Laguna Hills is built on one of the major land grants developed during the Rancho Era and was used to raise sheep and cattle. Formerly known as the Moulton Ranch it was eventually subdivided in the early 1960's, which today is recognized as Laguna Hills.
The city is a mixture of single family and custom homes. In Nellie Gail Ranch, a development in Laguna Hills proper, ranch style homes on large lots can be found in equestrian settings, with homes ranging from 1,700 to 10,000 square feet. The rolling hill lots offer views from ocean to mountains. One of the many attributes to this stunning area is the substantial open space with thousands of trees.
Thirteen public parks are located within the City of Laguna Hills for enjoyment and recreational opportunities. The retail element is supported by several malls which has increased in tenant space in recent years.
Laguna Hills is served by the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. The city has its own high school, Laguna Hills High School, the smallest school in the district and one of the smallest in south Orange County with under 2,000 students.