Beacon Bay

Overview

Overview: Beacon Bay is one of the most gorgeous small communities in the Newport Beach area. This neighborhood embodies the beach life as it is surrounded by sand and the Pacific Ocean. People call Beacon Bay home because it is such a quiet and soothing area with wonderful waterfront homes. It is a great place to raise a family. The majority of the buildings in this community is residential although there are some restaurants and small businesses in the area. Although it is very quaint, Beacon Bay is nearby all of the action-packed fun activities and shops in Newport Beach. There is always something to do. You can go to some of the most popular restaurants on the coast such as SOL Mexican Cocina, 3 Thirty 3 Waterfront, Galley Cafe, and Bayside. If you love to golf, then Beacon Bay is only a mile away from the Newport Beach Country Club.

Location: This lovely neighborhood is located off of Harbor Island in the lower part of Newport area. This island sits to the west of Beacon Bay. Beacon Bay is located across from the famous Balboa Island and directly north of it. Balboa Peninsula and Lido Isle are over three miles east of this community. Southeast of Beacon bay is Corona del Mar, one of Newport Beach’s major neighborhoods that is home to the popular Fashion Island shopping center. A trip to Fashion Island would be an eight-minute drive and be only three miles away. North of Beacon Bay is Coney Island.

Commutes: Despite Beacon Bay being located on the coast of Newport Beach, residents can still easily commute in and out of the neighborhood. Also, you can easily drive to different Orange County cities. The major road in the community is Harbor Island Road, which runs along the north part of the community and travels north to intersect with Bayside Drive. Bayside Drive runs right into the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). PCH is a state highway that runs along the coast. This highway allows people to get to different cities in California from San Francisco all the way to San Diego

Culture: As this small neighborhood is full of families, Beacon Bay welcomes family-friendly activities and events. Many residents have to travel out of the neighborhood because the majority of the community amenities they need are in other neighborhoods close by. Beacon Bay is a gated and guarded community, which adds exclusivity. Residents are able to keep out unwanted guests and traffic, which eliminates any outside crime. Families in this area love the outdoors because they live on a a tranquil island. People can’t help but to take advantage of the scenic views, sandy beach, summer boating, and grassland walking trails.

Schools

Overview: For families who favor public schooling, Beacon Bay students are zoned to enroll in schools within the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. Both Costa Mesa and Newport Beach students attend these schools. The district has primary and secondary education available. Newport-Mesa is considered one of the biggest school districts in the county. It has 32 schools, which includes four high schools, two middle schools, twenty-two elementary schools, an adult education center, and an alternative education center. Each school within this district has a mission to ensure that the students are learning the curriculum material and growing as scholars. Many of them offer after school clubs and activities to enrich the students’ learning experiences. There are families in Beacon Bay who choose not to enroll their students in public schools. They can always apply for their students to enroll in one of Newport Beach’s stellar private schools that ignite students’ academic ambitions.

Schools

Elementary Schools

Harbor View Elementary School at 900 Goldenrod Avenue.

Serving Beacon Bay kindergarten through fifth-grade students, Harbor View Elementary School challenges them to work hard and go above and beyond to achieve academic success. Subject classes as well as enrichment programs and clubs are equally important to the staff members at Harbor View. This school teaches students technology, basic mathematics, social studies, reading, and writing. Outside of academia, students can sign up for after school clubs like drama, choir, band, and student council. At a young age, Harbor View teaches students how to prioritize school work while exploring their interests. Each year, this elementary school has a theater production.

Newport Elementary School at 1327 W Balboa Blvd.

Newport Elementary School is less than five miles away from the Beacon Bay area. This elementary school is popular because parents notice that students are excelling in their academics and growing as individuals. Newport school officials strive to make their students into leaders, not followers. Beacon Bay students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade are eligible to enroll. The school offers a few extracurricular activities, but mainly focuses on the fundamentals of learning. Newport Elementary School is known for having the Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE), which is beneficial because it helps teachers and parents identify gifted characteristics in their students.

Middle Schools

Ensign Intermediate School at 2000 Cliff Drive.

One of the best middle schools within a five miles radius is Ensign Intermediate School. This school matures its students and prepares them for life as a future high school student. They learn accountability and responsibility for maintaining good grades and taking initiative to make their academic experiences meaningful. Students can only participate in activities if their grades are acceptable. Ensign offers French and Spanish classes to give students the opportunity to learn some new languages. School officials successfully to turn these students into scholars. After school, students can try out for sports teams including soccer, volleyball, basketball, and track.

Corona del Mar Middle School at 2985 Bear Street.

Another popular middle school for Beacon Bay students to attend is Corona del Mar Middle School. Students love this school because it has a wide variety of different clubs, activities, and sports. Corona enforces a GPA requirement policy that ensure that students participating in after school programs are able to juggle them with their school work. Students can sign up or try out for sports teams such as soccer, basketball, track, volleyball, and cheerleading. Corona del Mar Middle School has several world language courses that students can choose from when they are picking a language elective: Spanish, Mandarin, or French.

High Schools

Corona del Mar High School at 2985 Bear Street.

High school students in the Beacon Bay area can enroll in Corona del Mar High School. It is only three miles away from the neighborhood, which makes it a quick commute. Students who are interested in taking their academics to the next level can sign up for Advanced Placement courses. These courses are designed to prepared high school students for college courses at universities. They can even earn college credit if they pass the final exam with a high score. Outside of coursework, high school students at Corona have come of the best and competitive sports teams in the area.

Newport Harbor High School at 600 Irvine Ave.

Founded in 1930, Newport Harbor High School is a great secondary education school near Beacon Bay. Students in Beacon Bay will have the opportunity to earn scholarships that will help them pay for college. This high school is very prestigious and takes educating high school students seriously. School officials push for their students to set goals and reach them. Along with the core curriculum, Newport Harbor High School students have fine arts, music, theater, technology, and other courses. The school has an Associated Student Body that acts as the student government, plans the student events, and advocates for student needs.

Private Schools

Harbor Day School at 3443 Pacific View Drive.

Harbor Day School is a private school that teaches primary and secondary education. For Beacon Bay students in grades kindergarten through eighth, this school has plenty of engaging core and elective courses. This is a secular private school. It has a six-acre lot that is great for sports and outdoor after school programs. Harbor Day has been serving students in the Newport Beach area for more than 60 years. Students can connect with their instructors. Harbor Day has many different courses such as wood shop, extensive technology, and fine arts. Also, it offers world language courses including Chinese, Spanish, and Latin.

Carden Hall at 1541 Monrovia Avenue.

Although Carden Hall is a small private school with only over 400 students enrolled, it supplies plenty of sports, after school activities, and engaging courses for its students. Beacon Bay kindergarten through eighth grade students can be enrolled if accepted into this school. This private school is faith-based while still using the subject core curriculum to teach students about the world around them. Teachers and faculty members strive to ensure that they provide the skills and tools needed to be successful in high school. Carden Hall is known for its competitive athletic department. Students can play basketball, volleyball, and football.

Housing

Overview: Located near Harbor Island, Beacon Bay has over 70 homes in the area. They are all facing the bay and walking distance from the beach and ocean. This quaint neighborhood has homes within gated communities. Most of them are cape cod cottage style while the newly constructed homes are more contemporary and custom. All of the residential buildings are in walking distance of Beacon Bay restaurants and different activities. This gives families the options to either walk to their destinations or drive there. This is one of the reasons why so many of the residents love the outdoors. Homes that are not on the bay are on the Estradas where there is more grassland. Unfortunately, this neighborhood does not have any apartments or townhomes but has low rise condominiums. The main type of homes are for single families. There are more opportunities for people to buy a home than rent one in Beacon Bay.

Housing options

Single-family Homes

In the Beacon Bay area, there are many single-family homes. They are either cape cod cottages or contemporary two-story beach homes. The single story cape cod homes can have as many as four bedrooms and some amazing features and amenities. High ceilings, a private patio, indoor fireplace, world-class gas or electric stove, washer/dryer unit, and a dishwasher are features that families fall in love with in living in Beacon Bay. Some have large backyards and the front grass yards are looking out to the bay. Community might have amenities like a tennis court, private docks, and a small recreational park.

Low Rise Condominiums

While Beacon Bay does not have high rise condominiums, there are some low rise ones in the area. These condominiums can have as many as three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Hardwood flooring, spacious bathrooms, a large kitchen, a living room fireplace, high ceilings are some of the features of these places. Some low rise condominiums have private washer and dryer units, while others have community laundry unit access for all tenants. The condominiums that are closer to the bay are popular because tenants can enjoy the waterfront scenery. Some community amenities can include tennis courts, beach chairs, parks, and docks.

New Construction

Beacon Bay has some new homes being built in the area. These luxurious places are for single families. Some of them have a shared private deck. They are close to the lakeside, adding to the tranquil picturesque vibe to the neighborhood. These beautiful new homes have living spaces that point toward the lake. These homes have perfect scenic views to enjoy on the couch, looking out of the window, or sitting on the patio. They can be as large as 3,000 square feet. These new single-family houses are contemporary style in the exterior with modern and high-end appliances in the interior.

If you’re interested in buying a home in this area, check out currently available Beacon Bay homes for sale. You can also browse through the entire database of all the available Newport Beach homes for sale.

Real Estate

Overview: The real estate in Beacon Bay is mostly cape cod homes and contemporary beach homes for single families and individuals who need tons of space. The closer the homes are to the bay area and the larger the homes are, you will notice that they are more expensive. There are homes in the Beacon Bay area cost as much as $12 million. These homes can have six bedrooms and five bathrooms at the most. Having a jacuzzi, high-end appliances, a swimming pool, a fireplace, a private dock, and a multiple-car garage is not out of the ordinary in Beacon Bay. Homes like these are more upscale and families who value elegance and luxury want quality amenities and features. Single-family houses that have lower prices can be priced as low as $2 million. These cheaper homes are still luxurious and have expansive architecture, spacious rooms, and features that captivate the eye.

Things to Do

Overview: On any given day, you will be able to find engaging activities, delicious restaurants, water tours, and other fun things to explore in the Beacon Bay area. If you are in the mood for some tacos or delicious seafood, you can go to SOL Mexican Cocina. A night out on the town just got better as you can go to 3 Thirty 3 Waterfront for some cocktails and good times with friends. Love to shop until you drop? Then, Fashion Island and Lido Marina Village Mall could be the perfect shopping centers for you. If you just want to go to the movies to see a new box office movie, the Regency Lido Theater will take care of your cinema needs. Enjoying the sunny weather outdoors is no hassle since Beacon Bay and the surrounding Newport Beach neighborhoods have plenty of fun water sports activities and water tours to explore.

Retail & Entertainment

Fun Spots

One of the most fun areas near Beacon Bay is the Balboa Fun Zone. Whether you take a ride on the ferris wheel, go jet skiing along the coast, or rent some Segways, you will have a blast. This area has tons of arcade games for all ages and food booths.

Recreational Fishing

Beacon Bay is not only surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, but also within the area, there are small lakes. Recreational fishing is a pass time favorite because it is a great activity to unwind. If you want to catch some fish, you can go to the Balboa Marina that has public docks.

Watersports

For those adventurous individuals, watersports are all the rage in Beacon Bay and in other parts of Newport Beach. If you don’t have the equipment you need, don’t worry. Balboa Water Sports and Southwind Kayak Center Rental Base has the watersports equipment and gear you need to enjoy waves on The Wedge.

Cruises

A great way to enjoy the sunny weather and see all of Newport is to sign up to go on a local cruise with your friends and family. Cruise Newport Beach as well as Hornblower Cruises & Events can host any event from wedding receptions to corporate cruises to birthday parties.

History & Culture

Within a few miles of Beacon Bay, you can drive to look at some Newport Beach history and landmarks. The Balboa Pavilion is the oldest recreational water pavilion in the state. People can host parties and weddings there. The Lovell Beach House is a “health house” created by Rudolf Schindler.

Restaurants

Without leaving the Beacon Bay area, you can find plenty of dining options close by. These places include SOL Mexican Cocina, Starbucks, Bayside Restaurant, Basilic, Ciao, and Galley Cafe. If you take short trip out of the neighborhood, you can eat at Waterline, Bluewater Grill, and many other restaurants.

Shopping

Beacon Bay is near shopping centers such as Fashion Island, Lido Marina Village Mall, and the Bayside Shopping Center. You will find high-quality clothing and accessory stores. Carol Klein Fine Jewelry, Neiman Marcus, Alice + Olivia, Elie Tahari, Alchemy Works Harbor House, Marine Layer are just some of the various stores.

Nightlife Spots

Near the Beacon Bay area has some lively nightlife spots. These include A&O Kitchen + Bar, The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar, 3 Thirty 3 Waterfront, Newport Beach Brewing Co., among many others. Anything from crafted beers to flavorful cocktails to classy fine wine, you will find the perfect nightlife place.

Cinema & Theater

You don’t have to travel very far to see a new movie that is in the theaters. This classic style theater has a retro 1940s look. The Regency Lido Theater always has the new box office releases. It also shows critically-acclaimed independent films. You can even watch a foreign film.

Water Tours

Whether you have lived in Beacon Bay for years or just visiting, you will never get tired of water tours. Newport Fun Tours and Davey’s Locker Whale Watching & Sportfishing Tours are the best in the area. You can either watch dolphins and whales or enjoy the view on the ocean.