Balboa Island – dredging and property

A look back to Balboa Island in 1928, from Jeff Delaney’s book Newport Beach: In 1906, W. S. Collins commenced a dredging operation, partially completed by 1910, at which time a sucesion of subdivision map filings began. Prior to the dredging, the island was largely overflowed swamp land and mostly underwater at high tide. It …

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Real Estate Fraud

Property Documents California’s challenging real estate market has made property fraud and other related schemes more prevalent. The Clerk-Recorder Department provides for the examining and recording of all documents dealing with establishing ownership of real property or land in Orange County.  The department also records other documents, such as deeds of trust, reconveyances, liens and …

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Find the Right Lot for Your Custom Home

What’s involved in buying the perfect lot for your custom-built home? The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) says that the first step is gathering information. Your purchase contract for a lot should include a 60- or 90-day “study period” in which you can review the lot to make sure it meets your needs. With …

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A Predeveloped Balboa Peninsula

In 1923, a syndicate of Pasadena men purchased all of the land on the easterly extreme of the peninsula from Edna Ferguson, the widow of Joe Ferguson.  The property was then subdivided, a map filed in May 1923, and public improvements installed during the winter of 1923-1924, after which an intense selling campaign began. These …

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