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Register Article Confirms Details about Planning Area 2: Esencia

We’ve been talking more about Planning Area 2 of the Ranch Plan lately, and judging by the search results, more of you are looking for information about PA2 as well. We introduced you to Planning Area 2 here, and updated you (and revealed its name, Esencia) here. Below is a map of the full Planning [...]

Updating What We Know About Planning Area 2: The Village of Esencia

We have noticed a sudden, recent uptick in the number of internet searches related to Planning Area 2 of the Ranch Plan, what Rancho Mission Viejo has named the Village of Esencia.

We are also learning more about Rancho Mission Viejo’s plans for Planning Area 2 of the Ranch Plan. It is being called “Esencia” [...]

OCTA Seeking Comments on its Draft Long Range Transportation Plan at Public Meeting Tonight

There is a ton of construction going on in South County right now. For the next few years, South County residents will need to deal with construction on I-5 at Avenida Pico, Ortega Highway and El Toro just for starters. We will also watch as the Rancho Mission Viejo transportation infrastructure is built out over [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Sendero May Become Orange County’s Mecca for Bocce

Fans of bocce will feel at home in the Village of Sendero, which will feature no less than five bocce courts — two accessible to all residents of Sendero and three in the gated age-qualified community of Gavilan. In addition, both The Outpost and the Sendero Gateway apartments will feature their own bocce courts. Below [...]

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 [...]

Sendero Offers Public EV Charging Stations

If you’ve driven around Sendero, you might have noticed these units installed in front of some of the public parking spaces:

EV Charging Station in Sendero

Those are electric vehicle charging stations, and we think it’s a great idea that they’ve been installed in a couple locations throughout Sendero. The photo above is outside [...]

Highlights from Sendero’s Grand Opening

Rancho Mission Viejo Company has put together a video of highlights from this weekend’s big Sendero Grand Opening event.