newport beach nature center

Newport Beach families are now going to have the opportunity to get a little closer to nature. Living in Southern California means that some of the nation’s most spectacular lush outdoors and scenic landscapes are at your fingertips. Have you ever thought that it’d be great to learn more about nature in the area? An anonymous donation and fund-matching challenge is making it possible for little ones to learn more about the outdoors.

The funds have pushed the Newport Beach’s Environmental Nature Center past its halfway point in the $10 million fundraising campaign for a nature preschool. The center purchased a property in 2012 to serve as the site of the preschool and they are now trying to raise funds to get the center built. On March 18 the center announced that a $1 million anonymous donation will greatly help in the construction of the building. Education Director Lori Whalen also reported that the donor has pledged to match any donations to the fund up to $3 million.

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“Of course the need for preschools was certainly recognized for our community,” Glover said. “But to actually get kids here on a daily basis and introduce them to the natural world … has been a driving force.”

Once the $3 million matching challenge caps out the construction of the center will likely begin. From there the Nature Center has plans to hire a director that will help build and grow the center into one of Newport Beach’s gems. With hopes of getting children off the couch from in front of video games and into the wild, the center will help teach children creativity, problem solving skills, self-confidence, self-regulation, resilience and more.

Newport Beach housing market

Home owners who need a bit more reason to look into the Newport Beach housing market, especially those thinking about starting a family soon, may find the Nature Center to be especially appealing. According to Altos Research, a California-based real estate analytics company, the median single-family home value in Newport Beach as of March 13 was reported at $2,387,300, which is just a slight decline over the same time last year.

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The demand for homes in Newport Beach is pretty strong as well, although the market is fairly balanced after a couple weeks of inclining trends. Altos uses a unique value called the Market Action Index to determine whether conditions are trending in favor of home buyers or sellers based on a scale that uses 30 as neutral. The index was reported at 31.93 at the middle of March, which shows just a slight favor toward sellers.

There are currently about 219 properties listed on the market in Newport Beach, which are coming off the market in an average of 165 days. With the spring market on the horizon, the average days on market will likely fall closer to where it was a year ago at about 125 days.

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