Corona Del Mar

Overview

Overview: Also known as the “Crown of the Sea,” Corona del Mar, CA is aesthetically pleasing to the eye and has become a great community to reside in. This community can be lively and quiet, perfect for those who value both. It has classic cottage homes as well as new breathtaking contemporary houses, surrounded by incredible flower landscapes. Corona del Mar offers some of the best restaurants, nightlife spots, and popular pubs in town, giving residents and visitors opportunities to have some evening fun. People can enjoy the beach area, participate in community 5k runs, concerts at the Newport Beach Civic Center, check out the Sherman Library and Gardens and much more. This Newport Beach area has great shopping centers like the Corona del Mar Plaza along with high-end boutiques for exquisite tastes and styles. It has two beaches where visitors and residents surf, swim, play summer sports, and climb cliffs.

Location: Corona del Mar sits on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, towering over the sea. It is the face of the San Joaquin Hills, a flat mountain range located on the coast of Orange County. Mostly made up of land, this Newport neighborhood is south of Avocado Avenue, a main road in the area, and reaches all the way to the edge of the city. The lovely Crystal Cove State Park is just south of Corona del Mar and is accessible through a steep slope with winding paths. Its luxurious housing development, the Irvine Terrace, is north of Avocado Avenue.

Commutes: The neighborhood is near the Pacific Coast Highway, which is a major state highway along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean. Also known State Route 1 (SR 1), this state highway runs from north to south and has turnoffs, making it easier for residents and visitors to access places such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and local parts of Corona del Mar. This Newport area is just about four miles away from Newport Beach if you are traveling southeast. It is near the California State Route 73, which stretches from Interstate 405 in Costa Mesa to the San Joaquin Hills.

Culture: The Corona del Mar community has a chic and sophisticated vibe that breeds class and high-quality living. From contemporary beach houses to extravagant townhomes, the neighborhood has a variety of different housing architecture. It has country clubs, resorts, classic inns, stylish shopping centers, and many entertainment options for residents and visitors. Mainly single-families live in Corona del Mar because of the many one-to-two story homes. This quaint neighborhood is a peaceful paradise in Newport, perfect for families who want a slower pace of living. This is the perfect place to build a family because this community has much to offer.

Schools

Overview: Families who live in Corona del Mar mainly enroll their students at a public school in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District or to a private school. The Newport Mesa Unified School District covers overs almost 60 square miles of the Orange County and includes Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Corona del Mar. The school district has 22,000 students enrolled in 32 schools. It values student academics, behavior, and community, preparing its students for life beyond graduation. The district is continuously adjusting the core curriculum to ensure that the standards align with well-rounded and comprehensive material. While there are only a few private schools in Corona del Mar, these schools provide quality education. Classes are smaller in size in order to cater to students more and make sure no student is overlooked. Private schools such as Harbor Day School and Sage Hill School strive to increase the potential of their students.

Schools

Elementary Schools

Harbor View Elementary School at 900 Goldenrod Avenue.

Harbor View Elementary School serves students in grades kindergarten through fifth. This public school focuses on science, technology, art, reading, writing, history, and math. School administrators want their students to become high-achieving citizens who continue to grow in creativity and critical thinking. Along with the core subjects, Harbor View commits to providing extracurricular activities and elective programs. These programs include art, choir, orchestra, student government, and much more. Fifth and sixth-grade Harbor View students have the opportunity to participate in the annual school play. For a small fee, students can do after school programs to add to their academic experiences.

Lincoln Elementary School at 3101 Pacific View Drive.

Corona del Mar students in kindergarten through fifth grade can attend Lincoln Elementary School. This school has won the 1999 National Gold Ribbon, 2014 Exemplary Arts Education, and a California Distinguished School in 1997, 2004 and 2016. It is located in the center of Corona del Mar. Its prestigious awards exemplify its success in challenging its students to be committed to excellence. This school has a science and technology stations for critical thinkers. Lincoln Elementary offers GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program and testing for students in third through sixth grade. Teachers are looking for students that possess gifted characteristics.

Middle Schools

Corona del Mar Middle School at 2985 Bear Street.

For students in grades seventh through eighth, Corona del Mar Middle School is the main middle school in the area. It offers both academic and extracurricular programs for all. To ensure that the students are taking their academics seriously, they have put in place GPA requirements for those who want to participate in extracurricular activities. The school has sports teams available such as soccer, cheerleading, track, basketball, and volleyball. For middle school, students have the opportunity to learn the Spanish, Mandarin, French or American Sign Language. Students can either take a language course for one quarter or enroll in technology.

High Schools

Corona del Mar High School at 2985 Bear Street.

High school students in the Corona del Mar neighborhood are zoned to enroll in Corona del Mar, which is connected with Corona del Mar Middle School. Students have the opportunity to take advantage of Advanced Placement (AP) classes, which offer college-level content for high schoolers. This prepares them for college and can earn them credit towards course credits at universities. The high school has Orchesis Dance Company, which is an elite dance program that has formal auditions. Students can perform at different events in the community. Athletic programs offered at this school include football, golf, cross country, tennis, and volleyball.

Private Schools

Harbor Day School at 3443 Pacific View Drive.

Harbor Day School is a prestigious private school that creates a student-centered atmosphere so that students are safe to learn and grown. The school is six acres in size, perfect for adequate room for student activities. For over 60 years, this school has been providing a wide range of courses such as extensive technology, woodshop, world languages (Spanish, Chinese, and Latin), and fine arts. Harbor Day has 408 students in grades kindergarten through eighth. The teacher-to-student ratio is 1-to-11 for elementary and 1-to-16 for middle school. Harbor Day School staff are able to connect with their students much easier.

Housing

Overview: The Corona del Mar neighborhood has mainly one-to-two story new cottage-style houses, townhomes, and condominiums. These contemporary twists on cottage-style homes adds both a vintage and modernism feel to them. Townhomes and condos are a very popular in Corona del Mar because they fit the beachside and coastal feel of the neighborhood. Beautiful porches that wrap around the back with a plush lawn that stretches all around the house makes outdoor events so much easier to host. More upscale homes are three stories and have balconies of different sizes and structures that face the beach, oceanfront, and Catalina of Corona del Mar. The variety in the different house architecture give families opportunities to pick the home that best suites what they’re looking for. These high-end homes tend to be within a gated communities in order to control entrances and minimize unwanted activities. It makes residents feel more safe and secure.

Housing options

Single-family Homes

Single-family homes are plenty in the Corona del Mar neighborhood. Most of these homes have large balconies and patios, garages, wide windows, and spacious living spaces to accommodate for larger families. For these places, they normally have two to five bathrooms with a combination of full and half bathrooms. Traditional single-family house with multiple rooms per floor (living and dining room areas) are structurally separated by walls and panels. More modern-style houses have sometimes have free-flowing or open floor plans, which allows families to customize their living spaces. Some homes can be as large as 6,000 square feet or more.

Apartments

Although the area is more occupied with single-family homes and townhouses, there are a few upscale apartment complexes available in Corona del Mar. These extravagant places have pools, master bedrooms with private seating, multiple apartment entrances, individual balconies, and spacious floor plans. Renting Corona del Mar can be as low as $1,850 per month and as high as $5,000 per month. Apartment complexes like Westside Rentals are in the heart of the neighborhood and in a short walking distance of retail stores, shops, and restaurants. Westside Rentals has apartments located close to the East Coast Highway, making day-to-day commuting easier.

High Rises and Condominiums

While Corona del Mar does not have very many high rise homes, if at all, the neighborhood has many high rise condominiums available for rental and on sale. Most of these beautiful condos face the oceanfront, harbor, and beach for an amazing view. Many of these are located near Big Corona Beach and entertainment. Some of these places have patios with furnished outside dining, fireplaces, and slide-away glass doors. Corona del Mar has condominiums that are smaller than their single-family homes but are just as luxe and impressive. Stylish living is a must for those who live in the area.

New Construction

In the Corona del Mar neighborhood, some new homes are being constructed. Most of these homes have more of a modern style. Some larger homes are maintaining the classic cottage-style that Corona del Mar is famous for. Houses with two to three-story houses are available for bigger families moving to the neighborhood. They have multiple car garages, larger backyards, multiple balconies and patios, and different bedroom sizes and structures. Open floor plans are becoming more and more popular with contemporary style homes. It really gives families and individuals more options when to comes to decorating and organizing their living space.

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

Real Estate

Overview: The majority of Corona del Mar real estate is single-family homes and condominiums. This neighborhood not only ranges widely in the architecture and structure of homes, but also in the buying prices. Many of these places have houses that are priced as high as $14 million. Homes in this price range are in the more upscale part of the neighborhood, south of the Pacific Coast Highway. Also, they are much larger in size, larger in lot square footage, and have more high-end amenities and more aesthetically pleasing and luxurious. On the other side, Corona del Mar houses can be priced as low as $730,000 and even lower for the condominiums. Quite a few homes that are on the market because of foreclosure, which means their prices will be more affordable. While many on the market possess the vintage cottage style, there is an influx of homes that are more modern.

Things to Do

Overview: From surfing to The Gardens to brisk walks in the Crystal Cove State Park, Corona del Mar has tons of fun activities available for visitors and residents. Whether is is for family fun or a night out on the town, this area has things to do to keep you occupied. One of the many things people enjoy in the area is spending some time at the Corona del Mar State Beach, Big Corona, and Little Corona Beaches. Summer activities at the beach are a great way to wind down. The neighborhood is especially known for its many retail stores within one shopping center. Corona del Mar Plaza offers the most quality of selections with the best clothing and accessories. The restaurant cuisines that Corona del Mar has to offer is endless. Bandera, Pirozzi, and the Bamboo Bistro are just a few of the many places to enjoy some quality meals.

Retail & Entertainment

Botanical Gardens

For those who love the aesthetics of horticulture, the Sherman Library & Gardens, also known as The Gardens, is a sight to see. This horticultural retreat has breathtaking views of living plants, displayed on patios, conservatories, and gardens. And with the combination of the brick walkways, the experience is spectacular.

Retail

Offering one of the best selections of retail shops in the Newport area, Corona del Mar Plaza has a large selection of high-end shops and boutiques. Stores like J.McLaughlin, Mi Place, and Marmi Shoes carry fine clothing and accessories. This center even has upscale grocery stores such as Bristol Farms.

Dining

The Corona del Mar neighborhood has a wide variety of restaurant options for both casual and fine dining. Bandera has delicious American-style food with healthier options. Head over to El Cholo for some Mexican cuisine. For more upscale options, places like Five Crowns and Pelican Grill serve meals with elegance.

Beaches

Whether you’re at the “Big Corona” or “Little Corona,” the neighborhood has beach areas, perfect for family and friend hangouts. You can play beach volleyball, surfing, ocean swimming, and more on Big Corona. Little Corona has a more quiet environment, and you can see more sea life in the water.

Museums

The Southern California Art Projects and Exhibitions (SCAPE) never disappoints. SCAPE always features quality art pieces from talented individuals. Also it has art advisory services for professionals and first-time buyers who want to maintain art collections. They even offer advice on how to care for the art that is purchased.

Concerts

During the summer months, the Corona del Mar are has “Concerts on the Green” at the Civic Center. They are free to the public and offer shows with talented musicians, both mainstream and independent. You can either bring your own food or purchase your food from gourmet food trucks available.

Theaters

Interested in watching a new-released film, the New Port Theater in Corona del Mar has it all. It is one of Newport Beach’s most luxurious theaters. Not only can you watch cinema, but also you can see live performances too. There is even a dining area for patrons to eat.

Fitness Centers

Whether you want to stay active or you have decided to get in shape, Corona del Mar has plenty of fitness centers and gyms. The Shape-Up Health Club, Orangetheory Fitness, and Defy Gravity are just a few of the many fitness centers that offer quality fitness instruction and gym equipment.

Corona del Mar State Park

Taking a walk or spending time with you family in the great outdoors is no problem when you are surrounded by recreational parks. The Corona del Mar State Park has the perfect trail for biking, jogging, and relaxing strolls. Filled with beautiful grassland, the park is very open and spacious.

Nightlife

For a night out on the town, Corona del Mar has quite a few nightlife spots and bars in the area. The Quiet Woman is a famous spot that offers handcrafted drinks in a cozy setting. SideDoor has a European vibe to it and serves delicious appetizers and craft beers.