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Last updated August 21 at 6:36AM
27891 Avenida Armijo
Country Village
Laguna Niguel, CA
Updated August 21 at 3:12AM
3 Bedrooms
$5,000
31731 Isle Vista
Monarch Pointe
Laguna Niguel, CA
Updated August 15 at 5:46AM
6 Bedrooms
$12,000
28062 Gunnison Court
Laguna Niguel
Laguna Niguel, CA
Updated August 21 at 3:06AM
2 Bedrooms
$2,995
24122 Estacia Avenue
Niguel Summit
Laguna Niguel, CA
Updated August 16 at 3:52AM
3 Bedrooms
$3,800
27996 Milt Circle
San Joaquin Hills
Laguna Niguel, CA
Updated August 15 at 6:34AM
5 Bedrooms
$4,800
5 Faire Winds
San Marin
Laguna Niguel, CA
Updated August 15 at 5:45AM
5 Bedrooms
$5,000
18 Mandalay
Beacon Hill
Laguna Niguel, CA
Updated August 15 at 5:54AM
4 Bedrooms
$5,400
28781 Via Pasatiempo
Rancho Niguel
Laguna Niguel, CA
Updated August 15 at 6:03AM
3 Bedrooms
$3,550
115 Shorebreaker Drive
Bear Brand at Laguna Niguel
Laguna Niguel, CA
Updated August 15 at 11:54AM
2 Bedrooms
$3,100
28197 Via Fierro
Rancho Niguel
Laguna Niguel, CA
Updated August 15 at 11:53AM
3 Bedrooms
$2,950
28972 Drakes Bay
Laguna Niguel
Laguna Niguel, CA
Updated August 17 at 4:38AM
5 Bedrooms
$5,200
23735 DOLPHIN COVE
Niguel Summit
Laguna Niguel, CA
Updated August 16 at 10:36PM
3 Bedrooms
$2,650
5 Bawley Street
Beacon Hill
Laguna Niguel, CA
Updated August 20 at 11:56AM
2 Bedrooms
$4,500
9 MONTPELLIER
Laguna Niguel
Laguna Niguel, CA
Updated August 15 at 6:33AM
3 Bedrooms
$5,600
50 Pienza
Beacon Hill
Laguna Niguel, CA
Updated August 21 at 3:06AM
3 Bedrooms
$4,200
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City Guide
Laguna Niguel
At First Glance

Laguna Niguel gets a bit of a bad rap from youngsters who say the beach-adjacent town is, like, totally boring. But if you like bland, that’s not such a terrible description, right? Young adults tend to shy away from this area for two reasons: they’re too poor to afford it, and it seems like there’s a citywide bedtime of roughly 9 p.m. But those attributes just make it all the more attractive to middle-aged ballers who are too exhausted commuting at least 30 minutes each way to work to bother with the shenanigans of bars and nightlife. Locals like their daytime activities, which include family-friendly pursuits of hiking, biking, shopping and yoga, while equestrian fans take advantage of dozens of snaking horse trails that cover the city.

Of course, proximity to the beach is the major reason Laguna Niguel enjoys such high property values and desirable characterization, so surfing, swimming, kayaking and boating are as major attractions as the many parks, playing fields and open spaces.

The Deal With Housing

It’s not cheap. The city even seems to have mostly evaded the housing crisis that vanquished so many other California areas. But, you will get some sweet amenities for the price, and not just the vistas. Homes are fairly new here, with the majority sporting hardwood floors, swimming pools, updated appliances and multi-car garages. Some properties can be pretty cramped, but with all that wide-open natural space in Laguna Niguel—over one third of the city is intentionally undeveloped—it shouldn’t be overly disappointing you can tap your neighbor’s window from your bedroom in some communities. One thing to remember, however: this is not a mecca of rentals. There is only about 4-5% vacancy rate, and premier apartments are rare birds.

Apartment, Condo or Home?

Apartment rentals aren’t nonexistent, but there are limited options and it requires serious research to find a winner. Plus, expect to pay up to $1500 a month for a one bedroom, which seems an unlikely choice considering the family-friendly and long-commute makeup of this area. There is a sizable accumulation of work-from-home types here, so apartments and rental condos are still the most sensible and budget-friendly housing in the city, and they include some of the best features and trappings of real (luxury) homes.

Realistically though, you’re bringing a spouse and 2.5 kids, so even a spacious condo seems tortuous with tottering toddlers, and if you arrive with Fido, reach for the stars and opt for a lush green yard. Most gardening services—a must-have if you want to be a real part of the community—include doggie curb service. Yep, maintenance will pick up pooch poo. Money does so many cool things.

One more note on homes: communities often have gated entrances and exits. Some are guarded and others are not. While this is a great safety feature, it will cost you several more shiny pennies to enjoy and ultimately may prove more an inconvenience than asset, as it’s little more than unnecessary frippery in such a low-crime location.

What Will It Cost

In two words: a lot. The cost of living is mind-bogglingly elevated here, from the cost of food to the associated fees of required personal transportation to the clothing allowance you’ll need to fit in. It’s almost 84% higher than the rest of the country. Ouch. But then, most residents boast a median family income of over 150 big ones a year, so why not splash out a little on some beach views and uniformed sentinels?

Shaky Ground

Just as important to research as prices is geology. It’s not for impromptu quizzes on the nature of crystals, it’s because California has an occasional problem with these little things called earthquakes. Also, though the weather is fair and the temperature nearly always ideal, those winter showers bring floods. Those floods bring landslides. Investigate the geological history of your chosen neighborhood before committing to a long-term lease spanning the wet season.

The Highs and Lows of Toll Roads

Commutes are long, and that’s just to the freeway on-ramp. Depending on where you settle in Laguna Niguel, you’re either just a hop, skip and a jump away from rush hour traffic on the I-5 or a slow slog to a toll road stuck behind everyone else foolish, patient or desperate enough for ocean views to live on the southwest end of LN.

About that toll road: the 73 Highway is as commonly used as the public 5 in Laguna Niguel, but it can cost almost five dollars per use, depending on how far you need to travel. It only runs from Mission Viejo to Huntington Beach, and when it dumps you in HB you have all the daily exhibits of road rage on the 405 with which to contend. There’s a silver lining, of course—there’s rarely traffic regardless of the time of day.

Laguna Niguel Communities

Los Angeles and New York have neighborhoods, but Laguna Niguel has communities. They’re planned, so many “neighborhoods” include community pools, fitness centers and other neato family-friendly attractions, but they don’t involve shops. South Orange County likes to keep its inhabitants separate and safe from its retail. All the same, well-known communities include Bear Brand Ranch, Ocean Ranch, Rancho Niguel, Niguel West and San Joaquin Hills. Here is a breakdown of the most popular spots.

San Joaquin Hills: Boasting guarded gates and 910 homes, SJH is the largest ‘hood in the city system. Single-family homes pepper the northern portion of Laguna Niguel, making the commute generally easy to both the 5 and 73. Several subdivisions within the community offer a variety of square footage, pricing and amenities. The last ticky-tacky box was completed in 2006. $$$

Kite Hill:Closer to the 73 than the 5, this community sits in the middle of Laguna Niguel and is filled with doctors. No gates here, just tons of recreational facilities, like tennis courts, swimming pools and picnic benches, among other inviting bonuses. It’s bordered by Aliso Viejo and is a moderately priced location, considering what moderate means here. $$

Niguel West:Older than the other neighborhoods, Niguel West is actually broken into two sections, Niguel West 1 and Niguel West 2 (construction companies aren’t known for their talent for naming, apparently). It has 101 homes built in the ‘70s and ‘80s and renters should beware of geological issues. Try to skip in favor of better nabes or head to the condos instead.** $**

Bear Brand Ranch: Close to the ocean and tucked away from anything not cast from gold, Bear Brand has roughly 275 homes with jaw-dropping views and A-List prices. You can’t begin to consider borrowing a cup of sugar from a neighbor for less than a few million here, but there are some condo options. Spacious houses with extreme luxury mean very, very few rentals. Hopefully you know someone. $$$$$

Laguna Niguel is an alluring option for affluent families with a penchant for sea and canyon views, HOAs, hiking trails and sleepy gated communities. If you have Jedi-like patience with traffic (or you work from home) and Nicolas Cage’s fondness for pricey real estate, you can’t do better than the undeniably awesome luxury of Laguna Niguel when it comes to putting down roots.

Families and fitness addicts have left great reviews of Windridge Apartments in Laguna Niguel! Residents tout the building's private playground, expansive pool, onsite tennis courts, and gym as reasons for loving where they live.

Rent Report
Laguna Niguel

August 2017 Laguna Niguel Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2017 Laguna Niguel Rent Report. Laguna Niguel rents remained steady over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Laguna Niguel rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Laguna Niguel rent trends were flat over the past month

Laguna Niguel rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they have increased moderately by 2.3% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Laguna Niguel stand at $1,800 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,310 for a two-bedroom. Laguna Niguel's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 4.2%, as well as the national average of 2.9%.

Rents rising across the Los Angeles Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Laguna Niguel, but across the entire metro. Prices rose year-over-year in all of the 10 largest Los Angeles area cities that we have data for. Rents also increased in other areas of the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 4.2% over the past year. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro, as well as the rest of the state.

  • Pomona has the least expensive rents in the Los Angeles metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,470; the city has also experienced the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 10.0%.
  • Over the past month, Huntington Beach has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with decline of 0.6%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,350, while one-bedrooms go for $1,830.
  • Looking throughout the rest of the state, Fremont is the most expensive of all California's major cities outside the Los Angeles metro, with a median two-bedroom rent of $3,570; of the 10 largest cities in the state that we have data for, San Francisco, where a two-bedroom goes for $3,060, is the only major city to see rents fall year-over-year (-0.0%).
  • Sacramento, Chula Vista, and Fresno have all experienced year-over-year growth above the state average (8.9%, 6.6%, and 6.1%, respectively).

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Laguna Niguel

Rent growth in Laguna Niguel has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases, while in a few cases, rents have actually declined. Compared to most large cities across the country, Laguna Niguel is less affordable for renters.

  • Laguna Niguel's median two-bedroom rent of $2,310 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.9% over the past year.
  • While rents in Laguna Niguel remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw decreases, including Houston (-2.6%), Miami (-0.8%), DC (-0.4%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $990, $1,350, and $1,550 respectively.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Laguna Niguel than most large cities. Comparably, Houston has a median 2BR rent of $990, where Laguna Niguel is more than twice that price.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Los Angeles $1,340 $1,730 0.5% 4.8%
Long Beach $1,340 $1,720 0.2% 3.5%
Anaheim $1,590 $2,050 -0.1% 4.9%
Santa Ana $1,420 $1,830 -0.2% 6.2%
Irvine $2,050 $2,630 0.7% 4.0%
Glendale $1,370 $1,760 0.1% 1.8%
Huntington Beach $1,830 $2,350 -0.6% 2.1%
Santa Clarita $1,920 $2,470 0.2% 5.9%
Pomona $1,150 $1,470 0.5% 10.0%
Pasadena $1,590 $2,040 0.2% 0.3%
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Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

Methodology:

Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.