Newport Beach neighborhoods in the past

Here’s a glimpse of some of the areas in Newport Beach, in the 1940s–driving down the streets of Newport Beach, Corona del Mar and Balboa is such a different experience now than back in history!

Business District, Balboa Island, c. 1944

Business District, Balboa Island, c. 1944

Can you believe that not that long ago, Balboa Island was mostly underwater, with a few clustered mudflats and sandbars? What a difference!

Bridge from Balboa to Collins Island, c. 1942

Bridge from Balboa to Collins Island, c. 1942

This postcard shows the bridge connecting the western tip of Balboa Island to Collins Island.

The Fun Zone, Balboa, c. 1940

The beginnings of the Fun Zone, Balboa, c. 1940

According to Jeff Delaney in his book Newport Beach: “In 1936, entrepreneur Al Anderson leased the bay front area between Washington Street, Palm Street, and Bay Avenue from Fred Lewis. Anderson cleared the land and began putting up amusement features. He christened his new amusement park the Fun Zone.”

The Fun Zone, Balboa, c. 1944

The Fun Zone, Balboa, c. 1944

“Located on the Newport Harbor, the Fun Zone added games and rides over the years” (Jeff Delaney, Newport Beach).

All information and photos are from Jeff Delaney’s book Newport Beach.

Renee West

I'm a real estate broker associate in Newport Beach & Corona del Mar, CA, with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties.
If you have any questions about the real estate market, or are interested in listing or buying, please don't hesitate to contact me at (714) 914-9060 or Renee@bhhscdm.com!

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