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Sendero and Gavilan Floorplans Now Available Online

The new Sendero website includes information about the Sendero, and Gavilan neighborhoods, including links to their floorplans.  Sendero will offer a mix of single and two story homes, along with an assortment of townhomes and condos.  Architectural styles will be location-appropriate, including Spanish Revival, Monterey, Western Ranch, Early California and Adobe Ranch styles.   It seems as though virtually every builder has embraced the “great room” style of design that is so popular right now.  This means that the home’s primary living area will feature an open kitchen, a large kitchen island with eating area and a connected family room.

Below are links to each builder’s floorplans.  Information is current as of the original publication date and is believed to be accurate, but as you can imagine, these things will evolve and change over time.  Note that where we refer to Sendero, we are referring to the homes outside of the gated active adult Gavilan community.  The Gavilan floorplans are those that will be offered within the gated, age-restricted community of Gavilan.  It is unclear which of the Sendero neighborhoods described below will be built in the smaller subarea east of Antonio Parkway, in the tract that Rancho Mission Viejo has dubbed the “Outpost.”  If we had to guess, maybe one of the Sendero townhome offerings?

Sendero Floorplans:

Cabana Townhomes and Villa Townhomes by William Lyon Homes.  Both Lyon offerings will be Spanish style architecture.  The “Cabanas” will have one and two bedrooms, and range from 940-1,261 square feet.  The “Villas” will have two or three bedrooms.

Townhomes by Shea Homes.  Shea’s two-story townhomes will be built in a fourplex configuration, featuring “heritage” architecture and “artisan” landscape.  Units will feature three bedrooms and direct access two-car garages.

Single Family Homes by SeaCountry.   While these appear to be the smallest of the single family homes being built for Sendero, the three SeaCountry models have the potential to be very interesting designs.  Each one has a large open staircase as the focal point of the home.  Ranging between 1803-2020 square feet, with three and four bedrooms, the SeaCountry homes claim to be “inspired by California history.”

Single Family Homes by TriPointe.  TriPointe has embraced the local architectural styles of the area, offering homes designed with Spanish, Monterey, Ranch and Adobe details.  They will feature between three and five bedrooms, and range from 2,050 to 2,412 square feet.

Single Family Homes by Ryland.  With three floorplans, all designed in the “great room” style, the Ryland homes will range between 2,298 and 2,624 square feet with up to four bedrooms.  Homes seem to be designed in an early California ranch style.

Single Family Homes by Meritage.  These appear to be the largest homes in Sendero.  The Meritage tract offers three models of large single family homes embracing the “great room” concept, with up to five bedrooms, optional casitas and up to 3,000 square feet of living space.

Gavilan Floorplans:

Patio Homes by Del Webb.  Del Webb is known for its active adult communities, and it will offer three models at Gavilan.  These homes are all single story and designed in the “great room” style.  They will range from approximately 2,000-2,3000 square feet and feature up to three bedrooms with optional sun rooms.

Patio Homes by Shea Homes.  Shea is the only builder who is building homes both inside and outside of the Gavilan gates.  Its Gavilan tract will feature Spanish, Ranch and Adobe style patio homes with two or three bedrooms.  The three models will range between 1,770 and 2,066 square feet.  The website claims that these homes come in one or two story plans, but the floorplans all appear to be single story.  If the posted floorplans are accurate, the second story is likely an optional upstairs bonus room or casita.

Bungalows and Casitas by Standard Pacific.   The Standard Pacific Bungalows are long, narrow floorplans featuring two or three bedrooms.  Designed in a Spanish style, two of the plans are single story, and the third (Plan 2) is largely single story with a second floor loft (in addition to the bedroom count).    The Casitas offer more traditional floorplans, again in a largely single story layout (with an optional second floor loft in some models).  The Casitas will also feature two or three bedrooms, plus optional loft where available, and will feature Spanish, Monterey and Ranch style architecture.

We will do some in-depth reviews of the specific floorplans over the coming weeks.  We’ve also created a permanent “Quick Link” to this post on the right sidebar, for easy access to the Sendero and Gavilan floorplans.

UPDATE:  See below for the comprehensive square footage for each builder’s floorplans, courtesy of Rancho Mission Viejo.  These numbers should be more accurate than our estimates above.

Gavilan (all single story)

Standard Pacific Homes: approximately 1,275 – 1,800 for the first tract, and approximately 1,600 – 2,060 for the second
Shea Homes: approximately 1,785 – 2,044
Del Webb (Pulte): approximately 2,130 – 2,475


William Lyon Homes: Cabanas: approximately 1,030 – 1,535, Villas: approximately 1,280 – 1,535
Shea Homes: approximately 1,445 – 1,750
SeaCountry Homes: approximately 1,800 – 2,015
TRI Pointe Homes: approximately 2,050 – 2,400
Ryland Homes: approximately 2,280 – 2,395
Meritage Homes: approximately 2,560 – 2,985

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