boats. Right now there are more than 7,000 boats of all kinds in the harbor.
Those are official statistics. That's about $75 million worth of yachts for
40,000 people. There's nothing like it anywhere else. Why, you couldn't buy the
cheapest lot anywhere in the area—that would be a lot about 40 by 120—for less
than $15,000 or $18,000. How do you like that?"
"Actually," said the real estate man, "we haven't got any more room
here. The sewage system and the water system and the other facilities wouldn't
handle much more traffic. And Alamitos Bay—that's the only other resort harbor
between L.A. and San Diego—that's about full up, too, only not nearly so big as
here. The new marinas will have to take over. Places like Playa Del Rey,
Redondo Beach, Oceanside and Huntington Beach's new Huntington Harbour, which
is currently advertising real estate on nine islands—'for families in love with
the water.' And then there's Mission Bay down in San Diego, although that's a
little far for the people that come here."
guess Newport Beach can't get much bigger, just more expensive?" he was
the time being," the man said. "You see, counting Newport and Balboa
Bay and all the eight islands in the two bays, we've got a little over 18 miles
of waterfront property, and that's all used up. But in five or 10 years we'll
be developing the upper bay. That's all Irvine Ranch Co. property up there, and
it is being developed into a fabulous new community under the supervision of
Architect William Pereira. There will be a campus of the University of
California and for its use a 2000-meter rowing course that will take as many as
six eight-oared shells abreast. The whole area will be at least twice this size
in another 20 years.
remembered about the man from Pasadena who owned a 60-foot yawl. Last winter he
was telling some people how he found it cheaper to keep the boat in Italy than
nearby Newport Beach. "It costs me $1.50 per foot per month to tie it up at
one of the marinas down in Newport," he said.' 'That's more than $1,000 a
year. For that amount of money my wife and I can fly to Italy and back and take
our summer cruise over there in the Adriatic. I don't know how people can
afford to live in Newport and Balboa anymore."
Newport Beach is primarily a residential area, but there are two excellent
motels. The Jamaica Inn, overlooking the Newport Bay area at Corona del Mar,
has 100 spacious rooms, two swimming pools, tennis courts. Summer rates (May
27-Oct. 1): poolside double rooms $18 or $20, rooms overlooking the pool $14 or
$16, patio rooms $20. The Newporter Inn, which opened in April, overlooks the
Newport Dunes playground, the Back Bay, all of Lido Isle, Balboa and the Coast
Highway. There are two pools, a nine-hole golf course, water skiing, and boats
for hire. Each of the 115 rooms has its own private balcony facing the Pacific
or the pools. Summer rates for a double room, ocean-side, are $20 or $22;
poolside $18 or $20. Winter rates for both motels drop by about $5 a room. The
Newporter Inn has four private villas as well, each with its own pool and
terrace, which go for $100 a day in summer, $75 in winter. Seasonal housing,
when available, comes cheaper: anything from $400 to $2,500 per month for an
apartment in the June-through-August season.
The only golf course within Newport Beach city limits is the private Irvine
Coast Country Club, which has exchange privileges with many country clubs in
southern California. There are two public golf courses in Huntington Beach, one
in Santa Ana, one in San Clemente, and a nine-hole course in Laguna Beach, all
less than 30 minutes' drive from Newport. Newport Beach will build an 18-hole
public course within the next two years. There are plenty of public tennis
courts. Boats and surfboards can be rented by the hour, the day or the week,
and there is no shortage. A skiff to go fishing in the bay costs $12.50 a day,
including motor, gas and bait. Fishing off the dock at the Pavilion costs $1.50
a day, including bait, and the Balboa Pavilion Co. will rent tackle for $2 a
day or $1 a half day. Next to the Pavilion there is a small fun zone with all
the games a kid ever heard of. All beaches on the ocean side of Balboa and
Corona del Mar are open to the public, and there are three public beaches on
the bay side of Balboa. Lido Isle has no public beaches.
DINING THERE: In
the southern California tradition there are some very fancy restaurants where
$20 won't cover the check for two, and there are plenty of 19� hamburgers, too.
One of the plushest restaurants is Karam's, Newport Beach, which serves a
highly recommended duck bigarade ($12.50 for two, to be ordered in advance).
Weekend reservations should be made by Wednesday. The Stuft Shirt, Newport
Beach, is—despite its name—an excellent steak-and-chop house (flaming saddle of
lamb, $5) in a neo-Venetian d�cor. The Hurley Bell, Corona del Mar, serves a
healthy filet mignon steak sandwich for supper at $2.95, and children's dinners
are half the price of the entree. The Newporter Inn serves excellent pastries.
Christian's Hut, now located next to the Jamaica Inn, is well known for its
Polynesian dishes. The Pavilion's new restaurant overlooks the boating activity
in Balboa Bay. Berkshire's has the best view on Lido Isle. There are two good
places on the Coast Highway: Reuben's, Newport Beach, has a porterhouse steak,
cattleman's cut, at $4.35; Robert Hill's Chefs Inn, Corona del Mar, is an
excellent all-purpose family-type restaurant with good food at reasonable
MOVING THERE: No
matter where you look for property in Newport Beach the price is high and
available land is scarce. On the oceanfront of Balboa, lots run around $100 per
front foot, but on Lido Isle the going rate is $3,500 per front foot for a
bay-front lot with dock privileges. Inside lots—beach privileges but no view—go
for $800 to $900 per front foot. If you want a bay lot with no dock privileges,
you might be able to scare up a piece of property for around $2,000 per front
foot on fashionable Lido Isle.