South of Newport Beach on Orange County's opulent Pacific coast, right on the beach, lies a gorgeous little ghost town of summer cottages. In some of the most expensive real estate in the country you can find about 18 or so beautiful little rotting houses, boarded up and condemned.
The cottages were built in the 1930s for move industry people and have since fallen into abandonment and disrepair.
The State of California bought a three mile stretch of beach -- called Crystal Cove -- and made it into a State Park, so everyone can visit. They also began fully restoring these cottages to their prewar glory. Half of them in the south side of the park are restored and can be rented by the public for a vacation stay.
When the funding comes, the rest will be restored. In the meantime, we have the best of both worlds: a quaint beach community restored to nostalgic perfection on the south side, and a creepy, moving reminder of the unstoppable passage of time on the north side.