Corona del Mar is a seaside section of Newport Beach, considered almost a city unto itself that winds along Coast Highway north of Crystal Cove State Park. The area's old-style charm sets it apart as a distinctive village composed of about eight cohesive neighborhoods, each of them serene, gorgeous and high-priced.
Quaint, often smaller homes on tree-lined streets with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean or Newport Harbor define the area. But homes range from cute, clean cottages on large lots to palatial mansions with the ocean for a frontyard.
Residents may come for the ocean views, but they stay for the lifestyle. Corona del Mar is a close-knit community insulated from big-city hustle and bustle yet close to Fashion Island, John Wayne Airport and major freeways. Corona del Mar Village is the shopping area along Coast Highway that serves as a town square, where sipping coffee, bicycling and casual strolls are the main orders of business.
Cameo Shores and Shore Cliff are among the most posh and pricey areas. A four-bedroom in Cameo Shores topped the listings at just under $10 million. Old Corona del Mar, known by locals as "the flower streets" because of names like Marigold and Poppy, is valued for its old-fashioned charm.