Laguna Woods is a gated community, so I feel very secure, and they also have a nice service. When I came home from the hospital, I didn't have my keys -- and they keep keys on hand just for emergencies -- and they came and opened the door for me, so that I could get into my home. Also, whenever I have a problem and I dial 911, I not only get the fire department and the ambulance service, but people from the security as well to let them into the house in case the door is locked. So the service is wonderful in that respect. And then, we also have services that take care of everything. They take care of the electrical and the plumbing, they mow the lawn, the streets are paved very frequently, and they do a nice job in trimming the trees. It is just a very well-cared for community.
We have different size units. One area here is all cooperative, and that is where I live. There are four units here back to back in a square -- A, B, C, and D -- and next door to us is another group of four. They are all in groups of four in this particular area, and then we have carports that are close by. But in other areas they have apartment buildings where they have an elevator, and then they have the underground storage for their cars. Then, in another area for people that have lots of money, they have private houses with garages. So we have all different levels of housing here, depending on what you can afford. Mine has two bedrooms and one bath, but there are even smaller ones for just a single person with one bedroom and one bath, which is the smallest. And then, we have clubhouses all over. I am nearest to Clubhouse 3 and 1, and at Clubhouse 3, they have top live entertainment. We've had people coming in to give us entertainment, and it is just wonderful. You pay maybe $5 or $6, and you can go hear a concert or see a well-known person coming in, a singer, or a band. It is just a really nice facility, and we have our own golf course, which is lovely. In Clubhouse 4, we have a wood shop where men can come and build anything they want, and women too if they want, although I have never seen a woman in there. Then we have a photography club, an art department, and a sewing room, ceramics, and jewelry making -- just about anything and a lot of various things, a lot of various shops. Once a year, they put on a big fair; they would demonstrate and sell things that they have made if you want to purchase anything. I've gotten several from the ceramic shop. I used to sew in the sewing room, and we would make things like aprons, potholders, and things that people could use. Also, the quilters would sell quilts and, in the sewing room, we donated our money to charities in the area. Almost all of the clubs do that. They donate to their favorite charity, so it is really a very nice place to live.
The only thing is there is no healthcare here, so you are on your own. Outside our gate though, we have a wonderful hospital, and it is one of the top 50 hospitals in the country, so if we get sick or anything, we are taken just right outside the gate, and they have taken very good care of us. I've been there several times. There is no skilled nursing or anything like that, but it is available in the area, plus I can't say too much about the climate. It is the best climate we have in the whole country, and it is just really nice to be here.