Welcome to Corona del Mar
The “crown of the sea,” glimmering like a gem among coastal hills above the beach
Ensconced in the San Joaquin Hills above its namesake beach, the neighborhood of Corona del Mar is a unique oceanfront village with awe-inspiring views. As a part of Newport Beach, Corona del Mar residents are ideally located to walk to all of the city’s excitement, including premier dining and shopping districts.
The community was established in the early 1900s, and its long history is a significant contributor to the impressive array of architectural diversity that permeates throughout this little village. Much of the prime real estate here is located along the famous Pacific Coast Highway, or State Route 1, which provides quick and convenient access to many of the coast’s most vibrant towns.
Exuding all the charms of the past, the village has a gorgeous blend of mid-century cottages, grand Tuscan and Mediterranean Revival estates, and contemporary new-builds designed by some of the world’s most celebrated architects. Often, these expansive ranches and masterful mansions feature panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean, and owners can watch the staggering tapestry of the sunset palette descend over the waters while enjoying drinks from their very own patios and porches.
What to Love
- Sweeping views of the ocean from the hillside
- Eclectic mix of historical and modern architecture
- Strong community spirit, set apart from the rest of the city
People & Lifestyle
Nestled between the vast beauty of Crystal Cove State Park
and the lively harbors of Newport Beach, Corona del Mar caters to an audience looking to enjoy the best of both natural and commercial coastal life, all with a purveying sense of luxury from their hillside abodes. Its population of around 12,000 is relatively small and comprises families, affluent retirees, and professionals who crave a lavish life.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Revel in the exciting nightlife and day-time shopping of the Fashion Island
district, which serves as the pulse for Newport Beach and is just a five-minute drive from Corona del Mar. Highly curated designer boutiques, world-class restaurants, chic clubs, entertainment, and beauty services all converge in this social center, which has a little something for everyone. It wouldn’t be Coastal California without the presence of a dynamic culinary scene, and the inventive flavors at local hotspots like Zinc Cafe
often draw in the hippest palates. Serving plentiful vegetarian and health-conscious fare at their compact market-meets-café location, Zinc Cafe is a must-try for anyone looking to expand their culinary horizons in a casual atmosphere.
For more classic steakhouse and seafood, Gulfstream Restaurant and Five Crowns
offer up the best. Drool-worthy, home-cooked favorites are the name of the game at Gulfstream, where the North Pacific oysters are some of the freshest along the coast. With a venue inspired by English country inns, Five Crowns’ signature Crown Cut prime rib recipe has been passed down through four generations of chefs. No matter your craving—fine dining or casual—Corona del Mar is a cornucopia of savory options.
Things to Do
Living in Corona del Mar gives residents the chance to explore an assortment of activities, thanks to its ample beaches, trails, and community events. Those in need of a day spent idling under the sun, soaking the sound of distant gulls and ocean tides, will want to check out Big Corona Beach
, down the hill from the neighborhood. Formally known as Corona del Mar State Beach, Big Corona spans a half-mile along the waves and boasts movie-set-worthy golden sand, waters perfect for swimming and surfing, and family-friendly activity.
Pairing perfectly with the salty breezes, the Pacific Wine and Food Classic
hosted annually in Newport Beach is a mecca for wine aficionados, foodies, and anyone else just looking to indulge in epic eats with great beverages. This award-winning event has an exclusive feel—not only limiting ticket sales to avoid overcrowding but limiting the attendees to adults over 21.
The holiday spirit comes in spades in the Corona del Mar area without the hassle of snow. Newport Beach abounds each winter season with events like the Holiday Boat Parade
, which draws over a million spectators via live broadcast. Those watching—both at home and in-person—are treated to a spectacular display of more than 100 boats and vessels, decked out in holiday livery and lights. Shops, venues, and residencies all put on their best dress for the Corona del Mar Holiday Walk
, and the dedication to creating a festive atmosphere is just one of the many facets of the neighborhood that makes it a truly magical place to live.
Corona del Mar is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Maude B. Davis Elementary School, K-6, highly-rated public elementary school
- Corona del Mar High School, 7-12, highly-rated public high school
- Early College High School, 9-12, highly-rated public high school