Rancho Mission Viejo Homes For Sale
The flourishing, master-planned Rancho Mission Viejo community of South Orange County is nestled among the gentle rolling hills of an historic ranch with an amazing history, that provides the residents with the unique and rare rewards of life on "The Ranch". Uncover a nature-filled, wondrous environment of unceasing recreational activities, family-orientated parks, and scenic, serene hiking and biking trails that will certainly elevate your mood - all encompassed by Mother Nature and the great outdoors. The trendy and fashionable Rancho Mission Viejo real estate market presents indoor and outdoor gathering places to hook up with friends and refresh your spirit, along with areas for al fresco dining and community clubs for swimming, exercising and playing. The lifestyle in the highly-desirable Rancho Mission Viejo neighborhoods is relaxed, inspiring and spontaneous. Self-christened as “The Ranch Plan” and consisting of the villages of; Sendero, and Esencia (which includes the 55+ Gavilan neighborhood) will not be fully developed for nearly two-decades. Over 60% (17,000 acres) of prime Rancho Mission Viejo land has been categorized as "preserved open green area" and will eventually be consolidated with county land to form a 33,000-acre reserve that combines condos, townhouses and single-family-residences with the natural splendor that is right outside their front yard. The fashionable Rancho Mission Viejo properties are positioned north-east of San Juan Capistrano and directly south of Ladera Ranch, and all of the homes are situated in tranquil environs, found adjacent or in close-proximity to land dedicated entirely to agricultural and grazing areas. These enticing coastal residences were designed and constructed by well-known and highly-regarded home builders such as Shea Homes, Lennar, Lyon Homes, CalAtlantic, Dell Webb, Meritage Homes, The New Home Company, MBK Homes and TRI-Pointe Homes.
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Acclaimed for its awe-inspiring natural landscape and immaculate surroundings, the captivating Rancho Mission Viejo residential market is an suburban community (that is very close to the urban conveniences found in San Juan Capistrano and Ladera Ranch) that offers countless miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails within the wildly-popular 17,000-acre nature reserve. Rancho Mission Viejo celebrated its initial offering of newly-build, semi-custom homes in 2013 with the introduction of its first village called Sendero. In fall 2015, the "Esencia Village" earned numerous industry accolades with the grand opening of its first twelve neighborhoods. The city of is forecasted to provide numerous mixed-use villages over the next couple of years, which will include nearly 14,000 newly-built homes in the 55+ Gavilan community of Rancho Mission Viejo - which have been reserved exclusively for home buyers aged 55+. Rancho Mission Viejo is known for its tree-lined streets. which continue to mature, and lead to the community receiving recognition from the National Arbor Day Foundation. The city sprang to life because of a generous Spanish land grant. The stately Rancho Mission Viejo luxury homes for sale have evolved in a city that offers its home owners with the potential to generate a solid rate of return on their real estate investment for; resale, investment, second home, and recently constructed homes when compared to pricier cities next to the Ocean.
Many of the distinguished Rancho Mission Viejo coastal residences possess fire-resistant stucco or concrete tile roofs that come with delightful facades including lace-finished stucco, full-wrap rain gutters, illuminated address numbers with decorative lighting, and outdoor weather-resistant electrical outlets. The stunning real estate in Rancho Mission Viejo introduces classic Spanish-Heritage architectural styles with properties containing the most modern amenities and creature comforts, along with other high-end renovations. The majority of the mountain, hill and city-lights view homes in Rancho Mission Viejo are found in a cozy farmhouse surrounding. With a warm color palate, the garage doors feature an Rancho Adobe style which leads to the curious effect of brick on adobe. All of the enchanting homes in Rancho Mission Viejo are eco-friendly and are considered environmentally low-impact homes, designed and built using materials and technology that reduces the residences' carbon footprint and lowers its energy needs. Rancho Mission Viejo combines pedestrian friendly streets - where kids can ride their bikes on - with safe and secure neighborhoods, that are located on a towering hillside setting, that are refreshed by cool ocean breezes, and are surrounded by lemon and avocado groves - which is all part of the incredible intergenerational way of life that the city promotes.
The students of Rancho Mission Viejo will attend the award winning Capistrano Unified School District, and the recently-opened Esencia School (which is located in the heart of the community, and is now accepting students from Kindergarten through the 8th grade, and for the older kids, the academically-acclaimed Tesoro High School and Las Flores Middle School are also just minutes away.
In the Village of Rancho Mission Viejo, socializing with other residents, can lead to a potpourri of experiences for everyone from every age group. Found above a west-facing ridge line, and invigorated with creature comforts such as; serpentine trails, natural habitat, and coastal and back country views. The beautiful Rancho Mission Viejo, CA homes for sale are about 5-10 minutes from the historic downtown area of San Juan Capistrano, where you can take guided walking tours through the Catholic Mission, visit the Mission Basilica, enjoy the Zoomers petting zoo, and spend some time at the Los Rios Historic District.
All of the one-and two-story homes (including condos and townhouses) in Rancho Mission Viejo are subject to special Mello-Roos tax assessments as well as additional H.O.A. dues ( which range from approximately $179/month to $220/month. The overall total annual property tax rate (including Mello-Roos) ranges from approximately 1.7% to 1.9%, which unfortunately can increase your monthly mortgage payments dramatically. The lovely Gavilán® residences total tax rate is between 1.75% to 2% of the base price for the home, which is very similar to the other Esencia and Sendoro homeowners. The majority of the tasteful Rancho Mission Viejo tract homes were all built close to each other - with homes sitting adjacent to both the right and left side of your property - and the lots (including front and rear yard that they sit on are small - with little room left for building an in-ground pool.
In the early 1960's, Orange County’s rapid need for new housing options had reached the borders of The Ranch. The future expansion of the community hinged on two important events that took place many years ago. The first was when in 1944, when Daisy O'Neill took the lead and with conviction and dedication she was able to keep the land intact. To the present day her advice (and caution) to "take care of the land, and the land will take care of you" continues to be the standard and blue print for the entire Rancho Mission Viejo community. The second import event came in 2005 when the O'Neill family obtained a science-based land use function as well as an open space conservation plan for the remaining acreage of the family ranch. This lead directly to the creation of a moderately-developing community that is anticipated to reach final build-out for nearly 20-years, with 25-percent of the land dedicated entirely for new residential construction, and the remaining seventy-five percent of the land being protected in what is called "The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo." In reaction to the new, on-going need for real estate development in Rancho Mission Viejo, the O’Neill family and their partners established the 10,000-acre planned community of Mission Viejo. Since that time, there has been on-going commitment to initiate new areas for building homes while remaining true and dedicated to safeguarding Rancho Mission Viejo through their allocations of ranch land such as; Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park, Riley Wilderness Par, and O'Neill Regional Park.
Sendero, Esencia and Gavilan:
In 2013, Sendero was the first village developed in Rancho Mission Viejo. This community generated a contemporary model for housing for all age groups by centering its attention on both family neighborhoods and the gated Gavilán 55+ enclave (offering four neighborhoods, with the majority of the properties consisting of single-level homes entirely for residents age 55-plus) around El Prado, a centrally social core featuring clubhouses, trails, and an overabundance of club houses, pools and parks, which all age groups are able to enjoy. When Sendero opened, it sold our extremely fast. - not in small part to the generous allocation of varying floor plans including a wide-selection of unique and different elevations within each housing tract. Sendero also introduced its residents to life on the Agrihood™ though the operations, and continued maintenance of its first two fully-functional communal farms. Gavilan and Sendero Farms features traditional barns, raised planter beds, row crops, fruit trees, including an additional 500 acres of citrus trees, including crops of beans and barley and rows of avocado trees.
The Gavilon neighborhood is found in the both the Sendero and Esencia communities of Rancho Mission Viejo, and is dedicated solely for the 55+ group. As a resident you have access to the resort-style clubhouse with staffed bar, outdoor BBQ area, fitness center, yoga studio, and salt water pool/spa. The sophisticated Rancho Mission Viejo custom residences range from 2-bedrooms and three to four bathrooms, with the square-footages ranging from approximately 1,500 square feet to over 2,500 square feet – all have attached, two-car garages. The price points start in the low $400,000's for a condo/townhouse, and some of the detached, single-family-residences are seeking asking prices the are approaching $2,000,000! The local housing tracts/neighborhoods include: Alma, Alondra, Arista, Avocet, Iris, Vida and Vireo.
A Protected Habitat: All of the seductive Rancho Mission Viejo view properties will eventually be encompassed by over 20,000 acres of safeguarded creeks, canyons and a sanctuary of wetlands, woodlands, native grasslands, and chaparral. The residents can participate in docent-led wildflower walks, nature lectures, and astronomy nights. The residents are living in a surreal and pristine environment that is dedicated in keeping-pace with the city-wide conservation effort and land stewardship legacy that is over a century old.
Found on both east and west-facing hillsides, the inspiring homes in Rancho Mission Viejo are accompanied by historic arroyos and groves of leafy lemon trees. All of the "villages" of the city consiss primarily of newly-built, owner-occupied homes - with new properties being constructed in a deliberate and on-going basis to keep up with demand for these highly-desirable, centrally-located residences. The long-term residents are easily able to identify the new logo for the community which is Spanish for “Hawk”. A fresh style: While the city of Rancho Mission Viejo is deeply-rooted in California history, the community is also associated with other deeply-seeded traditions such as Farmhouse Interpretive and American Rustic - which created the atmosphere and infrastructure for "The Ranch Style". Much of the vision comes from the agricultural regions of Napa and Sonoma counties where vineyards, farms, and livestock live together harmoniously. Wood, stone and metal meld together through various exterior paint schemes and a bright, artisanal ambiance.
RanchLife: A catchy name that has been adopted by the city, "Ranchlife" introduces the neighborhoods, and and motivates that families to experience life outside the house through a vast collection of programs, celebrations and events. There is truly something for everyone - from workshops and enrichment classes, to cultural activities, happy hours, and more than 45 resident-led clubs. Unforgettable experiences create a heartfelt sense of belonging and make it simple for all of the residents to participate in the social fabric of the community.
Favorite Places To Hang-Out At:
"The Hilltop Club": Come for the recreation, stay for the relaxation at this iconic community hub found at the most elevated place in Rancho Mission Viejo/Esencia. Give your daily workout an upgrade at the versatile indoor-outdoor fitness center; equipped with unique exercise spaces and locker rooms. The spend your weekend at the swimming pool and spa, lounging on a poolside cabana, Or head over to the event bar where you will find plenty of lounge seating. Host a cook-off at the BBQ picnic area followed by some "shrimp on the barbie" and any other of you favorite foods that are perfect for grilling around the fire pits. Challenge friends on the bocce ball courts while the kids explore the vintage game arcade.
"The Backyard": There is a lot to uncover at this winding 5+ acre linear park dotted with an eclectic mix of features for kids and kids-at-heart. The children can let loose on larger-than-life playground equipment straight out of a child's imagination. or zigzag their way across a kid-sized zip rail. Adults can have their own fun at "The Hangout", an epic outdoor gathering space complete with fire pits, BBQ's and communal picnic tables nestled under a canopy of sunning chandelier trees.
"The Canyon House": An inspired setting for relaxation and gatherings, this picturesque social hub features Canyon Coffee, and an expansive courtyard overlooking Oak Canyon, multiple loggias with plenty of seating, inviting open-air and enclose meeting and event rooms, and an on-site catering kitchen. "The Studio" is your trendy and swank hot-spot for festive parties, arts and crafts, and club socials.
"The Farm": Welcome to The "Agrihood" where it is simple for the Rancho Mission Viejo residents to harvest the fruits of their labor. It features in-ground row crops, six raised planter beds, and over twenty different types of fruit trees, along with avocado, walnut and bay trees. There is a harvest/prep barn, greenhouse, tool shed, and composting system.
Getting Around: Getting from here to there in Rancho Mission Viejo is a breeze, thanks in part to NEV (Neighborhood Electric Vehicle) trails, pathways and roads - In fact, you can take them straight to Doheny State Beach - if that is what blows your hair back! Beyond the local transportation network, Los Patrones Parkway connects Cow Camp Road to the SR-241 toll road, for fast and convenient access all of the major employment areas and commercial hubs of Orange County (and Southern California).
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