Living Here – Boat Canyon and the surrounding area, North Laguna


Introduction to the Enclave:

Every time I drive home to North Laguna on Pacific Coast Highway, I remember how 25 years ago I fell in love with Laguna at first sight. It reminded me of the south of France, which I had admired in earlier years.


Bordered By: This area extends from Ledroit Street, south of Emerald Bay, to High Drive (Boat Canyon) to the south. It is towered on the east by the spectacular North Laguna hilltops and the Pacific Ocean to the west.


Views: Many of these properties have spectacular ocean, coastline, Catalina Island, city lights and hill views.


Homes: There is a large variety of styles and architecture in the residences – from quaint cottages, Craftsman, modern and contemporary to French Country, with mature tress and lush landscape.


History of the Area: Some of the cottages were constructed in early 1900, and have an historical designation.


How the Community Has Evolved: Many homes have gone through major renovation and modernization, adhering to the highest architectural designs and unique styles.


Community Features/Amenities/Special Events: Less than a mile away from downtown and Main Beach, it’s just a short walk to Crescent Bay Beach, Shaw’s Cove and Fisherman’s Cove for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving, and Crescent Bay Park. It is within walking distance to art galleries, antique shops, restaurants and the Laguna Art Museum. Pavilions Shopping Center is close by, as is Picayo Restaurant and Gina’s Pizza & Pastaria, located at Boat Canyon. This area offers hiking trails with spectacular and breathtaking Pacific Ocean views, including Water Tank Trail and Boat Canyon Trail.

Why You Love Living Here: There are a number of reasons I love living in the area of Boat Canyon. By living here, not only do I enjoy great neighbors and the spectacular views, but I also enjoy the lifestyle. I enjoy swimming and relaxing at Crescent Bay Beach, strolling from my house to Crescent Bay Park with spectacular sunsets, and along the coast to Heisler Park and Main Beach, I also take advantage of hiking the trails above my house, and taking part in First Thursdays Art Walks, when the galleries welcome you with a warm reception. THis area is located just south of the most exclusive gated communities in Southern California: Emerald Bay, Smithcliffs and Irvine Cove. I call Crescent Bay Park with its breathtaking views my second living room, where I enjoy as many sunsets as possible. The serenity and beauty of Crescent Bay Beach is second to none – a popular snorkeling location. I can also observe the flourishing sea life in the tide pools at low tide, while hearing the sea lions barking on Seal Rock – it’s like meditation. Sometimes I need to pinch myself to realize that all this beauty and harmony surrounding me is real.


Current Market Activity:

In this area, you can find a combination of single-family homes and high end multi-unit properties, ranging in price from $810,000 to $16,750,000. Currently on the market, there are 15 single-family homes with prices ranging from $1,695,000 to $16,750,000. In addition, 4 more homes are in escrow, with prices ranging from $799,000 to $1,836,000. In the last 12 months, 14 homes have been sold, with prices ranging from $669,000 to $3,900,000. The number of multi-unit properties currently on the market is 5, with prices ranging from $810,000 to $9,995,000. In the last 12 months, 7 multi-units have been sold, with prices ranging from $875,000 to $1,475,000.


Information provided by Farzan Parvizi, agent with First Team Real Estate. Contact her at 949.290.7999 or by email at