This is the main entrance to Lakeside in November. Spring is nice, but I love the fall. The designer picked some great looking trees for the area. The predominant tree in the area is the fruitless pear. It is the vibrant red tree in the center of the picture. The Maple, Oak, Fruitless Plum, Crepe Myrtle and, my favorite, the Chinese Pistache tree are just some of the trees featured in our community.
Our streets are lined with Fruitless Pairs. This is one particularly nice stretch of Maritime Drive and very close to my families home. In the spring, these trees are covered with bright white flowers and look like big, billowy tufts of cotton. While I prefer the fall colors, these trees are beautiful in the spring.
This is Bartholomew Park in Laguna West. It is also the North side of Laguna Town Hall. If your kids play soccer, you will get to know this park very well. I have stood on the sidelines and watched my boys play here for years. Some of us dads even had the chance to play a little soccer against our boys. This park is surrounded by a lake on three sides and there is a fountain that you can barely see in the distance. In the summer, they have a series of concerts called Hot August Nights. One night a week, a different band comes and entertains people from the neighborhood. Many families bring picnics, lay back, listen to the music and enjoy the cool, night breeze.
You can just see, tucked into the trees, the Laguna Town Hall playground. What a great place for the kids to play! Do you like basketball? There is a basketball court in there too.
I thought I should get at least one picture of the lakes that are in the Laguna West-Lakeside area. This is the Lakeside pool house and lake Heron just as you enter the main Lakeside entrance (shown in the top picture). Johnson Park, King Park and Lawrence Park are all within just a short distance. There is a lot to enjoy in this neighborhood. My wife and I enjoy just walking and taking in all the scenery. There are nearby bike trails and, yes, in the summer, we do enjoy that pool! You can view homes and find much more useful information about the Laguna West-Lakeside area at my website: