A premier celebrity
hangout, Newport Coast is where Orange County’s beach scene, world-class
amenities, and high-profile residents collide. All within a 9-mile span of golden
coast, lucky residents can easily jump from the primo Fashion Island shopping,
to the sandy white beaches of Balboa peninsula, to opulent hotels and business
center high-rises along Newport Center. A drive along California’s Pacific
Coast Highway (CA Route 1) from the south will reveal three distinct,
designated segments of the coastal city.
First is Newport
Coast, originally a separate – but now annexed – part of the city where
well-known celebrities like Kobe Bryant and Sofia Vergara enjoy sweeping views
of coastal Orange County from wooded neighborhoods and gated boulevards. The
almost-entirely residential community plays home to Pelican Hill, the west
coast’s premier golf property and shoulder-rubbing central for global high-rollers.
Back on PCH and
heading north, you’ll stumble upon the charming Corona del Mar (“Crown of the Sea”), where single-family
oceanside properties are packed in tight in a throwback to early 20th
century Orange County. Quaint shops and boutique eateries line the highway,
which slows to a crawl to accommodate the crowds shuffling in and out of famous
Rose Café and Bakery, hole-in-the-wall favorite La Fogata, and haute cuisine
like Sprinkle’s Cupcakes. Shore Avenue features world-class properties, most
with southern-facing windows from floor to ceiling to take in panoramas of
Corona del Mar State Beach.
Next up is Newport’s harbor and bay, where the
“Back Bay” opens up into a collection of islands and peninsulas with names like
“Lido,” “Linda,” and “Balboa.” The Balboa Peninsula is the most famous, with a
long stretch of white beaches and a generally younger, “hipper” section of the
city calling it home. Surfing, boardwalk strolling, and boating serve as the
principal attractions along the skinny peninsula. Famed seafood like The
Cannery and The Crab Cooker serve up the Pacific seaboard’s finest.