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What is Close to Laguna Woods Village?

Besides being only 8 miles from fabulous Laguna Beach, California, Laguna Woods Village is also close to many other vital locations you will find important. Indeed, the Village has close shopping, doctors and medical centers, restaurants, a major airport, and other points of interest known the world over – How about Disneyland anyone?

Let’s take a look at what is outside the “back door” of Laguna Woods Village. What is within a 5-10-20 minute drive of the Village? How about these locations! – Let’s take a look:

Shopping Laguna Hills Mall is right outside the gates of the Village (0.5 miles) and is anchored by Macy’s, JC Penny’s and Nordstrom Rack. It also hosts more than 100 specialty stores. Markets are located at most major corners surrounding the village. Von’s and Stater Bro’s are located at the corner of El Toro and Moulton Parkway. Mother’s Market is located at the corner of El Toro and Paseo de Valencia. Home Depot is located 0.5 miles away near the corner of Moulton and El Toro. Costco is located 3.22 miles away in Laguna Niguel, Trader Joe’s is located behind the mall on Carlota, and Walmart is located 3.49 miles away on Alicia Parkway.

Hospital and doctors – Saddleback Medical Center, a world class hospital, is located 0.5 miles away next to the Mall on Paseo de Valencia. Over 100 doctors are located on Paseo de Valencia representing every major branch of medical service.

Beaches – Laguna Beach is 8 miles away and Newport Beach is located only 11 miles away (Take the 73 Toll Road to get to Newport). Let’s not talk about all the great restaurants located in these towns! There are too many world class restaurants to even mention. While in Laguna Beach, visit the Sawdust festival during the summer and while in Newport Beach, why not go shopping at the world famous Fashion Island? Roger’s Gardens is also an internationally know nursery located right next to Fashion Island.

Restaurants- You will have to discover these on your own. I could fill an entire blog post covering all of these. There are over 50 located within a 1 mile radius of Laguna Woods Village. Laguna Beach and Newport Beach have another 50 each. I would say 200 restaurants are located within 10 miles of Laguna Woods Village.

Airport – John Wayne Airport is located only 8 miles away up the 405 freeway or only 7 miles away via the 73 Toll Road.

Points of interest – Mission at San Juan Capistrano is located south of the Village and is only 12 miles away, La Jolla is south on the 5 freeway about 45 miles away, San Diego is another 5 miles south of La Jolla. How about taking the grand kids to Disneyland? You’ll be a hero and get there in less than 25 minutes since it is located only 22 miles from Laguna Woods. Have friends in Los Angeles or want to visit some of the world class museums and points of interest located there? It is located less than 1 hour north of the village, via the 405 or 5 freeway.

Laguna Woods Village is indeed in the “middle of it all” but still peaceful and quite behind the guarded gates of this centrally located world class “Senior Resort Community.”

18 March
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Governmental Structure of Laguna Woods Village

The governmental structure of Laguna Woods, which incorporated as a city in March of 1999, consists of a City Council and Mayor chosen from within the elected Council. The council functions as most city governments do, contracting for police, fire and other public services administering city funds, etc.

In addition, the governmental structure of Laguna Woods Village currently includes three housing corporations and the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF). Each owner in Laguna Woods Village is a member of one housing corporation and the GRF.? Between the GRF and the Housing Mutual’s, Laguna Woods Village has over $20 Million in reserves so we have a very fiscally responsible community.

The housing corporations are responsible for those things directly related to housing and the adjacent land.

The GRF is responsible for directing the operation of all “community” facilities such as the bus system, security, clubhouses, golf courses, stables, lawn bowling, etc.

Each of the Corporations contracts with Professional Community Management (PCM), a property management firm, to manage their respective area of responsibility.

The three Housing Mutuals are as follows:

Cooperative: United Laguna Hills Mutual – 6,323 owners
Condominium: Third Laguna Hills Mutual – 6,102 owners
Rossmoor Towers: Laguna Woods Mutual Fifty – 311 owners

Each Mutual has a board of directors composed of residents elected by popular ballot of their peers. The Golden Rain Foundation is elected by the Directors of the three mutuals to manage, control and run the community facilities. In addition to the boards of directors, some 26 advisory committees exist to assist in the complex job of managing such a large community.

If you would like any further information about Laguna Woods Village, please contact me, Patrick McNamee of Evergreen Realty, via my web site: www.Leisureworldre.com

18 March
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Who are the best trades people or sub-contactors to work with in Laguna Woods Village?

Everyone always asks me this question. This is because before a home is listed for sale, it typically needs some “freshening up,” perhaps some new paint or carpet. On the flip side, once a home is sold, the new owners are typically looking to do some remodeling on their new home. As a result of this, I am always on the look out for the best, most reasonably priced, and dependable sub-contractors and trades people that work in the area. This list is a result of that search.

Local Contractors:

1.) General handyman – Jerry McFadden is my main “go to” man – 949-768-5335. An other good general handyman – Neil Grimwood – 949-587-9950

2.) Carpentry – Counters – Countertops – Raise kitchen counter tops “Doc Stevens“ 949-458-8604

3.) Flooring – Any and all – Bill Hale at Finer Floors – 949-380-1297

4.) Electric – Jim Coutts & Co. – 949-494-1898

5.) Plumbing – add dishwasher – Add Washer/ Dryer – All Star Plumbing – 949-470-0072

6.) Painting – Steve Peek Painting – 949-279-5799 or Juan Kim 714-624-9510

7.) Cabinets – Kitchen and Bath – Reborn Cabinets is a good company: 714-630-2220


8.) Tile Installation – Robert Ford: 949-510-1608 or Peter Stapper: 949-458-0885

9.) AC and Heating – Adding a Heat Pump in the living room – Dicksons Air Con. & Heating – Doug Campbell – 800-999-9038

10.) Bath – tub – shower guy – bathtub re-glazing – shower enclosures, etc. – Andy Costello – 949-380-8787

11.) Trudell Moving and Storage – Laura Trudell (or Elizabeth) – 714-843-6466

12.) Scrape ceiling – Above it All Drywall – Dana Tichenor – 714-235-5682

13.) Complete Kitchen remodel – A Plus Kitchen and Bath – Roger Mangrum – 949-232-8551, ofc. 949-458-2108

14.) House Cleaning – major or minor – Ruben Guzman Cleaning Service – 949-275-4732

15.) Locksmith – G. BertonneaU – 949-521-3134

Complete home remodeling Contractors:

16.) Coppola Construction – Rob Coppola – 949-282-9881

17.) Bernritter Construction – Steve Bernritter – 949-244-7788

18.) Lance Reed – 714-404-2326

19.) Pulaski and Sons – Kobi Pulaski – 949-233-4338

20.) Pulaski Construction and management – Jon Pulaski – 714-233-4338

18 March
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New 5 Million dollar golf clubhouse, garden plots, and horse stables

Here is a look at the new 5 million dollar golf building! It will consist of over 17,800 square feet of combined indoor/ outdoor deck space and have a large restaurant, as well as golf club storage and numerous meeting rooms. This new building is slated for completion in Fall of this year. Next on this new blog video, we explore the garden plots that are available for resident use. We have 933 cultivation plots available, and the annual fees run between $26 – 53 per year based on size (plot sizes range from 200 – 500 sq. feet). Finally, we go to the Laguna Woods Village horse stables! We have 40 stalls and have over 3.5 miles of trails that snake throughout the community. Horse boarding costs $215 a month and horse trail rides are $6 an hour for residents and $10 an hour for guests. Riding lessons are $15 an hour for residents and $25 an hour for guests. Happy riding!

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