Introduction to the Enclave: Harbor View Hills is a community of prestigious homes situated in the northwest corner of Corona del Mar within walking distance of Fashion Island as well as the quaint restaurants and shops of Corona del Mar village. Defined to the west by the glistening sandy coastline and the Pacific Ocean, Corona del Mar offers an incredible number of amenities, including shopping at local businesses, strolling down tree-lined streets leading to beautiful public beaches, and close proximity to wonderful shopping and restaurants in Fashion Island. The homes in Harbor View Hills are on terraced hillsides offering some of the best ocean views of local coastal communities. Homes can range in price from the low $1million range to some more than $4million.
Bordered By: It is bordered by San Joaquin Hills Road to the north, to the east by Crown Drive North, to the south by Harbor View Drive and to the west by MacArthur Boulevard.
Views: Harbor View Hills offers some of the finest views of Newport Beach, Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach. Some include views from Palos Verdes to the north, and Laguna Beach and further to the south. Sunset views of Catalina and the Balboa Peninsula can be breathtaking.
Homes: Harbor View Hills homes were originally built in the early 1960s. There are more than 1,100 homes here. Many of the homes are single story. The original architecture was of the 1960s style ranch homes of simple wood and stucco exteriors. Over the past 20 years, extensive renovation and rebuilding has occurred with homes representing Mediterranean, Cape Cod and clean contemporary designs, reflecting the current architectural trends.
History of the Area: The city of Newport Beach annexed the small community of Corona del Mar in 1924. As is the case with many beach communities, the land eventually gained popularity as a summer resort, with people crowding into small cottages that now, for the most part, have been torn down.
How the Community Has Evolved: Today, the community has evolved into one of the premiere coastal communities with pristine beaches and wonderful dining and shopping. You can spend a weekend enjoying the village and never get into your car. Beaches are within easy strolling distance, and the community has a number of restaurants and cafes along Pacific Coast Highway, where residents can sit with a cup of coffee and a newspaper.
Community Features/Amenities/Special Events: Corona del Mar hosts many fun events throughout the year including a 5K run, a sandcastle building contest at Corona del Mar Main Beach, Shakespeare by the Sea and concerts at the local parks. The annual Christmas Walk in the village and the Taste of Newport culinary event in Fashion Island are particularly popular.
Why You Love Living Here: Corona del Mar is the most charming place I have ever experienced. I love walking the village, enjoying evening strolls to Inspiration Point above Corona del Mar beach and the friendliness of the people in the community. Walk the village or stroll along the beach and you will find it easy to engage with local residents who are friendly and helpful.
Current Market Activity:
• 3809 Park Green Drive, a 2,535 sq.ft. home with no view is listed at $1,690,000 ($670 per sq.ft.). The home has been nicely remodeled with a very attractive kitchen, flooring and other amenities. The backyard is also nicely done with a pool, spa and built-in barbecue.
• 2701 Harbor View Drive, a 3,000 sq.ft. home with an ocean view is currently listed at $2.95 million ($983 per sq.ft.). The home has an open floor plan with a high ceiling and clean contemporary lines. The lot is almost 13,000 sq.ft. with a pool and large backyard.
• In May 2011, 1014 White Sails Way, a 4,000 sq.ft. home with an ocean view sold for $2.95 million ($750 per sq.ft.). It was remodeled and expanded in 2005. The residence boasts five bedrooms, four baths, and a salt water pool and spa – all on a 12,000 sq.ft. lot.
Information, provided by Alan Bynder, Broker Associate with Coldwell Banker Previews International. His office is located at 140 Newport Center Drive, Ste. 100, Newport Beach. Contact him at 949.640.3722 or by cell at 949.689.3698. His email is Alan.Bynder@coldwellbanker.com. Visit www.AlanBynder.com.