Rancho Mission Viejo, the sprawling development now under construction just east of San Juan Capistrano, launched a website Monday for people wanting to live, work or play there.
The developer, which also built Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita and Ladera Ranch, expects to have homes for sale as early as mid-2013, according to a press release. It’s South Orange County’s last mega-development, ultimately planned for 14,000 homes.
Owned by the O’Neill/Avery/Moiso family since 1882, the ranch, at 23,000 acres is Orange County’s last working ranch. About 17,000 of those acres will be preserved as open space.
The first phase is called Sendero (path in Spanish), and it includes:
- Approximately 940 attached and detached homes and 200 apartment homes
- The gated active adult enclave of Gavilan, providing 285 single-level residences adjacent to a private clubhouse and recreational facilities
- A community hall, clubhouse and recreational core for all Sendero residents
- A 15-acre community park with sports fields and children’s play area
- Several neighborhood parks and hiking/biking trails with direct access to trails and a trails network leading to downtown San Juan Capistrano, the Mission San Juan Capistrano and south to Doheny State Beach
- A 10-acre retail plaza, office space, fire station, and child daycare center
Joseph Farley, Capistrano Unified’s superintendent, said at a school board meeting Monday that the first two phases should generate about 500 new students, which can be incorporated into existing schools. After that, the district will have to consider new facilities.
He said the district and the developer are currently wrapping up negotiations to provide for the students generated by the expected 14,000 homes.