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What Real Estate Recession? Article Summarizes Extensive South County New Home Development

What real estate recession? Based on the number of construction trucks rolling around town, that ancient history is out of sight and out of mind! If you are like us and are interested in all of the development going on in South Orange County currently (and there is a lot!) you may be interested to [...]

City Council Will Consider Apartment Rezoning Proposal Tonight

We previously linked to a Capistrano Unified Trustee’s op-ed in the SJC Patch arguing against the request for rezoning submitted by the developer of a proposed 100-unit Rancho San Juan apartment complex near San Juan Hills High School. That link is here. We described that op-ed as arguing that “the proposed zoning change should be [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Whispering Hills Apartment Complex Moves Closer to Approval

Development in San Juan Capistrano is gaining traction on a number of projects beyond the massive Rancho Mission Viejo “Ranch Plan” development. Among those projects is Rancho San Juan, a neighborhood of 155 single family homes on large lots located off of La Pata Road near San Juan Hills High School. The first tract, Valinda [...]