Final Phase of New Homes Open at Esencia in Rancho Mission Viejo Community

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Set to debut on March 18 at a grand opening celebration on Rancho Mission Viejo in South Orange County is Topaz by The New Home Company, the final phase of new homes in the hilltop village of Esencia.

Caption Visit The Ranch on Sunday, March 18 from 10am to 3pm to celebrate the opening of Topaz at Esencia!

As with each of our neighborhood collections, The NorthWalk Neighborhoods establishes a new model for intergenerational living and provided a mix of floorplans to meet the needs of couples, families and adventurous empty-nesters.

Beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 18, home shoppers are invited to celebrate the grand opening of Topaz by The New Home Company within The NorthWalk Neighborhoods, the final phase of new homes at the inter-generational village of Esencia on the historic Rancho Mission Viejo.

Esencia encompasses approximately 890 acres along some of the highest elevations of Rancho Mission Viejo (The Ranch). The homes at Esencia are offered through three different neighborhood collections: The Canyon House Neighborhoods, The Hilltop Neighborhoods and The NorthWalk Neighborhoods. At build-out, Esencia is expected to include up to 2,470 attached and detached homes for buyers of all ages and life stages, including non-gated “Gavilan” neighborhoods of primarily single-level homes exclusive to those age 55-plus.

According to Rancho Mission Viejo, LLC Vice President of Marketing Nadine Corrigan, positive homebuyer response to The Canyon House Neighborhoods and The Hilltop Neighborhoods reinforced The Ranch’s commitment to creating a true inter-generational Ranch community. Backed by the robust home sales of the first two collections, The NorthWalk Neighborhoods at Esencia began debuting in phased increments on October 22, 2017 and range in price from the high $400,000s to over $1 million.

“This collection of nine neighborhoods is the final phase of new homes at Esencia. At buildout, NorthWalk will include 752 attached and detached homes, with many showcasing our new California Progressive architectural design,” said Corrigan. “Interiors range from roughly 700 to nearly 4,500 square feet and each is designed to appeal to a broad array of homebuyers including on-the-go Millennials.”

Set to debut on March 18 is Topaz by The New Home Company. Topaz will add more room to grow for thriving move-up families who desire a more traditional single-family living experience. Topaz is made up of a collection of spacious detached homes, including single-story options, designed with up to 4 bedrooms and 4,420 sq. ft. of living area. Topaz’s generous sized homes also include lots averaging nearly 9,000 square feet to ensure there is room both inside and outside of the home to move freely. Topaz will be priced from the mid-$1 millions.

Eight of the nine new NorthWalk Neighborhoods are already available for purchase. Oriented around an inter-generational recreational and social amenity called “The Backyard", the all-age homes within The NorthWalk Neighborhoods include the following:

  • Avant by CalAtlantic Homes – A Lennar Company - single-family detached homes featuring three and four bedroom floorplans, priced from the low $700s.
  • Azure by The New Home Company - two-story attached residences, priced from the high $400s.
  • Cobalt by The New Home Company - paired homes with modern design, priced from the low $500s.
  • Modena by Meritage Homes - paired homes with Transitional Farmhouse inspired architecture, priced from the $500s.
  • Reverie by William Lyon - one- and two-story courtyard homes with private yards, priced from the low $700s.
  • Vivaz by CalAtlantic Homes – A Lennar Company - one and two-story single-family homes with Farmhouse-style architecture, priced from the high $600s.

The Gavilan 55-plus homes within The NorthWalk Neighborhoods include the following:

  • Alma by Del Webb - active-adult home designs in one and two-story configurations, exclusive to those age 55-plus, and priced from the $700s.
  • Vida by Del Webb - one and two-story designs, exclusive to those age 55-plus, priced from the $600s.

“As with each of our neighborhood collections, The NorthWalk Neighborhoods establishes a new model for intergenerational living and provided a mix of floorplans to meet the needs of couples, families and adventurous empty-nesters,” said Corrigan. “The lifestyle envisioned for this final phase at Esencia will be active and engaging, uniting people through an exciting mix of social spaces just a short walk away.”

NorthWalk offers backcountry panoramas and walkable pathways linking neighborhoods to “The Backyard,” a new 5.5-acre linear park dotted with an eclectic mix of amenities including covered loggias, children’s playzones, a zip rail and fire pits. “The Backyard” is anchored by two distinct gathering places called “The Garage” and “The Hangout.”

  • “The Garage” is home to the Esencia Visitor’s Center and includes a DIY workshop, a lounge area and bar, tether ball, ping pong table, large event lawn and children’s playhouses.
  • “The Hangout” is an outdoor, social gathering place complete with BBQs, picnic tables, one of a kind water features and unique chandelier trees designed by Los Angeles artist Adam Tenenbaum.

In addition, NorthWalk is planned to include a sports park with multiple athletic fields, tennis courts and a pool.

The new amenities of “The Backyard” in The NorthWalk Neighborhoods join a long list of amenities available for Rancho Mission Viejo residents to enjoy, including the Hilltop Club. Recently named the “Best Community Amenity Feature” by the Building Industry Association of Southern California, The Hilltop Club is situated atop some of the highest elevations at Esencia and offers breathtaking views, indoor and outdoor fitness spaces, open-air bar with lounge seating, table-top shuffleboard, fire pits and BBQ pavilion, swimming pool and spa, classic gaming arcade and more.

Among the additional amenities open on The Ranch are community farms, an outdoor camping area with casting pond, dog park, miles of multi-use trails and a scenic oak canyon preserve to traverse, event spaces, multiple pools and the welcoming Canyon Coffee coffeehouse. Gavilan 55-plus residents also have exclusive access to their own resort-style recreational amenities.

Plus, construction of Esencia School is currently underway at Esencia. Part of the acclaimed Capistrano Unified School District, Esencia School is scheduled to open for instruction in August 2018. Esencia School is the first school to be built on The Ranch and will ultimately serve students kindergarten to eighth grade residing in the villages of Sendero and Esencia. The 14-acre campus has been designed with cutting edge features including a modular Innovation Center to replace the traditional library as well as technologically advanced classrooms to create a more dynamic learning experience. The students of Esencia School will enjoy school-time access to be adjacent to The Pavilion. Also under construction, The Pavilion is planned as an expansive, shared-use recreational area highlighted by a fully equipped gymnasium with regulation-sized basketball courts and stadium seating for 300 as well as adjoining athletic fields for softball and soccer use.    

As the largest new master-planned community in California, Rancho Mission Viejo is envisioned to ultimately provide approximately 14,000 homes (including up to 6,000 homes in Gavilan neighborhoods exclusive to residents age 55-plus). In addition, The Ranch is expected to include up to five million square feet of non-residential uses and additional sites for more schools, parks and recreational facilities, essential services, and a network of trails and roadways linking the multiple villages planned for The Ranch.

At completion, the villages on Rancho Mission Viejo will occupy approximately 6,000 acres or 25% of the historic 23,000-acre Rancho Mission Viejo, Orange County’s last working ranch which has been held in the O’Neill/Moiso family since 1882. About 17,000 acres, or 75% of The Ranch, will be preserved for ranching, farming and the phased formation of a large habitat conservation area known as The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo.

To learn more, visit or visit the Esencia Visitors Center located within The NorthWalk Neighborhoods at Esencia.

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