Private Island

Promising comfort, convenience and au courant living, Villas Fashion Island proves itself a paradise in Newport Beach

Written by Jenn Thornton

What is an island? For some, the word suggests a kind of remoteness; for others, a rapturous reprieve, and the rare chance to lose oneself completely, if only metaphorically. Villas Fashion Island, an Irvine Company Resort Properties development, is also a place to lose oneself, only in a far more literal and luxurious sense. One is about escape, the other connectedness, within parameters promising privacy, security and time to indulge in life—a very good life at that.

In part a response to the rise of the self-contained community that continues to mark a seismic shift in the way many want to live now—with ease and convenience—guard-gated Villas Fashion Island does promise and practice a form of breezy abandon where the concerns are few, and the rewards many. Residents of the exclusive enclave enjoy access to the best of everything within its beautifully landscaped borders, and the best of coastal Orange County besides. Factor in resort-inspired services and amenities and a pretty place to live becomes an epic real estate win.

To start, the place is absolutely prodigious—in ambition, in appointments, in scale. Consisting of 524 luxury apartments housed in seven separate structures, Villas Fashion Island is an oasis all its own, designed to work synergistically with its much-loved neighbor, Fashion Island, and featuring architecture and grounds that are also harmonious. It’s a scene meant to evoke a summer village on the outskirts of Rome, but one decidedly more modern than the Old World impression stirs. The result does look and feel a lot like la dolce vita, only by the sea, with contemporary coastal interiors complementing classic Palladian architecture that revive the style with the current aesthetic sensibilities and aspirations of Southern California.

To this end, Villas Fashion Island operates solidly in the five-star category, offering residents a cosmopolitan resort lifestyle. Amenities include five pools, multiple outdoor dining areas and a palm promenade along with a generous fitness center and yoga studio, café and juice bar, Great Room with two lounges, catering kitchen and adjoining Great Lawn and a dog park with dog wash. A bocce ball court and putting green round out the recreational riches. Services are a credit to the concierge team, largely a veteran group plenty practiced in the art of hospitality. With many members hailing from The Resort at Pelican Hill, it’s a dream team ready to make reality whatever a resident might require, from scoring an impossible dining reservation to handling the logistics of one’s life via personal shopping, stocking the refrigerator, or coordinating travel. This group also curates Villas Fashion Island’s extensive programming slate, which is designed to create and cultivate community by way of wine tasting, cooking classes, sports viewing parties, fitness classes and more.

“More” is basically right outside the front door. With the restaurants and stores of Fashion Island a stone’s throw from Villas Fashion Island, retail utopia is but a saunter—or complimentary weekend shuttle ride—away. A community? More like an island unto itself.