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Life in the "OC"

It is nature’s playground for the rich and famous, a place where anonymity provides a haven for those that covet the “good life”. It is Newport Beach and the cities of Newport Coast and Corona Del Mar.

 

After the turn of the century the Pacific Electric Railway brought people to this undiscovered harbor. The railway line terminated at the Balboa Pavilion, a historical building and symbol of Newport Beach’s heritage. It was a time when you could buy an acre of land for $100 and waterfront property cost around $500. Today there is no acreage available and a waterfront property can bring as much as $25,000,000. If you’re lucky, you might find a bargain at $4,000,000.

 

It was the home to the likes of John Wayne, James Cagney, Buddy Ebsen, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans and of recent it is home to Kobe Bryant and Dean Koontz.

 

What is the draw to this spot 46 miles south of Los Angeles and 87 miles north of San Diego? Newport Beach is the home of Newport Beach’s harbor, the largest private yacht harbor on the west coast of America. With over 17,000 pleasure craft it has become a world famous spot for those who want to live on the water, have a spectacular view of the water or enjoy water-related sports and boating.

 

With moderate temperatures year round, the outdoor activities never end. The pleasure, fishing and tour boats carry tourists, home owners and friends to the beautiful Pacific Ocean and to the glorious island of Catalina, just 26 short miles off shore. Long known as a surfer’s haven the Wedge is a part of 6.2 miles of coastal shores. Kids here learn to sail as young as 5 or 6 years old and the Balboa Island Ferry still passengers’ cars, bicycles and pedestrians across the harbor everyday of the year.

 

Newport Beach and its immediate environs are not known so much as Newport Beach but as a series of small communities like Balboa Island, the Peninsula, Big Canyon, Pelican Hill to name a few. Each of these little communities has a distinct flavor and appeal, because of the different lifestyle characterized by each. Affordable housing is around $700,000 and prices range into the mega millions. There is a community for everyone’s taste here from the most grand and opulent to the most casual and funky. The same is true of shopping. There are characteristic beach boutiques and tourist shops on Balboa Island, at the piers and on the Peninsula with world class shopping and designer shops in Fashion Island.

 

Newport Beach is a blending of the best life has to offer. You can go surfing in the early morning, play a round of golf on the courses of Pelican Hill, Big Canyon or Newport Beach before noon and be in the mountains of Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead skiing or in the desert of Palm Springs basking in the sun or watching the Bob Hope Classic within two hours. Want to “go Hollywood”? It’s less than an hour to the north. How about Disneyland? It’s just 30 minutes inland.  Las Vegas is a mere one hour flight or a leisurely 5 hour drive, closer than San Francisco, which is a picturesque drive along the Pacific Coast on Highway 1 from Newport Beach. How about just staying in Newport Beach and enjoying the many community events and activities found in this gorgeous harbor?  Decorate your boat and become a part of the annual Christmas Boat Parade, the largest in America. Love to sail, join the Newport to Ensenada race or watch from shore as over 600 participating boats race to Ensenada. Love the beach. Take the kids, grandma and grandpa and create your art masterpiece in the Sandcastle Contest. Maybe you love the arts and film, you’ll certainly enjoy the Art Festival and the Newport Film Festival. We can’t forget our nature lovers who can explore the protected Wild Life Sanctuary.

 

There is something for everyone here. And, if by chance, we don’t have it, we guarantee you’ll find it within an hour of our city. Newport Beach is without a doubt the greatest central location in California and the greatest place one could live. Just ask any of the 70,000 of us who call this home.

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