Rancho Mission Viejo’s new ranch community, which will encompass around 25% of its remaining 23,000 acres, is likely to be the last residential development of its kind in Orange County.
Its first and second villages – Sendero and Esencia – launched in 2015 and it is projected to have some 14,000 homes upon build out. Already there’s talk that it will become Orange County’s 35th city. This isn’t surprising given that Rancho Mission Viejo’s previous developments, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita, eventually incorporated.
Like these established communities, the Ranch has been designed to integrate seamlessly with its setting. Preservation and access to open space are a top priority and each village will be centered on a communal farm and community spaces.
Approximately 75% of the 23,000 acres is permanently reserved as the aptly named The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo. The product of many years of careful planning, this immense collection of habitat reserves, ranchlands, multi-use trails, parks, and wilderness areas will eventually increase in size to over 32,000 acres.
Real Estate in Rancho Mission Viejo
The Ranch currently has two villages or phases. The first, Sendero, has around 940 homes and 200 apartments and sold out shortly after its launch. It’s the perfect community for everyone from upwardly mobile singletons to families and singletons. Resales are available.
Esencia, the second phase, has 42 unique home models to choose from across its various neighborhoods. Four of these are for Gavilán neighborhoods, which are for the 55+, and feature expertly designed and luxurious floor plans.
Esencia has different neighborhoods that each tout a unique setting, vibe, and aesthetic. For example, Vireo gives a modern take on the historical American farmhouse, while Aria reflects modern ranch living. Avocet, meanwhile, has courtyard-inspired homes that bring the outdoors closer to home. These neighborhoods are grouped into three groups. Canyon House neighborhoods are close to The Canyon House, NorthWalk neighborhoods have a mid-century California vibe, and Hilltop neighborhoods are centered on The Hilltop Club. Each neighborhood group offers 55+ Gavilán neighborhoods.
If you want to live in this promising community, you’d best act soon – some of the neighborhoods have already sold out, and others are down to the last few units.
Attractions and Amenities
Below are just some of the amenities you’ll find in the Ranch. More will be added as the development continues.
- The Hilltop Club
A community recreational hub, it offers resort-style amenities including a swimming pool, spa, bar, bocce ball courts, fire pits, arcade, and BBQ pavilion.
- Oak Canyon and The Canyon House
Multi-use hiking trails wind their way through the grassy, oak-shaded landscape of this preserved canyon. Follow the trails to the Canyon House where you can grab a coffee or a quick snack and meet some of your neighbors.
- Sendero Field
A 15-acre activity area that houses a baseball diamond, four pickleball courts, and an adventure play park, among others.
- Esencia Farm
In this community-tended farm, you can plant vegetables and herbs to use in your own cooking. Regular culinary workshops and demonstrations are also held here.
- The Campout
If you want to experience the outdoors without leaving behind creature comforts, you’ll surely love this open-air gathering space with a fire pit, shade structures, and picnic tables.
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