The community of Smithcliffs is reminiscent of the romantic sea villas you might find in the hills along the French Riviera. Situated in a highly desirable coastal area, this neighborhood affords its residents unprecedented privacy, as well as stunning views.
During the silent film era, this neighborhood was a playground for starlets who loved to ride horseback in the nude along the private beach. When local oil tycoon Lon Smith purchased the property, he renamed it Smithcliffs. It has long since been sold off, and today is the home to many luxury estates. Many of the homes were built in the mid 90’s, and you’ll find a combination of bluff front properties, as well as homes closer to the beach. There are 22 homes in this collection, all on large lots. Smithcliffs is south of Emerald Bay, and is under a Home Owners Association which maintains the common area ground and the gated entrance.
Smithcliffs is served by the Laguna Beach Unified School District, with highly ranked facilities such as Top of the World Elementary School, Thurston Middle School, and Laguna Beach High School. The city offers several private schools including Anneliese’s School, Montessori School of Laguna Beach, and St. Catherine of Siena Parish School. Higher education in this area includes the Laguna College of Art & Design (LCAD).
The seaside resort city of Laguna Beach is popular for its artistic environment, scenic coves, and mild weather year round. The city’s main economic industry is tourism, with over three million visitors annually. There are many festivals, including the Festival of Arts, which gives local artists an opportunity to show their work. It began in the 1930s, and had been a traditional event since. A counterculture alternative to this festival is the Sawdust Art Festival, which was established in 1965 and focuses on non-juried crafts. The Laguna Playhouse shows many stage productions for the Moulton Theater, and is the oldest of its kind on the west coast.
550 Blumont Street, Laguna Beach, CA 92651-2356
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