As Susana Cruciana strolls down Second Street, she recounts details of a past Laguna.
"There was a roller skating rink on the corner," said Cruciana, 63. Then she turns slightly and points to another site where sits a pale green, two-story Laguna Beach house that she first set foot in in 1957.
Cruciana, with her impeccably brushed short black hair with dark red highlights, and donning a bright pink scarf, stood at the base of the steps leading up to the door of 407 Mermaid St.
She points out the Acacia trees and jade plants her mother planted. The plants and trees border the concrete steps that lead to the second story portion of the house she lived in with her mother and older sister.
"We used to walk skunks right through here," she said, pointing to a specific spot. N
ow divorced, Cruciana returned to Laguna Beach in 2008 after living in Los Angeles for 20 years. She pays $1,500 a month in rent, which includes utilities and cable, to live with her cat Amelie in a two-story loft with a kitchen in the Bluebird Canyon neighborhood.