Located in south Orange County, the city of Laguna Woods is nestled between the majestic Santa Ana Mountains and the rolling Joaquin Foothills. Conveniently situated, it is bordered by Laguna Hills, Irvine, Laguna Beach and Aliso Viejo. The area was developed to offer senior citizens a full range of cultural and recreational activities in a garden-like setting. Incorporated in 1999, the city stretches over 2,100 acres of land and houses approximately 18,500 residents.
There are four residential retirement communities in the city: Laguna Woods Village, The Fountains, Alterra Wynwood at Palm Terrace and Renaissance at the Regency. The average age is 78, and ninety percent of the city’s area is contained within the senior citizen development of Laguna Woods Village.
With fine amenities, many baby boomers are attracted to the world-class retirement communities in Laguna Woods to engage in an active lifestyle in the Mediterranean-like suns of California. There are five clubhouses in Laguna Woods Village with four hot pools and five pools. Residents can enjoy a leisurely swim or join the Aquadette’s Swim Team for a workout.
The fitness centers at Clubhouse One are second to none. It includes a gym equipped with weight machines, exercise bikes and treadmills. Exercise physiologists are on premise for assistance and supervision. There’s also a second fitness center located in the Laguna Woods Village administration building. Seniors can participate in popular events, such as the annual 5K run and senior game competitions that are sponsored.
For golf enthusiasts, there are two golf courses. A championship 27-hole circuit course and nine-hole course wind around the verdant fairways surrounded by sparkling lakes. A pro shop with two full-time golf professionals on staff is on premise and stocked with accessories, such as clubs and golf wear. Green fees are a modest $9 for residents and $25 for guests.
The new Clubhouse Seven includes a ten-court tennis complex lighted for night play and equipped with a handy ball machine. There are also bocce courts, shuffleboard courts, paddle ball courts and lawn bowling available.
The Laguna Woods Village is well-suited for horse lovers. Its equestrian center features a grandstand and center ring. Residents can sign up for riding lessons, and there are over 3.5 miles of riding trails that snake throughout the community. In addition, the equestrian center rents and boards horses for a modest fee.
The Saddleback Emeritus College Program offers over 100 college courses at the community. All classes are held at the arts and crafts center and are led by full-time staff and resident volunteers. Some of the workshops include water color painting, oil painting, stained glass, photography, sewing and lapidary.
Residents can plant and grow their own veggies and flowers in the two garden centers in the community. Garden plots range from 200 to 400 square feet, and many of the residents share in the harvest with each other.
There are over 90 different models to choose from at Laguna Woods Village suited for every price point, from $115,000 to $300,000. Square footage ranges from 1,000 to 2,000 square feet. Condo complexes feature elevators with subterranean parking and panoramic golf views. There are also cottage-style villas built into the rolling hills with great vistas of the Saddleback Valley.
Ideally located, residents of Laguna Woods can enjoy the nearby cultural amenities, amusement venues and pristine beaches of the area. Less than an hour’s drive, residents can take a trip to Disneyland Park, Knott’s Berry Farm and the Santa Ana Zoo.
The seaside community of Laguna Beach is less than eight miles away. With miles of warm white sands, residents of Laguna Woods can take in a sunny day of strolling the art colonies in the village or basking in the sun.
With the abundance of recreational activities in a picturesque setting and close proximity to beaches and cultural areas, Laguna Woods is picture perfect for seniors.