When Nook Sales Experts match a buyer with their dream home, the only thing as important as architectural style is the neighborhood. That’s why we’re bringing you the #NookNeighborhoods series, where every Wednesday you’ll find cool history and culture to make sure you don’t overlook an area that could have the best nook for you.
Cannery Beach has been described as SoHo New York meets beach life meets San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. That’s a lot of personality to pack into an 8 block radius in Newport Beach. Now, the ocean plays a large role in that vibe; it is as big a part of this neighborhood’s landscape and charm as the modern loft living. When they say “Dock and Dine,” they really mean it; many lofts and restaurants have a place to hitch up your vessel before you walk into your home or high-end dining experience.
That’s one of the reasons why we fell in love with the nooks of Cannery Village and Lido Village - and decided to move our headquarters square in the middle of these unique nooks. Cannery Village is a nook practically built on live/work lifestyle - long before it was trendy and an integral part of the modern freelancer’s life. It started very differently, and the evolution is part of the charm.
In the 1950s, fishermen would pull in their nets every morning, ring a bell and summon the workers to the cannery (a different bell would sound for each location). From there, their robust workforce would keep afloat the industry that defined their neighborhood. Between nine boat landings, three canneries and all the boats built during World War II, the area thrived as Cannery Village for more than twenty years.
Where canneries and other industry related stores used to be, now you find a great selection of boutiques and local tastes that rival any small town. Cannery Row explains how two Monterey restaurant managers brought the area to prominence starting in 1968. They had “strong family ties to the fishing industry and their partners were chiefly responsible for...ensuring it would forever remain a place that paid tribute to the many cultures who had made it world famous. The founding of the Cannery Row Company in 1976 began a revival of Cannery Row that transformed it...to the number one visitor destination on California’s Central Coast.”
Places like The Cannery Lofts continue the live/work tradition that built their region while expanding the kind of work that it’s possible to do in modern times. Contemporary beachside lifestyle seekers will find Cannery Village and its mixed-use lofts to be ideal. Who doesn't want to open their chic deck doors onto a patio overlooking the water? Who wouldn't want to see multiple great dining options directly outside their front door, all in the tradition of family and marine life that built this neighborhood nook? Most lofts are completely updated, with concrete or wooden floors that nicely complement their high windows and doors to let the ocean life inside the home.
The residents of Cannery Row love great food, travel, dogs, wine, exercise, and friends. Many restaurant patios are dog-friendly, the neighborhood is safe, with lots of cool events around the year. Newport Beach hosts an incredible selection of outings, from a Whale Migration Watch, Summer Sunset Cocktail Cruises, Wine, and Food Festival, Art in the Park and regular Beach, Brews & BBQ to benefit charities. If you fall in love with Cannery Village, it never leaves you.
We’re thrilled to grow the Nook Real Estate brand with our nearby neighbors in Cannery Row and new President, Mark Hughes.
Photo credit: Visit Newport Beach