Rancho Mission Viejo

The Ranch Journal

Celebrating Earth Day Every Day on The Ranch

Knee-High Naturalists. Trail Mix(ers). Butterfly Walks. Stargazing. Ridge-to-Ridge Hikes.


When you purchase a new home at Esencia, you gain access to exclusive programs like these and more on The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo, a majestic habitat preserve destined to include more than 20,000 acres of open space set aside for ecological protection, scientific study, and educational enrichment.

The protected ridgelines, canyons, and pasturelands of The Reserve provide the idyllic background to life on The Ranch—where a full range of new homes are now available at prices ranging from the high $300,000s to over $1 million.

Through exclusive programs, events and docent-led adventures, Esencia residents of all ages and life stages have the opportunity to become actively engaged with The Reserve, which frames their village and provides coastal and backcountry panoramas. For example, the Knee-High Naturalist program allows children on The Ranch to create early connections with nature. A host of natural history lectures and docent-led trail walks help Ranch residents explore the local flora and fauna. And, there’s even campfire evenings, picnics, astronomy nights, and art in nature activities to enjoy.e.”

Within the villages on The Ranch are a network of multi-use trails that lead to all sorts of parks and playgrounds as well as the Oak Canyon preserve where vista points look out toward the protected lands of The Reserve.

We invite you to explore everything The Reserve has to offer at one of our upcoming events. This month take a walk on the wild side and enjoy the beauty of spring at the Earth Day Wildflower Walk or gaze at the stars at Astronomy Night.

Want to see more of the beauty surrounding Esencia? Our residents do a wonderful job capturing the beauty of the open space and blooming hills on The Ranch. Check out some of our homeowner photography below.









Nestled in the hillside village of Esencia are a limited number of family-oriented larger-lot detached homes for sale within Esencia’s inviting Canyon House Neighborhoods. Also found in the Canyon House Neighborhoods are a variety of Gavilán® neighborhoods of primarily single-level homes exclusive to the 55+crowd. And, now selling at Esencia’s brand new Hilltop Neighborhoods are a full collection of single-level and two-story (plus) Napa-inspired homes within both family-oriented neighborhoods and those geared toward empty-nesters and retirees, including Gavilán® 55+ neighborhoods. Click here to explore our homes!