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Top 10 Neighborhood Amenities in Corona Del Mar, California

Corona Del Mar is a beautiful & charming seaside village with a plethora of places to go & things to do within just minutes. Located along the coast of Southern California between Los Angeles & San Diego in Orange County, Corona Del Mar has been chosen as one of the Top Ten Happiest Seaside Towns in 2015 by Coastal Living Magazine. Along Pacific Coast Highway which divides Corona Del Mar between north and south and is lined with a variety of quaint shops, restaurants, banks, grocery stores etc. On the south & beside the homes is the beautiful Corona Del Mar State Beach. Within minutes there is an outdoor upscale shopping mall, freeways, and an airport. The weather and the schools are unmatched. There are all types & styles of homes in CDM. They include cottage style bungalows & condos on smaller lots on streets named after flowers, Mediterranean estates with views on larger lots, and a seniors center called the Oasis next to a senior condo development. Prices for a condo range from $600,000+ to $30,000,000. In 2009, a home in Corona Del Mar was listed for $75,000,000 and, at that time, was the most expensive home in the United States. The listing agent was featured on the Oprah show.

Corona Del Mar State Beach

A short walk for most Corona Del Mar residents, the Corona Del Mar State Beach is one of the most spectacular beaches along the coast of Southern California. There are thirty acres of park and sandy beaches. It has restrooms, fire pits, and a restaurant. At the top of the beach there are benches from which to enjoy the gorgeous sunsets, the yachts & boats on the horizon departing or returning to the Harbor. There is also a beautiful walking path at the top of the beach which winds around to "Little Corona" where children can walk down the hill to the beach and see all the tadpoles. You can also walk across the footbridge about 4 blocks to the Pacific Coast Highway where all the restaurants are located. As picturesque as it is one can see why Corona Del Mar is voted as one of the 10 happiest seaside towns in America.
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Avila's El Ranchito

Quaint & popular casual restaurant where families, couples, or singles enjoy Mexican cuisine, El Ranchito is the place locals love to walk to for a meal. Their catering department is also very busy as it is a great place from which to order food to take out or sit, relax and enjoy a beverage while waiting for your order.

Fashion Island

Because of our idyllic weather, Fashion Island was built as a fabulous upscale outdoor mall with a myriad of restaurants, theaters, shops, and a Whole Foods grocery store. During the holidays it is most festive embracing all of the traditional tree lighting ceremonies. Within minutes of Corona Del Mar, it is the go to destination for all your needs & desires, or just to have fun.
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Pelican Hill

The Resort at Pelican Hill, minutes away and just outside the limits of Corona Del Mar, is a gorgeous 5 star luxury hotel atop a hill overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean with super service. It is a great getaway for a weekend or even just the day with a trip to their Spa and then a lunch at the Coliseum restaurant - with indoor or outdoor seating around a large swimming pool with the ocean as a backdrop. The Pelican Hill Golf Club, a Fazio course, is recognized as one of the top courses in Southern California.
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Roger's Gardens

Roger’s Gardens is a destination home, garden and landscape design center offering creative solutions and unique products for both outdoor and indoor living. Roger’s Gardens outdoor environment inspires its visitors with beautiful foliage, flowering plants, creative plantings, seasonal herbs and vegetables, designer fountains, pottery, outdoor furniture and accessories. Roger’s Gardens indoor spaces present fine home furnishings and décor, gourmet foods, artisan collectibles, holiday décor, plein air art and, brought together in a world-class creative and inspirational presentation. Roger’s Gardens offers customized solutions and services, including floral design, personalized consulting, educational programs, hands-on workshops, e-commerce, special events and more.Roger’s Gardens believes that beautiful living environments are about a celebration of nature, sustainability, and emotional and physical health. As a family-owned business, Roger’s Gardens has been a landmark destination in Orange County for more than 50 years. Located directly across from Fashion Island in beautiful Corona del Mar, California. 

Balboa Island

Within walking distance of Corona Del Mar and accessed by car or bicycle over a bridge is Balboa Island, which is well known for its vacation rentals. Balboa Island is comprised of Little Island, Main Island, and Collins Island while the streets are named after various precious gems. A popular activity is walking all the way around the islands. The main street is dotted with quaint shops, restaurants, its own fire department, a little church, a market, and the famed Village Inn where locals enjoy great cuisine and live music. Further down the island one can board the Balboa Ferry on foot, with a bicycle or in a car. A short ferry ride takes you over to the Balboa Fun Zone on Balboa Peninsula. Nearby on the Balboa Peninsula you will be able to buy tickets for the large boat that takes passengers over to Catalina Island which is about a two hour ride each way and makes a fun day or overnight trip.
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Crystal Cove Beach Cottages

Just outside Corona Del Mar to the south are the Crystal Cove Beach Cottages in Crystal Cove State Park Historic District. Newly restored, these 46 vintage cottages are both charming and rustic. The unique setting of this coastal colony is spectacular and within minutes of home. Reservations for one day or an entire week can be made on the company’s website.
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The Port Theater

The newly remodeled Port Theater in the heart of Corona Del Mar village reopened in April of 2012 after being closed for many years. It is an historic structure and was quite limited in terms of just what could be done to assure a viable business. The Port Theater has succeeded in providing a luxurious experience at the doorsteps of Corona Del Mar's fussiest residents. Patrons select from leather seats, recliners or sofas, all with side tables, from which to enjoy the movie. They may also select from a top shelf list of fine wines, champagnes, chilled beers, or cocktails.
Also offered is a full bar and restaurant menu.

Laguna Beach

Just minutes from Corona Del Mar to the south is Laguna Beach, home to the Montage Resort and famed Pageant of the Masters and Sawdust Festival each summer. Known for its arts, the streets are filled with art galleries, shops, and restaurants.
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Five Crowns

This upscale English pub style restaurant is located on the southern border of the village and is a landmark in Corona Del Mar village. It is home to the "old guard" residents. It was the restaurant at which I enjoyed the first of many great meals when I moved to the coast in 1972. During the holidays you always see carolers walking throughout the restaurant. Also, there is a side entrance known as The Side Door that caters to the "after work" crowd. Never disappointing, it is always a great place to take out-of-town guests.
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Top 10 Neighborhood Amenities in Corona Del Mar, California