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The Ranch Journal

Community News and Blog

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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Single-level living is all the rage—again

Single-story homes are enjoying a big resurgence in popularity, and it makes sense. Everything on one floor, no stair workouts, and spread out floorplans with living spaces that flow into one another—and keep going. The layout, with central courtyards and indoor-outdoor spaces, sets the scene for dinner parties, family gatherings, and much more.
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A Million Reasons To Sell At Esencia.

To date, all 12 of our neighborhood builders have shared over $900,000 with real estate professionals for home sales at Esencia—and that’s just the beginning. There are a variety of homesites in distinctive neighborhoods for sale, including quick move-in homes, single-level homes for Gavilán™ 55+ clients, and homes with panoramic views to the coast, with a variety of sizes, floorplans, and…
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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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The Fluid Nature of Esencia Style

The architectural style and details of Esencia draw upon the natural terrain of the surrounding landscape—including the creekbeds, rivers, and ocean nearby. There is power and grace. Fluidity. In the home, water brings calming relaxation to your space. Fountains, drawn baths, a cleansing splash on your skin, for instance.
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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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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 is a historic cattle 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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