Peaceful and private, Corona del Mar is an oceanfront community filled with one-of-a-kind, high-end homes and people who value the quiet life. An unincorporated village with a population of 13,000 annexed by Newport Beach, Corona del Mar sits at the foot of the San Joaquin Hills. It offers restaurants, boutiques, and galleries, as well as beaches fit for surfers and snorkelers.
It has a representative on the Newport Beach City Council, from which it receives all its municipal services, but operates its own chamber of commerce. Corona del Mar, or “Crown of the Sea” in Spanish, is located in Orange County about 50 miles south of Los Angeles and 70 miles north of San Diego.
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Los Angeles developer George Hart purchased much of what is now known as Corona del Mar in 1904, based on rumors that the Pacific Electric Railway would extend its line there. When the railway company made Balboa Island the end of its line instead, the newly named Corona del Mar was left accessible only by boat.
Twenty years later, the City of Newport Beach annexed the tiny community, which then began to gain popularity as a seasonal resort town. Little by little, more visitors decided not to leave the city, which eventually lead to the existence of a bonafide, year-round town.
Today, Corona del Mar features narrow, tightly spaced, detached single-family homes of a wide range of architectural styles lining the Pacific Coast Highway. Lots are small, which means that, while many homes feature ocean views, few have yards.
Newer housing developments, such as Harbor View Hills, are composed of ranch style homes boasting ocean views.
Corona del Mar is an affluent community, with the median household income around $120,000 per year and the median sale price for homes in the community $1.3 million over the last year. In recent months, listings have included a 3,000-square-foot, 3.5-bathroom, 3-bedroom Nantucket-style house on the market for $3.85 million and a waterfront, 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom Cape Cod-style house for $5.19 million.
Students in Corona del Mar attend schools in Newport Beach’s Mesa Unified School District. Colleges in the area include the Interior Designers Institute, Newport University, College of Environmental Technology, and Coastline Community College.
Attractions and Landmarks
Corona del Mar residents are proud of the Sherman Library and Gardens, which was founded in 1958 and has since grown to fill an entire city block. Its botanical collection includes rare cacti. The library boasts more than 15,000 books on the history of Corona del Mar and the Pacific Southwest.
Built in 1953, the Five Crowns Restaurant is a replica of Ye Olde Bell, an inn at Hurley-on-Thames, England. Having served as a restaurant, inn, and private residence over the years, it is once again a restaurant, as well as a local institution.
On the natural front, Corona del Mar is known for its beaches and tidepools. Crystal Cove State Park includes 3.5 miles of beach and 2,000 acres of undeveloped forest which is popular among hikers and horseback riders. Crystal Cove itself is a popular scuba-diving and skin-diving spot, while the beach is a favorite of swimmers and surfers.
Big Corona State Beach is also a destination for area swimmers, surfers, and divers, as well as sunbathers and volleyball players.
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$3,250,000 : 417 Acacia Avenue, Corona Del Mar4 beds, 4 full, 1 part baths
$2,195,000 : 2828 Lighthouse Lane, Corona Del Mar4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
$1,649,000 : 3860 Ocean Birch, Corona Del Mar4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
$4,950,000 : 4521 Roxbury Road, Corona Del Mar2 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
$3,295,000 : 4607 Gorham Drive, Corona Del Mar4 beds, 4 full baths
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