Laguna Beach is a seaside resort city gem with 7 miles of coastline and is famous for its art galleries, studios, boutique shopping, and its 27 beaches, coves, and pristine beaches. It is home to approximately 22,723 residents with an estimated three million people visiting the community annually to attend the fabulous Pageant of the Masters, Festival of Arts originating in the 1930s, showcasing juried works by local artists, Sawdust Festival, and Art-A-Fair.
The topography is unique and land in and around Laguna Beach rises quickly from the shoreline into the hills and canyons of the San Joaquin Hills. The town's highest point, at an elevation of 1,007 feet, is Temple Hill in the Top of the World neighborhood. Because of its hilly topography and surrounding dedicated greenbelt, discerning luxury home buyers who seek privacy, have options of perched hillside homes with breath-taking ocean vistas or behind gated enclaves where swimming pools are built into rocks, or if you desire to step out onto the sand from your home and take an evening stroll, it can all be found in this fabulous beach community.
Laguna Beach has a rich surf history hosting The Brooks Street Surfing Classic that originated in 1955 and is the oldest continuing surf contest in the world. While surfing is popular, the second oldest volleyball tournament in the U.S., is the Laguna Open Volleyball Tournament and is attended by enthusiasts from around the world.
The lure for many to this beach side community is the street lined galleries and for those who desire to explore their creative side, The Laguna College of Art & Design (LCAD) is a small private college located in Laguna Canyon. It was founded in 1961 by the Festival of Arts and Laguna Art Museum as the Laguna Beach School of Art. LCAD offers bachelor of arts degrees in drawing and painting, illustration, animation, graphic design, and game art, and master of fine arts degrees in painting and drawing. In 2013, enrollment was approximately 450 students.