16 Bay Island is one of those properties that doesn’t come around often. It is one of just 23 homes on Newport Harbor’s most exclusive island, a former gun club established in 1903 when birding was more popular than boating. Bay Island sits around the bend from prestigious Newport Harbor Yacht Club. The home captures the early California beach cottage era, but could easily be at home back east with its traditional shingled-style and vintage touches, like rowing skull oars for staircase handrails.
The home was featured in the August 2007 edition of California Homes Magazine. Interior designer Sue McKeehan transformed this 1915 home into one of Newport’s finest. Gracing the shores of Bay Island, the home features spectacular vistas of Newport Harbor’s main turning basin, all of its boating activity and, in winter, the snow-capped San Bernardino mountains. Residents here commonly own a tennis court, wide sandy beach, and lush mature botanical & cutting gardens. The home’s private pier and slip for a large boat and side-tie scream for a classic Chris-Craft.
A foolish buyer would tear down this treasure and build a monster. With luck that won’t happen. Whomever takes over this property should cherish this rare combination of classic architecture, a premier and exclusive location, and a wonderful history to pass on to the next generation.
Price and details available on request. To inquire click here. This Rad Pad is listed by Steve High and Evan Corkett.