Harbor Ridge

Overview

Overview: The Harbor Ridge neighborhood is a guard gated community near wonderful ocean views and Catalina Island views. This area has several parks and reservoirs. Although there are not many businesses within the neighborhood, the surrounding areas have restaurants, parks and recreation, small lakes, public and private schools, grocery stores, shopping centers, nightlife spots, and more. Harbor Ridge is within the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, which has many different elementary, middle, and high schools in Newport Beach. Private schools are also near Harbor Ridge if families prefer for their students to have more flexible curriculum and more clubs and activities. The area is also near movie theaters for those who enjoy taking their friends and family to see a new release in the box office. Also, the single-family homes in Harbor Ridge have been designed to make the view of Newport Beach and its wonderful features more visible to its residents.

Location: The Harbor Ridge community is located in the western part of Newport Beach, on the outskirts of Irvine, California. It is east of Newport Beach neighborhoods on the left side of the Upper Newport Bay State Marine Conservation Area such as Belcourt, Big Canyon, Eastbluff, and Newport Center. South of Harbor Ridge is Newport Coast, a world-class neighborhood with tons of grassland and state parks. It is about three miles northeast of the Corona del Mar neighborhood. Harbor Ridge sits between the San Joaquin Reservoir and the Big Canyon Reservoir. Also, it is about five miles away from the University of California Irvine.

Commutes: The minor streets within Harbor Ridge include Harbor Ridge Drive, Geneve, Napoli, Ridgeline, Narbonne, Spyglass Hill Road, Yorkshire, Stratford, among others. The major street that runs along the outskirts of this neighborhood is San Miguel Drive. San Miguel Drive starts at Newport Center and runs northeast up to Ford Road and Bonita Canyon Drive, which will take you to California State Route 73 if you travel eastbound. California State Route 73 (SR 73) is a major east-west state highway that runs within Orange County. SR 73 goes from Costa Mesa through San Joaquin Hills in Newport Beach to San Juan Capistrano.

Culture: The families who live in Harbor Ridge are wealthy and established in Newport Beach. The culture of this neighborhood is very family-centered as all of the homes in Harbor Ridge are for small and large families. This area is very peaceful, safe, and a great for raising a family. The people in this community love nature and take advantage of the grassland, lakes, and parks around them. Harbor Ridge is full of different parks with walking and biking trails and lakes that are great for fish and other activities. Harbor Ridge residents enjoy the environment around them.

Schools

Overview: Families who live in the Harbor Ridge area have different options when it comes to picking the perfect schools for their students. The only public school in the area is Newport-Mesa Unified School District. This school district serves both Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. Newport-Mesa is a smaller district but still provides students with the best course classes, electives, and extracurricular activities and clubs. It has more than 22,000 students enrolled in just 32 schools. Newport-Mesa has adult education and alternative education centers as well as two middle schools, four high schools, and twenty-two elementary schools. Newport-Mesa Unified School District has schools that offer after school programs. Families can also enroll their students in private schools. School officials and faculty members make it their duty to nurture the students’ creativity and allow students to grow as individuals and scholars.These schools have plenty of enrichment programs and student clubs.

Schools

Elementary Schools

Andersen Elementary School at 1900 Port Seabourne Way.

Students living in Harbor Ridge can enroll in Andersen Elementary School. This school is known as a stellar elementary school as it has won several awards for challenging its students to reach for their academic goals. Andersen Elementary won the California Distinguished School award multiple times, including in 2014, for setting high goals for the students and the students reaching them. Along with the core curriculum, elementary students can sign up for elective classes, which include music, dance, fine arts, and computer technology. Andersen offers fun and engaging extracurricular activities such as Spanish, robotics, softball, theater, soccer, and many more.

Lincoln Elementary School at 3101 Pacific View Drive.

Because this elementary school has won so many awards for being an outstanding public institution, many families in Harbor Ridge enroll their students in this school. Lincoln Elementary School has received countless recognition including the Exemplary Arts Education award. This award is given to schools that provide stellar arts programs and help students improve on their skills in fine and performing arts. Individuals come in as students and leave as well-rounded scholars and leaders. Lincoln Elementary School teaches students at a young age how to take initiative in their own studies. This school offers the Gifted and Talented Education program.

Middle Schools

Corona del Mar Middle School at 2985 Bear Street.

Corona del Mar Middle School is the main middle school in the Harbor Ridge area. It has both great educational courses as well as extracurricular activities and clubs. This middle school requires students to maintain proficient test scores and grades, especially if they are wanting to participate in afterschool programs. This makes sure that students focus on taking their academic careers seriously and teaches them accountability. Corona del Mar Middle School has an athletic department that values physical fitness and discipline. The sports teams offer by this middle school include basketball, track and field, cross country, football, cheerleading, volleyball, and soccer.

High Schools

Corona del Mar High School at 2985 Bear Street.

High school students in the Harbor Ridge can enroll in the nearest high school, which is Corona del Mar High School. It is a popular high school in Newport Beach because of the great athletic department and college preparatory classes. The college preparatory courses such as Advanced Placement (AP) are put in place to prepare students for college courses. Depending on the scores received on the final tests for the AP classes, students can earn college credit towards their future courses. For students in Harbor Ridge who enjoy sports, they can try out for teams such as golf, football, tennis, volleyball, and track.

Private Schools

Sage Hill School at 20402 Newport Coast Drive.

Within the Harbor Ridge area, Sage Hill School is a great alternative if you do not wish to enroll your students in public schools within the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. It is a distinguished private school that encourages students to be free-thinkers and full of individuality. Sage Hill provides hands-on experience with internships and volunteer work. Student and staff diversity in ethnicity, beliefs, and background adds positively to the school dynamic. Students learn to appreciate those who are different from themselves. Teachers and faculty members challenge their students to be leaders. Sage Hill has different activities including music, theater, technology, digital and visual art.

Newport Christian School at 1000 Bison Avenue.

Since the early 1980s, Newport Christian School has been helping students reach their full potentials. This private school serves students in grades kindergarten through eleventh. Newport Christian School has been growing for years. It has been adding more and more courses and grade levels each year. Within the next few years, the school will be offering the twelfth grade. It wants to provide all the academic needs for every student that enrolls. While Newport Christian School is faith-based and teaches its students Christian values and Bible study, students still receive core curriculum and additional electives that are not religiously affiliated.

Housing

Overview: Harbor Ridge is a guard gated community that has more than 100 custom single-family, luxurious homes, condos, and townhomes. This area is often referred to as the Harbor Ridge Custom Estates area. This Newport Beach neighborhood has spectacular homes that have panoramic and scenic views of the nearby lakes, ocean, state parks, and even Catalina Island. It is surrounded by nature. Harbor Ridge homes were originally built between the late 1970s and the early 1980s. What makes this community stand out the most is the wide variety of styles and architecture of these different homes. These homes have many designs ranging in anything from English Tudor to French Chateau to American traditional to American contemporary. The lot sizes of these homes are very large, making it easier for families to have more security and space in their homes. Harbor Ridge has houses that have as little as three bedrooms and as many as six bedrooms.

Housing options

Single-family Homes

Each single-family home in Harbor Ridge has its own character and style, adding such architectural diversity to the community. The homes in this area normally have features and amenities such as granite countertops, an open floor plan, a backyard and patio with a swimming pool, custom cabinetry, high-quality flooring, a master suite with a walk-in closet, and a ceiling with skylight. Some single-family homes that are more expensive and luxurious might have a balcony for the master suite, a spa with the swimming pool, mahogany cabinetry, a jacuzzi tub, and a dual sink in the kitchen and master suite bathroom.

Condominiums

On the outskirts of the neighborhood of Harbor Ridge are several beach condominiums. Most of them have multiple parking spaces designated for each condo. The amenities and features available to those who choose to live in a Harbor Ridge condo include a cozy fireplace, formal living room, an elegant entrance foyer, tubs with separate showers, a walk-in closet, and much more. The condominiums in this community are very sophisticated with the most updated appliances. There are as many as four bedrooms and four bathrooms and as little as two bedrooms and two bathrooms. These condos even have ceilings with skylight.

Townhomes

The area has a few townhomes scattered in Harbor Ridge. These homes can have a many as three bedrooms and as little as two bedrooms with a maximum of three bathrooms. The townhomes in Harbor Ridge can have a two-car attached garage, high ceilings, carpet or hardwood flooring, a community swimming pool, community spa and tennis court, washer and dryer unit, and more. Many of these townhomes were built back in the late 1970s. The backyards are great for entertaining guests because of the space available. Harbor Ridge homes like these are very popular and sought out by smaller families.

If you’re interested in buying a home in this area, check out currently available Harbor Ridge 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 Harbor Island is mostly consisting of single-family homes on the market. Most of the people in this area have families, which is why this community is so desirable. The homes are lovely and have so many upscale amenities and features, making them worth every dollar. The homes that are on the pricer end of the spectrum are as high as $9.4 million. Homes in this price range have as many as six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. They are closer to the reservoirs and recreational parks. Also, they have desirable items like a gym, large swimming pool with a private spa and sauna, a greenhouse, wine cellar, media room, and even an elevator. These estates are as high as two stories. The homes that are lower in price can be as low as $2.4 million. These homes are still sophisticated and elegant without the larger rooms and the extra estate amenities.

Things to Do

Overview: Living near so many city activities and places has different advantages. Although the Harbor Ridge neighborhood is gated and exclusive to just residents and invited visitors, the residents can travel just a few minutes to different theaters, art galleries and exhibits, dining places, entertainment centers, shops, and more. People can even take a short trip in less than five miles to the beach to enjoy watersports like swimming, surfing, and parasailing. Finding a great restaurant will be an easy task as Harbor Ridge is nearby dining places that serve tasty cuisine from different nationalities. Families who love to explore the great outdoors and stay active together can take advantage of the nature around them. There are many parks with and without playgrounds and sports fields. If you have a strong appreciation for art or just enjoy looking at painting and sculptures, the Harbor Ridge area is near some great exhibits.

Retail & Entertainment

Restaurants

If you would rather grab a bite to eat than cook at home, the Harbor Ridge neighborhood is close to some delicious dining options. Taco Rosa is a Mexican cantina with authentic Mexican dishes. WaSa Sushi & Teppan has cooked and raw sushi options. Pacific Whey Cafe has your favorite comfort food.

Shopping

Harbor Ridge is near one of the most famous shopping centers in Newport Beach. Fashion Island has so many well-known stores that have both upscale and casual clothing and accessories. Harbor View Shopping Center, Newport Hills Shopping Center, and Corona del Mar Plaza are just a few of the retail centers in the area.

Parks & Recreation

Those who love to hike, bike, walk the trails, or take their children to enjoy the playground can do all these things when you live in Harbor Ridge. The neighborhood is near parks such as Bonita Canyon Sports Park, Spyglass Hill Park, Newport Ridge Community Park, Andersen Park, and more.

Recreational Fishing

One of the many perks of living in Harbor Ridge is the recreational fishing. The neighborhood sits between the San Joaquin Reservoir and the Big Canyon Reservoir, making fishing more accessible to families. If you want to catch more fish, you can always travel south to Newport Beach Municipal Beach.

Movie Theaters

If you decide that you are not in the mood for any of your movies in your film collection, you can head to one of the movie theaters near Harbor Ridge. The Lot and Edwards Big Newport 6 & RPX are both in Fashion Island, which is less than three miles away.

Nightlife Spots

Outside of Harbor Ridge are different bars and nightlife spots that are filled with fun and social events. Muldoon’s Irish Pub is a Irish bar that has different drinks including crafted beers. Aqua Lounge is a spot with a club-style setting with dance music. The Place is a great, laidback sports bar.

Art & Culture

Harbor Ridge is not too far from some of Newport Beach’s exciting art galleries and exhibits. Southern CA Art Projects and Exhibitions (SCAPE) and Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) are contemporary art museums and galleries that showcase thousands of projects and pieces from artists in California and other places.

Country Clubs

The community is near big country clubs such as the Big Canyon Country Club, Newport Country Club, and Newport Beach Tennis Club. The Big Canyon is a members and invited guest club exclusively, while the Newport Country Club is open to those who want to sign up for a membership.

Cruises

Harbor Ridge residents find that taking cruises along Newport Beach or other parts of the world is full of fun and excitement. Worldwide Cruise & Travel and Hornblower Cruises & Events are great companies to sign up for their events or book a private cruise. People host different celebrations and events on them.

Watersports

The Harbor Ridge neighborhood is only a few miles away from the Newport Beach Municipal Beach. This is a large beach in the city, where many visitors and residents go parasailing, skimboarding, surfing, jet skiing, canoeing, and other activities. People can relax on the beach or explore the ocean.