The Mission Viejo Company planned the city so it would pay tribute to its rural Spanish heritage. The street names, neighborhoods, building facades, street lights and more all reflect this classic theme. This changed slightly in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s with developments like Pacific Hills and Califia that have a more Tuscan look and feel. There are also several homes and neighborhoods with a “traditional” look as well.
I believe almost all of the first homes in Mission Viejo were built by the Mission Viejo Company. The Deane Homes, of course, were built by the Deane Brothers. Some of the last housing tracts built by the Mission Viejo Company were Briarwood and Sunrise Ridge in the mid-to-late-1980’s. Make sure to check out the Vintage Mission Viejo page for 1960’s advertising of the first homes built by the Mission Viejo Company.
There are so many neighborhoods, over 100, that there is no way I could picture each one! However, I will keep taking photos and updating this gallery. There are some Home Search links below.
Nice Galicia Home
Bonita Vista Homes
Melorse and Mirasol Homes for Sale
S&S El Dorado Homes
Canyon Crest Homes
El Dorado Home
Auburn Ridge Home
Finisterra Condos on the Lake
Mission Ridge Homes
New Castille Home
Quail Run Homes
Casta del Sol Home – Carmel
Mallorca Condos on Lake Mission Viejo
I enjoyed visiting the neighborhoods and taking photos of the many different homes in Mission Viejo! There may be thousands of Madrid Homes, Cordova Homes, etc., but each is so different! Folks have changed the facade of the home by adding rock or brick or other architectural details, and the front landscaping is so unique! I hope you get some ideas from what your neighbors have accomplished. Make sure to check out the GARDEN post for garden and landscaping ideas.
A great thing about living in Mission Viejo is that you have so many housing options. You can raise your family here, be an active single or couple, and you can retire here, too! Mission Viejo is home to two age-restricted communities for folks over 55 and a few other communities like the Heritage Villas Senior Apartments, Heritage Pointe, and if extra care is needed, there is Sunrise of Mission Viejo and Vintage Mission Viejo.
Casta del Sol
Casta del Sol is a guard gated community in Mission Viejo Central off Marguerite Parkway and between Jeronimo and Alicia. There are four entrances. There are several different types of homes from 1000sf two bedroom attached homes to spacious detached residences of over 2000sf. Several have views. The residences are members of the Casta del Sol Golf Course, they can enjoy the two recreation centers, complete with pools, spas and tennis courts, clubs, games and events. For more information about the community, go to the Association web site here.
To search for any active Casta del Sol homes for sale, CLICK HERE.
Palmia is a newer community built by J.M. Peters in the late 1980’s and the early 1990’s and is located in Mission Viejo North. It is a gated and guarded community and features several property types to choose from. It has a resort-like feel while Casta del Sol has a rural feel. It, too, features a golf course, a community center, pools, spas, tennis, clubs and a lot more. Visit their Association website for more information here.
To search for any homes for sale throughout the Palmia community, CLICK HERE.
Spacious Palmia Home
Updated Kitchen in Casta del Sol Home
Casta del Sol Home Welcomes You!
Casta del Sol Recreation Center
Well Maintained Neighborhood
Updated Carmel Home in Casta del Sol; Office in Front Room
Completely Updated Kitchen in Casta del Sol Home
Remodeled Bathroom in Casta del Sol Home
Casta del Sol Neighborhood
Casta del Sol Golf Course
Come Home to this Residence in Palmia
Casta del Sol Rec Center
Casta del Sol Home – Carmel
Single Level Homes
Palmia Community Entry Monument
Golf at Palmia Community
Beautiful Greenbelt View in Casta del Sol
Of course, you can go to the Home Search Page to expand your search or go to my Orange County Real Estate site for more searches right at your fingertips and more real estate info.
The video below is a walk-thru of a remodeled and updated home in Casta del Sol. Enjoy!
I love living in Mission Viejo, mostly because of the location in Saddleback Valley where we are surrounded by so much natural beauty. The City Founders and residents built upon that and created wonderful streetscapes, parks and open space to enhance and complement the natural beauty.
These native wonders include Oso Creek and the trail residents have created to walk alongside it; omnipresent Saddleback along with the Santa Ana Mountain Range; the gently rolling foothills all around us that are covered with mustard flowers in the spring that create habitat for our native wildlife and the birds and animals themselves that love living here, too. The lake and the incredible parks and open space tend to top the list of man made wonders of the city. I have also found that the folks who live here are very good at creating gorgeous homes and gardens.
The people of Mission Viejo are super, too. I get to meet and talk to a lot of folks who live here, and I usually get a smile or a wave and a friendly face, even when just passing on the street or in the park.
Beautiful Mission Viejo
Bird of Paradise at the Library
Mission Viejo Tennis Pavilion
Lovely View of Lake Mission Viejo
Oso Creek Trail and Jeronimo Open Space
View Toward Arroyo Trabuco
Casta del Sol Rec Center
La Paz Plaza
Landscaping at Corner in Madrid del Lago Neighborhood
Oak Trees in Aurora Park
Flowering Aloe at La Paws Dog Park
Florence Joyner Olympiad Park
Misssion Viejo Library
View from Curtis Park
A Neighbor’s Rose Garden
Wonderful Custom Entry on Cordova Home
Mission Viejo Country Club
Beautiful Mission Viejo; did this young woman inspire this phrase? 1969
Though Mission Viejo has many diverse neighborhoods, we are held together by the thoughtful planning that took place in the early 1960’s. The backbone streets, signage, lighting, etc. all have a cohesive look. The lifestyle of residents was also taken into consideration, and a system of parks, rec centers, trails and open space was envisioned. The planners and developers wanted to build a community and not just sell some houses.
Finisterra on the Green Alta
Madrid Homes Neighborhood
Timberline Homes Mission Viejo North
Corodova Park Next to Carl Hankey School
La Paz Homes
Napoli Park and Bathgate Elementary
I have reviewed some old advertising, and even the architecture of some of the models were designed to encourage socializing from your front balcony or front porch or patio. And with new families moving in, the city needed schools. Properly selecting a site for a school is a challenge, but it seems the city got it right in most cases. Access to and from via car or bus is relatively easy, and pedestrian access between homes at most school sites is particularly helpful for the students.
Linda Vista Park
Madrid Homes Near Christopher Park
Aegean Heights Club House
Neighborhood Businesses at corner of Jeronimo and Marguerite
La Paz Plaza
The many parks and rec centers were also designed to develop a strong community. Easy access and beautiful settings that encourage you to stay and gather with friends and family were utilized. It also seems that care and thought was given to size and placement of business and commercial sites throughout the city. Smaller sites such as Royal Donuts and Burgers at smaller intersections, and a nice mid-size center like the one just up the street at Trabuco and Marguerite make so much sense and complement the neighborhood. And make it so easy to live here!
As a real estate agent, I get to meet all kinds of folks. I enjoy speaking to and helping long-time Mission Viejo residents. They usually have great stories to tell, and it is gratifying to assist them in selling their home. Then there are folks who may be new to Misssion Viejo; I like telling my buyer clients about Misssion Viejo and all it has to offer.
Bocce Ball at Oso Viejo Park
A Quiet Walk in the Park
Happy Dog and owner at Flo Jo Park
Playing in the Park
Rescued Dogs and Their Owner
Playing Chess at the Murray Center
Felipe Tennis Center
Boy Shows Me His Find at a Park
A Couple Walking in the Park
The parks and rec centers of Mission Viejo are ideal places to meet up, participate in organized activities, play a game or find a quiet spot to study or read a book. Community Centers and the Library have events and programs of interest to all.
The city does a great job at maintaining and upgrading the common areas and the landscaping, too. The parks seem to always look beautiful and well-kept. It helps us feel connected, maintains property values and lets us know we are at home in Mission Viejo.
Mission Viejo is a decent size city in Orange County with a population of around 100,000. Fortunately, it is well-planned so that retail and commercial centers are strategically located with easy freeway access and near major cross streets for good visibility. Some shops come and go, but others have been around a long time like Moore’s Sewing Center on Marguerite. I have been going to Denault’s True Value Hardware since it opened at the corner of Oso and Marguerite. My son worked there for years. Custom Comfort has been around for decades, too, and has grown into a great success. However, I purchased my new mattress at Orange County Mattress on Alicia; sorry Custom Comfort!
Mission Viejo Florist
LA Fitness on Alicia at the 5 Freeway
One of several businesses along Via Fabricante
I enjoy visiting all the Starbucks, my favorite is the one off Oso and the 5 Freeway. I and my family have been purchasing new tires at the America’s Tire Store on Marguerite for years. Paradise Donuts and Deli at La Paz and Muirlands is a hidden gem for yummy donuts and good service. For more yummy stuff, French’s in the Gateway Center is fabulous. I just painted my home and bought the paint at Vista Paint at the corner of Muirlands and Alicia. In that same Vista Paint Plaza, there used to be a bridal store in the 1980’s. I purchased a veil there. I hired Stud Construction to perform a kitchen remodel. Their office is on Madero in Mission Viejo.
Bagels and Brew
Businesses along Madero in Mission Viejo – Stud Construction
This business center on la Paz was one of the first in Mission Viejo
I have been going to Bagels and Brew off Alicia and Olympiad since they opened. The owner is wonderful, and I am happy her business is thriving. Misson Viejo Florist has always provided me with good service as has Mission Viejo Rentals off Jeronimo and Los Alisos. My son Likes ChocObean and Rubino’s Pizza off Marguerite and Oso Parkway. Royal Donuts and Burgers off Jeronimo and Marguerite has been around forever, and I do like their donuts!
Royal Donuts and Burgers
PetCo in Mission Viejo
ChocOBean Coffee Shop
Here are the sights of the city and Mission Viejo businesses:
Target on Jeronimo
Mission Viejo Florist
Shopping at Nordstrom
Broken Yolk Cafe
Paradise Donuts and Deli
Ralphs Grocery Store
Iconic Art at Alicia and Jeronimo; the High Park Center
The Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, the Sgt. Matt Davis Memorial Park and the Mission Viejo Library are a few of the very special things that highlight living in Mission Viejo. They are all places that welcome residents and visitors alike; places to meet, gather, relax, grow or just enjoy the beauty.
Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center
Beautiful facility adjacent to Oso Viejo Park. For more information about hours, programs, etc. go to the city’s site HERE.
Sgt. Matthew Davis Memorial Park in South Mission Viejo
Lovely park in south Mission Viejo, on the edge of Arroyo Trabuco. Large field, walking paths, lots of play equipment, beautifully landscaped.
Mission Viejo Library
A must-see library. Beautiful architecture, a wonderful place to study or read or learn. For more information, visit the official library site HERE.