Beach Haven – Baycrest

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Introduction to the Enclave: Baycrest is a wonderful family-friendly community in the heart of Newport Beach. It is comprised of several neighborhoods, including Baycrest North, Baycrest South, Baycrest Harbor Highlands and Baycrest. Baycrest is centrally located to all that Newport Beach has to offer and is within walking distance to the Newport Beach Aquatic Center, Mariners Park, the Donna & John Crean Mariners Branch Library, and the great amenities and services of 17th Street –great restaurants, shopping, several grocery stores, and more. Another perk is the award-winning Mariners Elementary School.

Bordered By: Baycrest is located on the westside of Upper Newport Beach. It is bordered by lrvine Avenue to the north, Upper Newport Bay to the east, Pacific Coast Highway to the south and Dover Drive to the west.

Homes: Baycrest was developed in the early 1960s by the builders Lyons and Cashion. The original development consisted of several floor plans ranging in square footage from 2,400 to 3,210 square feet. Many properties have either expanded or been rebuilt since that time and range in style from traditional to contemporary. Homes in Baycrest range in price from the low $1 millions up to $3 millions for the larger, newer constructed properties.

How the Community has Evolved: Baycrest is a tight-knit community, consisting mainly of families. There are also several empty nester owners who raised their families in Baycrest and love it too much to leave. Because it is such a friendly neighborhood, there are often pot lucks, barbecues and movie nights hosted by different residents. You can often find residents riding their bikes, walking dogs, and heading to the walking trails in Upper Newport Bay and along the Back Bay Loop around the Castaways.

Community Features/Amenities/Special Events: Families join in the much anticipated annual 4th of July Parade, when the streets are cordoned off and bikes, wagons and moving vehicles are decked out in their finest red, white and blue. The parade heads down Mariners Avenue and culminates at Mariners Park with food, music and myriad activities for kids. Throughout the year, there are a variety of events that take place at nearby Upper Newport Bay and the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. Residents have a bird’s eye view from the Castaways bluff to take in the 4th of July Fireworks extravaganza at Newport Dunes. Every June (this year it’s June 25 from 9 a.m. to noon) is Art in the Park at Mariners Park. Mariners Park is also home to softball fields, batting cages, rival soccer games and tennis backboards.

Current Market Activity:

Currently for Sale:

• 2101 Santiago, a 4 bedroom, 2,639 sq.ft., original construction single level home.

• 1725 Skylark, a 4 bedroom, 3,200 sq.ft., extensively remodeled single level home.

• 2018 Nautilus (www.2018Nautilus.com) – This 4 bedroom+ office is a 3,111 sq.ft., ultra chic home completely remodeled in the fall of 2010. There is an Open House on Sunday June 26, from 1-4 p.m.

Recently Sold:

•1520 Highland, a 5 bedroom, 3,651 sq.ft., two story home, with a pool/spa in the backyard.

• 1370 Hampshire Circle, 4 bedroom, 3,800 sq.ft., has been an extensively redesigned Santa Barbara-style home.

Information provided by Georgina Jacobson and Natalie Raney of Coldwell Banker Previews International. Contact Georgina Jacobson on her cell at 949.285.8380, or by email at georgina@georginajacobson.com. Contact Natalie Raney at 949.290.9625 or email her at Natalie.Raney@camoves.com. Their office is located at 140 Newport Center Drive, Suite 100, Newport Beach.