Lido Isle Couple Chooses Crystal Cove’s More Expansive Feel

Call it fate, luck or chance. Either way, good fortune found Cecil and Peggy Hallinan and led them to the seaside enclave of Crystal Cove along The Newport Coast®.

“We discovered Crystal Cove quite by accident when Cecil and I were driving around the area one day and saw some signs for a new neighborhood,” recalled Peggy. “From the moment we passed through the gates of the beautifully landscaped entry, we knew that this was a very special place. Crystal Cove offers the kind of privacy and tranquility that we were missing in our current home on Lido Isle.”

As the Hallinans look forward to the November completion of their home in Laing Luxury Homes’ SeaCrest neighborhood, they are eager to embrace the wonderful indoor/outdoor lifestyle that is so much a part of Crystal Cove. Their large courtyard and covered loggia will be accessible through multiple sets of French doors from the couple’s spacious great room and other living areas. Additionally, immediate courtyard access will enhance the master bedroom suite, which is conveniently positioned on the first floor of their new residence.

“Originally, we were toying with the idea of building a custom home at Crystal Cove, but then we found the perfect floorplan already designed for us,” said Cecil. “With the high level of architectural individuality and our ability to take advantage of many available options and customizing amenities, we can design and enjoy a home that’s uniquely our own.”

Added Peggy: “We like to entertain our family and both large and small groups of friends or business associates, and this home has an outstanding flow for entertaining against a spectacular coastal backdrop. Where we had only a channel view on Lido Isle, our Crystal Cove home is positioned for an extraordinary coastal view.”

The Hallinans, who own and operate a plumbing, heating & air conditioning company in Corona, are avid beach and trail walkers, fitness devotees, travelers, and readers. They also enjoy attending plays and concerts ranging from jazz to rock & roll.

“We work very hard in our business, so we like to make the most of our leisure time,” said Cecil. “The Crystal Cove location is ideal for us. We can walk to the beach, enjoy the trails, stroll to the shops and restaurants of Crystal Cove Promenade™, or make the short drive to Fashion Island® or our favorite restaurants and entertainment spots in Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach. We also plan to take advantage of The Canyon Club when our family comes to visit, and the entertainment facilities will be wonderful for hosting larger parties. We look forward to enjoying the exceptional Crystal Cove lifestyle for many years to come.”

With its one-of-a-kind location and superb variety of estate-home neighborhoods and custom homesite opportunities, Crystal Cove continues to draw homebuyers like the Hallinans, who want the ultimate in residential luxury and a beautiful and convenient location.

Homes are currently available in two neighborhood enclaves at Crystal Cove, as follows:

The Tides, by Standard Pacific Homes, is a limited edition of only 30 multi-level estate residences sized from approximately 6,675 to 7,532 square feet of living space. These magnificent, open and airy courtyard homes feature an optional subterranean level with wine cellar. Four to six bedrooms and up to seven and one-half baths are included. To register on the interest list for The Tides, please call (949) 715-0640 or visit

SeaCrest, by Laing Luxury Homes, offers one- and two-story estate residences with approximately 6,108 to 7,526 square feet of living space. These well-appointed homes feature four to eight bedrooms and up to eight and one-half baths. The homes embrace Southern California’s enviable indoor/outdoor lifestyle with outdoor living spaces such as vast courtyards, rooftop terraces and sheltered loggias. Please call SeaCrest at (949) 715-0707 to schedule a private tour or visit for more information.

SeaPoint, by Laing Luxury Homes, scheduled to debut this fall in Crystal Cove, presents luxurious detached residences ranging from approximately 6,100 to 6,800 square feet of living space. These stunning estate homes with captivating outdoor living areas offer up to seven bedrooms, seven and a half baths and three- to four-car garages. Homesites average 21,000 square feet. To register on the SeaPoint interest list, please call (949) 715-9720 or visit

Crystal Cove’s limited-edition custom homesites offer an additional opportunity for luxury living in this remarkable setting. Available homesites are sized from approximately 16,000 to more than 35,000 square feet. For more information on the custom homesites, please call (949) 720-COVE.

Nestled in the coastal hills that rise above Crystal Cove State Park between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach, Crystal Cove features a private pedestrian gate to the Los Trancos underpass with access to the beach. Just outside the Crystal Cove entry gate, Crystal Cove Promenade™ provides convenient shopping and dining in a relaxed coastal environment.

Crystal Cove residents also benefit from the community’s beautiful recreational facilities and friendly gathering places, including The Canyon Club, with its Junior Olympic-sized swimming pool, spa, children’s wading pool, barbecues, a kitchen cabana available for private parties, and both sunny and shaded lounging areas. The Club also features a half basketball court, three tennis courts and a volleyball court, plus a fully equipped fitness center, the beautiful Abalone Point Room for community gatherings and private events, a catering-style kitchen, a cozy indoor/outdoor fireplace connecting to an outside terrace, and a combination library, card and movie room.

Also part of the privileged Crystal Cove lifestyle are several imaginatively designed parks and easy access to an incredible network of trails for hiking, jogging and bicycling throughout the community and to all the natural beauty that is part of The Irvine Ranch®.

To visit the exquisitely appointed model homes at The Tides, SeaCrest and SeaPoint (coming this fall) in Crystal Cove, 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.

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