Lake Mission Viejo and Saddleback Mountain

Lake Mission Viejo

Lake Mission Viejo is more than a huge man-made lake; it is the beautiful reflective face of this wonderful city. It is active and fun, multi-faceted and affluent. Most residents are members of the Lake Association. However, many homes were constructed prior to the lake being completed in 1978. Homeowners were given the option to buy into the Lake Membership (it is the property address that is associated with the membership). By now, most have done so, however, there are still several residences that do not belong to the Lake Association.

Members of the Lake Association can enjoy boating, fishing and swimming from the lagoons. Residents can rent the facilities for special events, and they can also rent boats for a day on the lake. There are summer concerts. On the Fourth of July, they have a spectacular fireworks display.

As you drive past the lake, you will almost always see folks walking and jogging around its perimeter. The round trip is over three miles and is on a very gentle incline, so it is not difficult to do. The City lists it as an “easy” trail walk. Ample parking along Olympiad Road at the north end of the lake.

I refer you to the Lake Mission Viejo site and the City of Mission Viejo site for rules, regulations, technical information, events, etc. There ARE some areas of Mission Viejo, like the Aegean Hills and Aegean Heights neighborhoods, that were later incorporated into the city that can not belong to the Lake Association.

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Florence Joyner Olympiad Park Mission Viejo

Beautiful Mission Viejo

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

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Oso Creek Trail Mission Viejo Artisan Mosaic

Art in Mission Viejo

Art comes in many forms; water features, sculptures, murals and more. Art can bring a community together, make you think, celebrate people, events or a culture or heritage, or simply be a from of expressing beauty and emotion.

If you look close, you can find wonderful examples of art throughout the city. I did. The cool thing was that the art featured here was created by its residents making it even more special.

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