During California’s Rancho period, Juan Avila, once a “judge of the plains,” was the grantee and owner of a vast, more than 13,300-acre ranch called Rancho Niguel. Part of this land is what we now know today as Laguna Niguel.
Laguna Niguel is located less than 5 miles away from the Pacific Ocean, in the San Joaquin Hills of Orange County. Its name comes from the Spanish word for lagoon (laguna) and the word “Nigueli,” which once referred to a Juañeno Indian village along Aliso Creek. After the Rancho period, Rancho Niguel changed ownership several times before a portion of it was developed into one of the first master planned communities in California.
It all began in 1959 with the Laguna Niguel Corporation, founded by Cabot, Cabot & Forbes. Victor Gruen and Associates were hired to develop a community plan, and this plan was later continued by Avco Community Developers. Laguna Niguel was incorporated in 1989 and it became the 29th city in Orange County.
The Laguna Niguel of today boasts magnificent views of the ocean and the surrounding canyons. More than a third of the city’s area is designated open space and its 64,000 residents enjoy pleasant weather all throughout the year, which enables them to make the most out of the community’s numerous parks. Many homes here are conveniently located near forest reserves and regional parks.
Laguna Niguel features several affluent and exclusive gated communities such as Bear Brand Ranch, South Peak, Ocean Ranch, and Niguel Coast.
Laguna Niguel CA Real Estate and Homes for Sale
Many residents feel extremely lucky to own a home in Laguna Niguel. The city consistently ranks as one of the most expensive communities not only in California, but in America. This upscale community offers potential homebuyers plenty of opportunities and options that will surely accommodate anything in their wish list.
Home to 23 neighborhoods, prospective buyers are awarded the opportunity to take their time and discovery each neighborhood until they finally find one that suits their wants, needs, and lifestyle. Beautiful, newly-built homes are listed, along with homes that have been remodeled and revitalized, ready to welcome the next family to move in. Architectural styles range from cozy Mediterranean-inspired homes to sprawling estate properties.