Subterranean Treasures Await Estate-Homebuyers At The Tides

Imagine finding your dream coastal estate with two expansive levels of residential grandeur, then discovering a deep courtyard, a wine cellar, additional living areas, and maybe a six-car collector’s garage in the basement!

This is the subterranean treasure that is causing luxury homebuyers to fall in love with The Tides, Standard Pacific Homes’ stunning estate home collection in the exclusive heights of Crystal Cove along The Newport Coast®.

“What an imaginative way to add space to these spectacular estate residences!” said Peter Hemphill, The Tides Project Manager for Standard Pacific Homes. “By making optional subterranean levels available at The Tides, homebuyers can increase their indoor and outdoor living areas significantly.”

Standard Pacific commissioned three of California’s most esteemed architects to create The Tides’ three magnificent floorplans, including Doug Mansfield, A.I.A., principal of R. Douglas Mansfield Architects, Inc. Mansfield designed the Residence Two floorplan featuring the subterranean collector’s garage.

“I’ve worked with many custom-home clients who are car collectors, and they often request a larger garage to house their sports cars and vintage automobiles,” Mansfield said. “With plans already underway for subterranean levels in the estate homes at The Tides, this was the perfect opportunity to incorporate a collector’s garage. The garage even has a second large garage door providing access to the home’s sunken courtyard, so residents might pull a car out into the courtyard for polishing or to be on view during a party. This home’s basement level takes full advantage of the lot’s size.”

The Residence Two collector’s garage offers approximately 2,945 square feet of subterranean space. Configured in an “L” shape along the courtyard, an additional 1,169 square feet of subterranean living areas include a game room/optional bedroom suite, entertainment room and wine cellar. These areas gain natural light via five or six sets of French doors to the courtyard.

“With coastal land at a premium and a growing demand for larger residences and more garage space in coastal areas, going underground is the practical solution,” said Mansfield. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot more demand for subterranean levels in the future.”

The Tides’ Residence Two encompasses approximately 6,675 to 6,749 square feet of living space on its first and second floors, including the convenience of a first-floor master bedroom suite. This Provençal-style estate offers four bedrooms, four full baths, three powder rooms, a bonus room, office, and library. Attractive design options allow homebuyers to enjoy up to six bedrooms and seven baths.

All three floorplans at The Tides blend classic architectural style with contemporary livability, offering luxuriously expansive indoor areas for living and entertaining, plus grand outdoor gathering spaces such as courtyards, loggias, porches, breezeways, terraces, and decks per plan.

Residence One, designed by Bassenian/Lagoni Architects, is a Tuscan-style estate inspired by the work of Palm Beach estate architect Marion Sims Wyeth. Designed to live almost like a single-level plan, with the master suite on the first floor, this home includes approximately 6,754 to 7,532 square feet of living space. Four bedrooms, six baths, two powder rooms, an office, artist’s loft, and casita loft are featured. The plan’s optional subterranean level features a large fitness room, entertainment room and wine cellar with charming tasting area.

Residence Three, designed by JZMK Partners, is a Santa Barbara-style residence that spans approximately 6,905 to 7,255 square feet, this plan has four bedrooms, five full baths and two powder rooms, a bonus room, office, china storage room, butler’s pantry, and golf storage area. The optional subterranean level includes an entertainment room with large wet bar and a wine cellar.

A limited edition of only 30 estate residences on homesites averaging 13,000 square feet, The Tides benefits from panoramic coastal vistas. Appointed with incredible finish materials and technological advancements, these stunning residences offer a nearly unprecedented opportunity for price-included personalization. Additionally, all three floorplans are available with an optional elevator.

The Tides’ sumptuously furnished model homes are open for viewing, with sales now underway. Prices start from the low $6.5 millions. To register on the interest list for The Tides, please call (949) 715-0640 or visit

A gated coastal village cooled by gentle sea breezes, Crystal Cove rises along the last great stretch of coastline between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach. With a private pedestrian gate to the Los Trancos underpass that leads to Crystal Cove State Park, Crystal Cove provides authentic steps-from-the-sand living.

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 full-time activities director coordinates a wide range of resident activities, clubs and special events.

Several parks are also 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.

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.

Incredible estate residences also are available at Crystal Cove in the following two neighborhoods:

The final home available at SeaCrest, by Laing Luxury Homes, offers four bedrooms and four baths within approximately 6,180 square feet. This exquisite home reflects the timeless beauty of Santa Barbara style. For more information on this final opportunity within SeaCrest, please call (949) 715-0707 for a private tour.

SeaPoint by Laing Luxury Homes is an intimate collection of only 27 detached estate residences. The neighborhood’s homesites average more than 21,000 square feet offering broad coastal perspectives.
SeaPoint interiors range from approximately 6,134 to 6,800 square feet of living space, offering five to seven bedrooms and up to eight and one-half baths. One plan features both a first floor master bedroom suite and a private guest casita.

To register on the SeaPoint interest list, please call (949) 715-9720 or visit

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.

To visit the exquisitely detailed model homes of SeaPoint, The Tides, the final home opportunity at SeaCrest at Crystal Cove, or for a tour of the custom homesites currently available, 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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