Mission Viejo is a beautiful place to call home and has several diverse neighborhoods. It flows mainly south to north along the San Diego 5 Freeway from Avery Parkway to Los Alisos Blvd. and inland to the Foothill Corridor, the Arroyo Trabuco and Olympiad. Planned and developed in the early 1960’s, it has always been a very popular and desirable place to live due to easy freeway access, top rated schools, an excellent local hospital, a variety of places to worship, plenty of shops and food establishments, parks and open space. Nothing fancy, but very well-planned and supportive of the growing community.
Something else that makes Mission Viejo the best place to live is its location in Saddleback Valley. The coastal hills to the west and the Cleveland National Forest and O’Neill Regional Park to the east ensconce the residents in beauty and security and provide outdoor space for activities like hiking, biking and simply enjoying the outdoors.
Part of the Mission Viejo Company’s plan was to create a man-made lake for the residents to enjoy. Lake Mission Viejo is in the north part of the city off of Marguerite Parkway and Olympiad (originally named O’Neill Road). It holds over a billion gallons of water and averages about 30 feet deep. There are concerts and events on the lake, fishing, boating, swimming. Several upscale neighborhoods surround the lake and have private docks and beaches. There are also some shops and dining establishments right on the lake.
The city is divided into Mission Viejo North, Mission Viejo Central and Mission Viejo South. Each area has its own page here with info about neighborhoods, shopping, parks and more plus links to recent sales in almost all neighborhood tracts. Go to your neighborhood now by clicking on that page (link above) or begin your home search here.
You can easily see from my photos how several of the homes and neighborhoods are laid out so the homeowners can enjoy the many different views from their location in the Saddleback Valley and Mission Viejo. This is one of the things that I find makes living here so wonderful.
The city has made sure there are plenty of parks and open space for residents to use and enjoy. Take the time and view the Parks Pages for each area of the city to see photos and brief descriptions of most of the parks. There are also several recreation centers, too, including a YMCA next to the Marguerite Recreation Center.
The schools in the city are excellent. Most are conveniently located with walking paths through the neighborhood to facilitate access for the students. Most have a park nearby for after school play or picnic or exercise. Check the Mission Viejo Schools post for more photos and links to the different schools and districts.