NEIGHBORHOOD KNOWLEDGE: CHARLIE PRICE
In his brief, yet impactful time in the industry, Charlie Price has become prominent amongst the most knowledgeable experts of the area. His flawless work ethic consisting of determination, perseverance, patience, and friendliness has served him when having to overcome the many challenges associated with the popular and ever-changing state of the real estate market in Newport Beach. Just in the past year, Charlie and his team have closed $41 million in sales, having another $23.5 million on the market and over $61 million off-market.
His dream of entering the real estate business originated from his love and dedication to his family. He became passionate about pairing his clients with the perfect home and fulfilling their own dreams. He has formed many friendships along his journey and continues to devote himself fully every step of the way.
He recently listed 1 Troon in One Ford Road, a remarkable estate in more ways than one: it also held an astonishing history of 12 years on-and-off the market, accumulating over 2,400 days on the market, with 6 different agents attempting and failing to sell. Six months after picking it up, Charlie successfully crossed the finish line selling the home for over asking price. This accomplishment speaks volumes of what this agent has to offer, so we asked him a few questions regarding his acquired wisdom from working closely with the community of One Ford Road.
Q: What would be the best part about living in One Ford Road?
In my opinion, the best part about living in One Ford Road (OFR) is the community. The neighborhood is set up to form a community that experience life together – it is not your typical neighborhood where you barely know any of the people that live in it – it is more than that. Going to the parks there, you see all the home owners say hi to one another by first name and put dates in their calendar for their next dinner party, play date, or a night out on the town. One Ford Road is a place where people can count on their neighbor to be there for them when they are in need or celebrating something special in life. The neighborhood is built to allow people to form connections with each other. One Ford Road offers wide greenbelts, one junior Olympic-sized pool, home of the Flying Fish Swim Team, one large pool, one tot pool, playground, approximately 3,000 square-foot fitness center, 27-hole putting green, two half-court basketball courts, volleyball courts, croquet park, rose garden, reflection pond, outdoor fireplace, barbecue areas throughout the entire development, clubhouse and patio with barbecue. I mean, come on! That alone should tell you that the architects of this community wanted the people living in it to run into each other, communicate, hang out, and form friendships. This is arguably the best family knit community to live in within Orange County.
Q: Do you have any local insider knowledge you can share with us?
One Ford Road is in a prime location of Newport Beach – you have easy access to the 73 Freeway, you are a stone’s throw away from Fashion Island, a 15-minute drive to Laguna Beach, and surrounded by amazing restaurants.
Some of my personal favorite restaurants in the area:
- Gulfstream (Seafood) – must try is the Ahi Burger and shoe-string fries
- Javiers (Mexican) – must try is the trio de enchiladas del mar
- Mastros Ocean Club (Steak and Seafood) – must try is the espresso martini, jalapeno tuna sashimi, and the bone-in filet mignon. To top it off, order the butter cake
- Modo Mio (Italian) – the must try here is the Short Rib Ragout
- Farmhouse at Rogers (American) – must try are the seasonal cocktails, and the RG burger
- Bamboo Bistro (Vietnamese/Thai) – the Thai tea, chicken dumplings, and the filet pho
- Bungalow (American) – the must tries here are roasted brussels sprouts with bacon, the truffle mac & cheese, and any of the “on the land” or “from the sea” options
- Zinc (Vegetarian) – the must tries are the iced green tea latte, stuffed peppers, and the breakfast burrito
- Bandera (Mexican) – the cornbread is a must have. We also like to pick up a fresh rotisserie chicken and bring it home for dinner.
- Harbor Day (Private)
- Our Lady Queen of Angels (Private Catholic – the most common school for OFR families to attend)
- Lincoln Elementary (Public)
- Sage Hill (Private High School)
- The neighborhood alone is filled with so many great spots…the reflection pond and the rose garden are my personal favorites for reading a book or journaling.
Fitness Classes – If you are not working out in the state-of-the-art fitness center OFR has to offer here are a list of amazing places to go to for a fitness class:
- Soul Cycle (Cycling)
- Boxhaus (Boxing)
- Body Love (Pilates and personal training)
- F45 (HIIT + Crossfit)
- Radiant hot yoga (yoga)
- Goldbarre (barre)
Q: What is your advice for potential homeowners wanting to relocate to this area?
My advice for potential OFR homeowners is to really think about what they want in a neighborhood. For example, is it community, a place where you can feel like your children are safe and secure to play outside, or a neighborhood that has almost everything you need (minus the grocery store)? If that is what they want, then the gated community of OFR has so much more to offer them than just a remarkable home. Whether you’re looking at different floor plans on the interior streets of One Ford Road or even the custom estates on Troon, you cannot go wrong. Your neighbors will welcome you with open arms and your kids will gain more friendships.
Q: Was there a change between your first and latest impression of the community?
The first time I ever entered through the iron gates of OFR I saw so many homeowners walking everywhere – on the sidewalks, in the street, with their dogs and their kids; I immediately felt like this was a very family friendly neighborhood. You couldn’t help but smile… The more time I spent in OFR the more I understood that these people weren’t just neighbors walking by each other, they were friends, and when they would pass by each other, it wasn’t always just a simple hello, it was a how are your children doing, what is new with you, or the next date they were going to get together.
Q: What can you foresee in the future of this neighborhood?
The neighborhood speaks for itself – It already has a prestigious reputation, and I only see it growing more in popularity over the years. Whether it be young families moving in, or wise ones settling down, this community is diverse and suitable for any in between. Like I keep mentioning, OFR is arguably the best family knit gated community Newport Beach has to offer and it is hard to replicate that. Although, I do see more of Charlie Price “For Sale” signs in the near future.