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LA Times Article Describes Sendero as an Example of an Agrihood

The LA Times has published an interesting article about Rancho Mission Viejo’s community of Sendero. The article is here, and it focuses on Sendero as an example of an emerging trend in residential development described by the Times as “a trend by land developers nationally to design communities that center around sustainable farms rather than [...]

Irvine Ranch Conservancy’s Wildlife Monitoring Project is a Model of Open Space Land Management

Our friends and neighbors at the Irvine Ranch Conservancy posted this great compilation of wildlife caught on film by the IRC’s Wildlife Monitoring Project. Since our local open spaces comprise the same habitat, we see many of the same animals in our local parks and reserves.



Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks

The Conservancy’s [...]

Fire Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility

In the current hot and dry weather, we all have to participate in fire safety. Courtesy of our friends at the Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo, below are two public service announcements about fire safety:

First, consider volunteering at the Reserve as a Fire Watch volunteer. If you are interested, visit the Reserve’s website here: [...]

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 [...]

Visit the Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo During April

As Spring arrives, we encourage you to take the opportunity to explore the abundant natural spaces that surround South Orange County. The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo is generally not open to the public, but several times per month you have the opportunity to visit these areas. Below is the Reserve’s calendar of public events [...]

Capistrano Dispatch Article on Rancho Mission Viejo Grand Opening

There is some early media coverage of this weekend’s big grand opening in Rancho Mission Viejo. The Capistrano Dispatch published a lengthy and well-written article that is full of information and updates. Below are some key excerpts about some of the subjects we have been discussing lately, but we have only scratched the surface. Please [...]

What Will Your HOA Fee Buy in Sendero and Gavilan?

In its recently updated Frequently Asked Questions, Rancho Mission Viejo Company has provided more detail on the homeowners association at Sendero, as well as the amenities being offered to residents for the HOA fee. From the FAQ:

A fee will be collected on initial home sales by neighborhood homebuilders and on the resale of all [...]

Tony Moiso Describes his Vision for Sharing the Ranch with Future Residents

Rancho Mission Viejo is introducing us to some of the people on the Ranch. Today, we have an opportunity to hear from Rancho Mission Viejo patriarch Tony Moiso. The video is below:

Moiso strikes some general themes about caring for the land, maintaining his family’s ranching legacy and sharing that land and legacy with [...]

Open Space: You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means

Part of Rancho Mission Viejo’s media strategy is to place “suggested posts” (Facebook-speak for ads) in the newsfeeds of potential buyers. The ad uses pictures of a green orchard, a field of wild poppies or a shaded path lined by majestic oak trees and invites viewers to:

“Like” this if you like open space.

As [...]

Opening a Rancho Mission Viejo Trail System

Living adjacent to Rancho Mission Viejo has a number of great benefits, including the open space, abundance of wildlife and rural character of the area. But access to and use of the Ranch lands has thus far been non-existent to residents of surrounding communities. Even the Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo is largely off-limits to [...]