Crystal Cove Cottage Renovation Project on Track
One of Southern California's hidden gems is getting a major renovation. According the Crystal Over Conservancy, the restoration is well on its way, and recent photos suggest it will be spectacular.
"A commitment to preservation is core to The Conservancy’s mission. To date, twenty-nine of the original forty-six historic cottages in Crystal Cove’s Historic District have been restored to the period of historical significance, the 1935-1955 era in every detail with some cottages boasting original furnishings and fixtures donated by former Covites."
These cottages serve as affordable overnight beach rentals, guest services, education and interpretive centers, food service and park operations. Today the Historic District is alive with California’s historic beach culture." says the Crystal Cove Conservancy website.
According to th Conservancy's website; "The first phase of restoration completed 22 of the Cove’s 46 historic cottages and was complete in June 2006 with a price tag of $15.3 million. When the cottages and the Park and Marine Research Facility in Cottage #22 opened to the public on June 26, 2006, former Covites, State Parks, and community members alike celebrated the unlikely preservation of the land and marveled at the remarkable way the cottages had been lovingly restored to the mid-century in every detail. Since then, seven more cottages and supporting infrastructures have been restored at a cost of $6.7 million."
"The Heritage Legacy Project for California aims to restore the seventeen remaining cottages on the North Beach at Crystal Cove State Park, completing the vision for the Park and creating a sustainable revenue stream to support important conservation and education programs. Once complete, the project will add 22 additional overnight rental units doubling our available occupancy and providing twice as many people the opportunity to stay in a restored historic beach cottage in the heart of one of the most iconic places along the coast of California."
One of these last seventeen cottages, which is designed to operate as a hostel-style dorm will host overnight coastal engineering programs for underserved high school students from around Southern California. With our partners at University of California Irvine, we will be educating and inspiring students from inland and underserved communities about the challenges of sea level rise and future coastal change as they sleep mere feet from the ocean.
In November, we completed the infrastructure phase of the project which saw the installation and modernization of existing utilities, stabilization of the bluffs, and the installation of a 650-foot boardwalk providing access to the cottages and ADA compliant public access to the beach.
"Now we’re focused on restoring the first four cottages on the North Beach which will be opened to the public as five affordable overnight rentals in 2022. When we began the North Beach restoration, four of the 17 cottages had to be completely disassembled, removed and placed in safe storage to provide access to the project. Now, some of those cottages will be returned to their original locations, restored to their midcentury roots, and eventually opened to the public. This includes the beloved Cottage #12, the tall white cottage nearest the Promenade that always leaned just a little. This next phase of work is estimated to cost $6.6M and is supported by state funds secured with the assistance of State Assembly member, Cottie-Petrie Norris and a significant investment by the California State Coastal Conservancy paired with the donations of individual pledgemakers and project investors."
For more on the project and for information on reserving a cottage; visit; https://crystalcove.org/beach-cottages/reserve-now/