The Mission Viejo homes for sale are served by two school districts; the Saddleback Valley Unified School District and the Capistrano Valley Unified School District. Mission Viejo real estate is found in what is considered a borderline semi-arid Mediterranean climate, and like most of Southern California, the city is prone to dry Santa Ana winds. Self-christened by city leaders with the motto "Make Living Your Mission”: the Saddleback Mountains and Lake Mission Viejo are two of the most distinguishable features of the city. The Mission Viejo properties are just a short commute down Interstate-five freeway from the Dana Point Harbor and San Clemente Pier, and world-famous Laguna Beach, and its eclectic art scene is approximately a 30 minute drive away.
If you are new to Southern California, and are just beginning to explore the Mission Viejo real estate market here is some information on the local landmarks and tourist destinations. Huntington Beach is known as “Surf-City USA”, Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm are the 2 largest amusement park, and the Anaheim Convention Center is the largest such facility on the West Coast. Historical points of interest include the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, Mission San Juan Capistrano, Balboa Pavilion in Newport Beach and the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse in Santa Ana. The Mission Viejo properties are found close to two major sports teams, the Los Angeles Angels, and the Anaheim Ducks, and Huntington Beach annually plays host to the U.S. Open of Surfing, AVP Pro Beach Volleyball and Vans World Championship of Skateboarding.