Laguna Woods is a general law, contract city in Orange County. About 90% of the City consists of Laguna Woods Village, a retirement community formerly known as Leisure World. The City has a total area of 3.1 square miles and is bordered by Laguna Hills on the north and east, Aliso Viejo on the south, Laguna Beach on the southwest, Crystal Cove State Park on the west, and Irvine on the northwest. Laguna Woods is only ten minutes from the Pacific Ocean and the area enjoys one of the world’s finest climates.
Laguna Woods Village has approximately 18,500 residents and is convenient to nearby shopping, houses of worship and cinemas, and complete recreation and social facilities. It is a gated community for active adults, where one occupant is required to be 55 years of age or older. A full-time staff of carpenters, plumbers, painters and gardeners perform maintenance and landscaping, allowing residents time to enjoy life.
The community offers numerous planned activities and over 250 community clubs and organizations. Residents have use of the finest community facilities, including seven distinct clubhouses, one of which contains an 814-seat theater. The clubhouses have hobby and game rooms, meeting and billiard rooms, five large swimming pools, hot pools, lawn bowling greens, shuffleboard courts and two fully-equipped fitness centers. Clubhouse Four, the arts and crafts center, has professional equipment for jewelry making, sewing, woodworking, painting, photography, sculpturing and ceramics. Two garden centers provide individual plots where residents can give full rein to their ‘green thumb’, and two recreational vehicle storage lots are available for a fee. Laguna Woods Village is a golfer’s paradise. There are two professional courses: a challenging championship 27-hole course and a nine-hole 3 par executive course. In addition, there is a golf driving range, practice putting greens, and a chipping area. The tennis complex is one of the most modern in all of Southern California, with its own clubhouse. There are ten tennis courts and four paddle tennis courts. The equestrian center is second to none in all of Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. Here residents can board a horse or rent one for a nominal fee.
The community owns and operates its own cable television network. Village Television provides daily local origination programming to the Laguna Woods Village community, covering community news, highlights of community events, feature stories, and entertainment programs, as well as live broadcasts of homeowner’s association meetings and live broadcasts of the Laguna Woods City Council meetings on Channel 31.
There are 94 floorplans within the Laguna Woods Village gated community. Third Mutual has it all in terms of home ownership, from single family homes to one, two and three-bedroom condominiums, totaling 6,102 units. United Mutual is comprised of 6,323 co-ops, an alternative approach to condo living. The last Mutual, a high-rise facility with 311 condos known as “The Towers”, is currently managed by an organization other than Village Management Services, Inc.