8.0 out of 10

Newport Beach

Ranked 23rd best city in California
33.630095507733 -117.877062006
Great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Internet Access
  • Clean & Green
  • Pest Free
  • Schools
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Cost of Living
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Another popular beach city"

Like many of the other popular beach cities in Orange County like Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach, Newport Beach has loads of entertainment for visitors along with its beautiful scenic backdrop. As you exit the South 55 freeway you are immediately funneled onto Newport Blvd. where you’ll find a bevy of things to check out. There are bars, a two story shopping center, restaurants and more. If you continue down Newport Blvd. your will eventually come to Pacific Coast Highway and be seconds away from the beach. One minor detail I would say to be attentive to is that Newport Blvd. splits into what the city’s called Old Newport Blvd. so when you’re getting, giving or following directions make sure which Newport Blvd you should be on. If the bar and beach scene isn’t really on the agenda but you’re looking for a great place to eat I’d suggest stopping by Sol Cocina located on Pacific Coast Highway and Bayside Drive. They have a signature guacamole dish that is beyond delicious, fresh ceviche, signature margarita’s and fun Mexican desserts like the chocolate covered cinnamon nachos. I love the dark, Mexican Villa inspired décor and the ambiance is laid back and beautiful. It’s a perfect complement to the Newport Beach city vibe.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great Town, Good People"

An elite neighborhood within the Newport Beach of Southern California, San Joaquin Hills used to be a census designated region up till 2002. This is a great location with high earning residents, valuable houses and a great environment.

The median household income of this region, with a population of over 3000 as of 2008, is over $130,000. This almost exceeds the national median value by two times. Their house or condominium value is also exceptionally more than the state average. While the state estimated median house value is over $460,000 those within the San Joaquin Hills average at about $1,450,000. The houses are much newer when compared to the average age of a house within the state of California. The cost of living in San Joaquin Hills is also much higher, with an index value of 162.6.

The residents of San Joaquin Hills are also very well educated with over 98% of them having completed a high school education or more. In fact, nearly 30% of those over the age of 25 possess a graduate or professional degree. San Joaquin Hills is also closely located to many colleges and universities like the Fullerton College, California State University, Fullerton, the Southern California campus of the University of Phoenix and many more.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Elite neighborhood in Newport Beach"

Newport Coast is an elite community that is found on the southern side of Newport Beach, California. Currently annexed as a part of Newport Beach, this Orange County neighborhood used to be a census designated location till 2001. Planned and developed by the Irvine Company, this neighborhood has many types of homes that go from studio apartments to giant mansions that overlook the ocean.

The residents of Newport Coast fulfill their daily needs and enjoy the facilities provided at the main Newport Beach city in Southern California. The children are educated under the Newport Mesa Unified School District. They also have the Newport Beach Public Library situated in close proximity.

The cost of living in Newport Coast is regarded to be high. In December 2009, this was indexed to be around 168, which is extremely higher than the national average of 100. This is also a region with a very small population density of about 390 people per square mile. The median household income of the residents of Newport Coast is over $200,000 and is high compared to the Californian average of over $60,000.

Some points of interest within Newport Coast include Pelican Hills, Newport Aquatic Center, Newport Harbor Nautical Museum and Newport Theatre Arts Center. Other neighboring points of interests include the Balboa Island and Fashion Island Shopping Mall.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Lovely Beach Region"

An affluent neighborhood within the city of Newport Beach, Corona del Mar is located on the side of San Joaquin Hills that faces the sea. It is widely known for their great beaches such as the Crystal Cove State Park and their very own State Beach. This city is also well known for their tide pools, astonishing views by the Cliffside and lovely village styled stores.

The older regions of Corona del Mar are made up of separate single family homes that are located within close proximities. These houses are mostly situated by the Pacific Coast Highway and display many types of architecture. The newer areas in Harbor View Hills are made up of ranch homes that are by the astounding oceanic view.

The median income of households in Corona del Mar is over $120,000. The children attend schools that are operated by the Newport Mesa Unified School District. Corona Del Mar also has their own private high school. The Sage Hill School is a private school that provides their children with small classrooms, good education, training and extra-curricular activities. They also extensively provide college prep classes to prepare their students for the next level. The people of Corona del Mar also can enjoy the services of the Newport Beach Public Library.

Corona del Mar is also well known for the Sherman Library and Gardens. You can have some family fun at “Big Corona” or enjoy some quiet time at the small tide pools in “Little Corona”. Corona del Mar is also a great location for snorkeling, scuba diving and swimming.
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"The City For Fun, Sports and Arts"

If you enjoy the beach, sports, arts and cultural activities, then Newport Beach is the place for you. Found along the coasts of the Orange County, this city is known for their great housing and shopping facilities, great schools and for being a strong community for business owners. It surrounds the Newport Bay, which is not only home to more than 9000 boats, but also where people enjoy some great aquatic fun with activities like fishing, surfing and swimming.

Newport Beach became part of the Orange County in 1906 and was deemed the richest US city in 2010. Newport Beach is indeed known as one of the richest communities in California. This is based on their steadily growing property values and improving median family income. More than a quarter of the households within Newport Beach is known to have an annual income of more than $200 000.

Newport Beach is also known for the Fashion Island Mall and the Newport Pier. One could find many recreational regions there like the Big Canyon Country Club and the Balboa Fun Zone. You can also enjoy a relaxing stroll along the Newport Pier and Balboa Pier. For those who enjoy museums, Newport Beach is home to the Orange County Museum of Art and the Newport Sports Museum. It also has many golf courses and the Newport Aquatic Center.

Newport Beach is famed for their lively beaches like those on the Balboa Peninsula, the State Beach at Corona Del Mar Beach and the Crystal Cove State Park. You can also get to the Catalina Island from the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach.

Newport Beach is a great affluent town with good homes, schools, and economy for their residence and also a wonderful getaway place for fun and recreation for its visitors.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Lots of fun in the sun!"

It is a lot of fun to ride your bike along the Newport Beach boardwalk. You get to people watch, see some amazingly huge homes literally right on the sand and enjoy the beauty of the beach and the sun on your shoulders. Just watch out for the people on their bikes that aren’t paying attention! One of my friends cracked his ribs the other weekend after a bike collision there. Biking or walking is the preferred method of travel down by the beach as parking is vary scarce. And do not even think about parking illegally in the hopes that you will get away with it; cops are every where and your car will be towed away in about five minutes.

The best part is stopping off at one of Newport Beach’s many bars, like Mutt Lynch’s or Sharkey’s, to enjoy a cold one and meet up with your friends. I prefer Mutt Lynch’s over Sharkey’s, as it’s a little more laid back, but, still packed. Over at Sharkey’s, you are shoved in there like sardines. I guess it just depends on what you’re looking for! For great seafood, Rockin’ Baja has delicious buckets of seafood that are perfect for sharing.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

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