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Map of Orange County’s Fifth District

From time to time, we make reference to Orange County’s Fifth District. Patricia Bates is currently the Fifth District’s representative on Orange County’s Board of Supervisors. What are the boundaries of the Fifth District? What cities constitute the Fifth District? The map below shows the boundaries and the cities of Orange County’s Fifth Supervisorial District:


Honoring Cliff May, the Father of the California Ranch House

You may have seen the rendering of the “Ranch House” – the community center for the new Village of Sendero. The design is distinctive and unique. It evokes the early California adobe ranchos, but with a strong Mid-Century Modern influence. We’ve provided the image below. According to the Rancho Mission Viejo web site, “Cliff May [...]

Speculating on the Prices of Gavilan (Age-Restricted) Homes

Ever since Rancho Mission Viejo announced that Planning Area 1 would contain a gated “active adult” community (later named Gavilan), potential homebuyers have been hungry for information about this proposed community. While we aren’t privy to any information about Gavilan itself, we are able to provide some back ground on age-restricted housing generally.

The legality [...]