Friday, May 7, 2010

Bay Island

Smack dab in the middle of Newport Beach's harbor sits Bay Island. This small island is the most exclusive ex-sandbar in all of Orange County. Cars are not allowed on the island as it is only accessible by a narrow footbridge. The island is basically a co-op because all the owners collectively own and maintain the community gardens, tennis court, and the private parking parking structure located on the peninsula. This Polynesian style masterpiece sits on enviable corner lot that commands a view of the entire harbor.
Past that sail boat are the towers of Newport Center and Fashion Island. Saddleback Mountain presides over the entire county; its two peaks just have a sense of home for me.
I think this house is VERY interesting. I don't know if I could live in such a theme house; the Polynesian influence is carried out splendidly but that is its Achilles heel. There is a very limited number of people who would be willing to spend around $30 million for a house like this, but I would gladly spend a week or two in this house!

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