Newport Beach Real Estate Blog

Nov 9

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Breakers Drive is a very unique gated community located directly above Big Corona Beach and steps to the sandy beach.  Situated in the upscale Corona Del South area of Newport Beach is a collection of 13 luxury properties that offer a true walk to the beach location with stunning ocean views. The community has recently gained a lot of nationwide exposure due to the Bravo TV show "Orange County Housewives" where a Breakers Drive home was owned by one of the housewives, Kelly Dodd.  The home was often featured on several episodes and recently sold last month on 10/18/2017 for $5,000,000.  The home featured a total of five bedrooms, five baths with 4,370 square feet and located in a three story home that truly captured the stunning views froths elevated

Oct 18

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The newly released Bravo TV show "Real Estate Wars" features two teams that compete for business in the Orange County area of Southern California. The two teams are lead by John McMonigle and Jo Jo Watson in which they often fiercely go after the same seller who wants to sell a home here by the beach.  One of the properties featured was a luxury Newport Beach home located directly on the sand in the Balboa Peninsula area.  This appeared in Season 1, episode 2 where Jo Jo's Team member Kylie Mccullough secures an ocean front beach home and lists it for $10,800,000.  The agreement of the listing was based on Kylie finding two side by side properties on the beach as the replacement property.  The home officially went on the market last summer on July 18th,

Sep 11

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One of the best places to find historic home in the city of Newport Beach, California is the Balboa Peninsula Point area.  This is the area that is home to the famous "Wedge" surf break, a popular places for surfers during high surf.  Homes in this area can front the large beach frontage with panoramic views of the sandy beach and Pacific Ocean.  The Point is essentially the very tip of the peninsula that features the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Newport Bay on the other side of this small strip of land.  The area saw a massive growth during the 1920's and 1930's as many homes were built in this area during that time frame.  These properties were often used a luxury vacation properties for the well to do residents of the city of Los Angeles and

Aug 23

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Newport Beach, California is one of the few beach towns that offer a wide variety of housing from homes located on the sand, bay front properties to luxury homes located in some of the most exclusive gated communities in all of Southern California.  One of the most popular areas are homes located near Buffalo Hills Park area that is commonly referred to as "Port Streets."  This is a nautical themed neighborhood when the city first built the streets here.  They decided to start all the street names with the word "Port" so you have street names like Port Cardiff, Port Weybridge, Port Provence, etc.  The Port Streets neighborhood is widely considered one of the most desirable locations in all of Newport Beach since it's offers traditional single family homes

Jul 12

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Newport Beach is considered one of the most expensive beach towns in Orange County, California with real estate two to three times higher that surrounding cities.  What makes Newport Beach so desirable and in high demand it's close proximity to both the Newport Bay and the Pacific Ocean.  Many of the most exclusive neighborhoods are not beach front but guard gated bay front communities.  The lure for bay front homes is the offering of a private boat dock as many high wealth residents who live in Newport Beach have their own private boat or yacht.  Our guide here showcases the various Newport Beach Real Estate prices for both condos and single family homes.

As of July 2017, the lowest priced single family home in Newport Beach, California is listed at

Jun 13

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Balboa Island is well known for it's historic homes located on the small island in the city of Newport Beach.  Many of these homes were built in the early turn of the century with an emphasis of homes built in the 1920's and 1930's.  Most of the island has been developed with very few vacant lots available.  That's why it's very stocking to see new construction homes come on the market here.  A new listing has just come on the market that fits that profile and was newly built in 2017.  It features a total of 4 bedrooms, one and three half baths with 2,318 square feet of living space.  Lot sizes on Balboa Island are very small as this one spans 2,550 square feet.  Most of the homes here are linear with this home offering three levels of living space.

May 16

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Real Estate prices have really gone up since the big dip on 2008 as it's getting hard to find any properties in the Newport Beach area for under $500,000.  There are still a few select neighborhoods that offer these low prices if you know where to look.  These will be residential condos as detached single family homes in Newport Beach on non leased land currently start at $855,000.   Here is a quick guide to start your real estate search in Newport Beach.

First, we highly recommend the Versailles complex in Newport Beach.  The location offer high marks for value as it's about a 5 block radius to the beach and located next to Hoag Hospital and the Newport Bay.  Most of the condos located here can be bought for under $500,000 with select units offering

Apr 12

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Every summer we experience a big serge in people visiting the Newport Beach area.  We got a ton of request for those looking for short term rentals in Newport Beach and the surrounding areas.  When clients calling on rental listings they see online many don't realize that a large percentage of rental owners are looking for a long term rental unless they advertise in the listing description that it's a vacation rental.  This is especially true for the upscale Newport Coast are where the large majority of luxury rental homes are seeking long term renters and not those visiting for just a couple days.  There are several options for those looking to stay in a home versus staying in a hotel.  Here is our guideline.

First, many don't realize that the Pelican

Mar 16

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One of our most common requested properties are the homes located in the Lido Peninsula community.  For those not familiar with Newport Beach you can easily understand the attraction, living in Newport Beach by the water for often times under $400,000.  So what's the catch?  First, these home are manufactured homes and not a traditional single family residence.  The homes are also located on lease land which many don't understand including local real estate agents.  The most common question we get is wanting to get more information on the lease land.  This is our understanding of how this is set up but we always encourage you to consult with the management company for exact details on the lease.

On December 31, 2023 the lease will come due on the homes

Feb 14

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One of the newest communities in Newport Beach is the waterfront complex known as Vue.  Located at the beginning of the Balboa Peninsula is a collection of waterfront condos that overlook the Newport Bay and the Lido Peninsula.  The residential site plan calls for a total of 27 luxury condos with 16 water front view units with the remainder of the units located facing the street with some views of the Pacific Ocean.  The condos in the Phase I release currently range from 2 to 3 bedrooms and from 1,762 to 2,161 square feet with all units ranging from 1,750 to 3,050 square feet. The builder did a great job of adding extra outdoor living space with decks that extend off the living spaces.

Some of the features found int these condos include light and