Laguna Beach is known around the world as a beautiful, intimate and romantic beach destination. It is also a vibrant community with its own distinctive character and history that cherishes the arts, progressive lifestyles, and environmental consciousness. Laguna is a place where surfers live alongside world-famous painters.
There are only two ways in and out of Laguna Beach, with neighborhoods extending for 11 miles along the Pacific Coast south of Newport and north of Dana Point. You may drive along the Pacific Coast Highway or enter from the east along picturesque Laguna Canyon Road, which takes you past the city’s famed art festival grounds for the Pageant of the Masters and the Sawdust Festival as well as the campus of the Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD). Drivers winding their way through the canyon experience a unique Southern California habitat with preserved natural areas. Along the way you will see murals and sculptures from the many artists who have made Laguna Beach their home since the early 20th century.
Laguna’s main Village offers charming traditions like the famous “Greeter” Eiler Larsen, who is memorialized with a statue. Village events include a weekly Farmer’s Market with local, organic foods and artisan products. The Laguna Beach Unified School District is highly-ranked as #3 in Orange County and #25 in the state. Some of the OC’s best restaurants are located in Laguna Beach, including Zinc Cafe for brunch and coffee, the Ivory, Nick’s Laguna Beach, the Loft, and Driftwood Kitchen, which offers food to match some of the best views on the coast.
Within Laguna Beach, you will find several community regions, including the Canyon, Village, and North and South Laguna. South Laguna includes estate properties at Montage Ocean Estates and Montage Beach Villas. Another noted South Laguna community is Three Arch Bay. North Laguna Beach is home to Crown Point, Emerald Bay, and Irvine Cove. Irvine Cove offers some of the most exclusive, architecturally distinctive estates on the coast. Victoria Beach and Woods Cove include homes on the beach in some of the coast’s best surfing areas, while Temple Hills is a community overlooking the Village set in coastal bluffs.
Laguna Beach homes range from early 20th century California Craftsman bungalows and cottages to Mediterranean and Tuscan country-inspired estates and architecturally distinctive modern and mid-century styled getaways. You do not need to be an artist to enjoy the one-of-a-kind beauty and charm of Laguna Beach.