Orange County Coastal Real Estate News

Oct. 11, 2021

Celebrate Fall at Pumpkin City with Rides, Games, and Pumpkins

Get pumpkins near your Newport Beach home.Fall is a fun time at any Newport Beach home. It’s fun to decorate, snuggle in with some cooler weather, and visit different fall events available in the city. One such event that is not to be missed is Pumpkin City, which has been a family tradition since 1978. This event takes place at the Laguna Hills Mall from now until the end of October. Admission is $6 for anyone three years old and up. Enjoy free admission on Friday before 5 p.m. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to close and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

There is much to do at Pumpkin City and both kids and adults have a blast. The charming farm atmosphere includes thousands of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes. Choose one for every member of your family to carve or to decorate the porch of your Newport Beach real estate. In addition to the pumpkins, there are amusement rides, game booths, and activities. Enjoy the fun under the beautiful autumn sky and make memories with your friends and family members.

Have a Blast at the Oktoberfest Near Your Newport Beach Home

A trip to Pumpkin City is not just for the kids, there is also an Oktoberfest Beer Garden available. This is new this year and features a variety of beer, live music, and more. It is also open now through the end of October. Operating hours are Monday through Thursday from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The beer garden will be closed on October 11th and 12th. Enjoy a date night, or meet friends after work for a fun outdoor experience in the beer garden. Everyone who calls Newport Beach home is invited to learn more about Pumpkin City and the Oktoberfest Beer Garden online and plan a visit. 


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Oct. 4, 2021

Take Private or Group Pilates Classes at Gerda Pilates

Do Pilates and yoga near your coastal Orange County home.Enjoy some time away from your coastal Orange County home getting fit and taking care of your body. Gerda Pilates offers private classes, duet classes, trio classes, mat Pilates, yoga sessions, barre classes, jungle sports, and sling training. Gerda Pilates is located in a beautifully landscaped courtyard. When the doors are open, fresh ocean breezes flow through the space.

Stott equipment is used at this facility. There are rehab reformers, reformer/tower, and cadillac reformers. Other equipment includes a split-pedal stability chair and stability barre, spine correctors, jump boards, arc barrels, spine supporters, Pilates mats, rings, bands, blocks, balls, and free weights.

Work with Trained Instructors Near Your Coastal Orange County Home to Get Fit

Most classes are one hour in length and several experienced instructors are on staff. Sign up for a group class with others or take advantage of private or duet classes. A private class is the best place for those living in coastal Orange County to start. During a private class, you can learn how to do the exercises and modify them to make them more accessible or challenging. This will help you to get the most out of your workout. Also consider a duet class, where you will work with a partner. Before enrolling in a trio class, 10 private classes must be completed.

Group and private yoga sessions are also available as well as jungle sports and sling training. Sling training is a method where you use two slings to exercise and use your body as the weight and resistance. This makes it easy to adjust the intensity of the workout.

Gerda Pilates is located on Balboa Island at 307 Marine Avenue. The phone number is 949.675.8400. If you are experienced with Pilates or totally new, check out the website to learn more. All who call coastal Orange County home are invited to try Gerda Pilates. 


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Sept. 27, 2021

Get Expert Styling, Coloring, and Nail Care at Cristophe Salon

Get your hair done near your coastal Orange County home at Cristophe Salon.Treat yourself to a little expert pampering near your coastal Orange County home at Cristophe Salon at Fashion Island. The team at Cristophe are all highly trained professionals and specialize in either hair cutting and styling, coloring, waxing, or nails. Everyone also participates in continuing education to keep up with the latest trends and methods. In order to get you the right style and color for your skin tone, face shape, and lifestyle, new customers are invited for a complimentary consultation with Scott Fontana, the celebrity stylist and owner of the salon. He will recommend the best stylist and colorist for you to work with. When you book your appointment, you’ll need to put down a $50 deposit, which is non-refundable. It will be applied to the services you receive.

Anyone Living in a Coastal Orange County Home Can Be Pampered at Cristophe

Both men and women living in coastal Orange County are welcome at Cristophe Salon for haircuts and styling, coloring, and nail care. When you have a big event coming up, the stylists at Cristophe can work with you to get the best up do or other style so that you shine. Get your hands and feet taken care of by the nail specialist. There are several services, including classic, shellac, gel, and acrylic for both finger nails and toe nails. Each one includes deep moisturizing and massage, so you’ll go back to your coastal Orange County home feeling relaxed and fabulous.

The experts at Cristophe Salon recommend their clients come in for regular hair trims and color touch ups every four to six weeks. Regular care will keep your hair looking its best.

Visit Cristophe Salon online to learn more about the services offered. You can also read biographies of the stylists and colorists. The salon is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. To make an appointment, call 949.219.0920. 


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Sept. 20, 2021

Learn to Paint Like a Pro in Online Classes with Local Artist Debra Huse

Newport Beach real estate owners learn to paint online.Newport Beach real estate has been immortalized in paint by many artists, both professional and ameteur. The area attracts artists working in many different media who make Newport Beach home and let the stunning coastline be their muse. Art lovers enjoy visiting the many galleries that specialize in the work of local artists. There are also fascinating art events throughout the year. You might even come upon a painter working on a landscape when taking a walk along the coast. Perhaps you’ve been enjoying art for years and are wondering whether you can learn to paint, too. With Paint Like a Pro, professional painter Debra Huse will teach you everything you need to know to start creating your own artwork.

Watch Your Classes Any Time at Your Newport Beach Real Estate

Whether you have taken art classes in the past or are just starting out, you’ll find just the right class with Debra. All her courses are online, so you can watch the videos in the comfort of your Newport Beach real estate at your convenience. For many years, Debra taught in-person workshops over three or four days. But now you can learn the same material at your own pace with the online courses. Those who are new to painting should consider the Ultimate Fundamentals Courses. The three courses cover everything you need to know to be a successful painter. Each course includes 10 video lessons and at least three paint-alongs, where you can see Debra demonstrate specific painting techniques. You’ll also be able to join the private Facebook group to get support from Debra and other students.

Artists who have the basics down but want more practice should check out the mini courses. These are recordings of live paint-alongs and teach students techniques to simplify the process of creating a painting. You can also check out several PDF guides and short videos that focus on choosing brushes, how to create a palette, and more.

Visit Debra Huse at the Paint Like a Pro website to learn more and sign up. 


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Sept. 13, 2021

Prepare for a Fright When You Visit the Cabinet of Curiosities at Roger’s Gardens

People living in Orange County love Halloween.For those of us living in coastal Orange County, we don’t get a very dramatic change of seasons. However, that’s no reason to skip decorating your coastal Orange County home for Halloween. And if you’d like some inspiration for a super spooky haunted house or a weird but friendly pumpkin patch, then head to the Cabinet of Curiosities at Roger’s Gardens.

People Living in Coastal Orange County and Love a Good Scare Will Have a Blast

The Cabinet of Curiosities is an annual event, and if you love Halloween, this is the place for you. A team of artists works together to bring to life uniquely unsettling displays of weirdities. Do you dare to sit down in Dracula’s Dining Room or visit Frankenstein’s Laboratory? See if you can get up the courage to see The Bride of Frankenstein’s eerie Chamber. The Creature is waiting for you in the Black Lagoon. Can you brave the mummies that have escaped from their graves in the Mummy’s Tomb? Finally, only the bravest can bear a night at Bates Motel.

Not only are the displays amazing artwork, most of the items in them are for sale. So you can buy up your favorites and bring your own Halloween vision to life. Find flickering electric candles, sacks of skulls, and sumptuous velvet pumpkins. There are human skeletons in three different sizes, as well as a host of animal species. Discover mermaids, mice, crows, spiders, bats, and monkeys, all in skeleton form. There’s also a buck skull with impressive antlers and the rare skull of the unicorn. Whatever suits your ghoulish fancy will be there.

For the brave and the Halloween-obsessed living in Orange County, the Roger’s Garden website is worth a visit. See photo galleries of each room, as well as a selection of items for sale. You can buy online or in person. Open hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.


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Sept. 6, 2021

Enjoy Seafood, Cocktails, and a Gorgeous View of the Ocean at the Cannery

Eat seafood near your Newport Coast home at the Cannery.The Cannery is a Newport Beach fixture, located right on the water and serving up the freshest seafood and most innovative cocktails you can get close to your Newport Coast home. Start with appetizers and cocktails. Try the grilled octopus, served with Spanish tortilla, smoked bone marrow salsa, hominy, and mojo verde. When there’s a cool breeze in the air, try a bowl of miso soup or New England clam chowder.

For cocktails, go with the classic Old Fashioned, made with your choice of Buffalo Trace, Makers Mark, or Bulleit Burbon. You can also try one of the signature mixes, like Hot or Not!!!, made with Siete Leguas, fresh lime, agave, and habaneros bitters.

You’ll Find Amazing Seafood and Sushi Near Your Newport Coast Home at the Cannery

Get a group of friends together and share several of the delicious sushi rolls. The Cannery spicy tuna roll is made with avocado and crispy onions. The Cannery roll starts with tuna and crab meat, then layers on avocado, sriracha, unagi, and cucumber. The crunchy roll is a great combo of tempura shrimp, cucumber, and unagi.

The main dishes will make any seafood lover from Newport Coast real estate happy. The Chilean sea bass is served with smoked miso broth, wild mushrooms, fried claims, frisee, cabbage, and chive and pepper oil. Maine lobster pasta pairs the classic lobster pasta with burmese tomato curry, peanuts and cilantro. The fish and chips are made with Icelandic cod. Whatever you get, you won’t go back to your Newport Coast home hungry.

The Cannery is open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 9 p.m. The Jellyfish Lounge is open for happy hour Wednesday through Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations are recommended.

Visit the Cannery online to see the full menu, learn about boat rentals, and inquire about hosting an event. 


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Aug. 23, 2021

Celebrate the End of Summer and Support Make a Wish Foundation at Lobsterfest

Go to Lobsterfest near your Newport Coast home.Attention seafood lovers! Lobsterfest is coming to Newport Beach on Sunday, September 12th. Gather up the family at your Newport Coast home and head to Civic Center Park for a super fun picnic style lobster feast. Whole Maine lobsters are flown in, early on the 12th. Then they’re prepped and cooked on site. In addition to the lobster, Newport Coast real estate owners will enjoy steamed clams, shrimp, salad, corn on the cob, red potatoes, butter and rolls, and dessert. Get beer and wine at the cash bar. Tables will be set up throughout the park for guests to relax, enjoy their meal, and talk.

Anyone from a Newport Coast Home Will Enjoy a Great Meal, Dancing, and Vendors

After you’re done eating, you might also want to get up and dance. The Pinch Me! Band will be playing live. They cover a mix of contemporary hits and favorites from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s dance tunes. You can also wander through the vendors and find cool stuff from local companies. Enter to win several raffles, too. All and all, it promises to be a fun evening for everyone in your Newport Coast home.

General admission tickets are $95 and include one whole lobster. You can add a second one for an extra $25. VIP tickets are $125 and include complimentary beer and wine. VIP ticket holders get to sit at a special reserved table with linens and silverware, close to the stage. A kids meal of a turkey sandwich, chips, a piece of fruit, and a cookie is available for $35. Advance ticket sales are available through September 7th. If there is space, general admission tickets will be sold at the door for $110, though the kids meal is advanced order only.

Not only is Lobsterfest a fun time, it raises money for a good cause. A donation of $7500 will be made to Make a Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire.

Visit Lobsterfest online to get more details and buy tickets. 


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Aug. 16, 2021

Get Outside with Friends at Movies and Concerts in the Parks

People living in coastal Orange County go to movies and concerts in the park.Among the many great perks of living in coastal Orange County are great weather and beautiful parks. Celebrate the end of summer with outdoor events, sponsored by the city of Newport Beach. The first event is a movie in the park on Friday, August 20th. Frozen II will be screened starting at 7 p.m. at Bonita Canyon Park, located at 1990 Ford Road, convenient to most coastal Orange County homes. Gather up your kids, pack some snacks, drinks and beach chairs, and enjoy an evening with friends and neighbors. This is a free event. There will be another movie in the park on Friday, September 10th. Raya and the Last Dragon will be screened at Grant Howald Park, starting at 6:30 p.m. To learn more about these and other events, visit the Parks and Recreation page on the city of Newport Beach website. 

Everyone Living in Coastal Orange County Loves Concerts on the Green

For music buffs living in coastal Orange County, the summer Concerts on the Green series is always a summer highlight. The next concert in the series will feature DSB, a Journey tribute band. Head to Civic Green, at 100 Civic Center Drive. The concert starts at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 22nd. The event is free, and seating is on a first come, first served basis. Feel free to bring your own low beach chair, as well as your favorite snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. Or take the night off from cooking and get dinner at one of the food trucks that will be on site. Barcelona On the Go offers tasty Spanish-inspired sandwiches, quesadillas, and other main courses. Get dessert at Sugar n’ Spice: the Original Frozen Banana. The next Concert on the Green will be on Sunday, September 26th, featuring SantanWays, a Santana tribute band. Visit the concerts page on the Newport Beach city website to find more details about other upcoming free concerts. 


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Aug. 9, 2021

Check out the Active Kids Afterschool Program through the City of Newport Beach

Kids from Newport Beach homes have a blast at the park.Kids in Newport Beach homes are getting ready to go back to school. That means that it’s time for parents to start thinking about after school activities. The cool thing about owning Newport Beach real estate is that the city provides tons of great classes, sports, and activities for kids to get involved in. Working parents especially will appreciate the Active Kids Afterschool program. It is held at three locations--the Community Youth Center, Mariners, and Newport Elementary School.

Kids from Newport Beach Homes Can Do Sports, Music, and Art Classes

The fall program begins on August 23rd and runs through December 17th. Activities begin when school lets out and continue through 6 p.m. The program is closed on holidays observed by City Hall and the school district. Kids will be able to get homework help as well as play outdoors with their friends. They are supervised by qualified and caring counselors. Other activities include structured games, arts and crafts, movies, and reading time. A fall pass costs $360 and an annual pass costs $1080.

If you don’t need after school care, be sure to check out the other offerings for kids. If you have a kid who likes to climb and jump around, look into gymnastics and tumbling classes. These are offered for kids ages 5 to 12 at three levels. Kids can also join a volleyball or basketball team. Those who want to build skills in several different sports can take a multi-sport program and do baseball, basketball, and soccer. Martial arts are also offered. Kids ages 5 to 17 can take judo and jujitsu, and both kids and adults can take karate.

In order to register for these or other programs, go to the Newport Beach city website recreation page. Click on the fall 2021 Newport Navigator and browse the class offerings. In addition to kids and sports programs, there are music lessons, art classes, acting classes, and much more. You’ll find programs for all ages in Newport Beach homes. 


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Aug. 2, 2021

Take a Culinary Trip to England at the Five Crowns in Corona del Mar

People in coastal Orange County homes eat at the Five Crowns.People who own coastal Orange County homes get to live full-time in one of California’s most popular vacation destinations. So a staycation is a great option, especially this year when travel is difficult. Instead of the bother of packing up the car or getting through airport security, make a list of places you’ve always wanted to visit but haven’t had a chance to get to yet. Of course, people living in coastal Orange County know that some of the main attractions in the area are restaurants. After a day of hanging out on the beach or at one of the amazing museums, you’ll want to head out somewhere special to eat. The Five Crowns in Corona del Mar is a local favorite and is actually a copy of one of England’s oldest inns. Sit back and relax in the old world atmosphere while eating delicious, farm-to-table dishes.

People From Coastal Orange County Homes Enjoy Amazing Steak Dinners

Start your meal with one of the appetizers, salad or soup. There’s jumbo shrimp cocktail, as well as farmers’ market tempura. If you’re craving greens, you can’t go wrong with the Pride of the Crowns salad--a bed of butter lettuce, piled with bacon, toasted walnuts, and gruyere, then drizzled with herbes de Provence dressing.

The main event at the Five Crowns is the steak. The preparation has been passed down for four generations. Depending on how hungry you are, choose between the 6-ounce California cut, the 6.5-ounce English cut, the 10-ounce Crown cut, or the 23-ounce Henry VIII cut. Whichever cut you choose, you’ll get au jus, Yorkshire pudding, whipped, creamed horseradish, and your choice of two of the following: Lawry’s creamed corn, Lawry’s creamed spinach, or mashed potatoes.

Round out your meal with a glass of wine or a signature cocktail. Save room for one of the fabulous homemade desserts.

If you’re planning to eat at the Five Crowns, reservations are recommended. You can also order take out or delivery to coastal Orange County homes.

Visit the Five Crowns website and see the full menu, make reservations, or order online. 


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