Well-Established Southern California
55+ Community of Laguna Woods Draws Retirees Thanks to its Variety of Housing
Styles, Good Selection of Prices and Plentiful Amenities
Roughly seven miles from Laguna Beach in
Orange County (and 40 miles from Los Angeles), Laguna Woods
is a town almost entirely comprised
of Laguna Woods Village (once known
as Leisure World), a well-established 55+
development with 13,000 homes and 18,500
residents. This development was built from 1964 to 1986 and has
an interesting variety of architectural
styles and a wide range of amenities.
And while one resident in each dwelling must be at
least age 55, anyone age 45 or better may purchase
property (some financial restrictions apply).
Residence styles include one story single family homes and attached homes
(and apartments), and the ownership legal structure is either condo ownership
or co-op ownership. Buyers of condos receive
a deed and own the the airspace within the domicile, plus a share of common
spaces used by other residents. Buyers of a co-op become a shareholder in
a corporation that owns the building, and the buyer carries a leasehold
interest in the individual unit.
There are more than 90 different floor plans from which to
choose, and sizes range from one bedroom to three
bedrooms. The variety does not end there, though. Some
a 2-car garage; other have a carport. Some have flat roofs; some
have pitched, tile roofs. Some share laundry facilities; some come
with a washer and dryer. Most residences have air
conditioning. Prices start below $50,000, but verify this with a Realtor as prices may change.
Laguna Woods Village's apartments are located in two tall towers named,
appropriately, The Towers.
Seventy-seven has been the average resident age in The Towers for years, but
the age has
dropped to 67 years now that baby boomers have begun to move in.
All homeowners, condo owners and co-op owners, pay a monthly HOA
fee. It covers a good
amount, though, including water, trash collection,
basic cable TV, landscaping, all home exterior maintenance, 24-hour private
security patrol, shuttle service within the development and the
upkeep on seven clubhouses, five swimming pools, the two golf courses, an
equestrian center and more than 230 community clubs. For co-op owners, the monthly
fee also includes interior maintenance. Property
taxes and insurance are not covered.
Laguna Wood Village's amenities are many. There are golf
courses (one 27 hole and one 9 hole, plus a driving range and chipping area),
seven clubhouses (with five swimming pools, indoor and outdoor), a fitness
center, a performing arts center, a tennis complex with ten courts, a computer
lab, a community library, two garden centers (plot sizes range from 200 sq. ft.
to 400 sq. ft.), classes, clubs and workshops. The equestrian
center features a show ring and a grandstand and provides an opportunity for
riding lessons and trail rides; it also boards horses.
There is a
community bus system, and new residents are greeted with monthly
College offers the Emeritus Program in which 100 courses are available to
residents of Laguna Woods. Channel 6 is the community TV station. Social workers are also available for
counseling as needed.
Laguna Woods Village is safe as well, with gated, controlled
access and roving security patrols throughout the community.
Medical facilities, shopping centers, theater events and restaurants are all
close by, but none are located within the development itself.
Temperatures vary between 65 degrees and 85 degrees throughout the year, and
precipitation is low. It's Southern California.
Visit www.lagunawoodsvillage.com for more information. Visit www.lagunawoodsproperties.com to see listings.
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