This is the guarded
gate to the real Pelican Point in the real Orange County
The gate was recreated in Malibu, and was seen for the first time in Episode
1 (season one), "The Pilot".
Above are aerial photos of
the entrance to the real Pelican Point gated neighborhood,
on Pelican Point Drive, immediately south of E.
Coast Highway, on the Newport Coast.
And directly below is the fake
version of the same gate at The O.C.'s "Pelican Cove".
(Note that they copied such details as the red-tile roof, arched windows,
and even the spiral topiary trees.)
(They do love the word 'Pelican'
in this part of Newport, and these neighborhoods
of red-tile-roofed homes are named Pelican Hill (to the northwest),
(to the southeast) and Pelican Point (below PCH). But there
is no "Pelican Cove".
The gate above really leads to the Pelican
On the show, though, the
Cohen house lies just past these Newport gates.
In the real world, the fake gates, like the
Cohen house itself, are located miles away, in Malibu.
the page about the Malibu (Pelican Cove) gate to see how they
Below are map links to the
actual gates in Newport Beach
(not to be confused with the fake gates in Malibu).
These "establishing shots" of Orange County are not locations
where The O.C. is actually filmed.
The O.C. is not really filmed in Orange County - it is filmed in
Los Angeles County. These "establishing shots"
are brief aerial snapshots of actual Orange County locations, which the
producers drop into the show to add color and
to help create the illusion that we are seeing the real Orange County.
I have included this list of their "establishing shots"
to supplement the main list of actual filming
locations. You can tell the difference by color: the actual filming
pages are gold, while the "establishing shot" pages are blue.
To see a list of the L.A.
locations where The O.C. is actually filmed,
click on the OC Filming Locations logo below.
Episode - By Category - By
Geographical Location - Clickable Map
of All O.C. Locations - Establishing Shots
screenshots from the show and all related characters & elements are
trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
All other photos & text are copyright 2006 © Gary J. Wayne and
may not be used without written permission.
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