What is it like to live in Laguna Beach?

Asked by Jill, 95746 Fri Feb 20, 2009

My husband and I are planning on where to move when our kids go to college in a year. We're attracted to the housing (don't like cookie cutter neighborhoods), the views, weather, geography & location. Is this a friendly town? What are the opportunities for getting involved in the community? We're leery of being in a community where money and appearances are everything as is the case in much of that area. Is that true of Laguna Beach as well? If so, can you recommend another place for us to look at? Thanks in advance!

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Ellen Boswor…, Agent, Laguna Beach, CA
Fri Feb 20, 2009
HI Jill,
I have lived in Laguna Beach for about 15 years and raised my 3 kids here. The problem with living here is that it is hard to get my husband to go away on vacation. He says, this is where people come for vacation, why go somewhere else? As for the neighborhoods, each one has a flavor of its own; from cozy, funkier South Laguna to much fancier Emerald Bay, we have all types of areas and all types of people just like any town. The one thing we have in common is the amazing beach, great neighbors, and a love of our town. Yes, there are tons of opportunities to be involved, you are welcome to participate. In fact, once we know you are a worker...look out. We have opportunities to deliver Meals on Wheels, work in the canyon with the homeless kitties, work at the animal shelter, volunteer at the art museum, historical society, participate in organizations that help others or work in our churches among other things. I understand where you and your family are in the scheme of things. My youngest is 18 and it is a fun time to think about what you and your husband would like.
Best Wishes,
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This was great to read Ellen. My husband and I are spending the month of December in Laguna Beach and are going to look into renting something there for a year to see if we would like to buy a home there. Our oldest son died last year at the age of 31 and I am struggling staying in our home town in the Sacramento area. I love , love love the Beach and we do know 2 people not too far from from Laguna Beach. I am praying that we fall in Love with your town.
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Cynthia Flem…, Agent, Laguna Niguel, CA
Fri Feb 20, 2009
I love living in Laguna...it's a little bit of heaven on earth! Although there is plenty of money here, you do not get the impression that money and appearances are everything...far from it. Between the residents and the visitors...and there are always visitors from around the world...there is a broad mix of ethnicities and the cultural diversity is part of what makes Laguna so unique and inviting. If anything, it is a little bit eccentric, which is another reason I love Laguna! The art community is like none other and the winter and summer festivals are world renown. When it comes to housing, you can find anything from historic beach cottages to multi-million dollar state of the art contemporary homes. This is why I also love working in real estate here in Laguna - I preview the new listings every week and there is always something new and different to see. I pride myself on knowing the current inventory and being able to find buyers exactly what they're looking for. There are so many groups that you can get involved with in the community as well. For instance the Laguna Canyon Foundation, the goal is to preserve, protect and enhance the 20,000-acre South Coast Wilderness, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, and rather than list them, check out other Community Services on this link: http://www.lagunabeach.com/community.html. If you provide me with some of your search criteria, I will email you what is available that meets your needs - so you can become familiar with the market and pricing. I live and work in Laguna and look forward to assisting you with your real estate needs. If I can answer any other questions for you, feel free to email me at: cfleming@coldwellbanker.com. Thank you!
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Dean Ledger, Agent, Newport Beach, CA
Tue Mar 8, 2011
Laguna Beach is a very friendly town and there are great beach neighborhoods where the emphasis is more on "beach living" then glitz & flash. One such neighborhood is Emerald Bay in North Laguna. While Emerald Bay has some of the priciest homes in California, the community "vibe" is more about sea, sun & family. Check out http://www.EmeraldBay.com if you would like to see the inventory of homes for sale and for lease in Emerald Bay.
Web Reference:  http://www.emeraldbay.com
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is it possible to get to emerald bay beach without having a house in there and without knowing someone who lives there?????
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Steven Abrah…, Agent, LAGUNA BEACH, CA
Thu Apr 23, 2009
Jill, personally I love Laguna Beach! If you enjoy a small village atmosphere, you will too! Feel free to contact me via email or cell- lagunacastles@cox.net or 949-378-4005.
My office is directly across from the Montage Resort in Laguna.
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Harrison K.…, Agent, Irvine, CA
Tue Mar 17, 2009
Good question about possibly buying a home and living in Laguna Beach.

Other good Realtors and agents have answered here and provided valuable information. Cynthia Fleming is our friend and Realtor associate with Coldwell Banker. Please let Cynthia or us know if you need other information.

Harrison K. Long, Explore Real Estate Group. http://www.ExploreTheOC.com

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Karen Parsons…, Agent, Laguna Beach, CA
Mon Feb 23, 2009

You will love it! The main beach has a great boardwalk and I love to walk in the mornings with my coffee...really clears the mind.

I have a beach home search on my site at http://www.great-western-realty.com/Beach_MLS_Search.htm if you would like to do some searching of beach homes in that area...

Let me know if you need anything else!

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Cynthia Flem…, Agent, Laguna Niguel, CA
Mon Feb 23, 2009
Hi Jill, If you'd like me to email you the current listings available in town, just drop me an email at: cfleming@coldwellbanker.com. Let me know your price range and your search criteria, i.e. # of bedrooms, baths, any 'must haves', etc. I hope you do choose Laguna Beach, I'm sure you won't be disappointed! Do you have any plans to visit the are anytime soon? Look forward to hearing from you.
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Jill, Home Buyer, 95746
Mon Feb 23, 2009
Thank you all for your prompt, thoughtful and informative answers. Sounds like Laguna Beach really might be what we're looking for!
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Dave Heck, , Arcadia, CA
Fri Feb 20, 2009
It's hard to escape that sort of thing in a Southern California beach town. If you look for it, you will have no problem finding it. That being said, I think Laguna Beach is one of the greatest cities in the world. My family and I have been vacationing there every year for a long time. The natural beauty is incomparable, it is an art hub, the dining is second to none. It is just very expensive and that is why I don't live there. Maybe someday.
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Chris Guziak, Agent, Laguna Beach, CA
Fri Feb 20, 2009
Other than the perfect weather, the gorgeous beaches, the beautiful views, the dramatic topography where the mountains cascade down to the sea, the down-to-earth artistic vibe of the town, the small-town isolated feel (even though you're not far from commerce), and the dozens of world-class restaurants and spas, I guess it's okay... ; ) And did I mention, almost no bugs?
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Karen Parsons…, Agent, Laguna Beach, CA
Fri Feb 20, 2009
Oh Jill,

I have lived in Laguna off and on for my entire life....it's great!! I just love it. You can walk to the beach and there are lots of little cafes and coffee spots. I really love the beach lifestyle. It is a friendly town and you will find yourself known in a very short time...the shop keepers do not turn over very fast, so as you walk around town, you will become known.

I also like San Clemente now that the down town area is being revamped. Meaning that they have more interesting shops and restaurants...but by all means, Laguna is my first choice.

If you are thinking of a move in a while....I'd be happy to send you a couple of listings in Laguna (and San Clemente if you like) for you to start becoming familiar with homes and pricing..then whenever you are ready...you'll be ahead of the game.

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