Feb 22, 2012

1-2-3: Balboa Island Trend Spotting

I am in Newport Beach, California for a few days of much needed fun in the sun with my family and one my favorite spots to visit and go for long walks is Balboa Island.

In 1899, W.S. Collins, who had made his fortune in Southern California land speculation and transportation, was convinced to purchase 1000 acres of the land around the Newport Bay for development. At that time, Orange County was mostly orange groves and there were no rail lines leading into the area and H.E. Huntington wasn't interested in building any. Collins bought that land for $50,000, dredged the harbor to create the man-made Balboa Island, connected it to Los Angeles via the Pacific Electric Railroad and within 15 years, property on Balboa Island was worth $5,000,000.            
It has had many alterations and additions throughout the years since, and one is from my post last about visiting what became in 1936, the Balboa Fun Zone with a ferris wheel and later in 1986 completely re-vamped with a carousel, bumper cars which I shared on the Memorial Day Weekend post.

These days, Balboa Island is known as a charming destination for locals and visitors alike. Strolling the waterfront boardwalk, enjoying the games and rides at the Balboa Pavilion, relaxing on sun-filled beaches or fishing from the Balboa Pier, there is plenty to do and enjoy on Balboa Island

Today's 1-2-3 post is all about the trends of architecture, gardens, outdoor living that these amazing homes along the boardwalk are so priveleged to enjoy.

From the most modern of architecture ~

To those homes with a greater sense of "personality" and a little sense of humor

and those with major "curb",  or should I say Boardwalk ...appeal..

and with the Uber Extravagence - your very own pier.. with lounge et all..

*all images (c) Jennifer Mehditash for Dec-a-Porter

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