Friedmans Discover Their Ultimate "Beach House" At Crystal Cove

To live with the sea, sky, and nature as your daily companions. To have a perpetual panorama of the California coastline, the city lights, and headlands north and south at your whim. To enjoy a rare life along the coast that few will ever know, accompanied with a prestigious, behind-the-gates lifestyle. This is what the Friedmans discovered at the seaside enclave of Crystal Cove along The Newport Coast®!

When Bob and Jeanette Friedman’s search for the ultimate “beach house” began about six years ago, this Las Vegas couple (with roots in Orange County) were looking for an ideal second home to provide a counterpoint to their desert lifestyle. Now they are reveling in an estate residence at Crystal Cove, highlighted by sweeping coastal and night-light vistas, and a lifestyle beyond compare.

“It just doesn’t get any better than this,” said Bob, who owns a successful Las Vegas recycling business. “We originally bought a home on the Balboa Peninsula and also tried Corona del Mar, but these areas were too busy for the lifestyle we wanted. Then we discovered Crystal Cove and moved into our first home here in 2004. What a difference! We still have all the coastal activities nearby, but it’s very quiet and secluded at Crystal Cove, which suits us perfectly.”

The Friedmans have now moved into their third Crystal Cove residence at Laing Luxury Homes’ nearly sold-out SeaCrest collection.

“A lot of people want to live in Crystal Cove and enjoy its privileged lifestyle, so Bob and I feel very lucky to be here,” said Jeanette. “We love our new floorplan, with the master suite on the first floor, a casita office, and a kitchen large enough to seat eight at the table and five more on bar stools at the large island. The great room has a full wall of French doors on either side, so when you step into the courtyard, you can see all the way through the great room to the backyard and ocean beyond. It’s spectacular!”

Thanks to the many customizing options offered by Laing Luxury and the spacious homesites currently available at Crystal Cove, the Friedmans have been able to create the indoor/outdoor living environment they’ve always envisioned. Their Spanish-Colonial style home reflects Mediterranean influences in its dark Spanish tile flooring and dark blue glass tiles for the zero-gravity swimming pool. Rounding out the ocean-view backyard is a pavilion with fireplace, cabana seating area and a built-in barbecue. The home’s breathtaking landscaping features fruit trees, 200-year-old mountain laurels and four grand old oaks.

“Year-round temperatures are far more pleasing on the coast than in Las Vegas, so we’re able to spend more time outdoors here,” said Bob. “We like to walk the beach and the Crystal Cove trails with our two golden retrievers.”

Added Jeanette: “Another of our favorite things is riding our little Vespas to Corona del Mar or Balboa. We like being at home in Crystal Cove so much that we rarely venture farther than 10 miles away in any direction. Crystal Cove Promenade™ is right outside the entry gate for wonderful shopping and dining out with fellow residents. We often enjoy events at The Canyon Club, Crystal Cove’s inviting recreation and social center. We truly couldn’t be happier.”

The Friedmans enjoy boating from their slip at the Balboa Bay Club. Other preferred activities when they are residing at Crystal Cove range from beach volleyball to attending events at the nearby Orange County Performing Arts Center. With grown children and grandchildren and plenty of Las Vegas friends who want to visit, the Friedmans find their Crystal Cove home and all the local attractions ideal for entertaining guests.

For other homeshoppers seeking a “beach house” second home or the once-in-a-lifetime primary home overlooking the breathtaking coastline, Crystal Cove now has magnificent estate residences for sale in its final three enclaves. Nestled in the exclusive heights of Crystal Cove, these homes and neighborhoods reflect the design mastery of some of California’s most renowned architects and the superb craftsmanship of two of the state’s leading homebuilders.

SeaPoint by Laing Luxury Homes is an incomparable limited-edition offering of only 27 detached estate residences on coastal-view homesites averaging more than 21,000 square feet. Featuring Formal Tuscan and Santa Barbara designs by Robert Hidey Architects, these two-story homes range from approximately 6,134 to 6,800 square feet of living space. Five to seven bedrooms and up to eight and one-half baths are available per plan.

One of the SeaPoint floorplans has both a first-floor master bedroom suite and a private guest casita. Another is highlighted by a workshop/optional wine storage room in the garage. Flexible areas such as an office and media room can adapt to different uses, per plan.

SeaPoint homebuyers can personalize their homes to an incredible level with the help of Laing’s professional design consultants at the onsite Design Studio. To register on the SeaPoint interest list, call (949) 715-9720 or visit

The Tides by Standard Pacific Homes is a spirited collection of only 30 coastal-oriented estate residences on homesites averaging 13,000 square feet. Designed by Bassenian/Lagoni Architects, R. Douglas Mansfield Architect, Inc. and JZMK Partners to reflect the best of Tuscan, Provencal and Santa Barbara styling, this neighborhood’s breathtaking multi-level homes are sized from approximately 6,675 to 7,532 square feet. The enchanting floorplans offer four to six bedrooms and up to seven and one-half baths.

Versatile areas such as a game room, entertainment room, studio, home office, library, bonus room, and golf storage area are featured, per plan. An optional subterranean level offers a wine cellar, and one plan incorporates a seven-car collector’s garage.

To register on the interest list for The Tides, call (949) 715-0640 or visit

SeaCrest, by Laing Luxury Homes, is a neighborhood which offers exquisite homes that reflect the timeless beauty of Santa Barbara style. For more information on SeaCrest, please call (949) 715-0707 for a private tour.

Taking maximum advantage of Crystal Cove’s perfect coastal setting, the homes at SeaPoint, The Tides and SeaCrest benefit from gracefully flowing interior spaces into welcoming outdoor spaces, such as courtyards, breezeways, balconies, sheltered loggias and decks for an unsurpassed indoor/outdoor lifestyle.

Crystal Cove’s dream setting is also the backdrop for a limited offering of custom homesites, inviting buyers to hire their own architect/builder teams to express their personal visions of home. Homesites are sized from approximately 15,000 to more than 32,000 square feet, and the first phase of the much-anticipated upper Crystal Cove homesites were recently released for sale. For homesite pricing information, call (949) 720-COVE.

Not only one of Orange County’s most sought-after residential destinations but an exceptional achievement in architectural design and community planning, Crystal Cove has become the crowning glory of the coastal hills that rise above Crystal Cove State Park between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach.

To learn more about this Newport Coast village’s privileged lifestyle that continues to attract sophisticated homebuyers like the Friedmans, take the I-405 freeway, exit at MacArthur Boulevard and drive south toward the ocean. Turn left on Pacific Coast Highway and proceed through Corona del Mar, turning left on Reef Point Drive to the gated entrance.

The exquisitely furnished and landscaped model homes of SeaPoint and The Tides are open daily. Homeshoppers also can take a tour of the newest custom homesites available at Crystal Cove.

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