Lido Sands

Overview

Overview: Lido Sands is a Newport Beach gated community that is within walking distance of the best beaches in the city. This small neighborhood was established in the late 1950s. It is known for its beach style homes and the celebration of the California lifestyle of sophistication, sun, and success. There are only approximately 82 homes in this community, making this place very exclusive. Lido Sands has protection against unwanted traffic and guests, which is perfect for individuals who want their families to live in a safe area. It has different beach boutiques, parks, restaurants, inns, shopping malls, and more. People who live in this community spend most of their time outdoors, whether they are on the beach, doing watersports, walking in the park, or just out on the town. Lido Sands is near some great entertainment centers that are family-friendly. This area is also near stellar public and private schools.

Location: The neighborhood is located in west Newport Beach between 47th and 57th Street. It is in walking distance from the Pacific Coast Highway. Lido Sands is east of West Newport Park. It is one mile north of Newport Island, a bayfront neighborhood that is across from Balboa Boulevard. The growing city of Costa Mesa is northeast of Lido Sands. If you travel five miles north on the Pacific Coast Highway, you will reach Huntington Beach, also known as Surf City USA. Also, Lido Sands is west of other Newport Beach neighborhoods such as the Castaways, Cliffhaven, Kings Road, Harbor View Hills, and Dover Shores.

Commutes: Traveling in and out of the Lido Sands community will not be a hassle as it is only a couple of minutes from Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). This highway runs along the coast and stretches from San Francisco all the way to San Diego. It has numerous exits to reach different Newport Beach neighborhoods and other cities in California. Lido Sands Drive is the main street in the area. The community is bordered by Lido Sands Drive and River Avenue. It sits at the top of the Balboa Peninsula, making it easier for residents to drive to the Balboa Fun Zone.

Culture: The culture of Lido Sands is centered around family and community. It has the best of both worlds. Residents can enjoy the exclusivity of living in a gated community, while still having access to the beach that is within walking distance. Family spend time on the beach, at the community pool, the Lido Sands Recreation Center, or will travel a few miles to shop at some of Newport Beach’s popular malls. There are so many places accessible to those who live in Lido Sands. Even the children have the luxury of the nearby beach being like a playground to them.

Schools

Overview: Lido Sands families can either enroll their students in a public or a private school in the area. The private schools in the surrounding community provide so many opportunities for students to grow academically and personally. Most of these schools have smaller classrooms with less than 20 students per teacher, making correspondence between teachers and students much easier. They also have a wide variety of specialized courses that cater to students’ academic goals and are much more flexible. Private schools near Lido Sands tend to have more extracurricular activities available with student clubs and sports teams. For families who choose to enroll their students in a public school in the area, these schools are within the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. This district has 32 schools and more than 22,000 students enrolled. Newport-Mesa is a school district that has various schools that offer great educational instruction, student support, and extracurricular programs.

Schools

Elementary Schools

Newport Heights Elementary at 300 East 15th Street.

Families who live in Lido Sands can enroll their elementary students in Newport Heights Elementary School. The school accepts students in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. Newport Heights is a popular school in Lido Sands because it has several student clubs available. Staff and teachers are able to support and nurture the young minds. They are capable of catering to students’ learning abilities so the students can comprehend the learning material. Newport Heights Elementary School has a “no bully policy.” School officials and staff do not tolerate any violence and teach students the importance of respecting one another on campus.

Newport Elementary School at 1327 W Balboa Blvd.

Only a couple a miles from Lido Sands is the Newport Elementary School. This school is in Balboa Peninsula. It is one of the most stellar schools in Newport Beach. Newport Elementary School enrolls students up to sixth grade. It has a Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE). This program provides courses to students who need more accelerated instruction. It is great for catering to students who are academically gifted and need to be challenged in their schoolwork. These GATE assessments are administered at the beginning of the school year. Students at Newport also have access to different student clubs as well.

Middle Schools

Ensign Intermediate School at 2000 Cliff Drive.

Ensign Intermediate School is a school that serves students in seventh and eighth grades. It is the closest middle school/junior high school to this neighborhood. Lido Sands students who attend Ensign become more responsible individuals because they learn how to juggle their school work with their extracurricular activities. Also, school officials have put in place a policy that requires students to maintain a certain GPA in order for them to be able participate in clubs and sports teams. Students can sign up for clubs such as robotics, choir, theater, and more. They also can learn languages such as Spanish or French.

High Schools

Newport Harbor High School at 600 Irvine Ave.

Newport Harbor High School is one of the most prestigious public high schools near Lido Sands. This high school enrolls students in grades ninth through twelfth. Newport Harbor is a large school that has more than 2,300 students. It is considered a Baccalaureate World School and offers great career-related programs that help point student in the right direction. The school has been awarded numerous awards for equipping its students with the tools needed to be successful in college and in their careers. Newport Harbor High School provides many different college-preparatory courses such as the Advanced Placement program that challenges students.

Private Schools

Pacifica Christian High School at 883 West 15th Street.

Pacifica Christian School is a faith-based school that teaches Christian values as well as subjects such as reading, writing, history, mathematics, science, and technology. Students are able to read religious and secular texts. This school is a college-preparatory institution that prepares students for their future college years. Students grow as scholars and are able to grow in their skills and talents and build meaningful relationships with their peers. Each student has the opportunity to make the best of their high school experience. Pacifica Christian School has a competitive athletic department with sports such as rowing, track, golf, volleyball, and soccer.

Carden Hall at 1541 Monrovia Avenue.

Carden Hall is a mall private school that has about 400 students enrolled. It is a faith-based school and serves students in grades kindergarten through eighth. Carden Hall is stellar curriculum and challenges each student to reach for high academic success. Along with engaging classes, students can participate in a variety of enrichment programs and extracurricular activities in the arts and athletics. Students, especially in the middle and junior high school years, are being prepared for their time in high school. Those who love to play sports and stay active can try out for teams such as basketball, soccer, tennis, and football.

Housing

Overview: As the homes in Lido Sands are located off the Pacific Coast Highway, all of the homes are built facing the beach and coast. It is such a small community, yet it is so well-sought out because there are families who desire to live in a quiet, friendly, and luxurious Newport Beach community. Lido Sands is gated and has many different community amenities including a swimming pool, a recreation center, parks, and sports fields. This area only has 82 homes that are meant for single families. There are no condominiums, apartments, or townhomes in Lido Sands. Also, there is not much room to construct new homes in this community. Many of these homes were established after 1956 although many have been either remodeled or renovated. There are many restaurants and shopping options outside of the gates on either sides of the neighborhood, and even more options across the Coast Highway.

Housing options

Single-family Homes

The single-family homes in Lido Sands are great for families who want to fully enjoy the beach and coastal lifestyle in class. Most of them are California beach style homes. Some of them have their own private swimming pools. They tend to have features such as a vaulted ceiling, a fireplace, access to the estrada and community picnic area, master suite with a patio area, and vintage baths. These homes have two-car garages and street parking options. The majority of the Lido Sands homes are one story high with a few that are hidden jewels and are two stories high.

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

Real Estate

Overview: All of the real estate in the Lido Sands neighborhood is centered around single-family homes. These homes are priced in the millions. Families are willing to pay a million and up because of the amazing amenities and features every home has to offer. Gated and guard gated communities tend to be more expensive compared to non-gated neighborhoods in Newport Beach. People are willing to pay to live in an exclusive community with beautiful homes, community amenities, and close proximity to the beach and other fun places. Lido Sands homes are priced as high as $5.8 million. They can have as many as five bedrooms and six bathrooms. Homes like these have additional features such as a sauna, outdoor spa, multiple balconies, and more. The single-family homes that are cheaper can be as low as $1.7 million. The amount of rooms can be as low as three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Things to Do

Overview: Coastal living is such a blast in Lido Sands because the surrounding area has so many fun hotspots to enjoy. The community has upscale spas, large shopping centers, restaurants with great food, captivating art galleries, and fun activities to do on the beach and in the water. Lido Sands residents who have lived in the neighborhood for years can still find something exciting to do on their free time. Some families spend their time outdoors whether they are doing watersports near the beach, swimming in the community pool, or taking a stroll at one of the neighborhood parks. Shopping is a favorite in Lido Sands when the neighborhood is only a mile away from the famous Lido Marina Village mall and many beach boutiques. If you would rather grab food at a restaurant than make a meal at home, Lido Sands has plenty of options for casual and upscale occasions.

Retail & Entertainment

Restaurants

Lido Sands has a variety of dining options. These restaurants include Royal Thai Cuisine, Fuji Yama, Chronic Tacos, Buddha’s Favorite, and Aurora. Royal Thai Cuisine has delicious spring rolls, rice noodle meals, and vegetarian options. Fuji Yama has some of the best sushi dishes and healthy miso soup in Newport Beach.

Shopping

The neighborhood is close to Lido Marina Village, which is an upscale mall in the Lido Marina Village community. It has stores such as Aesop Warby Parker, Planet Blue, Sweaty Betty, and Bailey44. You can drive five miles east to the open air shopping center Fashion Island for a shopping extravaganza.

Movie Theater

Just a few minutes away from Lido Sands is the Regency Lido Theater and a few miles away is The Lot. The Regency Lido Theater shows both mainstream new releases and independent films for all types of movie lovers. The Lot is an upscale movie theater with a built-in restaurant.

Water Tours

Davey’s Locker Whale Watching & Sportfishing is one of the best places in Newport Beach to go with your family and friends to a water tour. These kinds of tours happen all year round. You get to see some marine life such as dolphins and whales swimming around and jumping out of the water.

Watersports

For those who are super adventurous, they enjoy going to the beach to participate in some watersports. Many Lido Sands residents like to go parasailing, swimming, surfing, skimboarding, and jet skiing. If you need to rent some water sports equipment, head to Balboa Water Sports. They have surfboards, jet skis, and more.

Salon & Spa

The Lido Sands neighborhood is surrounded by numerous salons and spas for you to be pampered. Skin Laundry, Happy Nails & Spa, Blanc Noir Hairdressing, A Little Touch of Heaven, Serenity Skin & Spa, and Araiya Thai Massage are just several of the places in Newport Beach that have great reviews.

Festivals

Especially during the summer, Lido Sands residents and visitors have easy access to the many festivals that Newport Beach hosts annually. Festivals such as SoCal VegFest, OC Yoga Festival, Pacific Wine & Food Classic, The Pacific Airshow, and other events are very popular. People also love to go to the Newport Beach Film Festival.

Nightlife Spots

Even though Lido Sands is a quiet and serene neighborhood, outside of the area has some lively nightlife spots for friends to go hand out and enjoy some drinks. Whether you are in the mood for wine, a margarita, or a crafted beer, these places can modify and accommodate your requests.

Cruises

Hornblower Cruises & Events and Cruise Newport Beach are fantastic companies that host events on luxurious yachts and large boats. Many people have booked their own events on numerous occasions. Some high schools have hosted proms on a cruise ship. Other people had wedding receptions or birthday bashes on yachts.

Recreational Fishing

One of the most relaxing activities to do in Lido Sands is recreational fishing. Whether you are alone or have some company, you can go to one of the public docks near the coast and fish. It is such a soothing outdoor activity whether you catch fishes or not.