Crystal Cove Real Estate Blog

Michael Franco specializes in luxury coastal homes in Orange County, California. Crystal Cove is well known as one of the most prestigous community in Newport Beach and amongst the best in the world.  Subscribe and we will keep you up-to-date and informed on the Crystal Cove real estate market with frequently updated homes for sale and current events.

 

May 27, 2021

Little Seedlings Story Time

Little Seedlings Story Time is taking place at Sherman Gardens and Library. The next installment of Little Seedlings, is on June 4th from 10am to 10:30am. This program gives children the chance to explore nature through books, pictures books, stories and poems. This group meets every Friday. Pre-schoolers are the perfect age for participating. Children must be accompanied by a care giver. Social distancing seating is arranged. This class can be a drop-in class or pre-register class. The program is free with garden admission. For more information or to register, see their website at: https://thesherman.org/event/little-seedlings-story-time-6/

 

Pelican Hill is a group of luxury developments in Newport Beach. There are five neighborhoods in Pelican Hill: Pelican Crest, Pelican Hill, Pelican Point, Pelican Ridge and Pelican Ridge Estates. Located at 16 Clearview, this 4,600 square foot home is part of the Pelican Ridge Estates. This five-bedroom, five-bathroom home was built in 1994. Attention to detail can be seen in the stone work, millwork and hardwood flooring. The home features a subterranean garage, office and breakfast nook. There are endless views of the Pacific Ocean, Newport Coast coastline, white water, city nights lights and stunning sunsets. This home sits on a large 10,400 square foot piece of property, with a cul-de-sac setting. This 24-hour guard gated development was planned and designed by the Irvine Company.

 

Crystal Cove is in Newport Beach and just north of Laguna Beach. Crystal Cove is also home to Crystal Cove State Park and Beach, which is had 3.2 miles of coastline, 400 acres of bluffs, 2,400 acres of canyons and 18 miles of trails. Located at 2 Cruisers Bluff, this 5,800 square foot home is part of the White Sails development. This six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home was built in 2004. The gourmet kitchen features professional grade appliances, a 306-bottle climate-controlled wine cellar and a newer prep kitchen. Attention to detail is seen in the high-volume ceilings, a bonus room and whole house audio-visual system. This home sits on a large 20,000 square foot piece of property, with a corner lot setting. White Sails is situated directly below The Tides neighborhood. This is a 24-hour guard gated community. White Sails residents, as are all Crystal Cove residents, are invited to join in all the resort style activities offered at the Canyon Club Recreational Center.

April 30, 2021

25th Annual Newport Beach Garden Tour

The 25th Annual Newport Beach Garden Tour will happen virtually this year. The Newport Beach Virtual Garden Tour will be held on May 8th, the Saturday before Mother’s Day. The tour will be available virtually that day from 10:30am to 4pm. A professional videographer will film the gardens. The virtual format gives viewers the opportunity to see gardens that would not normally be on the garden tour. Once you purchase you ticket to the virtual event, you will be able to re-watch, at your leisure. Proceeds from the tour support children’s educational programming at Sherman Gardens. For more information or to purchase tickets, see their website at: https://thesherman.org/event/newport-beach-virtual-garden-tour/

 

Corona del Mar is an area in Newport Beach.Corona del Mar is well known for its cliff side views, sandy beaches and tide pools. Corona del Mar is Spanish for ”Crown of the Sea.” Located at 402 Dahlia, this 2,200 square foot home is part of the South PCH section of the Corona del Mar. This three-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built in 2007. The chef’s kitchen features stainless steel appliances, ample storage and counter seating.The condo has beautiful views of Newport Harbor. Outdoors homeowners will enjoy a large patio, balcony, two outdoor fireplaces and a built-in barbeque. There is both a one car attached garage and a carport parking. Students living in the area attend Harbor View Elementary School and Corona del Mar Intermediate and High School. 

 

Crystal Cove is a group of exclusive developments in the Newport Coast section of Newport Beach. Crystal Cove is situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Pacific Coast Highway. Located at 11 High Water, this 12,000 square foot home is part of the Crystal Cove Estate CollectionThis six-bedroom, ten-bathroom home was built in 2012. Attention to detail can be seen in the use of Baltic iron work, floor to ceiling windows and a Smart Home system. The professional level kitchen features a 48-inch Wolf Range, Meile double ovens and custom cabinetry. There is a guest casita with a private entrance. There is elevator access to all levels.The home and property have wonderful views of the Pacific Ocean, Newport Harbor, Catalina Island and the city night lights. This home sits on a large 19,000 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. All Crystal Cove residents are invited to join in all the resort style activities offered at the Canyon Club Recreational Center, which is the social hub of the community.

March 31, 2021

National Library Week

April 4th through April 10th is a National Library Week! Newport Beach Public Library is celebrating with many online events. There will be audiobooks, virtual story times and educational programs for people to enjoy. Some of the story times will be read by local leaders. April is also National Poetry Month. The Newport Beach Library will be hosting a virtual poetry contest, all month long. For more information or join in all the virtual reading, see their website at: https://www.newportbeachlibrary.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/65991/11906?curm=4&cury=2021.

 

Lido Isle is a residential only island in Newport Harbor. Lido Isle has approximately 850 homes and one yacht club, which is the social hub for island. Located at 408 Via Lido Nord, this 2,800 square foot home has four bedrooms and five bathrooms. This bay front home features high volume ceilings, is filled with natural light and personal, private sandy beach. The home was built in 1955.  This home sits on a 3,100 square foot piece of property. Outside, in addition to the beach, waterside patio and board walk. It is very rare that board walk residences come on the real estate market. Among the many amenities offered on Lido Isle are tennis courts, beaches and parks. Residents are close to Lido Marina Village.

 

Crystal Cove is a group of exclusive developments in the Newport Coast section of Newport beach. Crystal Cove is home to the Crystal Cove State Park which has 400 acres of bluffs, 2,400 acres of canyons and 18 miles of trails. Located at 19 High Water, this 12,000 square foot home is part of the Crystal Cove Custom Home Collection. This seven-bedroom, eleven-bedroom home was built in 2012. Attention to detail can be seen in the wood beamed ceilings, circular staircase and use of Venetian Plaster. The chef’s kitchen features a center island and butler’s pantry. This home has incredible views of the Pacific Ocean, white water, Newport Harbor, Catalina Island, Palos Verdes and stunning evening sunsets. This home sits on a 21,000 square foot piece of property, with a cul-de-sac and corner lot setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a guest casita, swimming pool, spa, barbeque area and fire pit. Crystal Cove is a 24-hour guard gated development. All Crystal Cove residents are invited into join in all the resort style activities offered at the Canyon Club Recreational Center, which acts as the social hub for Crystal Cove.

March 1, 2021

The Wedge

The Wedge is open. Whether you are a surfer, bodyboarder, want to just watch or read a book on the beach, The Wedge is a just the place to be. The Wedge was created in the early 1900’s. The Wedge is home to some of California’s largest waves, some upwards of 30 feet. While there enjoy looking at the beautiful surroundings. The Wedge is located near the harbor entrance at the end of Balboa Peninsula. You can access the beach for free from Balboa beach. For more information, see their website at: https://www.visitnewportbeach.com/beaches-and-parks/the-wedge/.

 

Costa Mesa is an Orange County city ideally situated 37 miles south of Los Angles and 88 miles north of San Diego. This 16 square mile city was incorporated in 1953. Located at 435 Bryson Springs, this 1,200 square foot home is part of the Brighton Springs community in Central Costa Mesa. This two-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built in 1980. The roof has recently been replaced. Each unit has a two-car tandem garage. This unit has a 1,000 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting.Brighton Springs is a complex filled with streams and waterfalls. There is a community pool and spa. Tewinkle Park and Costa Mesa Farm Sports Complex are both in Central Costa Mesa. 

Crystal Cove is a part of the Newport Coast section of Newport Beach. Crystal Cove is made up of several residential areas and the Crystal Cove State Park, which offers 3.2 miles of coastline, canyons, trails and bike paths. Located at 14 Sandy Cove, this 4,800 square foot home is part of the Seabourn community. This five-bedroom, eight-bathroom home was built in 2019. Attention to detail can be seen in the use of La Cantina doors, European oak flooring and dining room fireplace framed by Silver Crocodile quartzite. The gourmet kitchen has quartzite countertops and professional grade appliance. This home sits on a 9,400 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a full outdoor kitchen swimming pool, spa, outdoor shower and gas fire pit. Residents are within walking distance to the beach access trail. Seabourn residents, as are all Crystal Cove residents, invited to join in all the resort style activities offered at the Canyon Club Recreational Center, which acts as the social hub of the area.

Feb. 2, 2021

Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve

The Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve and Ecological Reserve is open with many outdoor experiences to enjoy. Known as the “Back Bay,” has over 1,000 acres of wetlands which are home to over 200 endangered species and 35,000 migratory birds. Visitors can bike, hike or walk a 10.5 mile loop trail with multiple exhibits, displays and the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. Rent a kayak or paddle board to enjoy the marine life in Back Bay. The Newport Dunes Water Park offers entertainment for the entire family. Currently, only outdoor activities are open to visitors. For more information about the loop trail and Back Bay, see their website at: https://newportbay.org/facilities/muth-interpretive-center/the-ic/.

 

Lido Isle is a residential only island in Newport Harbor and is part of Newport Beach. Lido Isle is modeled after a Mediterranean Island and had its beginning in the 1920’s. Located at 111 Via Florence, this 3,500 square foot building has five units. It was built in 1948.  There are four, one-bedroom units and one two-bedroom unit. All units have one bathroom, a fireplace and separate dining room. Kitchens have granite countertops, new cabinets and crown moldings. Each has a garage. There is a private large courtyard for residents to use.  This building sits on a 4,200 square foot piece of property. Lido Isle has many amenities including a clubhouse, yacht club, private beach and tennis courts.

 

Crystal Cove is a part of the Newport Coast section of Newport Beach. A large percentage of Crystal Cove is the Crystal Cove State Park with over 3,2 miles of coastline, the Historical District and 18 acres of trails. Located at 6 Sea Glass, this 7,100 square foot home is part of The Tides development. This four-bedroom, eight-bathroom home was built in 2007. Attention to detail can be seen in the wood beamed ceilings, stone walls and hand carved wood and cedar doors. The gourmet kitchen features marble countertops, large center island with seating and Shaker cabinetry. There is a wine cellar with an attached tasting room. The home has views of the Pacific Ocean, Newport Beach coastline and Catalina Island.  This home sits on a 14,700 square foot piece of property.  Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a swimming pool, loggia with a fireplace and a veranda. The Tides is a 24-hour guard gated development. The Tides is part of the Estate Collection at Crystal Cove and is next door to the Sea Crest development. The Tides was built by Standard Pacific Homes. 

Dec. 30, 2020

Things for Kids at the Library

The Newport Beach Library is hosting the Winter Wonderland Grab and Go Crafts class.  This class will have several installments between January 11th and January 23rd. Class kits are available for pick up through curbside pickup. The kit includes snow inspired craft supplies and hot cocoa mix.  For teens, there is winter book bingo. Download a bingo card, complete the five squares in a row to earn a free paperback. Each bingo card is filled with reading challenges and winter activities. For more information or reserve your spot, see their website at: 

https://www.newportbeachlibrary.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/64715/11906?curm=1&cury=2021.

 

Lido Isle is part of Newport Beach in Newport Harbor.  Lido Isle is home to approximately 850 homes and one yacht club. Located at 124 Via Havre, this 4,300 square foot home has four bedrooms and six bathrooms. This custom home was built in 2020. Attention to detail can be seen in the use of white oak flooring, stunning chandeliers and fireplaces. The gourmet kitchen features a Sub-Zero refrigerator, large center island and Quartzsite countertops. There is elevator access to all floors. This home sits on a 3,900 square foot piece of property, which is 45 foot wide. The roof top deck has views of the Pacific Ocean and the city night lights. A golf cart is included in the purchase. 

 

Crystal Cove is a group of exclusive developments in the Newport Coast section of Newport Beach. Crystal Cove is also home to the Crystal Cove State Park with 3.2 miles of coastline, 400 acres of bluffs, 2,400 acres of canyons and 1,800 miles of trails. Located at 1 Del Mar, this 11,000 square foot home is part of the Crystal Cove Estate Collection. This five-bedroom, ten-bathroom estate was built in 2020. This home and property have amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, the Newport Beach Coastline and evening sunsets. This home sits on a very large 21,000 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting.  There is a separate guest house, exterior loggia, swimming pool and multiple decks. Crystal Cove is a 24-hour guard gated community. Estate Collection residents are invited to join in all the resort style activities offered at the Canyon Recreational Center, which is the social hub of Crystal Cove.

Dec. 3, 2020

California Proposition #19 Passed

California Proposition #19 passed in November election, with 8,534,173 or 51.1% of the vote. This proposition will allow eligible homeowners to transfer their tax assessments anywhere in the state. Tax assessments can be transferred to more expensive homes with an upward adjustment. Persons 55 and older, with disabilities or victims of natural disaster or hazardous waste contamination can now transfer their tax assessments from one to three. Secondary properties, such as vacation homes or rentals, inherited from parents to children or from grandparents to grandchildren can be reassessed at market value when transferred, with the first one million dollars being exempt from reassessment. On inherited primary properties, the parent or grandparent can transfer the property without the property’s tax assessment resetting to market value. The additional revenue from generated from this proposition will be used by schools and wildlife agencies through the California Fire Response Fund and the County Revenue Protection Fund.

Dec. 3, 2020

Winter Floral Classes at Sherman Gardens

Sherman Gardens and Library is hosting three outdoor floral classes in the month of December. On December 8th, the class will be focus on Everlasting Winter Wreaths. The class will begin at 10 am and continue until 12 noon. The wreaths will be made from neutral-colored dried flowers and foliage. On December 15th, the floral class will focus on Candlelight Christmas Centerpiece.  This will also be a 10am class. You have a centerpiece with Christmas greens and white flowers, with taper candles, when you finish. On December 22nd, from 10am to 12 noon, there will be a Tiny Tannenbaum workshop. Participants will learn to create a mini-Christmas tree with a variety of conifer greenery. The mini trees will be decorated with fresh flowers, miniature ornaments and fairy lights. For more information or to register for the classes, see their website at: https://thesherman.org/event/.

 

Costa Mesa is an Orange County city which is 16 square miles.  Costa Mesa was incorporated in 1953 and has a population of approximately 110,000 residents. Located at 345 University Drive, Unit #F6 is 1,300 square foot condo and is part of the Woodstream Complex in the Eastside section of Costa Mesa. This three-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built in 1974. This is an end unit with a stack rock fireplace, skylight and a loft. The chef’s kitchen features stainless steel appliances, Corian countertops and engineered light cherrywood plank floors. The condo has an oversized garage with plenty of storage. Woodstream Condos has many amenities including a stream throughout the complex, swimming pool and clubhouse. Back Bay and Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve is a one block walk from Woodstream Condos. 

 

Crystal Cove is a section of Newport Beach in the Newport Coast area. Crystal Cove is home to both residential developments and the Crystal Cove State Park.  The Crystal Cove State Park has 3.2 miles of coastline, 18 miles of trails and 2,400 acres of canyons. Located at 2 Cruisers Bluff, this 5,800 square foot home is part of the White Sails development. This six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home was built in 2004. Attention to detail can be seen in the vaulted ceilings, Travertine flooring and pocket doors.  The home has two kitchens and 306 bottle climate-controlled wine cellar. This home sits on a large 20,000 square foot piece of property, with a corner lot setting.  Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a saltwater swimming pool, fire pit, sand volleyball court and built-in barbeque area. White Sails is a 24-hour guard gated neighborhood. White Sails homeowner’s association offers many amenities including a swimming pool, spa, tennis courts and clubhouse. 

Oct. 29, 2020

Roger's Garden Outdoor Wreath Workshop

Roger’s Gardens is hosting an Outdoor Workshop to create a Radko and Shiny Brite Wreath on Saturday, November 14th.  The workshop is being led by Christopher Nichols and Hedda Staines.  The workshop begins at 9am. The cost for the workshop is $150, which includes artificial evergreens, 24-inch pinecone wreath, 4 Radko Ornaments, 3 Shiny ornaments, additional ornaments and berries. Space is limited, so reserve your spot early. For more information or to reserve your spot, see their website at: https://www.rogersgardens.com/collections/workshops/products/447687.

 

Lido Isle is an island in the Newport Harbor.  The isle was begun in the 1920’s, making it one of the very first master planned communities in California. There are approximately 850 residences and one yacht club on Lido Isle. Located at 111 Via Lido Nord, Unit #B, this 1,300 square foot townhome has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The complex was built in 2008. The kitchen features granite countertops and top of the line appliances. Attention to detail can be seen in the high-volume ceilings, use of French doors and fireplace. There are peek-a-boo views of the bay, from this second-floor unit. There is a private outdoor patio for entertaining. The unit has a one car garage. Among the many amenities offered on Lido Isle are tennis courts, playground and private beach. 

 

Crystal Cove is group of exclusive residential developments situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Pacific Coast Highway. Crystal Cove is also home to the Crystal Cove State Park with 3.2 miles of coastline, 400 acres of bluffs, 2,400 acres of canyons and 18 miles of trails. Located at 11 Clearwater, this 12,000 square foot home is part of the Coral Canyon community. This seven bedroom, eleven bathroom home was built in 2011 by Rodeo Homes. The chef’s kitchen features Thermador appliances and granite countertops. The home has a temperature-controlled wine cellar, private gym, subterranean garage and home theater. Among the endless views from the home and property are views of the Pacific Ocean, white water, city night lights and gorgeous evening sunsets. This home sits on a large 21,000 square foot piece of property.  Coral Canyon is a 24-hour guard gated community with just 28 custom built homes. Coral Canyon is in the upper northeast point of Crystal Cove. 

Sept. 30, 2020

Just Sold by Michael Franco in Pelican Crest

Just Sold by Michael Franco in Pelican Crest

 

Michael Franco of MWA Luxury Real Estate just sold 5 Skycrest in Pelican Crest. Pelican Crest is part of the Pelican Hilldevelopment in Newport Coast. 5 Skycrest is a 9,500 square foot home has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. This home sold for nearly eleven million dollars, which is approximately $1150 a square foot. The nearly panoramic views include the Pacific Ocean, surrounding mountains, city night lights and sunsets. The 30,000 square foot piece of property has swimming pool, spa, gazebo, built-in barbeque area and rose garden. This residence is the number one architecture design award winner in Newport Coast.  Newport Coast is home to Pelican Hill and its five developments, Crystal Cove and many other residential developments. Crystal Cove State Park and Beach and Pelican Hill Resort, Spa and Golf Courses are also part of the Newport Coast. Although this home is off the market, Michael has many more properties to inspire you, in Crystal Cove, Pelican Hill and Newport Coast. Michael is always available at 949-200-2383 or at michael@mwaluxury.com.