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Enchantment is just a step away, on the Goldenrod Footbridge

Feb 22, 2011 by Sandy Schroeder

Corona del Mar is part of the city of Newport, but when you drive down Pacific Coast Highway and turn onto a cluster of streets named after flowers; you may feel as if you have drifted into a different world.

Its streets have names such as Acacia, Dahlia, Goldenrod, Iris, Jasmine, Marguerite, and Poppy. Each one is lined with lovely homes, and ends with a perfect ocean view.

But my favorite is street is the one, after you make a right turn on Goldenrod, which leads down a palm lined street to the Goldenrod Footbridge.

This flower laden 1928 footbridge is pure enchantment in today’s go-go and hurry up world. As I stood watching couples stroll across it, I started wondering what what Southern California was like before our now all to massive urban sprawl.

The six foot wide, 243 foot bridge, spans the 200 and 300 blocks of Goldenrod over Bayside Drive, thus providing an easy beach route for walkers and bikers. The support pylons are 30 feet high.

Historians say it cost $11,000 to build in 1928 and was created to improve the area’s house sales and providing them easier beach access.

Recently, it was approved for earthquake retrofitting, which is scheduled for completion in June. Not surprising, the new retrofitting costs will be ten times higher than the original development figures.

While crossing the bridge, I pondered what it’s like to begin every morning with a stroll over this lovely little footbridge. Or, join the sunset crowd walking across it accompanied with their dogs.

Across the nation, people have been digging out from two feet of snow for over a week.

If you ever wonder why there are huge differences in real estate prices across the country, perhaps this street along with its footbridge on a warm sunny afternoon in February, is a classic case that proffers some clues.

Flowers, food and fun….

If that doesn’t seal the deal than a quick sweep around Corona del Mar, will provide you with even more clues.

Rogers Gardens is a gardener’s ultimate fantasy. The Five Crown Restaurant has been carefully preparing the best prime rib in the county since 1953. Built as a replica of the Ye Olde Bell Inn in England, it’s a memorable choice for dinner.

Little Corona Beach is an afternoon picnic in itself.

The Sherman Library and Gardens provides a city block full of flowers and fountains, a California history library and the Café Jardin for lunch. Add a dash of trendy boutiques, more great restaurants, and movie making coastal views, and the attraction to live in Corona del Mar is easy to see and crystal clear.

Corona del Mar means, “Crown of the Sea” in Spanish. When you visit, I know that you can’t help but agree.

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2 Responses to “Enchantment is just a step away, on the Goldenrod Footbridge”

  1. David LaRue says:

    A beautiful description of a beautiful bridge. Makes me want to get up early and head for Del Mar, or possibly view the sunset. Bet that would be worth the wait, standing on the bridge, watching the world say good night. But only if one had a good friend to share it with.

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