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About Laguna Niguel

Laguna Niguel is a city in Southern California just south of Irvine and north of San Diego. The first word in the city's name originates from the Spanish word for "lagoon," and the second word comes from "Nigueli," a former Native American village in the area. Laguna Niguel is a bedroom community of greater Orange County, with many residents commuting to nearby cities for work. This Southern California city is known for its higher-than-average income, pleasant year-round climate, safe neighborhoods and numerous public parks.

Living in Laguna Niguel

In Laguna Niguel, you'll enjoy a range of activities both indoors and outdoors. The city is a short drive from several major parks, including Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park and Santiago Peak, both offering hiking, camping and picnics. Not far from the city, you'll find championship golf at Mission Viejo Country Club and El Niguel Country Club.

The community is mainly suburban, but it has a thriving downtown area with all the amenities you would expect from a mid-size city. Enjoy a movie at the luxury cinema, or dine at fine restaurants and explore the shops, galleries and cultural attractions. San Diego and Los Angeles are also an hour away, so big-city attractions are very accessible.

Jobs in Laguna Niguel

A large percentage of locals commute out of Laguna Niguel for work, taking advantage of the variety of jobs available in the surrounding cities, like Newport Beach and Irvine. However, if you'd prefer to stay within city limits, there are still plenty of options. The city's largest employers include Costco, Walmart, Albertsons and the Capistrano Unified School District. You'll find that the majority of jobs in Laguna Niguel fall within the service industry.

School District Information

The Capistrano Unified School District serves Laguna Niguel schools as well as schools in neighboring San Juan Capistrano, Aliso Viejo and other towns in the area. The district achieves high marks and has received many awards for excellence in education including more than 40 California Distinguished School awards.

Laguna Niguel Resources

Here are a few quick resources to help you plan your move to Laguna Niguel:

  • Utilities: Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric are the city's central energy providers. The Moulton Niguel Water District is responsible for the public water supply.
  • Garbage and Recycling: Trash, recyclables and green waste are collected curbside on a regular basis. You can also request bulky item pick-up as needed.
  • Transportation: You can use both bus and light rail to get around Laguna Niguel, including commuter rail service to several surrounding counties.

Laguna Niguel Housing

The housing market in Laguna Niguel is highly competitive, with home prices regularly soaring into the seven-figures. The median listing price more than doubles the state average, and is significantly more than the national average. A large number of upscale suburban homes and luxury homes are available on the market. Additionally, you will find very upscale mansion-style homes closer to the coastal area in western Laguna Niguel and the San Joaquin Hills area.

Most neighborhoods are densely populated, planned communities with luxury-minded, four- or five-bedroom homes. There are some condominiums, apartments and townhouses available in the area. Neighborhoods like Pacific Island Drive, which is closer to the coastline, and San Joaquin Hills are more expensive, while neighborhoods in the northern part of the city, like Moulton Parkway are more affordable.