Top Five Orange County Coastal Luxury Gated Communities

Luxury Gated Communities

The beauty found in the hills and beaches of the Golden State is hard to match. This is why those who visit California end up wanting to move here, particularly in the Orange County. The OC is known for having the picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean, world-class beaches, amazing Mediterranean climate, scrumptious food scene, and of course, opulent homes in the most luxurious coastal gated communities Orange County has to offer.

 If you’re in the market for a prestigious home in Orange County, CA, here are the top five gated communities that offer the most beautiful residences and best amenities in the area.

Crystal Cove Estates

Crystal Cove Estates, Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, CA

Crystal Cove Estates, located in the Crystal Cove master planned community in Newport Coast, is an exclusive enclave of luxury homes.

Crystal Cove is one of the most exclusive Orange County gated communities in the Newport Coast real estate market.
The architectural styles in this community vary greatly, including Mediterranean, Tuscan, and Santa Barbara.
Residents enjoy magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean, Newport Harbor, Palos Verde, and Catalina Island.
The cul-de-sac layout of this community helps to guarantee security and low volume of traffic flowing through the neighborhood.
Most of the residences in Crystal Cove Estates were built within the previous decade, since this community is the latest addition to the Crystal Cove community.
The price range of the luxury residences in Crystal Cove Estates are between $3.5 million to $69.8 million.
Most properties in the community come fully furnished, with four to eight bedrooms and five to thirteen bathrooms.
There are several floor plans available, with expansive living spaces ranging between 4,100 square feet and 15,700 square feet.
Pelican Point

Pelican Point, Newport Coast, CA

Pelican Point is a quaint oceanfront gated community located along Coast Highway next to the Crystal Cove State Park.

This luxury gated community is surrounded by golf courses and paved walking trails.
An exclusive cul de sac community, Pelican Point features some of the most exquisitely designed multi-million dollar homes in this secluded enclave that overlooks the ocean.
Residents love the picturesque observation point to the south of Pelican Point, which offers breathtaking panoramic views of the ocean.
The community is comprised of 48 custom-designed residences, each featuring a distinct look and feel.
Residents can join the exclusive Pelican Hill Golf Club and enjoy resort-like club amenities, and world-class golf facilities.
The Pelican Hill Golf Club features a challenging 36-hole championship course designed by renowned architect Tom Fazio.
Residences come with lavish interior designs, exquisite custom exteriors, and spacious lots with ample outdoor amenities.
The price range of homes are between $6 million and $16 million.
Emerald Bay

Emerald Bay, Laguna Beach, CA

Emerald Bay is a highly coveted oceanfront community in Laguna Beach, with outdoor recreational amenities, a clubhouse, and access to a half-mile private beach.

This exclusive guard-gated community is nestled between Irvine Cove to the north and Smithcliffs to the south, along a scenic seaside bluff where some of the most architecturally significant properties on the entire California coast are located.
The neighborhood is just a short drive away from Downtown Laguna Beach and everything the city has to offer.
Residents enjoy stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Catalina Island.
The Emerald Bay community features premier residences ranging from traditional beach cottages to spectacular estate homes.
Amenities include six professional tennis courts, a large community pool and spa, beach volleyball, and expansive parks with playgrounds.
Home prices start at the four million price mark and can go all the way up to the high six-million dollar range.

Smithcliffs, Laguna Beach, CA

Smithcliffs is a secluded, guard-gated community located in North Laguna Beach.

Perched along a scenic 200-foot seaside bluff between Emerald Bay and Crescent Bay, this community features some of the most impressive architecture on the California coast.
Smithcliffs was first developed in 1995 and has since become one of the most sought-after coastal communities in Laguna Beach and the whole of Orange County.
This exclusive beach community is small, and one circular street traverses the entire neighborhood.
Because of size limitations, there are no association amenities like a community pool or clubhouse area in this community.
The neighborhood is within walking distance to Laguna Village and just a few minutes from Heisler Park.
Residents enjoy unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Catalina Island.
This ocean front community features a collection of 22 homes located on large lots.
Smithcliffs properties rarely come on the market and residences are always in high demand.
Most residences are designed with a classic Mediterranean or European style and are either oceanfront or ocean view.
The estate homes in Smithcliffs are perfect for both family living and entertaining and feature some of the most upscale amenities in the area.
Shady Canyon

Shady Canyon, Irvine, CA

Shady Canyon is a luxurious golf community located in the southeastern portion of Irvine, California.
Shady Canyon offers exclusive and luxurious amenities of a world-class golf club readily accessible to its residents, including a spa center and a championship golf course designed by Tom Fazio
Most homes feature private pools in their backyards and well-landscaped yards.
The community is conveniently located near Downtown Irvine, the Concordia University campus, and the nearby Irvine Spectrum Center.
A bedroom community for those who work in these business centers, just a short drive from the subdivision but still far enough from all the noise and pollution of the urban parts of the city.
Shady Canyon features luxurious custom homes that come with five to seven bedroom layouts.
Most homes come with extravagant interiors, open floor layouts, gourmet kitchens, and spacious family rooms.
Entry-level homes in this community start at the six million dollar price range
Top Five OC Coastal Luxury

These luxurious coastal communities are indeed the best in Orange County, CA. If you want to explore your home options within these neighborhoods, I’ll be more than happy to help. Feel free to contact me at 949-326-3392 or send me an email at to schedule an appointment.