My Mission Viejo Home La Paz Road Jacaranda

My Mission Viejo Home

Beautiful Mission Viejo is where almost 100,000 folks now call home, including myself. It is a well-planned community featuring a myriad of great amenities for its residents including a lake, three golf courses, numerous parks and sports fields, great shopping, excellent schools and so much more. It has also been rated one of the safest cities in the nation. However, I choose to call it home for its ideal location, surrounded by nature and open space, rolling hills, gorgeous skies and super people. It just plain feels good to live here.

Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center Mission Viejo and Oso Viejo Park
Community Center and Oso Viejo Park

For my neighbors who call Mission Viejo home, I am sharing Mission Viejo home ideas and information, plenty of photos of homes, parks, amenities and more. Just about anything I find interesting and/or beautiful so I can share that good feeling. Almost all of the photos are those I took myself; like the one shown here.

I have included plenty of links for those who wish to search for homes. For those who wish to see past sales in their neighborhood, I have created several custom searches of recent sales and active listings in various neighborhoods and tracts so you can get an idea of market activity and home value. As you look at these homes for sale, you may see how folks in the neighborhood have updated the same model as yours. You can see if they removed a wall, added a room, remodeled the kitchen and check out their pool and spa and garden for inspiration outside.

Single Level La Paz Home in Mission Viejo

If you are like me, you may have moved here simply because you found a home you liked or maybe because it had decent freeway access or something else. However, once you move in and start looking for a place to shop or dine or a place for your kids to play, you will happily realize that not only will you find what you are looking for, but that a whole cornucopia of quality amenities are at your doorstep, literally. It may take you a long time to explore all the local shops or take advantage of all the facilities and parks, and maybe not ever check them all off your list. But have fun trying!

The city of Mission Viejo has so much to offer; just about wherever you are in the city, you can find a charming park, a place to get a cup of coffee or a soda, a friendly face, an inviting home and the sight of Saddleback as it reminds you that you are home; you are in Mission Viejo.

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Oso Creek Trail in Mission Viejo

Oso Creek Trail

Oso Creek Trail in Mission Viejo follows a portion of Oso Creek that runs along and parallel to Marguerite Parkway and under La Paz Road and turns and goes up Jeronimo Road to Pavion Park. Oso Creek in Mission Viejo begins at the Upper Oso Reservoir and flows through parks, the golf courses, crosses under streets and finally under the freeway, emptying into Trabuco Creek. The Oso Creek Trail is a wonderful retreat into nature right at your doorstep. There are several access points to the trail. I think the city and residents did a great job of creating a wonderful venue where you can enjoy the natural beauty of Saddleback Valley and Mission Viejo without having to drive forever to get there.

I am really in love with this trail and open space, and I took a lot of photos. So many that I had to create a post especially for Oso Creek Trail. Enjoy!

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Here is an excerpt about the trail from the Orange County Register:

“What is the Oso Creek Trail today used to be open space with brushes until less than two decades ago. As part of the San Juan Creek watershed, Oso Creek runs from north of the Santa Ana Mountains, joins the Trabuco Creek and flows to the Pacific Ocean. Oso Creek used to be dry throughout most of the year, but after the development of Mission Viejo, the creek has water flowing all year long because of urban runoff.

A pump station captures the water flowing through Oso Creek and sends it back to a treatment facility. The treated water will be used for watering city-owned landscaped areas.

People had been walking around the creek and were creating de facto trails. The city then began construction in 1997 to create a trail system. While the city paved the trails, volunteers installed plants and railings as well as public art, such as history walls, murals and oak grove.”

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There is a lot to see and enjoy along Oso Creek Trail. The Celebration Garden with its artisan mosaics, a garden maze, birds and other wildlife, oak grove, wildflowers, Peace Obelisk and more. The beautiful thing is that many residents, young and old, helped create the trail and these landmarks.

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Colorful Fun at Pavion Park in Mission Viejo

Parks and Open Space

The city of Mission Viejo loves its parks and open space. It also loves recreation and sports! There are many parks, fields and trails for Mission Viejo residents to enjoy year round. There is a newer dog park, La Paws Dog Park; a park named after our Olympian, Florence Joyner Olympiad Park and parks named for people who advocated to create more parks and open space in Saddleback Valley. The city also boasts three golf courses: the Mission Viejo Country Club, the Casta Del Sol Golf Course and the newer Arroyo Trabuco Golf Course. Most parks feature some kind of ball field, a picnic area and/or some kind of seating, a playground and play equipment for children. As you can see, all appear to be thoughtfully designed and well-maintained. For lots more photos of our beautiful parks, make sure to visit each Mission Viejo area (north, central and south) and its park pages like THIS PAGE.

Some of Our Mission Viejo Parks

And don’t forget to visit the Park Pages for each neighborhood to see tons more photos! Like this PAGE.

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Dogs at La Paws Dog Park Mission Viejo

Mission Viejo Pets

Most people have some kind of pet. If you live in Mission Viejo, you have access to great parks to exercise your pet, veterinary services and pet supply stores. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, currently about 36% of households own a dog, and just over 30% of households own a cat. That does not count birds and fish, turtles, snakes, lizards and other critters folks keep as pets.

There are several care centers for your animal friends in Mission Viejo. Here are a few of them for your information and for researching on your own; please click on their links: Animal and Bird Clinic of Mission Viejo, Animal Medical Center of Mission Viejo, Muirlands Animal and Avian Hospital, Alisos Animal Hospital and Olympiad Animal Hospital.

I have been to many of the pet supply stores in Mission Viejo, including Kahoots Pet Store, Pets Plus, PetCo, Pet Supply Warehouse and the Sand Bar Pet Shop.

Pet Adoption

My Cat DharmaMy own pet cat, Dharma, was a rescue kitty. I adopted her when she was four back in 2005. She had been placed TWICE before and returned TWICE to the rescue society. Fortunately for her and for me, it was meant to be, and I adopted her. She was the sweetest pet ever and much loved. She passed in 2016. ADOPT A PET! Mission Viejo has a wonderful Animal Service Center near the Home Depot in South Mission Viejo. They have a fabulous informational site; check it out HERE.

La Paws Dog Park

Mission Viejo has a new dog park where you can take your pet off leash to play with other dog buddies. There are three separate enclosures for use and ample parking. For more information and rules, visit the City of Mission Viejo site HERE.

 

Mission Viejo Library Bird of Paradise

In Focus

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.

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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.

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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.

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