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Laguna Beach, California is one of the most beautiful places to live in the world with breathtaking beaches and incredible turn-of-century and mid-century architecture. It is also one of the most expensive places to live in the United States.
Its population is not very diverse with 9.0.9% of the population being white and only 5.2% gay households. This is not because the community is not progressive. In fact it is an arts haven, especially for well-known sculptors and painters. It is because the area is largely inhabited by older, wealthy retired millionaires that can afford to live in the well-kept historic beach houses situated on the beach and cliffs of the city.
The city has always been progressive politically and in fact was home to many counterculture and gay activists. These renegades used to live in the hillsides, which are now occupied by some of the richest celebrities, performers and artists in America. Most of the artists in the community live in Laguna Canyon
The city is also home to the Laguna College of Art & Design, which is one of the most respected art colleges in all of the United States. Every summer the Pageant of the Masters is held here. This is an event that features tableaux vivantes created from living people posing in a set that look like the original works of art.
If you love architecture you will love living here. Many of the original Craftsmen style bungalows from the early 1900s dot the shores alongside spectacular examples of mid-century architecture. Environmental preservation is just as important as historical preservation in Laguna Beach and the city is surrounded by a protected greenbelt on one side and a protected ocean habitat. Laguna is also a very clean city. It has a no plastic bag ordinance and no plastic bottle purchasing policy. It is a pioneering Transition Town of the United States, which means it is a community that is building resilience in response to peak oil, climate destruction and economic instability.
To give you an idea of how expensive it is to live in this incredibly luxurious and savagely beautiful place, the median sale price for a home in Laguna Beach spring 2013 was $1,425,000.00. The median sales price in the area has increased 19.2% from the same period in 2012. The average listing price for a home was $4,448,254.00 for the week ending June 12, 2013. However the fact that homes are so expensive does not mean that three are not bargains to be had in Laguna Beach. As of June 13, 2013 there are 31 homes in the process of foreclosure and auction.
For more information about the most affordable and gay-positive areas in Laguna Beach it is best to consult with a gay realtor who can show you multion-million dollar properties, or the more affordable Laguna Canyon. If you would like more information about this fabulous city, you can find it at the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce at www.lagunabeachchamber.org.