Have you ever looked at the beautiful real estate listing photos of the back yards in Crystal Cove overlooking the ocean? It would be easy to assume that these homes would enable a perfect warm California beach lifestyle. Think again. Good thing for the real estate agents and sellers that you can't tell what the temperature is from a photo. What good is such a backyard if you need a heater to enjoy it or just stay indoors to avoid the cold? This isn't the recipe for a very good place to have a vacation home, unless you want to vacation in August. The winter months in Crystal Cove are pretty cold. The California lifestyle is build around the outdoors and warmth. Not easy to align this ideal with my views about Crystal Cove.
I've been to numerous open houses in Crystal Cove and not once has any agent mentioned this to me.
In addition to the frigidity problem, there are other things a buyer would want to know about Crystal Cove. So let's get into a review of Crystal Cove.
First, for an super upscale neighborhood, it doesn't have many amenities. Sure it has a clubhouse with a gym and a pool. But the clubhouse has no bar or food service. Huh? Further the neighborhood doesn't really have many events that would be a draw. There is one Saturday concert in the park each summer featuring a local band (there used to be more). There is one other barbecue in the park during the summer. Other events at the clubhouse typically draw only a small crowd and are nothing special. For parents, the association doesn't even run "parent's night out" programs where parents can drop the little ones off for a few hours at the clubhouse. They do run a Christmas program for the kids, movie nights for kids and parents, as well as an Easter egg hunt at the park, but again, these are pretty run of the mill type events.