5,000 square foot piece of property. The home was remodeled in 2015 and 2019. Attention to detail can be seen in the high-volume ceilings, French oak floors and waterfall edged counters. The gourmet kitchen features La Cornue French range and custom cabinetry. There are gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean, the Newport Coast coastline, and the city night lights.  Santa Lucia is just east of Pelican Heights on the edge of Buck Gully Canyon. This is a 24-hour guar gated community with just 100 single family homes.

Posted in Newport Coast
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.

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