Beacon Bay, Newport Beach

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This is 14 Beacon Bay which is listed for $3,495,000 LH. This is a typical scene from the docks to the homes. photo credit, Coplin & Sacks Creative

Introduction to the enclave: Beacon Bay is often described as an “old-fashioned” neighborhood. Like the old days, neighbors meet at the mailboxes, discuss issues on the beach, organize community events and share meals. It’s an extended family environment. Return to an earlier time where lots are large, there’s abundant grassy open space & a beach for children and dogs to play. Residents feel as if they are living in the “Leave it to Beaver” era. With only 72 homes, Beacon Bay is small enough that children of all ages play together: boys and girls alike. There is truly a sense of “community” which is rare in today’s fast-paced world. Beacon Bay offers low-key, vintage beach lifestyle at its finest!

Unusual Characteristics of Beacon Bay: Unlike most beach communities in Newport Beach or CdM where one typically finds the standard lot with a width of 30 feet, the standard in Beacon Bay is 40 feet on the water and 45 feet and 50 feet on the grass estradas. There are five very special bay front homes which border the grass estradas, which are also on 50-foot lots. These are the diamonds of Beacon Bay. The openness and low density is evident throughout the community. Visitors’ first words are usually, “I want to live here.”

Bordered by: Bayside Drive on the north, Harbor Island Drive/Rd. on the west, Newport Bay to the south with views toward the north bay front of Balboa Island and The Galley restaurant & Balboa Yacht Basin Marina to the east.

Views: Newport Harbor bay views, including the coveted “turning basin” which is the heart of the harbor, boating activity and sailboat racing. Views toward Balboa Island and Collins Island as well as prime sunset views never cease to amaze those who enjoy the end of the day on the dock with friends and neighbors.

This is one of three grass estradas leading to the beach and dock areas. Photo by, Anne A. Hoover

Homes: Originally, beach bungalows were prevalent as most of the homes were vacation homes with small caretaker units attached. Beacon Bay remains zoned R2 for that very reason, but now some of the apartments generate substantial income for the homeowners. A most compelling feature, unique to Beacon Bay, are the wide grass estradas. Therefore, the community offers much open space with lush green lawns and the layout encourages neighbors to congregate out front with their children, dogs, etc. to enjoy each other’s company or a to setup a community BBQ. When Beacon Bay was originally developed during the 1940s the now grass estradas were all sand. Imagine having a sand front yard! Today the community association maintains the grass estradas so they’re all consistent and manicured weekly.

How the Community Has Evolved: The community has evolved from beach bungalows to beautiful contextually appropriate beach side homes designed for today’s lifestyle. Many of the homes have been updated and rebuilt, most with an emphasis on maintaining a “front porch” type of lifestyle where neighbors can enjoy their community.  Continuing with an emphasis on a low-key lifestyle, Beacon Bay has evolved into a full time, cohesive community where neighbors become friends, like family and watch out for one another. During warm evenings, a favorite place to meet is on the docks for what are referred to as “Docktails.” Neighbors bring hors d’oeuvres, food to BBQ and specialty drinks to share with all.

Community Features/Amenities/Special Events: Beacon Bay offers a wealth of amenities from a private tennis court, children’s play park, half basketball court, open space for dogs, children & friends to play, sandy beaches, a small boat launching ramp and private docks for Beacon Bay Homeowners. Electric boats, Harbor 20’s (sailboats) and Whalers are found in the many private slips and afford homeowners the ability to enjoy a bay cruise on a moment’s notice. The slips are available to homeowners and with slip rentals at $525 a year, it’s in a sense our own “beach club.” Drop your kayak, sailboat or paddle board in the water right from Beacon Bay or enjoy time in the sun on the wonderful quiet beach. Neighbors enjoy our annual 4th of July parade down the main street to the park with the In & Out Burger truck for lunch on the beach.  Homeowners enjoy holiday parties, summer celebrations, pumpkin-carving contests, pancake breakfasts in the park and sledding on the beach during the boat parade, thanks to a generous homeowner. Residents also decorate the docks for the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, which goes directly in front of Beacon – another perfect excuse for a get together.

History of the Area: On Nov. 9, 1927 the city of Newport Beach leased the land in Beacon Bay to J.A. Beek for commerce and navigation, in consideration for dredging and filling, installation of utilities, and payment to the city of a graduated acreage rental.  This was the beginning of Beacon Bay. The Balboa Yacht Basin was dredged in 1929 as well as the channel connecting it with the waters of Newport Harbor. In January of 1930, the Newport Beach city council adopted a resolution endorsing the use of the land for residential purposes and Beacon Bay as we know it today was born. The current land lease now expires in 2044. As most of the homeowners in Beacon Bay agree, why buy the land when you can rent it! The prices in Beacon Bay reflect this fact and enable homeowners to use the capital not required to purchase the land for other investments which earn them a greater return.

Another notable fact is that world-renowned violinist, Jascha Heifetz, who resided on neighboring Harbor Island, built the wonderful tennis court and was the first lessee in Beacon Bay in 1939. When his original lease expired in 1948 he gave the tennis court to Beacon Bay.

Current Market Activity

There are currently five homes for sale in Beacon Bay ranging from $1,150,000 to $5,995,000. There is also one bay front lot for sale for $1,695,000. The available homes range from a starter and/or tear down priced at $1,150,000, to lovely remodeled homes on the grass estrada priced at $1,650,000 and $1,949,000. One of only five prized 50-foot corner bay front homes bordering the grass estrada and the sand is available for $3,495,000. It offers a wonderful warm three bedroom main home as well as a two-bedroom guest apartment and has wonderful light in both as it is situated on a corner lot.  A newer three bedroom Tuscan-style home on the sand is priced at $5,995,000.

Information provided by John and Anne Hoover. For more information on Beacon Bay, contact John or Anne Hoover with the Hoover MacInnes Group, residents of Beacon Bay and agents with Surterre Properties, Inc. at 949.717.7188. Email john@hoovermac.com.