Orange County Coastal Real Estate News

Aug. 21, 2019

Take in the View of the Water and Eat at Lighthouse Cafe

Eat at Lighthouse Cafe near your Newport Beach home.Enjoy a meal away from your Newport Beach home at the Lighthouse Cafe. Feel the cool breeze as you dine on the waterfront on Newport Harbor. The cafe is located on the Balboa Peninsula in Marina Park and is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekends. Stop in after work on the way back to your Newport Beach home for Happy Hour on the Bay from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Find Delicious Food Near Your Newport Beach Home at the Cafe

The menu is jam packed with delicious food. Start your day off with breakfast or brunch and enjoy a selection of benedicts, eggs, pancakes, a breakfast burrito, omelets, cinnamon sugar beignets, and much more. Stop in for lunch and choose from soups, salads, burgers, fish and chips, shrimp tacos, and a variety of other options. The dinner menu includes such dishes as a grilled duroc pork chop, BBQ chicken, shrimp pasta, pan roasted Atlantic salmon, filet mignon, and cauliflower fried rice. Save room for dessert and try the legendary chocolate crunch cake, butter pecan tart, warm white chocolate macadamia cookie, or chocolate and bananas. A variety of cocktails are available including an oversized Bloody Mary served in a mason jar.

All who live in Newport Beach real estate are also invited to keep the Lighthouse Cafe in mind for catering. The catering team will travel to you or consider one of the gorgeous locations for an event within the cafe or Marina Park. Whether your event is small and simple or elaborate and elegant for a large crowd, the Lighthouse Cafe catering team can take it on. Choose from customizable menus, decor rentals, and work with a professional staff that will work hard to make your event run smoothly and be one to remember. Read more about catering, find contact information, and a full menu for Lighthouse Cafe


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Aug. 14, 2019

Head to the Murphy Smith Bungalow for a Local History Lesson

Visit a historical coastal Orange County home.Learn more about local history near your coastal Orange County home by visiting the Murphy Smith Bungalow. The bungalow is home to the Laguna Beach Historical Society and there are volunteer docents ready to show visitors around to learn more about Laguna Beach history. The Murphy Smith Bungalow is located at 278 Ocean Avenue in Laguna Beach and is open most Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Coastal Orange County Home Is Almost the Last One on Ocean Avenue

This house was built in 1923 as a home for the Murphy family. It is historically significant because it is one of the only old residential homes that remains in downtown proper. Many people do not know that most of Ocean Avenue was actually residential until the 1950’s. The area has grown and changed much over the years. The house was used for residential purposes until 1991.

The architectural style of the bungalow is typical of the time period and the building has been well preserved. The home includes a cellar that may have been used to store bootleg liquor if rumor is true. Take a look at a wide variety of Laguna Beach memorabilia on display and also enjoy the decorations that would be typical of a beach bungalow in the 1920’s through the 1950’s. Maybe the style will inspire a theme for your own coastal Orange County home.

It is free to visit the bungalow, but donations are gladly accepted. Memberships are also available to help support this organization. History enthusiasts who enjoy coastal Orange County living can also consider volunteering as a docent. Donations of photographs, written documents, or other memorabilia from Laguna Beach are also accepted and appreciated. Keep an eye out for upcoming events and historical programs. Sign up for the newsletter and also find links to historical information at the Laguna Beach Historical Society website


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Aug. 7, 2019

Attention Seafood Lovers! Lobsterfest is Coming to Newport Beach

Newport Coast real estate owners go to Lobsterfest.All who live in Newport Coast real estate are invited to come celebrate summer at the Lobsterfest at Newport Beach. This event will take place on Sunday, August 11, 2019 from 2 to 7 p.m. VIP ticket sales have ended, but a limited number of general admission tickets will be on sale until Saturday, August 10th for $75. Kids meals will also be available for those 12 and under for $25.

This event has grown leaps and bounds since its inception in 2009 and is moving locations this year so that the event can continue to grow. This year, Lobsterfest will take place at Newport Beach Civic Green. As always, this event will raise funds for many deserving local charities, including Make-A-Wish® Orange County and Inland Empire, the scholarship fund for Leadership Tomorrow, and New Directions for Women. Many people who live in Newport Coast real estate have been directly helped by money raised from this event. Attending is a great way to give back to the community.

Newport Coast Home Owners Choose Lobster or New York Strip Steak

Anyone who loves to eat lobster should not miss this event, as fresh, whole Maine lobster is flown in on the morning of the festival. If lobster is not your favorite, NY strip steak will also be available. Enjoy the main dishes with red potatoes, corn on the cob, salads, rolls, and dessert. While at the festival, also visit the exhibitors and enjoy live music. It will be a great afternoon with friends and family.

Volunteers are needed to make this event a success. Anyone who calls Newport Coast home and would like to help out can fill out a volunteer application. Help will be needed before, during, and after the event. Find the volunteer application, more information about the event, and a link to purchase tickets for Lobsterfest


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July 24, 2019

Join the Cypress Community Festival and Get to Know Local Groups

Celebrate coastal Orange County living at the Cypress Fair.Celebrate the roots of coastal Orange County living by attending the Cypress Community Festival. This annual festival takes place on the last Saturday of every July and occurs to celebrate the incorporation of the city of Cypress. This city originally included more cows than people and was known as Dairy City. This year the festival will take place on July 27th, 2019 at Oak Knoll Park. This event is put together by the Cypress Community Festival Association in conjunction with residents of Cypress, the City of Cypress, the Cypress Kiwanis, and Friends of Cypress Recreation and Parks.

Orange County Living Is at Its Finest at the Day-Long Celebration

Come out to the park between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the day of the festival to take part in the activities. The schedule is jam packed with fun for the whole family, starting with the Cypress 5k/10k Run/Walk and pancake breakfast. There will be many booths offering delicious food and goods for purchase. Take some amazing handmade items back to your coastal Orange County home for yourself or as gifts. Anyone living in the area that would like to have a booth can fill out an application. There are many categories available including craft/artisan booth, game booth (for non-profit organizations to be set up in the children’s area), information booth for non-profit organizations, food booth, independent specialty booth, and business expo booth.

A few other special events at this festival are the Chili and Salsa Competition and the coloring contest. Make your finest chili and salsa to show off your culinary skills. Children in grades kindergarten through third grade were given a coloring contest entry form before school ended. They did their best work and it will be on display at the festival. Winners will receive their rewards on festival day. Come admire their efforts. Read more about the Cypress Community Festival and plan a fun day celebrating coastal Orange County living. 


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July 17, 2019

Sherman Library and Gardens Open for Endless Summer Evenings

Eat in the garden at Newport Beach real estate.Keep summer going a little longer by enjoying cool summer evenings away from your Newport Beach real estate at Sherman Library and Gardens. Every Sunday, except September 1st, until September 15th, 2019 the gardens will stay open late from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the natural beauty all around you while also taking part in surprises, a no-host bar, and even dinner if you would like.

Explore and Dine at the Relaxing Newport Beach Real Estate Location

The Sunday ‘Rose’ Dinner at Cafe Jardin is available from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Why heat up the kitchen at your Newport Beach real estate when you can enjoy dinner out? There are several options available, including a four course dinner for $60 or a three course dinner for $52, both of which include a garden admission. Another option for those simply wishing to sip wine while enjoying the gardens, is to purchase a 16 ounce carafe of French rose wine for $18.

Those purchasing a meal can start with a special ‘greeting’ pink cocktail to enjoy while walking through the gardens before dinner. The first course consists of a crudite basket with dips and the second course includes a choice of Pascal’s French onion soup, salad lyonnaise, or chilled champagne poached kumiai oysters. The third course offers a choice of free range chicken breast provencal, slow cooked short rib bourguignon, poached filet sole, or Pascal’s specialty thyme crusted Chilean sea bass. Round out with the evening before heading back to your Newport Beach home with a tasty dessert. Selections including melted brie on walnut toasted bread with strawberry fig chutney, chocolate chestnut torte with berry compote, peach melba with Tahitian vanilla ice cream, or Macanese egg tart.

Please make reservations for dinner by calling 949.673.0033 or through open table. Also read more about these extended summer evenings, view the entire menu, and keep an eye out for more upcoming events at the Sherman Library and Gardens


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July 10, 2019

Head to Centennial Farm to Learn About Local Orange County History

Learn about historic coastal Orange County living at Centennial Farm.Learn about agriculture and how it relates to coastal Orange County living at Centennial Farm. Explore this three acre working farm that is home to a variety of fruits, vegetables and animals. The farm has been in operation for 30 years. The goal is to educate youth about agriculture and why it is so important. Admission to the farm is free and the hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 2 a.m. to 4 p.m. Centennial Farm is located at the OC Fair and Event Center at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa, CA. There are general parking spaces available, but it is recommended to carpool or take public transportation if possible.

Visit to Find out About Coastal Orange County Living Back in the Day

In addition to visiting on your own, this is a great place to schedule a field trip or take garden classes. School tours can be scheduled from late September through early June. There is not a summer program, but Kids Days do occur on Thursdays during the annual OC Fair. Garden classes are intended for those 16 years and over and can be a great tool for learning how to grow fruits and vegetables at your coastal Orange County home. Classes generally begin at 9:30 a.m. and last for about 1.5 or 2 hours.

Anyone 18 and over who enjoys agriculture and working with children can consider volunteering at Centennial Farm. Help children in kindergarten through third grade explore the world around them, understand where our food comes from, and make the most of coastal Orange County living. Since field trips are free, volunteers are very important to keep this operation up and running. Call 714.708.1619 or send a note to if interested in volunteering. Also visit Centennial Farm to find out more and plan a visit. 


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July 3, 2019

Come for Independence Day Fun on the Back Bay at Newport Dunes

Celebrate Independence Day near your Newport Coast home.All who call Newport Coast home are invited to celebrate July 4th at Independence Day on the Back Bay. This annual celebration is sponsored by the City of Newport Beach and will feature loads of fun for the whole family. The gates will open at 8 a.m. for this free event at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort and Marina. Parking is $50 per car and traffic is expected to be very heavy, so try to carpool or catch a ride to and from your Newport Coast home.

The day will be packed with carnival games, live entertainment, food trucks, a photo booth, and fireworks. There will be many family fun activities including paper lantern making at 9 a.m., tissue paper fireworks at 11 a.m., a horseshoe tournament at 1 p.m., a volleyball tournament at 3 p.m., and a cakewalk competition at 5 p.m. There will also be waterpark fun and watercraft rentals available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The carnival with games, a photo booth, and inflatables will be open for fun from 2 to 6 p.m.

Bring a Big Appetite from Your Newport Coast Home and Enjoy Great Eats

Food and drinks will also be in abundance at this event. Market and Snacks will be open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Moe B’s Munchies will be open from noon to 7 p.m., Back Bay Bistro will be serving food from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Watersports Beach Bar will be open from noon to 6 p.m., food trucks will be at the resort from noon to 9 p.m., and the concert bar will be open from noon to 10 p.m.

Groove to live music starting at 3 p.m. and stick around for the fireworks starting at 9 p.m. before heading back to your Newport Coast real estate. The fireworks display is the largest in Orange County. Enjoy time with friends and family and make this a tradition each year. Find more details and plan your Independence Day at the Back Bay


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June 26, 2019

Celebrate Independence Day and Enjoy Live Music at July 4th on the Beach

Enjoy coastal Orange County living and celebrate July 4th.Make the most of coastal Orange County living by attending July 4th on the Beach with Concert Featuring DSB, SantanaWays, plus guests. This annual celebration on the Bay has become a tradition for many. Consider making it your own. The music event will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on July 4th at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort. Bring your blankets, beach chairs, and umbrellas to set up a spot on the beach. General admission for the concert is free, or choose front stage VIP table seating for $60. Reserved VIP beach parking is available for $100.00 per car or choose first come, first served day use parking for $50 per vehicle.

Enjoy Coastal Orange County Living and Go to the Resort for a Day of Fun

Parking opens at 8 a.m. and there will be fun for the whole family going on all day. Go swimming in the bay, make use of the incredible inflatable water park, rent hydrobikes, stand-up- paddle boards, or kayaks, and appreciate coastal Orange County living while making memories in the water. Grab something to eat from the food trucks that will be onsite. Full bars will also be selling alcohol at the event. Please leave your own alcohol and any pets at your coastal Orange County home. These are not allowed at the event.

The live music begins at 2:30 p.m. with DSB (tribute to Journey), SantanaWays (tribute to Santana), and Fortunate Sons (tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival). In addition to these groups, there will also be live DJ’s. The fireworks show will start around 9 p.m. and is sponsored by the City of Newport. Enjoy patriotic music synced to the show and sit back and relax while viewing the amazing colors against the night sky. Even if not attending this particular event, find a place close by to enjoy the fireworks. Read more about July 4th on the Beach and purchase tickets to the concert. 


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June 19, 2019

Classical Music Lovers Attend the Baroque Music Festival

Hear baroque music near your Newport Beach home.All who call Newport Beach home are invited to enjoy some amazing music at the Baroque Music Festival, Corona del Mar. This festival was founded in 1981 and presents five concerts over a span of eight days at the end of June. Concerts this year will take place from June 23rd through June 30th. Here is a look at the schedule available to all living in Newport Beach real estate.

Enjoy the Baroque Concert Series Near Your Newport Beach Home

Back to Bach Concertos will take place on Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 at St. Mark Presbyterian Church at 4 p.m. Come a little early for brass music al fresco on the patio at 3:15 p.m. There will also be a reception on the patio after the concert.

Glories of the Guitar will take place on Monday, June 24th, 2019 at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church at 8 p.m. Award winning guitarist Marc Teicholz will present Bach favorites and Spanish pieces. Arrive early for brass music al fresco on the patio at 7:15 p.m. There will also be a reception on the patio after the concert.

Passionate Voices: Music of Longing, Devotion and Joy will take place on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 at Sherman Library and Gardens, Central Patio Room at 8 p.m. Enjoy vocal and instrumental works in this beautiful venue. Brass music al fresco will occur in the gardens at 7:15 p.m. and a reception will follow the performance in the gardens as well.

Bach’s Sons, Friends, and Rivals will take place on Friday, June 28th at Sherman Library and Gardens, Central Patio Room at 8 p.m. Pieces will be performed on the violin, flute, oboe, cello, and harpsichord. Come 45 minutes early to the gardens for brass music al fresco and stay late for a reception.

Festival Finale: Bach the Magnificent will take place on Sunday, June 30th, 2019 at St. Mark Presbyterian Church at 4 p.m. Join the Festival Orchestra and soloists for this performance. As with all other performances, come early and stay late to mingle with other music enthusiasts who call Newport Beach home.

Read more about the Baroque Music Festival


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June 12, 2019

Newport Beach Civic Center to Host Annual Art Exhibition

Coastal Orange County home owners go to the art exhibition.Search for some new artwork for your coastal Orange County home at the 55th Annual Newport Beach Art Exhibition. This one-day event is juried and will feature more than 250 works of art. Come out to see some amazing talent in the form of painting, sculpture, photography, and mixed media. Walk around and view the pieces of art and take note of pieces that would look great on the wall of your coastal Orange County home or that would make great gifts.

Find Art for Your Coastal Orange County Home and Support Local Arts Programs

The exhibition will take place at the Newport Beach Civic Center, located at 100 Civic Center Drive in Newport Beach. Come between the hours of 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. to view the art and make purchases. The Newport Beach Arts Foundation will handle all sales and a 20% donation will go to support community art programs. Be sure to attend the awards reception on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. See which pieces juror Cassandra Coblentz, who is the Senior Curator and Director of Public Programs at the Orange County Museum of Art, found worthy of awards. There will be awards in painting, photography, and 3D art. There will also be a Juror’s Choice Award and a People’s Choice Award. Prizes range from $100 to $300.

The deadline for submitting pieces for the show has passed, but anyone who would like to submit artwork next year should keep this show in mind. Anyone who has submitted an entry will need to deliver their artwork to the show either Friday, June 14th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. or Saturday, June 15th from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Artwork must be picked up right when the show ends at 6 p.m. on Saturday. This event is open to the public and not only includes amazing art, but also food and live entertainment. It is a true showcase of what coastal Orange County living entails. Read more about the art exhibition and plan your afternoon. 


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