Located in southern Orange County, Laguna Niguel is an affluent community with a wide array of real estate options, including lux condos and extravagant mansions with panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean. Unique to Laguna Niguel is its abundant open space that defines its urban character. Committed to serving its residents with the best amenities, this attractive community has two county regional parks, two community parks, 23 neighborhood parks, three pocket parks, a friendly dog park and the Laguna Niguel Skate and Soccer Park.
In 1821, California was a Mexican territory, and multiple rancheros were formed in southern California, including the Rancho Niguel. Rancho Niguel was mainly used as a sheep ranch during this time period. In 1842, Juan Avila, a resident of San Juan Capistrano, obtained a Mexican land grant and became the first private landowner in the area. Juan Avila was successful in maintaining ownership after the Mexican American War in 1846 but lost it in 1865. By 1895, the Moulton Company acquired and controlled Rancho Niguel along with over 19,000 acres of local ranch land. In 1959, Cabot, Cabot and Forbes purchased the land and established the Laguna Niguel Corporation. It became the first planned community in California and quickly developed.
Today, Laguna Niguel is filled with upscale communities. Throughout the city, there are many single-family homes that are perched on ridges of hills and mountains with spectacular views of the canyons and ocean. Some of these upmarket communities include South Peak, Beacon Hill, Monarch Point, Coronado Point and El Niguel Heights.
With its many beautiful parks, the Laguna Niguel Park is one of the most popular in the city. Magnificent and spacious, this park stretches out over 236 acres of rolling greens dotted with an assortment of native trees. There is a 44 acre lake for swimming, boating and fishing. Its lake is regularly stocked with trout, blue gill, bass and catfish during the winter months.
The park also features picnic areas with barbeques, trails for hiking and biking, an amphitheater, volley ball court and lighted tennis courts.
For some wildlife adventure, Laguna Niguel is close to the Orange County Zoo and Santa Ana Zoo. The Orange County Zoo focuses on plants and animals native to the southwestern United States. Animal exhibits include great horned owls, coati, mountain lions, black bears, island foxes, coyotes and bald eagles. The zoo also features a petting zoo with pot-bellied pigs, Jacob sheep, goats and pheasants.
Laguna Niguel is also in close proximity to some of California’s most beautiful beaches, including Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Sunset Beach and Laguna Beach. With miles of white sandy beaches and sparkling waters, basking in the sun-kissed skies and watersports are popular activities. Boating, swimming, surfing, jet skiing and body boarding are just a few of the watersports enjoyed. With the beaches many rocky coves and colorful reefs, scuba divers and snorkelers patrol the waters to view the magnificent underwater marine life. The seaside villages offer chic boutique shops and tasty cafes with terraced roofs for scenic water views.
There are many entertainments venues a short drive from Laguna Niguel, including Disneyland Park and Knott’s Berry Farm. Knott’s Berry Farm is one of the best amusement parks in California. With over eight roller coasters, there’s a thrill for every daredevil. The Ghost Rider roller coaster will take you looming 118 feet over historic Ghost Town. Live entertainment is nonstop, and visitor can take in a festive show at the Calico Saloon and Fool’s Gold. There’s also three waterparks with plunging slides and swimming pools.
For those seeking a beautiful environment close to cultural amenities and crystal clear beaches, Laguna Niguel is the ideal choice.