Tucked away in the back of China Cove, you can still find a piece of the historic China House. Long-time China Cove resident, John Hamilton, had the foresight to work out a deal to keep pieces of the historic structure when it was torn down by Jim & Martha Beauchamp and Ernie & Donna Schroeder to make room for their two rather unremarkable ‘luxury’ homes in 1987. Hamilton told the LA Times that he was storing the pieces in a warehouse and that they would “someday, somewhere, some way” reappear as a reminder of the house that was.
The 1979 photo of this week’s cottage is courtesy of the Sherman Library. The Sherman Library is partnering with CdMRA and CdM Historical Society to collect information and photos on the cottages of CdM for an upcoming exhibit. If you have any photos or information on a current or former cottage please fill out this form and share whatever info you can: https://bit.ly/2xEVQsf
You could regularly walk down Iris and have never seen this cottage. Tucked away down a brick path through some palms and other trees, is this 1 bedroom, 1 bath front house that was built in 1948.
This 1939 cottage is a great example of retaining an original look from the street and interesting interior details like exposed beams while expanding to address modern needs (open floor plan, larger closets, ensuite bathrooms, etc) and make for a great living experience. With the recent amendment to the city’s Cottage Preservation Code, more cottage owners should take advantage of the opportunity to improve the livability of their space and ensure the long-term viability of their home.
One of the rare survivors with an amazing view, this 1936 cottage sits on the edge of Pacific Dr. over Bayview, with a clear view of the Bay and out to the Ocean.
Larger than it appears from the street, this 1932 cottage is reported to have 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and 1,400 sq ft.
Two of our cottages in the Village date back to 1914 - the same year that WWI started and Babe Ruth made his first appearance in the majors.
348 Dahlia Place is now tucked away behind some apartments and is perched over Bayside Dr. It was located near the first building in Corona del Mar, the Hotel Del Mar and may have been one of two cottages built for the staff.
A block away is 214 Dahlia Ave. which is listed as a 1914 house but according to an interview a few years ago with the owner, it was actually built much earlier and moved from an Irvine bean farm to its current location. He said that he has a photo of it from 1910 when it was a barn in Irvine (we desperately need a copy of this photo!) but that it may be much older.
1940 Aerial View of CdM that shows Avocado, Acacia, Begonia, Carnation, and part of Dahlia Ave. With the Big Blue House now gone (can you find it in this photo?), a dozen structures from this 80 year old photo remain today.
A delightful cottage that is rather unique in that it features elements of streamline moderne architectural style with its rounded edges.
The 1948 cottage has 600 sq ft and 2 bedrooms and 1 bath. It was last sold in 1984 for $215,000 and looks like it has been rented out the past few years.
This 1923 cottage is likely one of the five oldest surviving houses in Corona del Mar and retains a great original look and tons of charm. It pre-dates the Pacific Coast Highway coming through Corona del Mar by three years and was built a year before CdM became part of Newport Beach. At the time, road access and access to running water were both very difficult so there were very few residential homes in CdM.
Even by 1930, when the aerial photo was taken, you can see it was still quite sparse and this was several years after PCH and reliable residential water service came to CdM. This 2BR/2BA cottage is currently for sale and a recent price drop moved it to $2.69M. Hope to see someone buy this beautiful historic cottage and enjoy it for many more years.