Crown of the Sea
Corona del Mar: “Crown of the Sea.” It is a beautiful neighborhood within the city of Newport Beach, California, and we love it here. Before the 1920s, Corona del Mar was a tiny village: one you could only reach from the peninsula by a small boat when the tide was high enough. The only other option was crossing a muddy dirt road at the Irvine Ranch. But now, it is a coveted spot along the Pacific Coast, home to many trendy shops and restaurants.
Corona del Mar generally is all the land on the seaward face of the San Joaquin Hills, from Avocado Avenue south to the city limits. It is known around the world for its beautiful beaches, cliffside views, tidepools and quaint village shops.
The most historic real estate in Corona del Mar was built in the early 20th century and consists mostly of closely-spaced, free-standing, single family homes along the Pacific Coast Highway. Other developers came along later, building mostly sprawling California ranch style houses overlooking the ocean.
Corona del Mar’s Beaches
The beaches here are nothing short of fantastic. “Big Corona” is a perfect family beach, with mild waves for younger swimmers. “Little Corona” is just a few blocks south and has a wonderful tidepool. Corona del Mar’s beaches are the perfect spot if you are into snorkeling or scuba diving. Salt Creek Beach Park is just below the Ritz-Carlton, and has one of the best swimming beaches in Orange County. Then, you can hit the grassy parkland along Corona del Mar’s Main Beach, where you can watch a pro volleyball match or a pickup game of basketball.
Get Your Green On
When you are ready to get out of the water, we love the Sherman Library and Gardens. Started in 1955, the site is just more than two acres, and it is a gardener’s paradise, filled with gorgeous plants displayed among an immaculate garden setting. You can see everything from desert plants to tropical vegetation. The patios and conservatories are linked together by expansive brick walkways, and beds blooming with seasonal flowers and gurgling fountains. It is just beautiful, and open to the public every day except for major holidays.
Let’s Dish the Dirt
While we’re talking horticulture, one of Corona del Mar’s popular stops is at Roger’s Gardens. The expert horticulturists here offer workshops on a wide variety of topics. You may be moving to Corona del Mar from a different part of the country, and need to know more about the climate here and plants that flourish in our area. They can teach you how to be a successful gardener whether you are planting in pots, bowls, baskets, containers, or an extensive flower bed. The workshops at Roger’s Gardens can get your thumb just a little bit greener.
If you love horses and horseback riding, you will want to know about Crystal Cove Beach. This trail provides a perfect opportunity for loop style rides. The park landscape is unique in that it is almost all open grassland and hills with few trees. The trails are enjoyed by bike riders as well.
We love this area in Orange County, and our team of real estate experts would be delighted to show you the home of your dreams. The Stavros Group is widely recognized as the go-to source for buying and selling premium luxury real estate along the world-famous coast of Orange County. We would love to work with you!