The reposting of the same few properties should be your first clue about rental conditions in Laguna Beach. Scarce and expensive. Well compared to NYC maybe not that expensive.
Most people in SoCal feel that Laguna Beach is a quaint town to visit, but not to live there. There are only three ways up or down the coast from there, Pacific Coast Hwy, the 5 freeway or the toll road after a trip through Laguna Canyon road. Most any time a commuter’s nightmare.
I will say a little about the alternative life style there. Imagine Greenwich Village in Lower Manhattan. Mix in a bunch of retirees, artists, and ultra liberals and you come close.
Follow shifty mutt's advice before commiting.
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