Newport Beach, California

Newport Beach is a seaside community located in the coastal center of Orange County.  The City has an estimated permanent population of 86,700, increasing to over 100,000 during the summer months.  Newport Beach is known for its fine residential areas, shopping facilities, strong business community and school system.  The City surrounds Newport Bay and the Newport Harbor, where approximately 4,300 boats are docked within the 21-square-mile harbor area.

Newport Beach Coastal Communities

Corona del Mar

Corona del Mar is a charming coastal village in Newport Beach, boasting some of California’s most scenic beaches.  As the southern entrance of Newport Beach, located on the beautiful bluffs, overlooking Corona del Mar State Beach, lies this beautiful, village, which exudes a genuine small town warmth, while enjoying spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, glistening beaches, Newport Harbor and the Balboa Peninsula.  This quaint village includes a multitude of attractions, from a variety of shops and boutiques to an array of first class restaurants.

The Newport Coast

The Newport Coast master planned community is situated at the eastern edge of Newport Beach.  This prestigious, world-class community encompasses the South Orange County coast between Corona Del Mar and Laguna Beach.  The Newport Coast features panoramic neighborhoods from the coastal canyons to the Pacific Ocean.   Developed  by The Irvine Company, the Newport Coast area now encompasses approximately 9,500 acres, with  75% of the land dedicated to open space and golf courses and is home to the Pelican Hill Golf Club.

Real Estate News

Newport Beach City Council Rescinds 25-Story Museum House Luxury Condominium Project

March 1, 2017 – Orange County Register

NEWPORT BEACH   The City Council has rescinded its approval of the controversial 25-story Museum House condominium project.  After listening to dozens of speakers, most opposed to the project, council members voted 5-2 Tuesday night to rescind their November approval.  Council members Will O’Neill and Scott Peotter dissented.

Council members voting to switch their stance said they wanted to comply with the public wishes and efforts that went into challenging the 100-unit project planned for Newport Center.  The vote followed a successful referendum by project opponents who held a petition drive late last year.  The referendum left the council with two choices: rescind its vote or leave the fate of the Museum House project to voters.

Councilman Jeff Herdman made the motion for the council to reject Museum House, even though he said he backed the project.  “Whether or not I like Museum House . . .   whether I think it would be a beautiful project and an enhancement to our city, I have to listen to the voice of the people,” Herdman said. “The majority has clearly spoken.”  The Orange County Museum of Art has filed a lawsuit contesting the legitimacy of the referendum.

The council’s vote Tuesday created an obstacle for museum officials.  The condominium project was slated to replace the art museum at 850 San Clemente Drive. Museum officials have plans to build a new museum in Costa Mesa, close to the Segerstrom Center, and would use proceeds from the sale to finance their move.  The council voted unanimously Tuesday against rescinding the project’s environmental impact report, leading some to speculate that developer Related California could bring the project back.

“While the City Council voted unanimously to preserve the environmental impact report on Museum House, we are disappointed by their decision to rescind the approval of our project,” Related California said in a statement Wednesday.  “We await word from the Superior Court on the validity of the referendum process.”

Newport Beach to Streamline Coastal Zone Permit Approval Process

November 8, 2016 – Los Angeles Times

NEWPORT BEACH – Newport Beach City leaders took a step forward with a plan to streamline the approval process for home and business owners who want to renovate properties in the coastal zone.  Roughly half of Newport Beach is in the coastal zone, which encompasses the City’s entire shoreline and includes areas such as the Balboa Peninsula, Balboa Island, Corona del Mar and the Back Bay.

Residents in the coastal zone who want to complete a home renovation currently have to obtain permits from the City and the Coastal Commission.  The process can take up to 18 months.  “This is a great deal,” Councilman Scott Peotter said. “It’ll save a lot of time and money for our residents.”  Permits issued by the city could still be appealed to the Coastal Commission, according to City staff.

The 12-member commission, which is responsible for enforcing the California Coastal Act, has long asked waterfront cities to prepare programs to cover rules for development and protection of coastal resources. The Local Coastal Programs are intended to give cities more control over projects in their areas and decrease the state agency’s workload.  The City Council voted 6-0, with member Tony Petros absent, to approve the implementation plan for its Local Coastal Program, a regulatory document that the California Coastal Commission requires to guide development in the state’s coastal areas.