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Scenes From A Sunshine State


It’s always a little discombobulating to come home from out of town in the middle of the work week. What a glorious dose of sunshine I had on Balboa Island!

Real estate reporting will resume tomorrow once I have actually put away my shorts and sandals.







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For Sale on Balboa Island


This sweet circa 1930 white brick cottage is just a block over so I admire it while out walking. I think it’s pretty. I have looked it up on the site and the interiors are pretty, too. I love the beamed ceilings on both the main floor and in the upstairs family room. Great of-the-era island architectural detail, the open beamed rooms and paneled walls.

And I like that there is lots of patio space surrounding this little house. Lots of being relative here when the average lot size is about 2500 square feet.

This home is located at 115 Onyx Avenue. Three bedrooms, two and one-half baths. 2057 square feet on a 2550 square foot lot. One car garage and one+ additional parking space. Asking price $1,795,000. Click here for more info and photos.

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Green Neighbors Viewed As Invasive


Apparently this solar panel has raised a hue and a cry from Newport Beach neighbors because it’s unsightly. It’s HUGE! It fills up the entire back yard of the home. Also, later in the afternoon the sun reflects off it directly into the windows of the Balboa Island neighbors across the east canal. They find this intrusive and obnoxious, green energy be damned, and why couldn’t they just put it on the roof? The City of Newport Beach approved it, though, so here it is. And the battle rages on.

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Exclusive Newport Beach Real Estate


Today I took a walk from Balboa Island to Fashion Island shopping center. In the four miles round trip, I saw only one home for sale. A waterfront home – with a dock, the sign said. According to, there are currently 487 single family homes for sale in all of Newport Beach. These range in price from $525,000 for this fixer on the outskirts of town, to $32,600,000 for for this 12,000 square foot bank -owned waterfront on Harbor Island. Real estate here on California’s gold coast still seems darned pretty precious.