Taking its name from the Spanish word for “lagoon” and the name of an Indian village that was once located near the area, the city of Laguna Niguel is one of the more affluent master-planned communities in Orange County. Development began in 1959 for this hillside community that was originally known as Rancho Niguel, with one third of its land designated as open space. Laguna Niguel’s high quality of life, well-planned neighborhoods with tree-lined streets, and its beautiful natural setting have made it one of the most sought-after places to live in Orange County.
Homes in Laguna Niguel are mostly single-family residences with diverse architectural styles, including country club homes, townhouses and condominiums, as well as luxury mansions and sprawling estate properties that provide spectacular canyon or ocean views. Those who prefer to build their own custom homes can avail of lots and land ideal for new construction. There are numerous neighborhoods in Laguna Niguel and among these are Kite Hill, Coronado Pointe, Beacon Hill, El Niguel Heights, Bear Brand Ranch, Niguel West, Crest de Ville, Marina Hills, Laguna Crest, Monarch Pointe, South Peak, Niguel Coast, Niguel Summit, Ocean Ranch, Palmilla, Rancho Niguel, and San Joaquin Hills.
Laguna Niguel Regional Park along La Paz road is a well-known public park in the area, which encompasses around 236 acres. The park was built in 1973 and offers a variety of recreational pursuits, featuring two sand volleyball courts, four lighted tennis courts, horseshoe pits, bike trails, Turf areas, playgrounds, and a two-mile jogging trail. Kite Hill is appropriately named, as it’s an excellent spot for kite flying or remote control glider operations. In addition, two pedestrian bridges provide access to remote picnic shelters and hiking trails.
A major feature of the Laguna Niguel Regional Park is the Sulphur Creek Reservoir, a 44-acre manmade lake that was created by the construction of the Sulphur Creek Dam in 1966. The reservoir is a popular fishing spot for bass, blue gill, catfish, and trout – particularly rainbow trout, which become plentiful during the months of November to April.
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