Crystal Cove State Park, situated between Newport Beach, and Laguna Beach is a stunning place to visit and an even more incredible place to stay the night! In contrast to sprawling planned communities and towering high-rises that come to mind when we say “Irvine Company,” these 46 little bungalows were one of the original beach communities built by the Irvine Company. James Irvine originally purchased the land in the 1870’s from the original ranchers that owned much of Southern California. It was his son, James Irvine II, who fell in love the Crystal Cove area and allowed his family, friends, and employees to build the bungalows. As the Irvine Company expanded; however, the company gave the occupants the option to hand over the possession of the bungalows or remove them from the site and relocate them. In an effort to preserve the beautiful beach community, residents worked together to save the site and allow it to remain for future generations to enjoy. The surviving bungalows were renovated and restored with the help and development of the Crystal Cove Alliance in an effort to prevent a large planned resort from replacing the piece of California History.
Of the original 46 bungalows, 29 have been restored and 16 opened to the public for overnight rental. Now, the last remaining original beach community in Southern California spans the 12.3 acre area now called the Crystal Cove Historic District. Not only are the bungalows a gorgeous sight to enjoy but the towering cliffs, walking trails overlooking the ocean views, the stunning sunsets over the water, an the Beachcomber Café.