Driving along Interstate 5 in the southern sector of Orange County, a visitor may catch a glimpse of the spacious estates and castle-style homes high in the hills. At night, if the visitor's imagination is vivid enough, it's almost possible to envision Transylvania. If Bela Lugosi were alive, he'd be living on the Nellie Gail Ranch--an extremely affluent housing development in Laguna Hills.
Nellie Gail Moulton was an artist-philanthropist and widow of Lewis Moulton--majority owner of the historic Moulton-Niguel Ranch. Moulton died in 1938 and Nellie Gail maintained the 21,000-acre ranch for 12 years after his death. At the age of 93, in August, 1978, the grande dame died, leaving a legacy to her survivors and Orange County residents.
Custom homes in the Nellie Gail section start around $325,000 and range upward to about $3 million. It is the sole remaining development in Orange County offering lot sizes of 2 and 3 acres. And it offers prospective residents who bleed Dodger Blue the cachet of having one of their heroes in the neighborhood, for Nellie Gail is home to pitcher Don Sutton.
Equestrian trails and stables exist throughout the area. In fact, many varieties of four-legged species, ranging from your average house feline to the South American llama, live in the area.