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The Ranch Journal

Community News and Blog

The Winstons Make Life on The Ranch a Family Affair

Meet George and Cynthia Winston! These two were interested in downsizing from their home in Laguna Hills to something cozier in retirement. They weren’t actively looking to move, but one Sunday afternoon, the Winstons decided to explore Rancho Mission Viejo after seeing an ad in the paper.
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From Our Farm: Recipes You’ll Relish

Welcome to The Ranch, where our community farms are just as popular as our pools, parks and other neighborhood amenities.
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Esencia K-8 School is Officially Open!

Life on The Ranch has forever changed – we’ve opened the doors to our first-ever school at Rancho Mission Viejo. Part of the acclaimed Capistrano Unified School District, Esencia K-8 School kicked off its inaugural school year, complete with 400 students eagerly awaiting their chance to innovate and grow.
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The Wilsons Take a Permanent Vacation on The Ranch

When Bruce and Lorrie Wilson came to visit family in Orange County, they hadn’t anticipated their vacation would result in a relocation. But, the Wilson’s stumbled upon Rancho Mission Viejo and fell in love with the stunning views, rolling topography and ease of the Gavilán, 55+ lifestyle.
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Your home. Your life. Connected.

The world’s first Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ Home Design has arrived on The Ranch. The new neighborhoods of Vivaz, Avant and Iris at Esencia feature builder Lennar’s whole-home Wi-Fi as a standard feature, making each room more connected and responsive. These smart homesoffer integrated automation and voice control with Amazon Alexa – all a part of Lennar’s signature Everything’s Included® approach to…
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Retired, LA Homebuyers Captivated by Cortesa

If you haven’t meet Vince and Dolores Foley yet, we can safely say it’s only a matter of time.
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Esencia Style: Rooftop Decks and Patios

Nature is all around us on The Ranch and what better way to embrace the outdoors than in your own private sanctuary at home. Rooftop Decks are a great use of space and offer breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and even our Hilltop Club. Similarly, a patio can add a touch of style to your backyard and provide a great space for entertaining or lounging on weekends. Check out the…
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Newport Natives Find Home at Veranda at Esencia

Making the transition from Newport Beach to Rancho Mission Viejo may seem like a big move. But, according to Esencia’s newest residents, Jane and Mark Di Rocco, that shift has given them more of everything they wanted:
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A Chat with Esencia School’s New Principal

With the new Esencia K–8 School planned to open in Fall 2018, there’s a lot of excitement in the air! We recently had the pleasure of talking with the School’s Principal Josh Wellikson, to take a deeper dive into who he is, and what he plans to bring to learning and education at The Ranch. From being a counselor and meeting his wife at summer camp, to opening up two new schools and truly…
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Talk a Walk on the Wild Side at The Reserve

Every day, when we look out over the golden ridgelines and scenic vistas of The Ranch, we are thankful to live in a place surrounded by such natural beauty. We also know that stewardship is part of Ranch life, caring for our open spaces and the wildlife sharing them with us.
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Experience the Gig Life at Esencia: Cox Smart Home Open for Viewing Oct. 1-2

One of the benefits of being a homeowner in Esencia is having access to gigabit high-speed internet through Cox Communications’ G1GABLAST service. Rancho Mission Viejo anticipated the internet needs of 21st century homeowners and worked with Cox to bring fiber to every home site during the early phases of construction. Esencia is the first master-planned community in Orange County to offer this…
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Ranchlife Resident-led clubs

With over 33 resident-driven clubs and counting, it’s easy for neighbors to become friends on The Ranch.
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