Preview Tour Draws Raves for The Tides at Crystal Cove

“Spectacular!” “A masterpiece!” “One-of-a-kind!” The superlatives were flying at the recent invitation-only “Dusty Shoe” preview for The Tides, an exquisite new estate-home collection within the prestigious gated seaside enclave of Crystal Cove.

Boasting one of the most elevated and desirable settings along the entire Newport Coast®, The Tides by Standard Pacific Homes is located in the breathtaking heights of Crystal Cove.

“This exclusive event for our prospective homebuyers was an incredible success,” said Pete Hemphill, Project Manager for Standard Pacific Homes. “It drew rave reviews from those invited for a first peek inside the model homes now under construction. With drywall completed and finishing touches such as flooring, countertops and cabinetry now in place, we were able to show-off The Tides’ extraordinarily high level of price-included upgrades and options, many typically associated only with the finest custom homes.”

Capturing the grandeur and classic style of some of the world’s most memorable estates, each of The Tides’ three model homes was designed by a different architect. Prices are expected to begin in the $6 millions. This limited-edition enclave will consist of only 30 estate residences on homesites averaging 13,000 square feet, many with panoramic coastal vistas.

The model homes of The Tides include the following:

Residence One, designed by Bassenian/Lagoni Architects, is a Tuscan-style estate inspired by the work of Palm Beach estate architect Marion Sims Wyeth.

Residence Two, designed by R. Douglas Mansfield Architects, is a Provençal-style estate fashioned after the famed St. Paul de Vence Auberge on the French Riviera.

Residence Three, designed by JZMK Partners, is a Santa Barbara-style residence that pays homage to the illustrious Casa de la Condesa Lebrija in Seville.

Majestically designed and sumptuously appointed, the estate-home collection of The Tides featuring expansive courtyards, loggias, porches, breezeways, terraces, and decks per plan which add numerous outdoor living areas to the living and entertainment possibilities.

“Crystal Cove is an extraordinary community, and Jim and I have been waiting for just the right opportunity here,” said Barbara Summitt, who joined her husband Jim at the recent “Dusty Shoe” event for The Tides. “We think we’ve found it in Residence One at The Tides. It has the size and grandeur we’ve been looking for, plus a high level of personalization.”

The Summitts currently reside in a coastal enclave within San Clemente, yet have had their eyes on Crystal Cove for a long time. “We want a new home with the living space positioned mostly on one level, and Residence One at The Tides satisfies that requirement beautifully,” said Barbara. “We would love to live in a courtyard home again, and this model has outstanding indoor/outdoor possibilities.”

Residence One offers approximately 6,754 to 7,532 square feet of interior living space, with four bedrooms, six baths and two powder rooms. Design highlights include an artist’s loft, main level master bedroom and casita loft. The optional subterranean level features a large fitness room, entertainment room and wine cellar with a charming tasting area.

Residence Two encompasses approximately 6,675 to 6,749 square feet of living space, with four bedrooms, four full baths and three powder rooms. This home’s subterranean “collector’s garage” can hold numerous automobiles. The adjacent optional subterranean living areas include an entertainment room, game room and wine cellar.

Residence Three ranges from approximately 6,905 to 7,255 square feet, offering four bedrooms, five full baths and two powder rooms. Distinguished by a romantic terrace level, this home has an office, a versatile bonus room, china storage room, butler’s pantry, and golf cart storage space. The optional subterranean level houses an entertainment room with large wet bar and a wine cellar.

In addition to the incredible finish materials, technological advancements and price-included personalization available at The Tides, all three floorplans are offered with optional elevators.

The Tides’ model grand opening is anticipated for late March, with sales expected to begin one week later. To sign up on the interest list for The Tides, visit

“We look forward to the grand opening of The Tides within Crystal Cove,” said Hemphill. “Soon, The Tides will take its rightful place among the exceptional offering of residential opportunities now available at Crystal Cove — the only true standard for contemporary coastal luxury, exclusivity and grandeur along the Southern California coast.”

Part coastal paradise, part residential retreat, Crystal Cove rises along the last great stretch of coastline between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach. Cooled by gentle sea breezes, this gated coastal colony offers steps-from-the-sand living facilitated by a private pedestrian gate to the Los Trancos underpass that leads to Crystal Cove State Park.

The residents-only Canyon Club is Crystal Cove’s private facility for recreation and socializing. It features a Junior Olympic-sized swimming pool, spa and children’s wading pool, as well as play courts for basketball, tennis and volleyball. Barbecues and a kitchen cabana are ideal for outdoor gatherings. Additionally, The Canyon Club includes a fully equipped fitness center, catering-style kitchen, and combination library/movie/card room. A fulltime activities director coordinates a wide range of resident activities, clubs and special events.

Several parks also are part of Crystal Cove’s one-of-a-kind environment, beginning with the Ocean Garden, where land, sea and sky come together beautifully. Canopied by lush coral trees, this garden’s exotic plants resemble kelp, sea urchins, jellyfish, and sea anemones. Abalone shells line the path of the park’s view terrace.

Great for impromptu picnics, the Island Garden offers stunning vistas of Santa Catalina and San Clemente islands from its crescent-shaped lawn, enriched by foliage that follows the islands’ native landscapes.

Sidney Bay Tot Lot invites residents to mingle with their neighbors as their children explore the park’s colorful jungle gym or turn endless somersaults on the expansive play lawn.

Scheduled to open in late 2007, Reef Point Park will provide an additional recreational and social center. Plans include a children’s playground, half-basketball court and covered barbecue area.

Just outside the Crystal Cove entry gate, Crystal Cove Promenade™ provides a charming retail and dining environment oriented toward the coast. Also within easy reach are the beautiful outdoor mall environment of Fashion Island® and all the cozy cafes, boutiques and art galleries of Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach.

With nearby Newport Harbor and miles and miles of scenic coastline, beach and ocean lovers can enjoy sailing, surfing, boogie boarding, and a host of other water-oriented activities or simply curl up with a good book in the sand.

Crystal Cove’s gated seaside environment is within easy reach of Newport Center and other major business centers, the University of California Irvine, many world-class courses, John Wayne Airport, and the myriad entertainment and cultural offerings of the Orange County Performing Arts Center.

Estate homes are currently available in two Crystal Cove residential enclaves by Laing Luxury Homes, as follows:

NAUTILUS offers one- and two-story homes sized from approximately 3,182 to 4,102 square feet. Prices start from the $3 millions. Call (949) 715-2020.

SEACREST offers one- and two-story homes ranging from approximately 5,517 to 7,945 square feet. Please call for pricing at (949) 715-0717.

Additionally, for those who dream of realizing their residential vision in a custom home, Crystal Cove offers limited-edition custom homesites sized from approximately 16,000 to more than 35,000 square feet. For homesite pricing information, call (949) 720-COVE.

To visit Nautilus and SeaCrest at 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.

Information also is available at, or call (888) 820-0721 and speak to a Homefinding Center New Home Consultant.