Laguna Niguel, CA

Welcome to Laguna Niguel, CA

Laguna Niguel is located in Orange County, California, halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles, and is bordered by the neighboring cities of Laguna Beach, Dana Point, and San Juan Capistrano.

It gently rests between the Pacific Ocean and the I-5 Freeway and the Toll Road is easily accessible.

Nearly one-third of Laguna Niguel is designated as open space. This significant amount of open space is one of the key features defining the character and urban form of the City.  

The City has 2 community parks, 23 neighborhood parks, 3 mini-parks, 1 dog park, 2 county regional parks, 2 small county parks and the new Laguna Niguel Skate & Soccer Park.

Laguna Niguel is mainly a hillside town with an average of nearly one third of it’s land designated as open space. In addition, Laguna Niguel’s Crown Valley Community Park acts as the main attraction for the City’s recreational programs and activities.

With it’s community pool, outdoor amphitheater and 18 acre Niguel Botanical Preserve, it attracts over 240,000 people annually for it’s many events and programs.

A handful of individuals are employed at the Federal Building, with a large industry of the area being real estate. Laguna Niguel enjoys a successful and steady business climate and economic environment.

History Of Laguna Niguel, CA

The name “Laguna Niguel” is derived from the Spanish word “Laguna,” which means lagoon, and the word “Nigueli,” which was the name of a Juaneno Indian village once located near Aliso Creek.

In 1821, California became Mexican territory and a handful of rancheros were created in Southern California, including Rancho Niguel. It was at this time, Rancho Niguel was mainly used as a sheep ranch.

Juan Avila was the very first private landowner of the are, a resident of San Juan Capistrano, who obtained land through a Mexican land grant in 1842. Juan Avila was also successful in re-establishing his title to the land after California became US territory in 1848 and remained the owner of “Rancho Niguel” until 1865.

In 1895, the “Rancho Niguel” land was developed as part of the Moulton Company, a company that would eventually control over 19,000 acres of local ranch land.

The genesis of today’s Laguna Niguel was the establishment of the Laguna Niguel Corporation in 1959 by Cabot, Cabot and Forbes, making it one of the very first master planned communities in California. 

The firm of Victor Gruen and Associates was retained to grow into a detailed community plan for the approximately 7,100-acre site. Land sales began to happen in 1961 in Monarch Bay and Laguna Terrace subdivisions.  

Avco Community Developer acquired the Laguna Niguel Plan in 1971 and initiated development as set forth in the original Master Plan. 

In 1986, Laguna Niguel residents, looking for local governance, took the first step toward cityhood by forming a Community Services District.

It was 3 years later, on November 7, 1989, that 89% of the voters favored incorporation and on December 1, 1989, Laguna Niguel became the 29th city in Orange County.

Summary Of Laguna Niguel, CA

If you are seeking out a coastal sea breeze coming through your windows, the feel of freshly mowed grass for your animals to run on, and parks with play equipment for your children to swing on, then Laguna Niguel, CA may be the perfect city for you.

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