Crystal Cove Historic District

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Crystal Cove Historic District
Crystal Cove cottages.jpg
Crystal Cove Historic District is located in California
Crystal Cove Historic District
Crystal Cove Historic District is located in the US
Crystal Cove Historic District
Nearest city Laguna Beach, CA
Built 1924
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Other
NRHP reference # 79000514 [1]
Added to NRHP June 15, 1979
Historic wooden house in the countryside

The Crystal Cove Historic District is a part of the Crystal Cove State Park located in Newport Beach, California. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places encompassing 12.3 acres (50,000 m2) along the Southern California coast. It was listed on the National Register not only because of its significance but also because of the 46 cottages located there which were built in the 1920s and 1930s.[2] These cottages are perfect examples of Southern California coastal development in the early 20th century and were preserved by the Crystal Cove Alliance. Since the restoration, the cottages have been open to the public for overnight stays.[3]

A resident of the cottages, Martha Padve, was highly involved in a long-running case to list Crystal Cove on the National Register and to fight the State of California over tenancy matters.[4]

The cottages at Crystal Cove were first built by the Irvine Company and owned by movie directors and producers.[5] Many movies have been filmed here, including Treasure Island(1918) and Beaches (1988). Many of the cottages are currently available for public vacation rentals.[6] The district also remains a popular location for the film industry. The main cottage featured in Beaches is currently being used as a homage to Crystal Cove's Hollywood past where visitors can learn about the different movies filmed in Crystal Cove.

In 2015, Crystal Cove Alliance was featured, along with other organizations, in Laguna Beach Eco Heroes, a 30-minute documentary by The My Hero Project. The efforts of the Laguna Canyon Foundation, ECO Warrior, Laguna Bluebelt, Nancy Caruso, One World One Ocean, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Wyland, and Zero Trash Laguna were also highlighted in the documentary.[7]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Steen, Karen E.; Davick, Laura; Braselle, Meriam (2005), Crystal Cove cottages: islands in time on the California coast, Chronicle Books, ISBN 978-0-8118-4768-1 .
  3. ^ Amy Weaver Dorning "Historic Destination: Shacking Up with Bette Midler," American Heritage, Nov./Dec 2006.
  4. ^ Guide to the Martha Padve papers on the Crystal Cove Historic District. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.
  5. ^ Crystal Cove State Park History
  6. ^ Crystal Cove Beach Cottages.
  7. ^ Laguna Beach Indy Staff (August 6, 2015). "Roundabout Comes to Town". Laguna Beach Indy. Retrieved December 5, 2016. Documentary is posted at 2015 Eco Heroes, My Hero 

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