Cottage #14 – The South Beach Suite – “This is truly a magical place.”

Cottage #14

Cottage #14 – The South Beach Suite – “This is truly a magical place.”

From its origins as a simple palm-frond hut to its recent restoration as a spacious multi-windowed beach cottage available for overnight lodging, Cottage #14 tells its own story of Crystal Cove.

Known now as “South Beach Suite” for its spectacular location and views, and as “McCloskey Cottage” for the family who lived there for four decades, the cottage was originally built in 1931 by a woman named Edith Henning.

Edith first discovered Crystal Cove through its historical connection to the early Hollywood movie industry as a seaside background. Her boss, the legendary Max Factor, invented a special formula of pancake face powder in 1918 to replace stage actor greasepaint exclusively for the emerging film medium, which brought Edith to the cove for a film shoot.

Edith fell in love with Crystal Cove as a real setting, and began tenting on the site where she eventually built a beach hut. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Edith gradually transformed her makeshift getaway into a palm-frond-covered retirement cottage with upstairs bedrooms, a garage, a deck, and an exterior wooden stairway down to the sand.

When Jane and Wally McCloskey bought Edith’s cottage in 1961, they continued to transform it with more extensive modern upgrades that included new plumbing and wiring, as well as quaint cosmetic accents such as hand-stenciled walls. Wally’s background as a contractor helped guide the cottage to a standard of construction that surpassed most of the other cove cottages.

Jane and Wally’s granddaughter Jane Burzell and her family were the last full-time residents of McCloskey Cottage, and the family generously donated period furnishings and art to support the cottage’s new life as “South Beach Suite:” a place for future generations to also experience Crystal Cove’s natural beauty and iconic cultural history.

One of 29 of the original 46 historic seaside cottages recently restored by California State Park and  Crystal Cove Alliance, Cottage #14 still has its charming ocean-facing deck and stairway to the beach, as well as its own vibrant history of Crystal Cove.

For a chance to win a Three-Night Stay at the “suite-est” cottage on the beach, Cottage #14, click on the link below to purchase opportunity drawing tickets for our annual Soirée. Winner need not be present and will be drawn on October 1, 2016.

Opportunity Drawing


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