A coastal community just a couple miles from the ocean, Newport Coast, California, is in coastal Orange County, just off the San Joaquin Hills Corridor and right outside the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. It is a master-planned community with a population estimated at around 7,500, as of 2007, and with a median household income of more than $164,000.
The city was a census-designated place until 2001, when it was annexed into Newport Beach. It was developed in the 1980s and now makes up an area of almost 9,500 acres, 75 percent of which is open space or golf course land. Most of that land is in the Ocean North-Pelican Hill Golf Course, one of two Tom Fazio-designed courses, and Crystal Cove State Park.
The city is known as the Pacific Riviera and stretches along the coast from Corona Del Mar to Laguna Beach. The hospital nearest by is Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach. Schools in the city are part of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, including eight elementary, one middle and two high schools. There is also the Sage Hill School, an independent secondary school. Depending on residence, some students may also attend schools in the Irvine Unified School District. For higher education, the city is just south of University of California, Irvine.
Annual events celebrated in Newport Coast include the Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race, the Taste of Newport, the Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade and the Newport Coast International Film Festival, which attracts around 20,000 to see the more than 170 films on display. Other areas of interest include the nearby Balboa Island and its shops and restaurants, and in Newport Beach, Fashion Island, the Newport Aquatic Center, the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, the Newport Theatre Arts Center, and the 10-acre Newport Coast Shopping Center.