The Newport Coast is an area within Newport Beach, consisting of several private, gated communities as well as the Resort at Pelican Hill and The Marriott Villas at Newport Coast. The Newport Coast was incorporated into the city of Newport Beach over a decade ago, and sits overlooking the ocean between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach. Crystal Cove is often referred to as part of the Newport Coast, although this private community adjacent to its namesake historic district has developed a personality of its own and is geographically independent of the Newport Coast. Some of Orange County’s most substantial and expensive custom residences have been built in the Newport Coast the last two decades of its existence. Behind the gates of Pelican Hill and Pelican Crest lie a variety of Mediterranean themed estate residences on large parcels of ocean view land. Traversing the remainder of this hilly ocean view terrain are a collection of private gated communities, all featuring newer construction and larger homes, designed to take full advantage of the spectacular coastline, city and canyon views. Newport Coast is unique area, as its homes provide a manner of living superior in space and amenities as compared to most of the surrounding coastal areas.
Newport Beach is often considered the most cosmopolitan of the coastal cities in Southern California. Once a sleepy fishing village surrounded by large tracts of farmland, and later a summer destination for weary Angelenos looking to escape the summer heat, Newport Beach is now one of the most desirable, expensive and secure addresses in the country. Large by comparison to other cities on this coast, Newport is actually a grouping of several distinct areas linked by their relationship to the harbor they surround. The namesake harbor – which is the largest purely pleasure harbor in the world – is dotted with islands between the coast and peninsula, which defines its seaward boundary. Along the peninsula, miles of beaches are among the more idyllic found in California. Coastal mesas and foothills on the other side of the harbor provide a stunning backdrop for ocean view neighborhoods. Newport Center, the financial center of the county, is also a world-class shopping and commerce destination. Easy access to all points is provided by main transportation corridors and John Wayne Airport, which sits at the eastern edge of town. Whether your desire is to own a surf shack on the sand, or an expansive ocean view estate behind gates, Newport Beach affords every type of coastal living experience one can envision.
One of Orange County’s most established and desirable coastal enclaves, the village of Corona del Mar occupies the southern end of Newport Beach. It abuts Newport Center and the Newport Coast developments and sits closest to Laguna Beach. The original developments of Corona del Mar can be traced back to 1904, with the first widely developed section being the “flowered streets”, or the original village. These streets sit on near equal sides of PCH and run all the way to the bay and ocean. Known for its unpretentious charm, the village streets are lined with an interesting mix of vintage beach cottages and newer residences. Residents here enjoy a charming and relaxed seaside environment with shopping, dining and other amenities laid out in pedestrian oriented setting. Post war developments sprang up around the village, with the last of these developments completed in the 1980’s. More suburban in feel, these later developments offer more family friendly settings than the tighter quarters found throughout the village. The central location, visual charm and ideal lifestyle afforded by Corona del Mar make it one of the pricier sections of the county, but one readily pursued by many buyers with the corresponding means.
This seaside village is the quintessential coastal hamlet. It is hard to find a corner of this town from where you cannot either see the ocean or easily walk to it. The small-town character of Laguna Beach is rigorously protected by its proud citizens, which is why this city remains very similar in feel in its second century as it did in its first. Originally known to be haven for artists, subsequent decades saw the emergence of surf culture and other individualist lifestyles here in numbers unlike anywhere else along this coast. The city’s eclectic and diverse composition of citizens makes for a lively and dynamic atmosphere cherished by all. An accomplished school system is supported by an active group of generous locals, and the quality of life here is delicately balanced as the city’s governance continues to meet the demands of its residents as well as the seasonal demands placed on it as a highly desirable coastal resort. Growth is not on the agenda in this city and those in search of a community where permanence is the guiding principle for defining its future will come to appreciate the value of living among like-minded people.