LAGUNA BEACH CA – Picturesque Village renowned for its beautiful rocky coastline, white sand beaches and intimate coves. This artsy Coastal Resort and residential community (population about 20,000) along the Pacific coast in South Orange County, has a quaint seaside village atmosphere and pristine beaches. Visitors from around the world flock to this nine square mile, coastal town each year. With seven miles of beautiful tranquil beaches, Laguna Beach is a haven for rest and relaxation. You can feel the sea breezes as you walk downtown, browsing the Laguna Village shops, restaurants and world class art galleries. Best known for its lively artist community, spectacular cove beaches facing Catalina Island and world class artist festivals, Laguna Beach is Home to the Pageant of the Masters, Art-a-Fair, Sawdust Festival, Laguna Art Museum and Laguna Playhouse. Numerous galleries, bohemian boutiques, eclectic cafes and festive cultural events abound. Five Star resort hotel “The Montage Resort and Spa” (and nearby St. Regis and Ritz Carlton) are surrounded by a good selection of Luxury Vacation Rentals and Beach Homes for Sale or Rent.
With a median temperature of 72 degrees and (“It never rains in California”) perpetual sunny weather, Laguna has a casual, yet upscale Mediterranean coast ambiance, attracting a few million visitors each year from all over the world. Laguna Beach will be forever immortalized in the Beach Boys song “Surfin’ Safari” and has a spirited “surf culture” (with paddleboarders, skimboarders and kayak-aficionados sharing the waves with surfers!)
Laguna enjoys an enviable location along the dazzling coast of the Pacific Ocean, situated midway between San Diego and Los Angeles, nestled between foothills and the blue Pacific Ocean. The main road leading through town is Pacific Coast Highway, also referred to as Coast Highway, Highway 1 and PCH. This is the “Southern California Riviera” and the extraordinary beauty, idyllic village atmosphere and special community of people make Laguna Beach the “crown jewel” of Orange County, California.
Enchanting beach cottages and splendid contemporary estates are intermingled in Laguna’s ocean front community, offering hilltop homes with Catalina Island ocean views and beach front estates. Most of the ocean view properties are just steps to the shops and galleries of the village area. Following is an overview of Laguna Beach’s inviting neighborhoods:
North Laguna – The area spanning oceanfront Heisler Park along the coastline, to the scenic hillsides above High Street, and expanding north to the city line at Crystal Cove State Park. This stretch along Coast Highway has a few restaurants and shops, plus Laguna’s famous “Gallery Row”, but is primarily residential. North Laguna’s “Tree Streets” area offers a small-town feel, with wide tree-lined streets and large lots with mostly traditional houses and charming cottages. This area is bounded by the large gated communities of Emerald Bay, Smithcliffs and Irvine Cove, with entry points to secluded coves and private community beaches.
Main Beach / The Village – This area fans out from Broadway, a street that becomes Laguna Canyon Road (CA 133, a main artery into downtown Laguna). To the north is oceanfront Heisler Park. To the south is the village area teaming with colorful shops and restaurants. Broadway ends at Main Beach, with its boardwalk and popular sandy beach area. Neighborhoods in the hillsides overlooking “downtown” (Mystic Hills, Park Avenue Estates and Temple HIlls) contain mostly newer contemporary properties with expansive Coastline and City light views that look out to Catalina Island.
South of Main Beach – The area from Cleo Street south to Aliso Creek Beach, encumpassing the “Hip District” near Cress Street and the historic Casa Del Camino Hotel. This stretch of Coast Highway contains many boutiques, surf shops, ocean view cafes, and beaches active with body surfers and board surfers alike. Residential neighborhoods slope up the hills from the beach and most homes have beach “walkability”. The village-close neighborhood of Woods Cove has a more wooded feel, with larger lots hugging the coastline towards Victoria Beach, Lagunita and the spectacular Montage Resort. The Portafina and Alta Vista neighborhoods wind up the hilltop to Arch Beach Heights, where stunning contemporary homes cling to the cliffsides. The “Top of the World” neighborhood overlooks Laguna Beach’s breathtaking coastline to the West and the San Bernadino mountain range to the East. Here there are numerous walking trails, parks and family friendly “cul de sac” streets.
South Laguna – The area from Aliso Creek Beach south to Crown Valley Parkway spans sandy coves along the South Laguna Village neighborhoods, each with their own unique charm. Cliff side beaches, cafes and shopping, a hospital and residential properties surround the “South Village” area. A more rustic and bohemian spirit resides here, with small cottages and bungalows tumbled together below the rugged hillsides of Coast Royale, Laguna Seacliffs and South Laguna Bluffs. The Ocean Front, guard-gated community of Three Arch Bay makes up the far south end of Laguna Beach before meeting the border of Monarch Beach and Dana Point.
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