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.
S&S El Dorado Homes
Nice Galicia Home
Auburn Ridge Home
Mission Ridge Homes
El Dorado Home
Canyon Crest Homes
Melorse and Mirasol Homes for Sale
Casta del Sol Home – Carmel
Quail Run Homes
New Castille Home
Mallorca Condos on Lake Mission Viejo
Finisterra Condos on the Lake
Bonita Vista Homes
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.
La Paz Home
Pacific Hills Homes
Single Level Mission Ridge Home
Monterey Masters Home
California Terrace Condos
J.M. Peters Homes
Sunrise Ridge Homes
Evergreen Lakeview Homes
Greystone Town Homes
Shady Hollow Home
If you want to search for homes, go to the Home Search page. If you would like to see recent sales in some of the Mission Viejo neighborhoods, go to the various Neighborhood Pages: Mission Viejo North, Mission Viejo Central and Mission Viejo South. You can also go to my main Orange County Real Estate site to expand your search and find tons of custom links showcasing new listings throughout all of Orange County.
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.
California Terrace Condos
Basketball at Barbadanes Park
Couple at Flo Jo Park
Stoneridge Neighborhood Monument Sign
Bagels and Brew
Waterford Homes Near Minaya Park
Kids at Flo Jo Park
Family at Oso Viejo Park
Deane Homes Near Marguerite O’Neill Park
Casta del Sol Neighborhood
J.M. Peters Homes Neighborhood
Baja Finisterra Homes
Evergreen Lakeview Homes
Evergreen Ridge Neighborhood
El Dorado Homes Neighborhood
Neighbors Walking Around Lake Mission Viejo
Aegean Heights Homes