Newport Beach Newcomers Guide

Newport Beach Sails

Beyond the unwavering sunshine, soft sand and world famous surf, there’s a destination that attracts beach bums of a different sort. Classy, cultured and chic, Newport Beach is the place to settle down.

Newport Beach offers a more refined beach life. There’s more to this seaside town than sandcastles and surf boards. From wine tasting to strolling the harbor-front promenade to watching the sun drop into the ocean from a host of fine waterfront restaurants, this is where sophistication meets paradise.

If what you’re after is an intimate and elegant seaside oasis, you may very well have stumble upon the location of your next home. Newport Beach is known for housing one of the most stunning residential landscapes in all Southern California.

A Rich History

Newport Beach AerialNewport Beach has been at the heart of the Hollywood scene for more than a century. In the beginning, many celebrities hopped on the celebrated Red Cars and headed down to Newport Beach for fun, relaxation and sometimes some filming.1  John Wayne, perhaps the area’s most legendary resident, frequently hosted Hollywood parties on his cherished yacht, a converted Navy minesweeper named the Wild Goose. Tours and charters on the Wild Goose are available through Hornblower Yachts.2

Ironically there was a time when Newport Beach wasn’t seen as such a desirable place. In the mid-1800’s the State of California sold parts of Harbor, Balboa and Lido Islands for just $1 per acre, designating the area as swampland. James and Robert McFadden had a different idea, however. They bought up much of the land and built McFadden Wharf on the oceanfront to expand their shipping business. At the time it was the largest enterprise in Orange County. The McFadden brothers believed there should be a “new port” in Southern California and the name stuck, according to the Newport Historical Society.3

The city’s present day roots began with the construction of Scandinavian-style Balboa Pavilion in 1905. Today the pavilion hosts a number of shops plus a restaurant and chartering company.

Relocating to Newport Beach

Newport Beach has over 87,249 residents as of 20154 the population is large enough to attract modern amenities but small enough to maintain a feeling of a small town. gives area schools an exceptional overall rating of 9 with many individual schools achieving a 10 out of 10 ranking.6 The violent crime rate is an impressive 1/5 of that of the state as a whole. Simply put, there’s just no better place to live.

Newport Beach Real Estate

Newport Beach Pelican HillThere’s no question the Newport Beach real estate market isn’t for everyone and as a whole the region caters to a very high-end luxury clientele. It’s a place where the truly prosperous come to unwind and enjoy the fruits of their success. For this reason Taylor Morrison pulled out all the stops for their newest development, Echo56 near the old Lifeguard Tower 56.

Limited to a cozy 24 homes, Echo56 strives to create a nouveau beach village atmosphere with luxuries sharpened down to the finest of details. Residents will enjoy lavish lifestyles in homes designed to provide the best of what life has to offer. Spacious, masterfully engineered floor plans and gorgeous outdoor living spaces will allow you to revel in the sand and surf from the comfort of your veranda or bedroom.

Message us or call the Taylor Morrison Internet Home Consultant at 949-341-1206 to schedule your viewing appointment or request more information about these and other Taylor Morrison homes for sale in Southern California.

Newport Beach Economy

Newport Beach is a powerful business hub for its size. With an unemployment rate less than half the national average (3.1%), Newport Beach enjoys an extremely healthy economy and bustling enterprise.

Newport Beach Schools

Newport Beach UCI Science LibraryEducation is taken very seriously here and strong community involvement in the local school system means your children will receive the best education imaginable. There are sixteen K-12 schools in Newport Beach, California (nine public and seven private) and they all belong to Newport-Mesa Unified School District. Every school rated by received a 9 or 10 rating.

A whopping 125 universities and colleges are within just 50 miles of Newport Beach, providing recent high school graduates the full range of options for their tertiary education. Over a dozen schools are located less than 15 miles from the center of town including Concordia University Irvine and University of California Irvine.8

Newport Beach Living

Newport Beach Balboa PavillionNewport Beach offers a near perfect climate year round and the upscale population base lends the area to feature world-class shopping, fine dining and extraordinary healthcare facilities. Primarily known for deep sea fishing, boating and other aquatic sports, here are some of the highlights of living in Newport Beach9:

  • The Balboa Fun Zone is perhaps the most popular attraction. The Ferris wheel, arcade games and ExplorOcean, the Fun Zone offers family fun for all ages. Swing on by to walk the pier!
  • Segway tours are available as well as the new Jetpack America water-powered jetpack adventure. Surfing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding are possible year round.
  • Several quality museums display art and artifacts on local history. Check out the Orange County Museum of Art, Balboa Island Museum and Newport Beach Museum.
  • The Newport Theatre Arts Center hosts a wide variety of plays and performances.
  • 10 miles of beaches and over a dozen waterside parks mean you’ll never run out of new destinations for dipping your toes in the sand. Local beaches have all received 5-star ratings for environmental stewardship.
  • An affluent populace means a wealth of extraordinary golf courses. Condé Nast Traveler Magazine ranked The Resort at Pelican Hill as the “No. 1 Golf Resort in the World.”
  • Pamper yourself with an endless supply of resorts, spas and boutiques.
  • Fashion Island and Corona del Mar offer a top-notch shopping experience rivaling any high-end boutique setting in the world. The boys will love the wealth of European motorcars, luxury yachts and other opulent delights.

Photo credit:
Sails on the Horizon: Tom Walker flickr cc
Newport pier area aerial: Photo courtesy Orange County Archives flickr cc
Balboa Fun Zone and Balboa Pavillion: Photo courtesy Orange County Archives flickr cc
UC Irvine Science Library: Varin flickr cc
Resort at Pelican Hill: Prayitno flickr cc