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The Ranch Journal

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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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The Hilltop Club Wows at Grand Opening

On June 4th, Rancho Mission Viejo was abuzz with excitement as we celebrated the Grand Opening of our highly-anticipated, new amenity, The Hilltop Club! Food trucks, live music, arcade games, sport demonstrations, and swimming were all on the agenda for the day as residents and home shoppers explored what is sure to be a new favorite community gathering spot.
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The Ranch Named One of 20 Top-Selling Master-planned Communities

Backed by a scenic South Orange County hilltop location, a full range of single-level and multi-story Napa-inspired homes, an expanding list of recreational and social amenities, as well as a reputation for nurturing neighborliness among all ages and life stages, Rancho Mission Viejo’s Esencia tallied an impressive 458 homes sales in 2016, a huge increase of 52% over 2015, placing “The Ranch” on…
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Neighborhoods Awarded Three Coveted Gold Nugget Honors

Selected among an elite group of homebuilders, Warmington Residential was honored with two Merit Awards for homes in Trellis, while William Lyon Homes received a Grand Award for its work in Vireo. These awards honor architectural design and planning, and the best of the best are chosen from a national slate of talented entrants.
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The Outlook Grand Opens

At Rancho Mission Viejo, Gavilán™ features single-level living in South Orange County for the 55+ crowd. Gavilán™ residents enjoy exclusive 55+ amenities, as well as a host of other amenities available throughout the Villages of Esencia and Sendero.
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Esencia Farm Featured in USA Today’s Green Living Magazine

There’s nothing like plucking a fresh tomato from the vine and popping it into your mouth. The sweet and earthy taste is delicious, but when you have the additional satisfaction of growing it, well—that’s a deeply nourishing experience you can’t buy from a store. It’s a time-honored way of life for some, and a fun hobby for others. With the growing popularity of farm-to-table culinary experiences…
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200 Homes Sold at Esencia in Just Four Months

Home sales soar at inter-generational “agrihood” on California’s largest new community.
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The Orange County Register Visits Our ‘Agrihood’

If you are a reader of the Orange County Register, you might have seen an article about our residents farming on The Ranch. Take a look at this beautiful Rancho Mission Viejo family above who had an opportunity to show the OC Register what they love about having a community farm right outside their front door. At Rancho Mission Viejo, agriculture has always been a part of our land’s history, and…
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Gelson’s Market Opening at Sendero Marketplace

Westar Associates has announced that Gelson’s Market will anchor Sendero Marketplace, a 11.5-acre neighborhood retail center under construction on the new community of Rancho Mission Viejo in South Orange County. The 98,000 sq. ft. center, located at Antonio Parkway and Ortega Highway, will open in late 2016.
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Introducing Esencia: Opening Fall 2015!

Good news! While our Gavilán and Sendero homeowners are enjoying life on The Ranch, we’ve been hard at work planning Rancho Mission Viejo’s newest hilltop village. We’re thrilled to introduce to you: Esencia!
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Sendero Farm Coming Spring 2016

Dust off your favorite recipes and sharpen your chef’s knife. Fresh produce is coming to your Rancho Mission Viejo kitchen with the grand opening of Sendero Farm. Construction is already underway, and our team on The Ranch couldn’t be more excited. Curious to know what this means for your weekly dinners? It’s simple: Sourcing your local ingredients just got that much closer to home. Not to…
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New Adventure Play Park Comes to Sendero!

Feel like spending quality time with your little ones outdoors? Look no further than the Adventure Play Park at Sendero – a playground for your children and their imaginations. Here at Sendero Field, you can watch your children be transported to a world of nature-inspired fun before relaxing under a shady tree for a picnic and ice-cold lemonade. Or, maybe a quick game of hide-and-go seek amongst…
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