One of the most desirable areas of all of California is that of Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel. These two cities are located in  coastal southern Orange County.  Laguna Beach has a population of approximately 24,000, while Laguna Niguel has approximately 64,000 living in its master-planned community.

The communities of Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel both offer something different to people who want to live in the sun, by the beach, and in Southern California. Laguna Beach is more old-fashioned, more artsy, and more down-to-earth, while Laguna Niguel has all the amenities that you would want from any big city, while still allowing you to live near the ocean.

Both of these communities have always been considered to be top-of-the-line in terms of property, and have always demanded a high premium. The property in this area, however, has not been immune from the economic downturn that real estate has seen throughout the last few years and there are now some magnificent buys on a number of different properties.

Although you may think of only large, mansion-type homes, overlooking the ocean, both Laguna Beach and Laguna Niguel have homes that are more affordable and within the means of the average family. Almost all homes are within walking distance to the beach, and the amenities that both of these communities possess rivals any large city. Of course, if you want to get in your car and see the real city, Los Angeles is not that far away.

Now is really the time to buy property, especially in this area where prices haven’t been this low in several decades. There are some magnificent properties to be had right now at prices that you wouldn’t believe, on both smaller starter homes and more extravagant properties overlooking the Pacific Ocean.