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), Pelican Crest
(to the southeast) and Pelican Point (below PCH). But there is no "Pelican Cove".
The gate above really leads to the Pelican Point neighborhood.)

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.

Read the page about the Malibu (Pelican Cove) gate to see how they did it.

Below are map links to the actual gates in Newport Beach
(not to be confused with the fake gates in Malibu).


Important:  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 location
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.

By Episode - By Category - By Geographical Location - Clickable Map of All O.C. Locations - Establishing Shots 

THE O.C. 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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