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Lyon Announces Fourteen New Homes in Covenant Hills

Residents of Covenant Hills are used to the pick up in construction activities going on in the custom home portion of the community. That activity accelerated further when homebuilder William Lyon Homes planted “coming soon” signs on 14 vacant Covenant Hills lots. The Lyon signs are located in and around the streets of Bell Pasture, [...]

Real Estate Value Watch in Ladera Ranch

There is no denying that Ladera Ranch real estate values have skyrocketed since we called a bottom in Ladera Ranch home prices. But are we really back to a point where a Covenant Hills custom home has appreciated a $1M profit in two years without any renovation?

Here’s the 2012 sale: $2,800,000 sales price. Note [...]

Legacy Collection Model Home for Sale

Are you a fan of the Legacy Collection tract by Warmington Homes in Ladera Ranch’s Covenant Hills neighborhood? Now nearly fully built out, there aren’t many chances to left to buy one of these properties. If you wanted one but thought you missed your chance, one of the models has been put on the MLS [...]

Do You Recognize This Alleged Ladera Ranch Thief?

Below is home surveillance footage of an alleged thief attempting to break into a car at approximately 4 AM on April 11th in Ladera Ranch’s Covenant Hills neighborhood. Do you recognize this person? If so, contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. He is also alleged to have tried to break into the house by accessing [...]

Trail Guide: Sendero Loop Trail

Recently, while Don Juan Ortega was out on one of his evening constitutionals, he happened upon a new trail marker that he hadn’t previously seen before. It seems that the trail elves at the Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo have been busy. Two new trails have been built that now connect the Village of Sendero [...]

Largest Custom Lot in Covenant Hills Hits the Market

Described by the listing agent as the “largest lot in all of Covenant Hills,” 15 Coral Blue hit the market over the weekend. This one checks all the boxes for a would-be custom home owner: over half an acre of space, unobstructed views and plenty of privacy (the lot has no direct neighbors on any [...]

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 [...]

Visit the Shepherd’s Court Halloween Haunt in Covenant Hills

It’s October and the Shepherd is back! Cue the scary music. Are you ready for the annual Shepherd’s Court Halloween Haunt? This is an amazing, fully theatrical haunted house event hosted by the Blasdel and George families of Ladera Ranch, all in support of a worthy cause. Guests say that it’s “better than Knott’s Scary [...]

The Role of Sienna Botanica Riverine System and the Horno Water Quality Basin in the Ladera Ranch Ecosystem

Residents of Ladera Ranch have noticed the construction work underway in the greenbelt along Sienna Parkway. This two and a half mile long greenbelt starts in northern Ladera Ranch near Town Green Park and ends south of the community near Covenant Hills. The riverine system is home to a meandering walkway along a man-made creek [...]

Mirador Coming Soon to Rancho San Juan

In the world of South Orange County real estate, Sendero might be the biggest game in town, but it isn’t the only one. Woodbridge Pacific Group has announced a new tract in its popular Rancho San Juan neighborhood. Following on the heels of a successful reboot of Valinda at Rancho San Juan, the new tract [...]