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.

 

March 30, 2020

38th Annual Gentlemen's Haberdashery

The 38th Annual Gentlemen’s Haberdashery show will be held on Thursday, April 23rd.  The show features Newport Beach business executives, community leaders and local celebrities modeling menswear, highlighting local fashion. This year’s show theme is “Fashion with a Heart.” Proceeds from the event support the Heart of Jesus Retreat Center in Santa Ana, which is operated by the Sisters of the Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart.  The fundraiser will be held at the Balboa Resort, located at 1221 Coast Highway, in Newport Beach. The show begins at 11am and ends at 2pm. For more information or to purchase tickets, see their website at: https://gentlemenshaberdashery.com.

 

Shady Canyon is a group of three luxury developments in the village of Turtle Rock in the city of Irvine. The three developments are: The Master’s Collection, Sycamore and the Villas of Shady Canyon. Located at 49 Echo Glen, this 11,000 square foot home is part of the Shady Canyon Custom community.  This six bedroom, nine bathroom home was built in 2009. Attention to detail can be seen in the high volume ceilings, elevator and wine cellar. The chef’s kitchen features custom cabinetry, a large center island and professional grade appliances. There are wonderful views of the surrounding canyons and hillsides.  The home sits on a very large 29,000 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy the swimming pool, spa, water fountains, and built-in barbeque. The home is with walking distance to the clubhouse. Shady Canyon is a 24 hour guard gated development. Students living in Shady Canyon attend Turtle Rock Elementary School, Bonita Canyon Middle School and University High School. 

 

Crystal Cove is part of Newport Beach.  Crystal Cove has luxury residential developments and is home to the Crystal Cove State Park, with 3.2 miles of coastline, 18 miles of trails, 2,400 acres of canyons and much more. Located at 7 Shell Beach, this 7,600 square foot home is part of the Coral Canyon development. This eight bedroom, nine bathroom home was built in 2012. There are three exterior guest suites accessed through a private courtyard.  The views from this home include the Pacific Ocean, white water, Catalina Island, the coastline, city night lights and spectacular sunsets. This home sits on a large 17,000 square foot piece of property. Homeowners are within walking distance to the clubhouse. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy the swimming pool and fire pit.  There are just 28 homes in Coral Canyon and this is a 24 hour guard gated neighborhood. Coral Canyon residents are invited to join in all the resort style activities offered at the Canyon Club Recreational Center, which acts as the social hub of Crystal Cove.

March 20, 2020

Just sold in Newport Ridge, Newport Coast

Michael Franco and the team at MWA Luxury real estate sold the home located at 32 Bargemon in the Newport Ridgedevelopment in Newport Coast.  The home sold on June 25th, 2019 for $1,900,000. This four bedroom, two and half bathroom home is 2,900 square feet. The kitchen has a six-burner stove. This home was built in 2002. This home sits on a 5,900 square foot piece of property, with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a swimming pool. 

Newport Ridge is situated just off the Newport Ridge Drive and it is surrounded by Buck Gully and Coyote Canyon. There are just 38 homes in Newport Ridge.  Newport Ridge was built between 1993 and 1995. Among the amenities offered in Newport Ridge are s sports court, tennis courts and barbeque area. Students living in this area attend Newport Mesa Unified Schools, specifically Newport Coast Elementary School and Corona del Mar Intermediate and High School. Newport Coast is part of Newport Beach, having been annexed in 2001.  Newport Coast is just north of Laguna Beach.  The area of the city is home to the Pelican Hill Resort, Spa, and Golf Courses and the Crystal Cove State Park and Beach. Newport Coast has five-star restaurants and world-class shopping.

March 19, 2020

Michael Franco sells in Huntington Beach

Michael Franco and MWA Luxury real estate recently sold the home at 607 8th Street in Huntington Beach. The home sold on October 22, 2019 for $1,444,000. This three bedroom, five bathroom home is 2,500 square feet. This home was built in 1989. The open plan kitchen was recently remodeled with granite and stone countertops and pots and pans drawers. Attention to detail can be seen in the high-volume ceilings, fireplace and plantation shutters. The home has peek-a-bee ocean views and city night light views. Homeowners are a five minute walk to the beach and a ten minute walk to the downtown. Students living in this area attend Smith Elementary School, Dwyer Middle School and Huntington High School. Huntington Beach is the largest beach side city in Orange County. Known as HB and “Surf City, USA,”  Huntington Beach  has 8.5 miles of uninterrupted coastline and beach. The city has a population of approximately 190,000 residents and is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, Seal Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Westminster and Fountain Valley. The downtown area of Huntington Beach has over 250 downtown businesses, including restaurants, shopping and a large variety of services. The downtown area has street fairs and farmers markets, all while enjoying ocean views. 

March 18, 2020

Just Sold in Tesoro Crest, Newport Coast

Located at 36 Marisol, Newport Coast, this Italianate Villa was just sold by Michael Franco and the team at MWA Luxury real estate. The home sold on November 26th, 2019 for $1,775,000. This 2,200 square foot home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms and was built in 1998. The open floor plan features high ceilings, a neutral color palette and is filled with natural light. The recently remodeled kitchen has marble countertops, travertine floors and stainless-steel appliances. The family room has a fireplace and custom built-ins. The home sits on a 4,000 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy the built-in barbeque area, spa and an outdoor dining area. Tesoro Crest was built by Standard Pacific Homes, with four floor plans.  This is a 24-hour guard gated community. The homeowners’ association provides many amenities including a swimming pool, barbeque area, sports court and tennis courts. Students attend the award-winning Newport Mesa Unified Schools, Newport Coast Elementary and Corona del Mar Intermediate and High School. Newport Coast is situated at the south end of Newport Beach, just north of Laguna Beach. Newport Coast is home to the world-class Pelican Hill Resort, Spa and Golf Courses, Crystal Cove State Park, five-star restaurants and shopping. 

March 16, 2020

Recently sold in The Meridian in Newport Beach

Michael Franco and the MWA luxury real estate team recently sold the home located at 1309 Santa Barbara Drive.  This home is situated in The Meridian development in Newport Beach.  This 2,400 square foot condo was built in 2014.  It has two bedrooms and three bathrooms. The master bathroom was redone in 2018 with natural stone walk-in shower. This unit faces the golf course and has also has ocean views, including Catalina Island. The sale includes all furniture, fixtures, wall art and electronic equipment. The home sold on December 20th, 2019 for $3,350,000. The Meridian is a condo complex which is in the East Bluff area. The complex was completed in 2015, with 79 units. There are great views of the Pacific Ocean, golf course, and city night lights. The building has concierge service. Among the many amenities offered in the Meridian are a fitness center, clubroom, a grilling area and an outdoor swimming pool. Residents of the Meridian are within walking distance of Fashion Island. Newport Beach is world-class Orange County city. Newport Beach is one of the oldest cities in Orange County, being incorporated in 1906.

March 13, 2020

Recently sold in Cypress, Orange County

Michael Franco and the team at MWA luxury real estate recently sold a home in the city of Cypress. Cypress is an Orange County city, with a population of approximately 47,000 residents. Cypress was incorporated in 1956, under the name of Dairy City. In 1957, the city changed the name to Cypress. One of the most popular events in the city is the annual birthday celebration of the city. Called the Cypress Community Festival, this one-day celebration is the largest single day event of its kind in Orange County. Located at 5490 Brittany Way, in the city of Cypress, this home sold on January 1st, 2020 for $460,000. This condo is part of The Cambridge Commons Condominium Complex, which was built in 1985.  This corner unit is two bedrooms, three bathrooms and 907 square feet. Recent updates include new paint and new flooring.  The renovated kitchen has brand new stainless steel appliances, built-in microwave, dishwasher, and granite countertops. This unit has a two-car attached garage. Residents are approximately a ten-minute drive from the beach. Among amenities offered in The Cambridge Commons are a swimming pool and recreation area. Students in this area attend schools in the Anaheim Union High School District which includes Walker Middle School and Kennedy High School.

March 12, 2020

Michael Franco sells in Laguna Niquel

The home at 31711 Isle Vis  in Laguna Niquel was recently sold by Michael Franco and the team at MWA luxury real estate.  The home sold on January 21st, 2020 for $3,175,000. This four bedroom, five bathroom home is 4,956 square feet. The home was built in 1999. The Mediterranean style home is in the guard gated development of Monarch Point. The home features a formal living room and dining room, chef’s kitchen large family room and office space. The kitchen has a large center island, a six-burner cooktop, and breakfast bar. Attention to detail can be seen the use of granite, recessed lighting and crown molding. The laundry has two washers and two dryers. The home also has two fireplaces. Views from the home and property include the Pacific Ocean, surrounding canyons, the coastline, Catalina Island, and city night lights.  The home sits on a quarter acre piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a built-in barbeque area, patio, swimming pool and spa. Laguna Niguel is just east of the Laguna Beach. Laguna Niguel was incorporated in 1959 and is one the first master planned communities in California, it currently has a population of approximately 63,000 residents. Laguna Niquel is bordered by Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills and Aliso Viejo. Laguna Niguel students attend schools in the Capistrano Unified School District. There are seven elementary schools serving Laguna Niguel, one middle school and two high schools. The high schools are Dana Hills located in Dana Point and Aliso Niguel High School located in Aliso Viejo.  

March 11, 2020

Recently Sold in Pacific Ridge, Newport Coast

Michael Franco and the MWA Luxury team recently sold the home located at 1 Tranquil, in Newport Coast. . Newport Coast is at the south end of Newport Beach, just north of Laguna Beach. Newport Coast was annexed by Newport Beach in 2001. The home was sold on February 3rd for $2,150,000. This four bedroom, three bathroom home is 2,812 square feet. This home was built in 2005 and has a Tuscan architectural style. The gourmet kitchen features a gas range, granite countertops and stone work. Flooring is hardwood and stone. There is one fireplace in the home, located in the family room. The property is 7,039 square foot. There are views of the surrounding mountains and the surrounding greenbelt. This is home is situated in the Pacific Ridge development. Pacific Ridge is comprised of four developments: Belcara, Cypress, Pienza and Costa Azul. This home is in Belcara. This is a 24-hour guard gated development near the Boomer Canyon Open Reserve. Belcara has 107 single family homes, with four models to choose from. Among the many amenities offered in Pacific Ridge are a 10-acre park, junior Olympic size swimming pool, spa, wading pool, and barbeque area with an outdoor fireplace. Students living in Belcara attend Newport Coast Elementary School, and Corona del Mar Intermediate and High School. Re

Feb. 28, 2020

The Hoag Classic 2020

The Hoag Classic will take place from Wednesday, March 4th through Sunday, March 8th.  This annual PGA Tour stop has been held in partnership with Toshiba for 20 years. This is annual tournament gives back to the health of community by supporting Hoag Hospital. Annually, approximately one million dollars is raised for Hoag Hospital and other local charities. In addition, the field of professional golfers rivals any professional competition in golf.  The Hoag Classic will be held at Newport Beach Country Club, located at 1600 East Coast Highway in Newport Beach. For more information or to purchase tickets, see their website at: https://hoagclassic.com/.

 

Corona del Mar is part of Newport Beach proper.  The CDM encompasses all the land on the sea side of the San Joaquin Hills and south Avocado Avenue to the city limits. The one exception is the Irvine Terrace development, which is north of Avocado Avenue but still part of Corona del Mar. Located at 1601 Harbor Crest Circle, this 3,700 square foot home is part of the Spyglass Ridge community. This four bedroom, three bathroom home was built in 1971. The home features a 400 square foot bonus room. Outdoors there is a large swimming pool with patio, that is perfect for entertaining.  This home sits on a large 11,000 square foot piece of property, with a cul-de-sac setting.  Spyglass Ridge is situated between Newport Coast Drive and MacArthur Boulevard and is home to approximately 300 residences. 

 

Crystal Cove is part of the city of Newport Beach.  Crystal Cove is situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Pacific Coast Highway, just north of Laguna Beach. With its high bluff setting, the views from Crystal Cove are spectacular. Located at 2 Sea Glass, this 7,600 square foot home is part of The Tides development. This four bedroom, six bathroom home was built in 2006. The gourmet kitchen features a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a butler’s pantry and Statuario marble countertops. On the lower level, you will find a wet bar, fitness room, media room and climate-controlled wine cellar.  The home and property have panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, white water, city night lights and wonderful evening sunsets. The home has a six car garage.  This home sits on a large 18,000 square foot piece of property with a corner lot setting on a cul-de-sac. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a courtyard, loggia, ocean view deck, swimming pool, spa and built-in barbeque area.  The Tides is a 24 hour guard gated community which sits next to the Sea Crest development. The Tides residents are invited to join in all the resort style recreational activities offered at the Canyon Club Recreational Center, which acts as the social hub of Crystal Cove.

Jan. 30, 2020

Sunset Jazz Supper Club

The Sunset Jazz Supper Club Edition’s second installment will take place on Wednesday, February 19th. Brought to you by the producers of the wildly successful summer Jazz Series, Joe Rothman and John McClure.  There will be five performances in the Sunset Jazz Supper Club Edition. The February performance features Harry Allen with Teka and her New Bossa Trio, featuring Quinn Johnson, Edwin Livingston and Kevin Winard. Performances will be held in the Hook and Spear restaurant at the Newport Beach Marriott. Shows begin at 6pm and continue until 9:30pm. Make your reservations early, there is room for only 106 Jazz fans. The Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa is located at 900 Newport Center Drive. For more information, see their website at: http://www.sunsetjazzatnewport.com/.

 

Costa Mesa is part of Orange County.  Costa Mesa is made up of five unique sections: Central Costa Mesa, Eastside Costa Mesa, Mesa Verde, South Coast Metro and Southwest Costa Mesa. Located at 944 Aurora Lane, this 2,400 square foot home is part of the Elara development in the  South Coast Metro area. This four bedroom, three bathroom home was built in 2019. Attention to detail can be seen in the hand-laid subway tile, professional landscaping and Shaker style cabinetry. The gourmet kitchen features quartz slab countertops and Bertazzoni appliances. This home sits on a 2,800 square foot piece of property.  South Coast Metro is bordered by Sunflower Boulevard, Baker Street, Harbor Boulevard and the 405 and 73 Freeways. 

 

Crystal Cove is part of the city of Newport Beach.  The area is made up of several luxury home developments and the Crystal Cove State Park, which has 3.2 miles of coastline, 18 miles of trails and 2,400 acres of canyons. Located at 26 Gondoliers, this 5,700 square foot home is part of the White Sails development. This four bedroom, five bathroom home was built in 2004. Enter the home through a private courtyard. Attention to detail can be seen in the vaulted ceilings, fireplace and brick flooring. The gourmet kitchen features a six-burner stove, double oven and two dishwashers. The home has amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, white water, Catalina Island, city night lights and beautiful sunsets. This home sits on a large 13,000 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy the saltwater swimming pool, spa, water feature, outdoor living room with a fireplace and two lounging areas, all with Pacific Ocean views. White Sails is situated right next to The Tides neighborhood.  This is a 24 guard gated community.  White Sails residents are invited to join in all the resort style activities at the Canyon Club Recreation Center, which is also the social hub of the area.