North Laguna Beach

Gated communities with coastal luxury and laid-back vibes

Welcome to North Laguna Beach

If you're searching for a place where the charm of beach life effortlessly melds with a sense of prestige and elegance, look into North Laguna Beach — with its gated communities of Emerald Bay, Irvine Cove, and Smith Cliffs — a destination like no other. Imagine living in a neighborhood that combines the casual allure of surf culture with the grace of gated sophistication. From morning strolls on the sand to enjoying sunset vistas from private ocean-view terraces, North Laguna Beach truly encapsulates a lifestyle most only dream of.

What to Love

  • Elite yet inviting atmosphere featuring three gated communities
  • Private beaches at Emerald Bay and Irvine Cove, each replete with pools, tennis courts, and parks
  • Close-knit community in Emerald Bay
  • Sprawling ocean-view blufftop homes at Smithcliffs
  • Quick access to both downtown Laguna Beach and Newport Beach

Local Lifestyle

The neighborhoods in North Laguna Beach offer unparalleled access to some of the most stunning beaches in California and position residents a stone's throw from the vibrant downtown areas of Laguna Beach and Newport Beach. This unique location creates an enriching lifestyle that seamlessly integrates beach activities, artistic ventures, and high-end shopping — perfect for those who enjoy a healthy blend of relaxation and excitement.
The half-mile-wide Emerald Bay Beach is exclusive to residents, and because large cliffs bookend the beach, foot traffic is impossible from outside Emerald Bay. This is a rare private beach with stationed lifeguards (plus volleyball courts and fire pits). Irvine Cove Beach is also exclusive to community members; there are two beaches. Most people use the larger southern beach, and during low tides, you can access the north beach by walking through a rock arch. Meanwhile, if you prefer properties atop Southern California’s signature coastal bluffs, Smithcliffs is the place for you.

Dining and Entertainment

For those looking to indulge in luxurious dining and entertainment, North Laguna Beach has no shortage of options. One standout venue is The Royal Hawaiian, which transports you to an island paradise with stunning ocean views and exceptional service.
Retail therapy becomes an elegant affair at Wilbo, a boutique shop known for its quality and beautifully curated selections. Whether you're seeking fashion pieces or unique décor, Wilbo offers a shopping experience that truly resonates with its patrons.
Coffee aficionados and food lovers will delight at Urth Caffe, which boasts an extensive organic menu. For a more traditional dining experience, Reunion Kitchen serves up a menu that is as diverse as it is delicious.
For those willing to venture a bit, Crystal Cove is an upscale area featuring many high-end restaurants, including Mastro’s. For a change of culinary scenery, Javier’s offers a diverse menu that is sure to please even the most discerning of palettes, while A Restaurant and Marche Moderne both deliver a truly exceptional dining experience.

Things to Do

One of the neighborhood's crown jewels is Heisler Park, offering a peaceful place to stroll while enjoying breathtaking ocean views. It's not just a park; it's a canvas that nature paints anew each day.
For art and craft enthusiasts, the Sawdust Art Festival and Pageant of the Masters are annual events that bring local and international artists together to celebrate creativity. These events offer a unique blend of art, music, and even live performances, serving as a testament to Laguna Beach's vibrant cultural scene.


The Laguna Beach Unified School District operates all public schools throughout Laguna Beach and is the No. 1 ranked school district in Orange County. Students may attend:
  • El Morro Elementary
  • Thurston Middle School
  • Laguna Beach High School



Overview for North Laguna Beach, CA

23,121 people live in North Laguna Beach, where the median age is 52.5 and the average individual income is $101,782. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Demographics and Employment Data for North Laguna Beach, CA

North Laguna Beach has 10,536 households, with an average household size of 2.19. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in North Laguna Beach do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 23,121 people call North Laguna Beach home. The population density is 2,599.48 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Schools in North Laguna Beach, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby North Laguna Beach. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Montessori School Of Laguna Beach
PreK - K
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St Catherine Of Siena Parish School
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Top of the World Elementary
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Around North Laguna Beach, CA

There's plenty to do around North Laguna Beach, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

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Name Category Distance Reviews
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Shopping 1.15 miles 13 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 1.24 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars

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