One of the first master-planned communities in California, Laguna Niguel is a city rich in history and beauty. Loosely translated from “lagoon” and “Nigueli,” the name of a Juaneno Indian village once located near Aliso Creek, Laguna Niguel is regarded today as one of southern Orange County’s most prestigious and desirable places to live.
More than one-third of the city is preserved as dedicated open space, including Laguna Niguel Regional Park, Laguna Niguel Lake, Crown Valley Park, and Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park. Residents enjoy spending time outdoors horseback riding, biking, and hiking along the Salt Creek and Aliso Creek trails.
Excellent schools are located throughout Laguna Niguel, and the Orange County Natural History Museum, Laguna Niguel Farmers Market, and nearby beaches are favorite destinations. Shopping, dining and entertainment abound, including the luxurious Cinepolis theaters and soothing Massage Envy spa.
Chet Holifield Federal Building. Originally built for Rockwell International by architect William Pereira, this one-million square-foot building modeled after ancient Mesopotamian ziggurats houses millions of documents and land agreements between the Indian tribes that lived in southwest United States and the American government. This building also houses the Internal Revenue Service and the western division of the United States Department of Homeland Security.
Niguel Botanical Preserve. Originally a small community garden, residents and tourists alike are free to enjoy this 18-acre botanical garden located within the Crown Valley Community Park. This botanical garden displays different plants from different parts of the world such as Australia, Africa, Mexico, and the Mediterranean. Walking trails are available to visitors.
Laguna Niguel Skate & Soccer Park. Skateboard and soccer enthusiasts rejoice! Featuring a 20,000 square foot concrete skateboard park and a synthetic grass soccer field, this park offers plenty of space for skaters and soccer players to play and practice. The soccer field is usable all year round, while the skateboard park has plenty of features that will surely challenge all skaters from different skill levels.
Aliso & Wood Canyons Regional Park. Visitors can hike and camp in this beautiful area located south of the Laguna Greenbelt. Featuring a large wilderness area, the park has a refreshingly bucolic atmosphere. Day trippers and campers can also choose to check out the petroglyphs etched by early Native Americans within the regional park. This 4,500-acre wildlife sanctuary has sycamores and mature oaks as well as over 30 miles of hiking trails. Plenty of rare plants and animals have made Aliso & Wood Canyons Regional Park their home.
Things to Do
With more than a third of this master-planned community turned city designated as open space, there are plenty of things to do in Laguna Niguel. There are a multitude of parks for its residents to enjoy and even dogs have their own park where they can meet and play with their canine fellows.
Anglers and fishing enthusiasts should head to Laguna Niguel Lake, located within the grounds of Laguna Niguel Regional Park. Regularly stocked with thousands of bass and trout, this 44-acre lake is a fishing enthusiast’s paradise. Those who want to enjoy the calm of the lake can also rent boats, fishing poles, and float tubes. Visitors can get their competitive side on and play tennis or volleyball against friends and family in Laguna Niguel Regional Park. Fitness buffs can jog and bike on the several well-marked trails throughout the park.
Skating enthusiasts can channel their inner Tony Hawk at Laguna Niguel’s Skate & Soccer Park. Different areas for different levels of skill are available, and skaters will be able to test their prowess and determine if they can advance to the next level. You can play soccer on the other side of the park and younger residents often form teams with their best buds and play against other teams.
Laguna Niguel’s broad range of residential offerings is genuinely impressive. From condos and townhomes to Mid-Century ranch designs, luxurious single-family executive homes and grand custom estates, the city makes it easy for buyers at nearly all prices levels to discover a home that is suited to their lifestyle.