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Newport Beach at a Glance
  • Population: 83,120
  • Median price single-family home: $1,770,000
  • Median price single-family luxury home:
  • Land area in square miles: 25
  • Residents per square mile: 4,739
  • Distance from Downtown L.A.: 46.2 miles
  • Solds: 418 (2008)

  • Points of Interest

    Ecological Reserve


    Museum of Art
    A Gorgeous and Glamorous Orange County Address
    It is no wonder that so many people find their dream homes in Newport Beach. With 25 square miles of oceanfront, bayfront, and harbor waters, including two piers, charming islands, and wide sandy beaches, people have described the views of and from Newport Beach as "right out of a French Impressionistic painting." It's too bad Renoir and Monet didn't live long enough to paint it. Newport Beach's harbor has more than 15,000 boat slips, and the city has the largest concentration of pleasure craft in the United States. The city offers excellent golf courses, and, because of the balmy climate, golfers can play year-round.

    Shopping and Dining
    Newport Beach has more than 300 restaurants, many with the best ocean views in Orange County. Boutiques abound. Some of the popular shopping areas include the Boardwalk Shops at the Newport Pier, Corona del Mar Plaza, the Crystal Cove Promenade, and the famous Fashion Island mall, which calls itself Southern California's premier open-air retail center. Its ambience is that of a Mediterranean village.
    Who Lives Here...and Why?
    People who love the outdoor lifestyle...especially boaters and golfers. There are so many celebrities who own primary or vacation houses in Newport Beach that you can actually take a boat tour of their homes (or former homes). Notables who live or once lived in the area include John Wayne (he spent the last 13 years of his life here and is buried in the city), best-selling writers Joseph Wambaugh and Dean Koontz, and the former ace pitcher Jim Abbott (born with one hand). Other former and current celebrity residents include David Nelson (of "Ozzie & Harriet" fame), Michelle Pfeiffer, Bo Derek, Kelly McGillis, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Rodman, Chuck Norris, and Dick Dale ("King of the Surf Guitar"). Shirley Temple's former home became the long-time home of Buddy "Jed Clampett" Ebsen and then was purchased by the late comedian Joey Bishop. Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, William Holden, Greta Garbo, and Richard Nixon also once lived here.
    Located 46.2 miles south of Los Angeles, Newport Beach has several communities, and each is unique in its characteristics. These communities include East Bluff/Harbor View, Newport Heights, West Newport/Lido, Lower Newport Bay/Balboa Island, Balboa Peninsula, West Bay/Santa Ana Heights, Corona Del Mar, and Newport Coast, with the latter two having the highest median home prices.
    House Prices
    The median price for a single-family home was $1,770,000 in 2008. The median price for a single-family luxury home is $2,500,000. Please note that our "Home Price Points" are based on the luxury market.
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    Home Price Points
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    Below the median
    $ 799,880
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    Near the median
    $ 2,850,000
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    Above the median
    $ 19,995,000
    Story by Jacqueline Shannon
    Photography by Bob Thompson

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