Rancho Mission Viejo, LLC Closes Escrows With Eight Builders for 941 New Homes in 11 Neighborhoods (Including 286 55+ Homes) at Sendero on The Ranch

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Eleven homebuilders have closed escrow for 941 new homes (including 286 single story 55+ homes) to be built at the new village of Sendero within the large community of Rancho Mission Viejo in South Orange County, CA.

Escrows have closed and construction is now underway on the model homes for the 11 distinctive residential neighborhoods slated to open early this summer at Sendero, the first mixed-use residential village within the new master-planned ranch community of Rancho Mission Viejo.

Encompassing 23,000 acres in South Orange County, Rancho Mission Viejo is comprised of more than 17,000 acres of permanent open space and approximately 6,000 acres of future residential and mixed-use development. The Ranch is Orange County’s last working ranch, home to the open spaces of The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo and very soon, the village of Sendero (and its gated 55+ enclave of Gavilan), where a broad range of new homes will be offered for sale in mid-2013.

“We are very pleased to welcome this exceptional group of neighborhood builders to The Ranch,” said Don Vodra, Chief Operating Officer of Rancho Mission Viejo, LLC., stewards of Rancho Mission Viejo and community master planners/developers. “The builders have taken possession of their parcels, their model home designs have been approved, the construction crews have moved on site, and now the start of model home construction at Sendero places us firmly on track for a simultaneous grand open early this summer.”

Vodra explained that a total of 11 different neighborhoods will be built at Sendero by Del Webb, Meritage Homes, Ryland Homes, SeaCountry Homes, Shea Homes, Standard Pacific Homes, Tri Pointe Homes, and William Lyon Homes. Four of the 11 neighborhoods are within Sendero’s gated 55+ enclave of Gavilan. Ultimately, a total of 941 attached and detached homes (as well as apartments by Western National Group) will be offered at Sendero.

Among the homes to be constructed at Sendero are a variety of townhomes, duplexes, courtyard homes, and a broad range of single-family detached homes, designed in distinctive Spanish Heritage, Western Ranch, and Ranch Adobe architectural styles. Interiors will range from approximately 950 to nearly 3,000 square feet with a host of open and flexible floorplan arrangements designed to foster California-style indoor/outdoor living. Prices are anticipated to range from the $400,000s to under $1 million.
Sendero neighborhoods commencing construction include the following:

  •     Lyon Cabanas: Townhomes offering one and two bedrooms in floorplans ranging from 950 to 1,378 square feet.
  •     Lyon Villas: Townhomes offering two and three bedrooms in floorplans ranging from 1,284 to 1,552 square feet.
  •     Shea: Townhomes offering three and four bedrooms in floorplans ranging from 1,420 to 1,779 square feet.
  •     SeaCountry: Single-family detached homes offering three and four bedrooms in floorplans ranging from 1,803 to 2,020 square feet.
  •     TriPointe: Single-family detached homes offering three and four (optional bonus room/fifth bedroom) bedrooms in floorplans ranging from 2,050 to 2,412 square feet.
  •     Ryland: Single-family detached homes offering up to four bedrooms in floorplans ranging from 2,310 to 2,655 square feet.
  •     Meritage: Single-family detached homes offering up to five bedrooms in floorplans ranging from 2,678 to 2,996 square feet.

Neighborhoods within the gated 55+ enclave of Gavilan include the following single story homes:

  •     Standard Pacific Bungalows: Single and duplex bungalows offering two to three bedrooms in floorplans ranging from 1,278 to 1,809 square feet.
  •     Standard Pacific Casitas: Courtyard homes offering two to three bedrooms in floorplans ranging from 1,624 to 2,059 square feet.
  •     Shea: Single-family detached homes offering two to three bedrooms in floorplans ranging from 1,770 to 2,041 square feet.
  •     Del Webb: Single-family detached homes offering two to three bedrooms in floorplans ranging from 2,000 to 2,300 square feet.

Uniting the neighborhoods of Sendero will be a network of inter-connecting trails leading to numerous unique places within and around the village, including El Prado, the social and recreational core. Now taking shape within El Prado is the Guest House which will serve as the welcome center for homebuyers and guests and then, over time, become a community hall for all Ranch residents. The Guest House will open onto a large plaza and village green within El Prado which will allow access to either the Ranch House (open to all residents of Sendero) or the Hacienda (exclusive to residents of Gavilan and their guests).

In preparation of Sendero’s grand opening, The Ranch House is now under construction and will be showcased by a large clubhouse with fitness center, swimming pool, spa, separate wading pool and children’s water play park, grilling/dining areas, and an outdoor fireplace with plenty of seating. On the other side of the plaza within El Prado is the Hacienda of Gavilan, also under construction. The Hacienda will feature a sprawling clubhouse with a fitness center/ massage area, the Studio for drawing, painting, crafts and seminars, as well as room for yoga, pilates or dance classes. Outside, the Hacienda will include a resort-like pool with spa, covered loggias, and cabanas, three bocce courts, fire pit and barbeques with plenty of seating, and a party garden area for social events and activities.

And, on the eastern edges of Sendero will be The Outpost where residents will celebrate the ease of life on The Ranch around an outdoor bar adjacent to a pool and spa with barbeque station and two fire pits, bocce court, outdoor dining space and even a hammock garden.

“Upon its grand opening this summer, El Prado will serve as host site to the Guest House, Sendero’s on-site information center which will function as the first stop for prospective homebuyers interested in touring the model homes of Sendero,” said Vodra. “It is here, at the Guest House, where the vision and values established for Sendero and the entire Ranch community will be on full display.”

Vodra added that homeshoppers interested in learning more about Rancho Mission Viejo and the village of Sendero today are also encouraged to visit on-line at http://www.RanchoMissionViejo.com. The “home” page invites homeshoppers to sign-up to become Pathfinders and receive invitations to special events and model home previews – and learn even more information about life on The Ranch, including all the additional amenities planned for Sendero. These amenities include a 15-acre community park, the vegetable and fruit gardens of Sendero Farm, neighborhood parks, athletic fields, hiking/biking trails accessing Reserve trails and a County Regional hiking and biking trails network, the 10-acre Ranch Marketplace retail plaza, a fire station, and a child day care center.

Rancho Mission Viejo is located in the heart of South Orange County, just 2.3 miles from downtown San Juan Capistrano and five miles from San Clemente and Doheny State Beach, with easy access provided to the employment and retail centers of Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Irvine, and other Orange County areas.    

Sendero is the first of multiple villages planned to be developed on a total of 6,000 acres of The Ranch. Collectively, over the next two decades, these villages are expected to offer 14,000 homes (including 6,000 55+ new-home residences) and up to five million square feet of non-residential uses. In addition, schools, parks and recreational facilities, shopping and employment centers will be developed, as well as an inter-connected system of arterial roadways and hiking/biking trails carefully integrated with some of the Ranch’s agrarian spaces and natural habitat.

Approximately 75% of The Ranch will be preserved as part of a larger habitat conservation area known as The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo and 25% will be developed into multiple villages. Combined with additional open spaces already dedicated by Rancho Mission Viejo, The Reserve will grow over time to nearly 21,000 acres. Ultimately, The Reserve will be combined with County-owned lands to form the 33,000-acre Southern Subregion Habitat Reserve, one of California’s largest and most diverse habitat reserves.

Rancho Mission Viejo, LLC is a privately held, family-owned and -operated company responsible for the ranching, farming, planning, development, and financial management of the remaining 23,000 acres of Rancho Mission Viejo, situated in unincorporated South Orange County, CA. Since 1882, members of the O’Neill/Avery/Moiso family have owned and managed The Ranch which once exceeded 200,000 acres and now includes the family-developed cities and communities of Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita as well as such important places as Caspers Wilderness Regional Park, the Starr Ranch Audubon Sanctuary, O’Neill Regional Park and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Development on the Ranch is a partnership between Rancho Mission Viejo, LLC (managing partner) and DMB Associates, an Arizona-based, diversified real estate company with commercial property/resort/recreational/primary home community holdings throughout Arizona, California, Hawaii and Utah.

To learn more about Rancho Mission Viejo and The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo, visit http://www.RanchoMissionViejo.com. To learn more about DMB, visit http://www.DMBInc.com.

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