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Take a Photographic Tour Along Sendero’s El Paseo

El Paseo is the linear park that runs north/south through Sendero proper. In some ways, it divides Gavilan on the west from all-ages Sendero on the east. At the center of El Paseo is El Prado, the community core which features the three community centers: the Guest House, all-ages Ranch House, and age-qualified Hacienda. But [...]

El Prado Panorama

Rancho Mission Viejo Company has created a special place with its El Prado community core at Sendero. El Prado is anchored by the “Ranch House” all-ages community center for Sendero, the Hacienda community center for age-qualified Gavilan and the versatile Guest House. It offers multiple pools, spas, patios, bocce ball courts, a fire pit and [...]

Kelly Rae Band to Play Sendero Grand Opening

Entertainment at this weekend’s Sendero Grand Opening will be provided by the Kelly Rae Band, an Orange County based six-piece country band. Band members include Kelly Rae (vocals), Jeff Linder (keyboard), Jason Hawks (drums), Art Holland (guitar), Cliff Sunders (bass) and Daniel Blank (fiddle). The Rancho Mission Viejo announcement is here, and the band’s official [...]

Ten Days Until Sendero’s Grand Opening

Only ten days until the big Village of Sendero Grand Opening. Click here for a brochure and map of the event. It looks like shuttles will be moving visitors between the parking lot, community core and the model homes — with separate shuttles for Gavilan and Sendero.

What do we think we know at this [...]

Village of Sendero Grand Opening Details

We previously reported that the grand opening for the Village of Sendero (including 55+ Gavilan) was going to be June 29-30, 2013. Courtesy of Rancho Mission Viejo Company, below are some details:

Visitors will start at the Guest House, in the El Prado Community Core. Information on Sendero, Gavilan, the homes and the community will [...]

Final Tract Map for Shea Homes in Gavilan

Shea Homes is developing approximately 12 acres of Gavilan, Sendero’s age-qualified community. Offering sixty homes on four streets, the Shea homes are a major component of Gavilan. Shea will be offering three models, including a 1,770 square foot plan one from the mid $600s (floorplan here), a 1,929 square foot plan two from the high [...]

Huevos, Jamon and a Bottle of Chardonnay: Having Fun with Street Names

For half a century, Rancho Mission Viejo Company (and its predecessors) has been building communities in South Orange County. With residential development comes the responsible to name the thousands of new streets built on Rancho Mission Viejo land. At the outset, developers used simple Spanish words for the streets of Mission Viejo. Many of those [...]

Interior Designer Provides a Glimpse at the Sendero Community Core

Rancho Mission Viejo has designed the Village of Sendero (including Gavilan) around a community core called “El Prado,” The community core will feature two clubhouses and one formal community hall, which are the subject of Rancho Mission Viejo’s latest video. The all-ages clubhouse will be called the “Ranch House” and we really like the Cliff [...]

Press Release “Announces” the Launch of

“New Development Gets New Website” says the headline on the San Juan Capistrano Patch today. Perhaps Rancho Mission Viejo Company “officially” announcied its newly redesigned web site yesterday, as the Patch article says, although the website first went live a month ago. Our regular readers knew about back on November 14th when it actually [...]

El Prado will be the Community Core of Sendero

We have been exploring the new website for the Village of Sendero, and one thing that jumped out at us is the planned community core. Sendero will feature a wide greenbelt of linear parks called “El Paseo” running between the “switchback trail” (connecting Sendero to Ladera) and the San Juan Creek. Along its meandering paths [...]