find, comes more than just the cachet of being in Newport.
There will be more street sweeping. Residents will have an easier
commute to deal with permits and other municipal business (just a
swing past the Back Bay to Newport Beach City Hall instead of over to
Santa Ana). They will enjoy Newport police service to go along with
the fire service that has been provided for years.
As city officials say: Not much will change, but what does will be
for the better.
The most important carry-over: Santa Ana Heights will still be all
about horses. Newport Beach officials have no plans to alter the
area's unusual zoning that allows for stables and horse trails. And
given that Newport is a city full of communities -- Corona del Mar,
Balboa Island, the peninsula, West Newport, to name a few notable
ones -- there is no reason to doubt that the horses will be around
for the long ride. The city knows how to maintain the neighborhood
Those communities, no doubt, contribute much to the character and
culture of Newport Beach. They give the city a bigger feel: Like New
York's boroughs, Newport isn't just the sum of one part. But they
also keep it feeling smaller, as a collection of neighborhoods that
residents can embrace as their own.
Santa Ana Heights will add nicely to that mix, at the least as a
counter-balance to the harbor. It should be a happy, lasting
Now, next on the list: western Santa Ana Heights and homes near