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Rancho Mission Viejo Named “2013 Developer of the Year” by Builder and Developer Magazine

Congratulations to our friends at Rancho Mission Viejo on being named “2013 Developer of the Year” by Builder and Developer Magazine for their work on Sendero. According to the magazine:

Residents enjoy beautiful views of sprawling hillsides and valleys on a 17,000 acre reserve, known as The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo. Anthony R. Moiso, [...]

Meritage Home in Sendero Listed on MLS

Home builders are reluctant to list their new home inventory on the MLS. It generally (although not always) means that phases are not selling as fast as the homes are being built. One of the Meritage homes just hit the market. The listing history shows it as having been for sale last year, but we [...]

Price Reductions on Four Covenant Hills Lots

Looking to buy a custom lot in Ladera’s gated Covenant Hills? Four custom lots all dropped their asking prices today. They seem to all be represented by the same realtor, so one might assume that they are all owned by the same seller. If so, that seller might finally be motivated to offer these lots [...]

NYT: New Homes Once Again Getting Bigger

Here is an interesting article in the NY Times on trends in new housing construction: In Housing, Big Is Back. The article describes the return of the big, luxury home after that segment of the housing market took the biggest hit during the housing collapse. According to the article:

When it comes to new homes, [...]

Ladera Ranch Property Owners To Get Tax Savings Thanks to OC Board of Supervisors and Bond Refinancing

The Orange County Board of Supervisors recently approved a consolidation and refinancing of two Mello Roos special tax bonds affecting Ladera Ranch property owners. As you know from our article on Mello-Roos taxes, these taxes are mechanisms to circumvent Prop 13′s limitation on property tax increases to provide public facilities and infrastructure. They are almost [...]

An Introduction to Planning Area 2

With the success of Sendero (originally known to some of us as Planning Area 1), Rancho Mission Viejo is already working on Planning Area 2:

For those who are just starting the home shopping process, Rancho Mission Viejo would still welcome you out. As Johnson explained, “We’re already working on Planning Area 2 to begin [...]

Sendero At the Forefront of the Ageless Living Trend

The Wall Street Journal has published a Marketwatch article on the trend towards “ageless” retirement communities, and Rancho Mission Viejo is mentioned prominently. The article is here. The trend is moving away from segregating the 55-plus residents from the rest of the world, a la the old Leisure World model. New communities “accommodate everyone, but [...]

Rancho Mission Viejo Wins Master-Planned Community of the Year

Congratulations to the Rancho Mission Viejo Company for winning the prestigious Master-Planned Community of the Year award for 2013 from the Building Industry Association of Southern California. From the Rancho Mission Viejo press release:

As one of the building industry’s most coveted honors, “Master-Planned Community of the Year” was bestowed on Rancho Mission Viejo and [...]

Sendero New Home Sales Update

The San Juan Capistrano Patch has an interesting article on the pace of new home sales at Sendero. In short, 275 homes out of the planned 940 homes have been sold in the first six months. That compares favorably to the 240 homes sold during Ladera Ranch’s first six months of home sales in 1999. [...]

Mirador at Rancho San Juan to Debut This Weekend

The Valinda tract in Rancho San Juan has been a success for builder Woodbridge Pacific Group. This weekend, Woodbridge debuts the second (and last) tract in the Rancho San Juan community, dubbed Mirador. According to the press release, Mirador homes will have the following features:

3,763 to 5,368 square feet of living space 4 to [...]