Laguna Beach is Southern California’s premier coastal destination. This seven-mile stretch of sand and surf offers residents a year-round retreat for all types. One of Laguna Beach’s most sought after communities, Emerald Bay, happens to have the only stretch of private beach, among other spectacular amenities. We sat down with one of the residents to find out more about Emerald Bay and life in Orange County.
How would you describe the lifestyle at Emerald Bay?
The lifestyle is casual, sophisticated, private, and very family friendly. It is a beach community with a private beach, tennis courts, summer camps, exercise programs, classes (such as CPR, paddle board instruction, yoga), swim teams, and kid’s movie nights at the firehouse. It is the perfect place to raise children or have a vacation home. Down the road opens to a quiet, beautiful splendor of an uncluttered, heavenly private beach with fire pits, a playground and beach volleyball. The views are spectacular and the beach is steps from every front door. It is a safe environment with neighbors who not only respect, but also protect the privacy.
I moved to OC from LA 18 years ago, and I love the that LA is only an hour and 20 minutes up the highway. Emerald Bay is one of California’s only private beaches. It is a little slice of heaven, tucked away in the most beautiful and exclusive North corner of Laguna Beach, bordering Newport Beach. Because it is not in the heart of Laguna’s main beach, we don’t get the Laguna traffic congestion. It has beautiful, dramatic sunsets, outlined by the majestic bluffs. It has become this haven of privacy for celebrities and professional athletes. Neighbors respect/protect your privacy and paparazzi are not allowed into the community.
How is Orange County the perfect match for your lifestyle?
Orange County has everything as a community. With Irvine Spectrum, South Coast Plaza and Fashion Island, just 10 minutes in either direction, there’s wonderful shopping, restaurants, and world class golf courses close by. The weather is near perfect 80% of the time. When there are everyday stressors, I just look out to the ocean view to take in the relaxed paradise.
How would you describe living in Laguna Beach to somebody who has never been here before?
Laguna Beach is an absolutely breathtaking beach community. It is a good mix of local artists, celebrities, professional athletes, and business/medical professionals and many hard working families. It has a great school district and top notch private schools nearby. It attracts many tourists all year round who are drawn to the beach, restaurants and amazing weather.
Favorite place to dine nearby?
Nick’s in Laguna is the place! It is great food in the heart of Laguna’s Main Beach area. Laguna Beach/Orange County has become this mecca of creativity, entertainment and good food, all wrapped in a beautiful locale.
Favorite things to do nearby?
Walking the dogs on the beach or walking Balboa Island, beach activities, tennis and beach volleyball, as well as shopping, golf at world class courses (Pelican Hill, Shady Canyon, Big Canyon, and Oak Creek), hiking trails, and great concerts/concert venues (Honda Center and Verizon Amphitheater). Kids can enjoy paddle boarding, surfing, and of course – Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm.
Check out our current listing at 101 Emerald Bay.