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The Ranch Journal

Community News and Blog

Gavilán™ Neighborhood Spotlight: Avocet

Avocet features 2-3 bedroom, 2-3 bathroom, courtyard-style homes in Adobe Ranch, Ranch, and California Bungalow architectural styles. And once inside, you’ll enjoy the open, airy feel of the floorplans. Your kitchen, dining area, and great room flow together with a standard covered outdoor area we call the Ranch Room.
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Neighborhood Spotlight: Cirrus by Meritage Homes

For a beautiful blend of sophisticated style and rustic allure, check out the Cirrus neighborhood. Offered in a variety of fresh and contemporary architectural styles, these homes complement the land’s natural color palette and relaxed outdoor vibe.
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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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Gavilán™ Neighborhood Spotlight: Alondra

The joy of relaxed living. The well-dressed architectural detailing. The freedom to enjoy activities, just a short walk away. This is Alondra by Shea Homes, a collection of 2-3 bedroom, 2.5-3 bath homes in Gavilan™, our 55+ neighborhood. Three single-family detached home plans offer a spacious Great Room flowing into the kitchen and dining area, 2-car garage, and outdoor living space—along with…
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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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Aria by TRI Pointe Homes: Where Rustic Ranch Living Meets Contemporary Beauty

Modern living among the rolling hillsides of a historic ranch—that’s what the thoughtfully designed homes at Aria offer. With its intimate living space and proximity to major amenities, Aria is a good choice for an active, low-maintenance lifestyle.
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Aurora by William Lyon Homes: Americana Meets Modern Living

Aurora presents new 2-3 bedroom townhomes in an elevated location surrounded by Esencia’s backcountry and coastal views. Five modern, roomy designs offer comfortable interiors and a host of beautiful amenities.
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Farm-to-Community

Agriculture is an integral part of Rancho Mission Viejo’s long and rich history. Today, Rancho Mission Viejo still operates as a working ranch with grazing cattle and bountiful produce harvests. So it was only fitting to continue this time-honored tradition at Esencia and Sendero by integrating community farms within each village. The concept of incorporating communal farming into urban life is…
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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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Esencia Style

Esencia design character springs from two sources – its elevated, hillside setting, refreshed by nearby coastal breezes; and its agrarian history which today consists of acres of lemon and avocado orchards, along with our own community farm. Together, they both suggest a light, airy farmhouse-inspired approach to both architecture and décor, interpreted for Southern California and adapted for…
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Heirloom Neighborhood Grand Opening: November 14th

The Grand Opening of Heirloom is just around the corner, and this calls for a celebration. You’re invited to join us and enjoy herbed heirloom popcorn, live music, farm-fresh catered cuisine and Esencia tote bags. We will also be handing out Canyon Coffee certificates, so you won’t want to miss this exciting event. The neighborhood of Heirloom offers homes that embody California’s rich tradition…
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Amenity Spotlight: Canyon Coffee

Canyon Coffee at The Canyon House brings the community of Esencia together over cups of piping-hot Peet’s Coffee and other refreshments. Stop by and catch up with neighbors, read the morning paper, or grab your to-go coffee. There are places to sit outside and enjoy fresh air with your coffee, or stay inside and enjoy the sights and sounds of a bustling neighborhood coffee shop. Come on in—we’d…
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