Laguna Niguel is an affluent community just east of Laguna Beach. Started in 1959, it was one of the first mastered planned communities in Southern California. It is situated along the coastal San Joaquin Hills. Laguna Niguel is bordered by Laguna Beach, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, and Aliso Viejo. Laguna is the Spanish word for lagoon and Niguel is derived from “Nigueli” which is the name of the Juaneno Indian Village once located near Aliso Creek. The population of Laguna Niguel is approximately 63,000 people. The nearest major university is the University of California at Irvine and locally the Saddleback College is a community college serving 20,000 students. The local airport is the John Wayne airport, which is just a short distance away. Los Angeles is 54 miles to the north and San Diego is 74 miles to the south.
Laguna Niguel offers a wide variety of real estate options from condos to ocean view custom built estates. The Franco Team is a fabulous resource to have when searching for your new property in the Laguna Niguel area. Laguna Niguel is divided into quadrants: East, West, North and South. East Laguna Niguel is south of Crown Valley and east of Niguel. West Laguna Niguel is North of Crown Valley and west of Niguel. North Laguna Niguel is north of Crown Valley and east of Niguel. South Laguna Niguel is south of Crown Valley and west of Niguel. Prices range from 300,000 dollars for condos and starter homes to 20 plus million dollars for custom built water front estates. Prices will depend on neighborhood amenities, location, home size, views and other details. Some of the neighborhoods within Laguna Niguel are Bear Brand Ranch, Ocean Ranch, Monarch Point, Niguel Summit and Beacon Hill. There are many neighborhoods to choose from in each of these quadrants. The views from these areas can include the Pacific Ocean, City Night Lights, canyons, San Joaquin Hills and breathtaking sunsets.
Laguna Niguel students attend schools in the Capistrano Unified School District. There are seven elementary schools serving Laguna Niguel, one middle school and two high schools. The high schools are Dana Hills located in Dana Point and Aliso Niguel High School located in Aliso Viejo. There are also sixteen private schools in the Laguna Niguel area serving 1800 students. These schools include Grace Classical Academy, Laguna Montessori Center, St. Anne, Oceanview School and McDowell Private School.
Laguna Niguel has wonderful weather year round making it the perfect climate to take advantage of the 3650 acres of public trails, parks and green spaces that are interspersed throughout the city. Enjoy walking through the 18 acre Niguel Botanical Preserve, this garden is dedicated to displaying plant that are appropriate to the Southern California region collected from around the world.