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Lyon Announces Fourteen New Homes in Covenant Hills

Residents of Covenant Hills are used to the pick up in construction activities going on in the custom home portion of the community. That activity accelerated further when homebuilder William Lyon Homes planted “coming soon” signs on 14 vacant Covenant Hills lots. The Lyon signs are located in and around the streets of Bell Pasture, [...]

Let’s Not Forget the Outpost

We haven’t focused a lot on the Outpost — the portion of Sendero that lies east of Antonio Parkway. That’s not intentional. The Outpost is not a copy of “mainland” Sendero banished to the opposite side of a six lane parkway. Rather, it is a unique concept implemented in a location that allows it to [...]

Sendero’s Third Rec Center: The Outpost

One might be forgiven for assuming that Sendero lay entirely west of Antonio Parkway. That’s where most of the construction has occurred and its the largest portion of Planning Area 1. But east of Antonio on Sendero Way is the Lyon townhome development and a third recreational facility, called the Outpost. Rancho Mission Viejo Company [...]

Los Rios Historic Center Moves Closer to Completion

The OC Register has a nice article about the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society and its project to restore three early adobes that (combined with the O’Neill Museum) will become the Los Rios Historic Center.

The buildings are the 1918 Arley Leck bungalow, the 1890s Oyharzabal House and the 1794 Jose Maria Silvas Adobe. They [...]

Sendero and Gavilan Floorplans Now Available Online

The new Sendero website includes information about the Sendero, and Gavilan neighborhoods, including links to their floorplans. Sendero will offer a mix of single and two story homes, along with an assortment of townhomes and condos. Architectural styles will be location-appropriate, including Spanish Revival, Monterey, Western Ranch, Early California and Adobe Ranch styles. It seems [...]

Sendero Homebuilders Announced

Rancho Mission Viejo has announced the homebuilders who will be building the homes in Sendero, including Gavilan, the gated senior community. The homebuilders will be: Meritage Homes, Ryland Homes, SeaCountry Homes, Shea Homes, Standard Pacific Homes, The Pulte Group, TRI Pointe Homes, William Lyon Homes, and Western National Group.

As with most master developers, Rancho [...]