Laguna Altura

Overview

Overview: Laguna Altura is a master-planned community in Irvine, California. This lushly landscaped, 74-acre neighborhood, located off the I-405 and 133 freeways on the east side of Irvine, is surrounded by astounding canyon views. Four tracts of development in Laguna Altura are Siena, San Remo, Cortona and Toscana. Opened in 2011, the community features homes that were inspired by classic Italian architecture. The neighborhood offers many resort-style amenities such as a swimming pool and spa, a sport court, a club house and recreational areas. From hiking and bicycling to adventurous thrill rides, there’s something to do for everyone who lives in Laguna Altura. The nearby Spectrum Center offers an abundance of shopping, dining and entertainment, and the conveniently located Quail Hill Shopping Center also offers a variety of shopping and services. Schools serving Laguna Altura are Alderwood Elementary School, Rancho San Joaquin Middle School and University High School. All three schools are within the award-winning Irvine Unified School District.

Neighborhood Highlights

Excellent Shopping
Top-rated Schools
Resort-like Amenities
Beautiful Canyon Views
Abundance of Recreation
Easy Access to Major Roadways

Location: Laguna Altura is located on the east side of Irvine. Situated where the 133, I-5 and I-405 freeways meet, Laguna Altura is positioned for immediate access to the entertainment and employment hub of the area, which is the Irvine Spectrum area and Irvine Spectrum Center. Although major highway access is nearby, the community is situated far enough from freeways to retain the ambience of a peaceful nature retreat. The community is bordered on west by Laguna Canyon Road and on the north by I-405. The San Diego Creek marks Laguna Altura’s eastern border. On the south, the neighborhood is bordered by Lake Forest Drive.

Commutes: Located near the confluence of the 133, I-5 and I-405 freeways, Laguna Altura offers residents an average one-way commute of twenty-five minutes. The Irvine Spectrum Center, only minutes away, can be reached by exiting I-405 onto Irvine Center Drive. The community of Lake Forest is only a short drive east on Lake Forest Drive. Interstate 5 provides a direct commute southward to San Clemente or northwest to Santa Ana and Anaheim. Highway 133 connects to Highway 241, which can be taken north to reach the California 91 Expressway. I-405 can be driven westward to Fountain Valley and on to the Pacific coast.

Culture: Laguna Altura is an upscale suburban community where most residents are white collar workers who earn an average of $138,000 per year. At a median age of 60, seventy-four percent of residents are homeowners, and sixty-two percent are college-educated. Although some singles and couples without children live in the neighborhood, the community is full of family-friendly amenities. There are swimming pools, three large parks and hiking and bicycling trails. Much of the neighborhood life centers on sports, recreation and enjoyment of the natural environment. There is, however, an array of entertainment, cultural destinations and activities near Laguna Altura for residents to enjoy.

Schools

Overview: Three public schools serve the Laguna Altura community. These are Alderwood Elementary School, Rancho San Joaquin Middle School and University High School. The mission of Alderwood Elementary is to enable students to be contributing members of society with the skills, knowledge and values to meet the challenges of a changing world. At Alderwood, education is seen as a shared responsibility between students, staff, parents and the community. Rancho San Joaquin Middle School strives to help students become intellectually reflective and capable of thinking and communicating effectively in order to be caring and ethical citizens. University High School is a comprehensive school that has fostered a commitment to excellence, social responsibility, high achievement and rigorous academic programs. The primary goal of the University High is to develop multifaceted programs that meet students’ needs while generating a sense of belonging and nurturing purposeful life choices. The nearest private school serving the community is LePort Montessori. Another nearby private school is Pacific Academy.

Schools

Elementary Schools

Alderwood Elementary School

Alderwood Elementary School is a top-rated school with 847 students in grades Kindergarten through 6th. There’s one teacher for every 29 students. Based on state test scores, 75% of students are proficient in mathematics, and 82% are proficient in reading. Alderwood Elementary ranks at 74 out of 5,881 best public elementary schools in California.

Middle Schools

Rancho San Joaquin Middle School

Rancho San Joaquin Middle School is a highly rated school that serves 863 students in 7th and 8th grades. The student to teacher ratio is 28 to one. Eighty-three percent of students are proficient in both math and reading. This school ranks at 13 out of 2,534 best public middle schools in California.

High Schools

University High School

University High School is a top-rated school that serves 2,617 students in 9th through 12th grades. There is one teacher for every 27 students. Seventy-three percent of students are proficient in math, and 78% are proficient in reading. University High School ranks at 8 of 1,334 best public high schools in California.

Private Schools

LePort Montessori Irvine Spectrum

LePort Montessori is located near the Laguna Altura neighborhood in the Irvine Spectrum area. The school serves 146 Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade students. The student to teacher ratio is seven to one, which makes for an impressive amount of individual attention given to students.

Pacific Academy

Pacific Academy, not far from Laguna Altura, serves 122 students in 7th through 12th grades. There is one teacher for every 8 students. After graduation, 94% of Pacific Academy students go on to attend a four-year college. Students from Pacific Academy have earned an average SAT score of 1230.

Housing

Overview: Laguna Altura is a fully-gated neighborhood planned by the Irvine Company. Established in 2011, the neighborhood is comprised of four different communities—Siena, San Remo, Cortona and Toscana.

The Laguna Altura neighborhood has 597 single family homes built by Irvine Pacific Homes and managed by Keystone Pacific Property Management. Home prices in the community have ranged from $1 million to $2 million.

Three different floor plans are available in each community. Sienna residences have one to three bedrooms and 2.5 to three bathrooms with 1,618 to 1,788 square feet of living space. San Remo homes have one to four bedrooms with up to 3.5 bathrooms and 1,830 to 2,129 square feet of living space. Homes in the Cortona area have one to five bedrooms and up to four bathrooms. Living space in Cortona is between 2,380 and 2,951 square feet. Toscana residences have up to five bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and 3,123 square feet of living space.

Housing options

Single Family Homes

Laguna Altura is comprised almost entirely of single family homes and some detached condominiums. Homes are in the Tuscan, Classical or Italianate styles. Residence sizes range from one bedroom homes with 2.5 bathrooms and 1,618 square feet of living space to five-bedroom homes with 4.5 bathrooms and 3,123 square feet of space.

New Construction

Since the Laguna Altura community was first opened in 2011, all residences may be considered new or modern construction. The Siena neighborhood has 195 homes constructed since 2011. San Remo has 164 newer homes. Toscana has 86 recently-constructed homes, Cortana has 152 newer homes. Homes recently built in Laguna Altura were completed in 2014.

High Rises

There are no high rises within the geographical boundaries of Laguna Altura. A couple of the nearest residential high-rise buildings are Astoria at Central Park West and Rize Irvine Apartments. Astoria offers hotel-inspired amenities and up to three bedrooms near the Irvine business district. Rize Irvine Apartments offer studios and one to three-bedroom apartments near the John Wayne Airport.

Apartments

There are no apartments in Laguna Altura; however, some complexes close by are Laguna Canyon Apartments, Quail Hill Apartments and Los Olivos Apartment Homes. Laguna Canyon offers up to three bedrooms with a pool. Quail Hill Apartments offer one and two bedroom units near Quail Hill Preserve. Los Olivos Apartment Homes offer one and two-bedroom apartments with six saltwater pools.

If you’re interested in buying a home in this area, check out currently available Laguna Altura homes for sale. You can also browse through the entire database of all the available Irvine homes for sale.

Real Estate

Overview: Laguna Altura is a luxurious, upscale community with 597 single family homes. The community opened in 2011, with most of its homes selling for $1 million to $2 million. Although few homes are on the market at one given time in this neighborhood, homes that are listed are considered “hot homes,” which means they are likely to sell quickly. During 2018, sixteen Laguna Altura homes sold for $930,000 to $1,830,000. Seven of these were condominiums. The housing market for Laguna Altura remained relatively steady from 2016 to 2019, with some spikes and dips along the way. In January 2016, the median list price for homes in the community was $949,000, and in December 2018, the median list price was $1,081,900. From May 2016 to December 2018, the median sold price for Laguna Altura homes rose very little from $900,000 to $930,000.

Things to Do

Overview: There’s a great variety of things to do near Laguna Altura. From performing arts to nature watching, residents don’t have to go far to find excitement, interesting activities, abundant shopping and excellent dining. The two shopping destinations near the Laguna Altura community are Irvine Spectrum Center, with over 130 stores, restaurants and entertainment destinations, and Quail Hill Shopping Center, which offers many services, retailers and restaurants. To experience international culture and cuisine, the Irvine Global Village Festival and Irvine Korean Cultural Festival are both big draws for Laguna Altura and residents of the greater Irvine and Orange County area. For performing arts, Irvine Barclay Theatre, on the campus of University of California, Irvine, puts on musical, theatrical and contemporary dance performances. The adventurous can find thrills at Boomers! Irvine or K1 Speed Irvine. Excellent greens are available for golfers at Strawberry Farms Golf Course, and the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary provides hours of appreciation for wildlife and natural beauty.

Retail & Entertainment

Irvine Spectrum Center

Located just a few minutes from Laguna Altura, Irvine Spectrum Center, with over 130 retail stores, restaurants and entertainment venues, is a premier destination for shopping, food and fun. Clothing stores include Concrete Rose and Cotton On. A couple desirable eateries in the center are Capital Dim Sum Seafood Bar and Habana. Attractions include thrill rides and live entertainment.

Quail Hill Shopping Center

The Quail Hill Shopping Center is a beautifully manicured shopping center close to the Laguna Altura neighborhood. The center offers many services such as banking, cosmetology, veterinary care, dentistry and women’s health care. Retailers include a CVS and Albertsons. Eateries within the center include Irvine Grill Café, Johnny’s Real New York Pizza and Nalu’s Hawaiian Fish Grill.

Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach is a favorite destination for residents of Laguna Altura. Laguna Beach occupies seven miles of coastline and has an incredible array of attractions, entertainment and dining. Options for activities at Laguna Beach include spending the day at the beach in Heisler Park, browsing the Laguna Art Museum or discovering a 432-ton ship sunk off Laguna Beach’s coast.

Irvine Barclay Theatre

Irvine Barclay Theatre is a performing arts venue in the Cheng Hall on the campus of University of California, Irvine. The theatre, operated jointly between the city of Irvine and UCI, presents music, theatrical performances and contemporary dance in a 756-seat auditorium. The theater can also be rented for public and private events.

Irvine Global Village Festival

The Irvine Global Village Festival at Orange County Great Park allows festival goers to experience sights and sounds from around the world for an entire day. The admission-free festival features more than 100 musical, demonstration and dance performances, along with international foods, a Kids’ Village, cultural and religious exhibits and an international marketplace.

Irvine Korean Cultural Festival

The annual Irvine Korean Cultural Festival is designed to celebrate and share Korean cultural heritage and artistic traditions with the greater Irvine and Orange County community. The event includes Korean cuisine, art, music, games and entertainment. The festival takes place during May. Admission is free.

Boomers! Irvine

Boomers! Irvine is an amusement center that offers a variety of fun and entertainment. Boomers! features attractions like bumper cars, go karts, rock climbing and miniature golf. Buccaneer Cove is a large water park within the center that features five levels, wet tunnels, spray loops and several slides. The center is a good place for birthday parties and youth events.

Strawberry Farms Golf Course

Strawberry Farms Golf Course, located on Strawberry Farm Road, is one of the top-rated golf courses in Southern California. This par-71, 18-hole golf course is set near a 35-acre reservoir and is surrounded by beautiful hills, granite boulders and natural waterfalls.

K1 Speed Irvine

K1 Speed Irvine is an outdoor go-kart racing center with two professionally designed tracks. The center has electric go-karts that are suitable for all ages. There are also a lounge and food available at the “Pit Café.” The center exhibits racing memorabilia and art and is available for birthday parties and corporate meetings.

San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

The San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary on Riparian View is a 300-acre freshwater marsh comprised of several ponds and over eleven miles of nature trails. The sanctuary provides habitat for a great variety of avian life, including geese, herons, eagles, egrets, ducks and cormorants. The San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary is an enriching environment that kids love.