Backed by a scenic South Orange County hilltop location, a full range of single-level and multi-story Napa-inspired homes, an expanding list of recreational and social amenities, as well as a reputation for nurturing neighborliness among all ages and life stages, Rancho Mission Viejo’s Esencia tallied an impressive 458 homes sales in 2016, a huge increase of 52% over 2015, placing “The Ranch” on the list of the 20 top-selling master-planned communities in the nation*!
All About The Ranch
Spanning 23,000 acres, Rancho Mission Viejo is the largest new community in California. Approximately 75% of The Ranch is preserved open space known as The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo. The remaining 25% is identified for the phased development of multiple villages over the coming decades. At build-out, up to 6,000 of the homes planned for Rancho Mission Viejo will be Gavilán®’s single-level living homes designated for people age 55 and older.
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In addition, Rancho Mission Viejo is planned to include sites for parks and schools, miles of multi-user trails, recreational clubhouses, community farms, civic uses, child care centers, places of worship and up to 5 million square feet of nonresidential uses including shopping, dining and employment centers.
Already open on The Ranch are three additional swimming pools and spas, three community farms, water splash zones, numerous picnic/grilling pavilions and event rooms with kitchens, two fully equipped fitness centers, seasonal/special event bars, sports fields, an adventure play park, miles of pathways and multi-use trails, tot lots, bocce ball and pickle ball courts, fire pits, a putting green, gardens and patio gathering places, a scenic oak canyon preserve to traverse, and even a coffeehouse, Canyon Coffee, serving Peet’s Coffees and Teas and delicious treats.
Through RanchLife, Ranch residents are invited on docent-led hikes to explore the protected open spaces that encompass the nearly 17,000-acre Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo, enjoy weekly get-togethers such as Taco Tuesdays at the Hacienda, ‘Wine’ Down Wednesdays at The Outpost event bar, and Canyon Nights spent listening to bands play at The Canyon House, or even try their hand at farming by becoming farm hands and joining The Ranch’s unique Agrihood™. Either way, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at The Ranch.
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Now preparing to open soon at Esencia is a bounty of places for outdoor gatherings including a small scenic camping area with a casting pond, a village green with a stage for concerts in the park, movie nights, and all sorts of community events, as well as a dog park, additional trails and pathways, and even more parks and small retreats with picnic pavilions, fire pits, and a range of recreational amenities.
The Ranch’s social centerpiece is The Hilltop Club, now preparing to open this spring. From its location, The Hilltop Club will include fitness and group spaces, a swimming pool and spa, children’s wading pool, a bar for seasonal and special event use, an arcade, fire pits, bocce ball courts, barbecue pavilion, and a large event lawn.
Also planned for Esencia is The Pavilion, a multi-purpose building that will include a gymnasium, tot lot, outdoor gathering space, and open play area with soccer field and softball backstop.
Next to The Pavilion is the site for the Esencia K-8 school, part of the Capistrano Unified School District and slated to open for the start of school in 2018. Many residents are very excited for the opening of the Esencia school!
A large multi-use sports park is also being designed for Esencia as is an exciting linear park with all sorts of passive and active amenities. And, approximately 50 acres of commercial space has been allocated at Esencia for such uses as retail shops and services, restaurants, medical offices, and more. Opening later this year on The Ranch is the Sendero Marketplace retail center anchored by a Gelson’s grocery store, Rite Aid and several specialty and professional shops and services including restaurants and boutiques.
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*Ranking according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting annual ranking of 340 master-planned communities nationwide.