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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La Paz Mission Viejo Homes Single Level

Mission Viejo Homes

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.

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.

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.

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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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Mission Viejo Country Club and Golf Course Mission Impossible

Golf in Mission Viejo

Mission Viejo folks love the outdoors and they love their sports. It makes sense that the city is home to three golf courses. All are beautiful and scenic and bring enjoyment to golfers and non-golfers alike.

Mission Viejo Golf Course

The Mission Viejo Country Club and Golf Course, located in Mission Viejo South, can’t be missed as you drive up Oso Parkway off the San Diego 5 Freeway. The Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed course is, in the Country Club’s words, “the centerpiece of the Club.” Constructed in 1967, it is one of the premier private courses in Southern California. The Country Club members also have access to and enjoy amenities such as private tennis courts, aquatics, fitness center, dining room and a private art gallery.

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Casta del Sol Golf Course

Casta del Sol Course is an 18-hole public course constructed in 1970 by Ted Robinson. I have had many friends enjoy their play time on this course! You can find out more by visiting the course’s site here. They have a Pro Shop, Bar & Grill and Snack Bar, Practice Facility and rentals.

Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club

The newest course in Mission Viejo is the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club. It is a public access course designed by PGA Tour professional Tom Lehman and well-respected local golf course architect, Casey O’Callaghan. Accessed off Avery Parkway in South Mission Viejo, it has an unforgettable setting adjacent to the Arroyo Trabuco. They offer instruction, wedding and banquet facilities and feature a Pro Shop and Bar & Grill.

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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