Exterior home decorations of the extraordinarily wealthy

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It’s no secret to Southern Californians that Newport Beach—all of Orange County, really—is an enclave of fairly wealthy people. That fact seems ironic considering that Orange County filed for bankruptcy in 1994, taking two years to get its affairs back in order. Nonetheless, all one has to do is walk through some Newport Beach neighborhoods to see that it’s not your average city. Along with many large, magnificent, and beautiful homes….

Newport Beach, California

…the little things indicate that these people have a little extra disposable income. Witness the addresses on their homes:

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Once they finish the beautiful address markers, many include extra decorative ornamentation….

Newport Beach, California

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Newport Beach, California

Some of them even decorate their mailboxes. Don’t want any ugly black or gray things hanging on fences or walls.

Newport Beach, California

I don’t have access to public real estate records for Orange County like I do San Diego County, so I couldn’t check addresses to determine which was the biggest house I saw. However, I’m pretty sure this one was at or near the top:

Newport Beach, California

At first I thought it was a beach hotel since the beach is pretty much where I was standing to take the picture. However, I walked around it several times and came to the conclusion that it was, indeed, a single family home.

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27 thoughts on “Exterior home decorations of the extraordinarily wealthy

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      You just might be right. I’m always amazed that there barely is enough room to walk between the houses, but with all that interior space, there’s no need to get close to your neighbors anyway!

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  1. viewpacific

    I live near that area and still marvel at the disease of consumption. It’s the land of “not enough”
    When I first moved to a Southern California (not Orange County) it was pointed to me that:
    You might be rich, but are you rich enough?
    You might be thin, but are you thin enough?
    You might have a new car, but is it new enough?
    You might have a big house, but is it big enough?

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      One of the reasons why I left Texas was because I had the “keep up with the Joneses” disease. Leaving friends and family behind cured me, and even though I like visiting places like Newport Beach, La Jolla, Coronado, and other enclaves of the extraordinarily wealthy, I simply have no desire to live like them.

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  2. bebs1

    I would love to live by the beach, if I could afford it. I love strolling the streets of Newport Beach and watch those decorations and tiny gardens they have.

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  3. cat9984

    We don’t have the ocean, but we do have a couple of very well-to-do lakefronts here in Michigan. The thing I’ve always noticed is that the property is so prime that the people are right on top of each other. I wonder how well they get to know the next-door neighbors before they decide to buy. 🙂

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