Corona Del Mar

Corona del Mar (Spanish for Crown of the Sea) is a part of the City of Newport Beach. Located 50 miles south of Los Angeles, 4 miles west of John Wayne Airport and 70 miles north of San Diego, it is nestled on and at the foot of the San Joaquin Hills fronting the Pacific Ocean. Corona del Mar ranges along a bluff at the south end of Newport Beach and includes some of the city’s most prestigious residential areas. When you stand on the hilltop bluff park and look out to the Newport Harbor and Pacific Ocean, you’ll be treated to some of California’s most romantic beach views. That’s why the parks in Corona del Mar are sought out for weddings and romantic proposals. But parking is limited and there is basically no way to prohibit the public from sharing the parks that lead down to Corona del Mar State Beach, so with that in mind, you’ll need a permit, but don’t get your hopes up for a big ceremony here.

Besides being romantic, locals love their baby dogs (we’ve seen many a visitor to the parks calling their dog “baby”) so you’ll be glad to know that if you love your baby, you’re in good company in dog friendly Corona del Mar. It actually is part of Newport Beach, so the city run beaches allow dogs on the beach from 5:01 p.m. to 8:59 a.m.

Streets of Corona del Mar are named after flowers, and run in alphabetical order from Acacia to Poppy, each lined with a different variety of trees. Beautiful flower gardens on each street display the flower from which the street is named.

BEACHES: Corona del Mar offers beautiful sand beach and coves that look like they come right out of a movie set. You actually may have seen these beaches in movie and television productions such as Gilligan’s Island and current “made for TV” productions from Disney. On the hills above the beaches stand houses and windy roads and a look out point to enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and bay. Here is a list of beaches in this little stretch of paradise.

Bayside Drive County Beach -in Corona del Mar, at Ocean Boulevard and Fernleaf Avenue. Free street parking. Hours: 6 am to 10 pm. Facilities: Rest rooms.
Crystal Cove State Park -On north side of Laguna Beach, at the end of Crescent Bay Drive. Free street parking. Open: 6 am to 10 pm. Facilities: Lifeguards and rest rooms.

Corona Del Mar State Beach – Corona del Mar State Beach is a popular place for swimmers. The half-mile long sandy beach framed by cliffs and a rock jetty that forms the east entrance to Newport Harbor. The beach is also popular with surfers and divers. The beach can be reached via an access road near the intersection of Iris Street and Ocean Boulevard in Corona del Mar. Entrance fee per vehicle. Open 8 am to 8 pm Facilities: Lifeguards, rest rooms, showers, picnic tables, and fire pits.

Little Corona del Mar Beach -in Corona del Mar, at Ocean Boulevard and Poppy Avenue. Free street parking. Open: 6 am to 10 pm. Facilities: None.

Rocky Point -in Corona del Mar, at Ocean Boulevard and Harbor Channel. Free street parking. Open: 6 am to 10 pm. Facilities: None.

History: Plans for Corona del Mar at the turn of the 20th century were as a vacation resort destination. On June 29, 1904 George Hart signed an agreement with the Irvine Ranch for the purchase of a 706.08-acre corner of land on the Irvine Ranch for summer cottages. His concept quickly changed in 1904 when visitors came to play and wouldn’t leave so perfect a spot. Until the late 1920′s, Corona del Mar was a tiny village reached from the peninsula by small boat at high tide, or by a muddy dirt road that crossed the Irvine Ranch and continued along the bluffs around Newport Upper Bay. With the opening of Pacific Coast Highway in 1926 (Mary Pickford & Douglas Fairbanks were there for the ribbon cutting), a period of slow growth began, not accelerating until after World War II.

In 1928, the Corona del Mar Surfboard Club hosted the Pacific Coast Surfboard Championship. The club was the largest of its kind in the United States with members such as surfing greats Duke Kahanamoku, Tom Blade of Redondo, Gerrard and Art Vultee of the Los Angeles Athletic Club, and other world class surfers who brought international attention to Southern California beaches. An extension of the jetties in the late 1930′s ended the “Killer Break” on the east side Corona del Mar and led to the emergence of the popular but dangerous break known as the “Wedge” to the west on the Newport Peninsula. It also led to the demise of surfing popularity in Corona del Mar. Explore the tidepools at Crystal Cove. It is an ecologically sensitive region so treat it kindly. Sherman Library and Gardens on Pacific Coast Highway offers tours of beautiful flower and plant gardens. There are also art galleries and unique shops running along Pacific Coast Highway in scenic Corona del Mar.

Inspiration Point includes views of the Newport Bay and Catalina Island. The location includes a cove below which has been used in the opening of Gilligan’s Island and other film projects. There’s a public beach here with a bronze sculpture of a Sea Lion and her baby.

Along the city’s primary artery, Pacific Coast Highway, is the landmark Five Crowns Restaurant. It was built in 1935 as a copy of Ye Olde Bell, an Inn at Hurley-on-the-Thames, England. It has been a residence and an inn, it has been forsaken and neglected, and now operates as a popular, fine restaurant.

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  1. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 3,011 sq ft
    Lot size: 18,060 sqft
    Year built: 1953
    Days on market: 4
  2. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,700 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,539 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Days on market: 5
  3. 4 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,557 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,539 sqft
    Year built: 1952
    Days on market: 6
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    Home size: 1,365 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,539 sqft
    Year built: 1998
    Days on market: 7
  5. 5 beds, 8 baths
    Home size: 7,723 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,699 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Days on market: 8
  6. 6 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 4,355 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,150 sqft
    Year built: 1972
    Days on market: 10
  7. 5 beds, 6 baths
    Home size: 5,010 sq ft
    Lot size: 16,099 sqft
    Year built: 2004
    Days on market: 10
  8. 2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,370 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,539 sqft
    Year built: 2017
    Days on market: 12
  9. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,879 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,300 sqft
    Year built: 1984
    Days on market: 13
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    Year built: 1997
    Days on market: 13
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    Home size: 1,331 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,432.00 ac
    Year built: 2010
    Days on market: 14
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    Home size: 2,700 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,400 sqft
    Year built: 1958
    Days on market: 15

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