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Living Here

Welcome to the City of Laguna Woods!

Located just east of Laguna Beach in the heart of South Orange County, California, Laguna Woods is home to premier active adult communities and expansive open spaces. With the Pacific Ocean just five miles away, the 7,000 acre Laguna Coast Wilderness Park on our border, and the 4,500 acre Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park down the road, opportunities abound to take in the great outdoors. Laguna Woods residents also enjoy easy access to a vast array of social clubs, world class destinations, and continuing education at some of California’s finest colleges and universities. No matter where you live in Laguna Woods, you’ll find a diverse assortment of friends and neighbors, each with vibrant life experiences.

Frequently Asked Questions

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Open your mind, satisfy your curiosity, and explore the benefits of continuing education for older adults. Take a class, attend a lecture, unleash your creative expressions… countless opportunities await Laguna Woods residents at local colleges and universities.

California State University, Fullerton (25 miles north) offers the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) which provides classes for older adults to continue learning, interact in a university setting, and experience working with other retired and semi-retired adults.

Telephone Number (657) 278-2446
Website Address www.fullerton.edu

Chapman University (15 miles north) offers a wide variety of classes ranging from science and technology, to business and economics, to music, arts and film production. Their goal to develop global citizen-leaders prepared to improve their community and their world is reflected in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Many classes and courses can be audited by older adults.

Telephone Number (714) 997-6566
Website Address www.chapman.edu

Saddleback College (8 miles south) boasts 165 programs and offers over 250 associate degrees and certificates. The Saddleback College Emeritus Institute has courses in over 30 subjects which provide challenging, mentally stimulating, socially engaging lifelong learning opportunities specifically designed for older adults throughout South Orange County. Many courses are offered at locations within Laguna Woods.

Telephone Number (949) 582-4835
Website Address www.saddleback.edu

University of California, Irvine (8 miles north) encourages older adults to take advantage of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) to share ideas, promote intellectual growth, and build social connections with other like-minded individuals in their community. OLLI seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education, literature, history, science, the arts, and travel.

Telephone Number (949) 824-5414
Website Address www.uci.edu

(Content by Eydie Bowles, resident)

DEMOGRAPHICS

How many people live in Laguna Woods?

The State of California’s Department of Finance (DOF) estimates that Laguna Woods’ population was 16,319 as of January 1, 2017, a 0.1% decrease from the year prior[1]. DOF estimates incorporate United States Census counts, the most recent of which found that Laguna Woods’ population was 16,192[2]. The population is known to experience some seasonal variation with the total number of residents present at any given time remaining mostly constant.

What is the average age in Laguna Woods?

Age Population (2000 Census) Population (2010 Census)
Median age 78 years 77.4 years
     Birth to 34 years 1.6% 1.4%
     35 to 54 years 3.6% 4.2%
     55 to 74 years 32.4% 39%
     75 to 84 years 41.1% 55.5%
     85 years and over 21.2% 23.9%

What is the racial/ethnic composition in Laguna Woods?

Racial/Ethnic Group Population (2000 Census) Population (2010 Census)
White 96.1% 87.3%
Asian 2.5% 10%
     Asian Indian 0.1% 0.4%
     Chinese 0.7% 3.1%
     Filipino 0.6% 1.7%
     Japanese 0.5% 1.1%
     Korean 0.4% 3.1%
     Vietnamese 0.1% 0.2%
     Other Asian 0.1% 0.3%
Black or African American 0.2% 0.7%
Hispanic or Latino 2.1% 4%
All Other Races 0.4% 0.8%

[1] State of California, Department of Finance, E-1 Population Estimates for Cities, Counties and the State with Annual Percent Change — January 1, 2016 and 2017. Sacramento, California, May 2017.

[2] U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census.

ELECTED OFFICIALS

President and Vice President

President Donald J. Trump
www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-trump

Vice President Mike Pence
 www.whitehouse.gov/administration/vice-president-pence

United States Senate

Senator Diane Feinstein
www.feinstein.senate.gov

Senator Kamala D. Harris
www.harris.senate.gov

United States Congress

Congresswoman Katie Porter
45th Congressional District
https://porter.house.gov

Governor and Lieutenant Governor

Governor Gavin Newsom
 www.gov.ca.gov

Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis
 www.ltg.ca.gov

California State Senate

Senator John Moorlach
37th Senate District
http://district37.cssrc.us/

California State Assembly

Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris
74th Assembly District
https://a74.asmdc.org/

Orange County Board of Supervisors

Supervisor Lisa Bartlett
5th Supervisorial District
http://ocgov.com/gov/bos/5

Laguna Woods City Council

Click here for information on the Laguna Woods City Council.

GOLF CART/LOW-SPEED VEHICLE USE

The City of Laguna Woods is committed to supporting the mobility of its residents. Over the years, the City has constructed a network of paths and crossings to help facilitate the use of golf carts throughout Laguna Woods. Please click here for an introduction to where and under what circumstances golf carts and low-speed vehicles (AKA “neighborhood electric vehicles”) can be used.

HISTORY

Laguna Woods, California occupies approximately three-square miles of land that was once a part of South Orange County’s expansive Moulton Ranch. Prior to the 1960s, dry farming and cattle grazing dominated the area, with a few scattered ranch dwellings and barns.

In 1962, Ross Cortese, a young developer whose previous projects included Rossmoor and Leisure World Seal Beach, purchased a portion of the Moulton Ranch. His goal was to create a second Leisure World community or, as he said, “to supply the basic needs of life for people aged 52 and older; create a serene atmosphere of beauty; and provide security, recreation, and religious facilities – then leave the living to the individual.” His dream materialized and in 1964 Leisure World Laguna Hills received its first residents.

The prospect of incorporation first arose in 1971 and was a lingering issue until 1996, when the potential for a reduction in county services and the possibility of a commercial airport at the nearby site of the former Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro, became very real concerns. Proponents of cityhood successfully gained the necessary approvals and signatures to place the issue of incorporation on the ballot for a special election on March 2, 1999.

On March 24, 1999, Laguna Woods officially became Orange County’s 32nd city.

PUBLIC PARKS

“A Place for Paws” Dog Park
23301 Ridge Route Drive, Laguna Woods, CA 92637 Get Directions

“A Place for Paws” Dog Park is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to sunset.

City Centre Park
24121 Moulton Parkway, Laguna Woods, CA 92637 Get Directions

City Centre Park is located behind the Ayres Hotel in Town Centre, just west of Moulton Parkway. Amenities include a walking trail, picnic tables, and small gathering space.

Woods End Wilderness Preserve
24995 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA 92637 Get Directions

This 10.6 acre park is located just north of the intersection of El Toro Road and Aliso Creek Road. The park is operated as a part of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park with trails that provide access to the James Dilley Preserve and Barbara’s Lake. Once envisioned as housing, the City was able to preserve this land as public open space. For more information, including trail maps, please click here to visit OC Parks’ Laguna Coast Wilderness Park website.

RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES

Home is where the heart is. For older adults, that can mean a place living among other older adults in a residential community rich with activities, travel, amenities, and new friendships. Laguna Woods boasts living environments that provide welcoming, nurturing, and varied styles of living for today’s older adults.

Laguna Woods Village is an independent living community for people aged 55 and older. Over 15,000 residents live in the 12,736 units, which include condominiums, cooperatives (“co-ops”), and single family homes. A championship 27-hole golf course, a nine-hole executive golf course, putting green and driving range, seven clubhouses, five pools, two fitness centers, tennis courts, a performing arts center, a library, over 250 clubs and organizations, a television station, hobby and game rooms, a full-time staff of gardeners, security officers, transportation services, and social events are some of the amenities to be found.

Telephone Number (949) 597-4200
Website Address www.lagunawoodsvillage.com
Street Address 24351 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA 92637

Las Palmas Senior Living Community encourages its residents to socialize as they lounge poolside, barbeque in the courtyard, make use of the putting green, and relax beside the outdoor fireplace. Independent living, assisted living, and memory care are featured at this 184 unit facility. The pet-friendly environment includes daily activities, transportation services, and housekeeping.

Telephone Number (949) 427-5857
Website Address www.srgseniorliving.com/communities/laguna-woods-ca-las-palmas
Street Address 24962 Calle Aragon, Laguna Woods, CA 92637

The Regency Senior Living Community is an amenity-rich environment where recreation, comfort, educational classes, gourmet dining, transportation services, and entertainment are part of everyday living. The staff works with residents to provide an atmosphere that appeals to the mind, body, and spirit without compromising personal freedom. The 192 pet-friendly apartments include housekeeping and linen service.

Telephone Number (949) 751-6166
Website Address www.srgseniorliving.com/communities/laguna-woods-ca-regency
Street Address 24441 Calle Sonora, Laguna Woods, CA 92637

San Sebastian Apartments, with its 134 units, provides features such as a theater-style media room, rooftop fireside terrace, and a recreation room. The various floor plans are pet-friendly and include alarm systems, private patios or decks, central air and heat, and cable connections.

Telephone Number (844) 350-2568
Website Address www.livesansebastian.com
Street Address 24299 Paseo de Valencia, Laguna Woods, CA 92637

The Towers at Laguna Woods Village provides its residents with daily activities, entertainment, and social gatherings. Freshly prepared nightly dinners are included in suite ownership. The 311 units come in seven different floor plans, which all include a balcony, walk-in closet, kitchenette, and housekeeping. Towers residents have access to all of the amenities provided within the gated community of Laguna Woods Village.

Telephone Number (949) 268-2264
Website Address www.towersatlagunawoodsvillage.com
Street Address 24055 Paseo del Lago West, Laguna Woods, CA 92637

Whispering Fountains at Laguna Woods, is an apartment complex for people age 55 and over. Residents enjoy a variety of amenities including a fitness center, library, and social events. This 140 unit facility is pet-friendly and includes all utilities and basic cable service, as well as on-site management.

Telephone Number (310) 842-4600
Website Address www.kordarpk.com
Street Address 24300 El Toro Road, Laguna Woods, CA 92637

(Content by Eydie Bowles, resident)