Often referred to as the Beverly Hills of Orange County, Newport Beach can be said to define Southern California living at its finest, with its offerings of quality real estate, eight miles of pristine white sand beaches, one of the most renowned harbors in the region, and numerous recreational opportunities. This city located along the central coastal portion of Orange County comprises several communities, which include Newport Coast, Newport Heights, West Newport, West Bay, Balboa Island, Balboa Peninsula, East Bluff Harbor, and Corona Del Mar.
Newport Beach offers a fine selection of properties to choose from, ranging from single-family residences to chic cottages and upscale luxury mansions, to Mediterranean-inspired villas and sprawling multi-million dollar estates, as well as a premier range of townhouses and condominiums. Most of these homes are located in gated communities and private enclaves, and offer easy access to the beach as well as breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.
Shopping enthusiasts and gourmands need look no further than Newport Center, which sits on a site that was once used for the 1953 National Scout Jamboree of the Boy Scouts of America. This business and retail block is located adjacent to the Newport Beach Country Club, inside the area surrounded by the Pacific Coast Highway, Jamboree Road, San Joaquin Hills Road, and MacArthur Blvd. In the center is the circular Newport Center Drive, with the open-air lifestyle center called Fashion Island inside the circle. Fashion Island features over 200 retail stores that include major anchors like Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Brooks Brothers, as well as over 40 dining establishments and a seven-screen cinema complex.
There are two well-known piers in Newport Beach that are both located on Balboa Peninsula. Newport Pier is the older of the two and was originally known as McFadden Wharf which was built during the late 1880s. The pier is now a California Historical Landmark, and is a popular spot for residents and visitors for angling and strolling. At the far end of the pier is the Newport Pier Grill and Sushi Restaurant, with an outdoor dining patio were diners can enjoy the spectacular ocean views. The other pier, Balboa Pier, was built in 1906 and is located closer to the Balboa Peninsula’s entrance channel. Like the Newport Pier, Balboa is also a popular fishing spot, and the famous Ruby’s Diner can be found at the very end of the pier.
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