Gavilán® 55+ Living

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The closest hospital is Providence Mission Hospital, located in the city of Mission Viejo. There are two wellness/preventative health care centers in and near the Sendero Marketplace (Memorial Care and Mission Hospital Wellness Corner), and there is a site for a future Mission Health Center in the Village of Esencia.

RanchRide is a free shuttle program available to residents for transportation to RanchLife events, in addition to seasonal destinations and local attractions, including the cities of San Juan Capistrano and Dana Point Harbor. RanchRide services change in response to community needs and are generally free of charge but may include a user fee in the future. Please visit for current shuttle schedules and pick up/drop off locations. Public bus transportation is available through OCTA, and the Amtrak and Metrolink train station is conveniently located in downtown San Juan Capistrano.

Blue Hummingbird Coffee is located at The Canyon House in Rancho Mission Viejo. Sendero Marketplace offers many favorite eateries and places to shop including Gelson’s Market, In N Out Burger, Bagel Bistro, Yogurtland, Jersey Mike’s, Scarlet Kitchen & Lounge, and Morena’s Mexican Cuisine. Frisby Cellars & Oak Ranch Grill are in Esencia at Los Patrones Business Park. Ladera Ranch is just a short drive on Antonio Parkway. There are also charming restaurants and shops in nearby cities San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point and San Clemente.

Although the 6,500 acres of The Ranch that are currently preserved as permanent open space are not publicly accessible, there are numerous trails and multi-use pathways available for use. Discover the various community park and trail offerings here. There are also plenty of public, docent-led hikes, lectures, and volunteer opportunities on The Nature Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo.

The nearest fire department is the Rancho Mission Viejo Fire Station (station #56) located at Antonio Parkway/Sendero Way, approximately two miles from Rienda. A temp site in Rienda, Station 67, is now located on Cow Camp Road.

The weather is temperate and sunny, the typical Southern Orange County weather that people love.

Rancho Mission Viejo is a short drive away and approximately six miles from the beach.

Gavilán residents have access to ALL amenities, so they can accompany their grandkids under age 18 to any of the all-age pools and other amenities!

Absolutely! Currently, there are over 50 exclusive clubs on The Ranch, and lots of spaces and opportunities to gather with friends and neighbors.

Gavilán (55+) amenities are exclusive to Gavilán residents and their guests (age 18 and over). However, if you are age 55+ but choose to purchase in an all-age neighborhood, you do not have access to these amenities unless you are an invited guest of a Gavilán homeowner.

Water Wise

To view The Ranch’s Wildfire Protection Plan, please click here

Yes. In 2004, the County of Orange approved the Rancho Mission Viejo Environmental Impact Report (EIR) which includes a detailed analysis of the Ranch’s water sources, current and future projected demand from development, and water availability to demonstrate the availability of water supply for average, single dry-year and multiple dry-year rainfall conditions. In addition, analyses were conducted to determine the adequacy of water conveyance and/or storage facilities and the certainty of regulatory permitting for development-related projects yet to be implemented.

As ranchers, developers, and stewards of one of the largest land reserves in the state of California, procuring a regular supply of water is essential to nearly every operation conducted on The Ranch including ranching and farming, the management of on-site leases, the protection of open spaces on The Nature Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo, as well as phased residential and commercial development.

Additionally, the Santa Margarita Water District envisioned a new use for the abandoned Trampas Canyon Dam and Reservoir years ago: to create winter storage for recycled water that could be used during dry, hot months to water landscapes. It opened in October 2020 and is an important step in securing water supply resiliency in South Orange County. Also, many water saving features are included in the common area landscaping designs in Rancho Mission Viejo, including the types of plants installed.


Sendero Marketplace is a 10-acre retail plaza, which includes a Gelson’s grocery store, RiteAid drug store, Starbucks, Union 76 Gas Station, restaurants, shops, and spaces for professional services. Additionally, MemorialCare Medical Group is adjacent to the marketplace.

Los Patrones Summit is a 50-acre commercial site including an 8-acre medical office. The commercial site is a mixed-use development, which includes the 99,200-square-foot multi-tenant commercial/industrial Los Patrones Business Park. The first phase will include the following tenants:

  • Evolution Swim Academy, a premier provider of learn-to-swim lessons
  • Sit means Sit, a dog training facility
  • Frisby Cellars, a winery and brewery
  • GMS Industries, a printing and fulfillment company
  • Safety Supply America, a provider of PPE equipment
  • The Zuri Pet Spa, a doggy day care and boarder
  • Replicated Grass Systems, a synthetic turf company
  • Evolve Training Center, a jiu-jitsu training facility
  • KwikCash, a financial services and lending company
  • Dr. Jacob Lee, a pediatric dentist
  • Rancho Mission Viejo Master Maintenance Corporation (or RanchoMMC), and RanchLife offices. Rancho MMC is the organization responsible for the management and maintenance of Rancho Mission Viejo’s community recreational amenities and facilities, parks, common area landscaping, and RanchLife is the Community Services Organization, which facilitates events and programming for the community. Located at 28436 Airoso Street. The phone number is: 949-625-6500.

SmartStop Esencia Storage, which consists of 135,000 square feet of storage, is located adjacent to Los Patrones Business Park.

Los Patrones Business Park is in the Village of Esencia at 28202, 28352 and 28446 Airoso Street with the location fronting along both Airoso Street and Los Patrones Parkway. For leasing information, contact Voit Real Estate Services at 949-261-9092

The first phase of the Village of Rienda is now open, and will consist of 671 homes. The second phase is coming in Q4 2022 and will offer Gavilán 55+ homes as well.

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Neighborhood Builders include Lennar Homes, Meritage Homes, Pulte Home Company, Trumark and Tri Pointe Homes.

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Situated along some of the highest elevations in the heart of The Ranch, Rienda will be located near historic Cow Camp and The Nature Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo. It will encompass 400 acres of westerly-facing hills with backcountry panoramas. Rienda will be located east of the intersection of Cow Camp Road and Los Patrones Parkway, in unincorporated South Orange County.

Yes. One, two and three-bedroom apartments are currently available for rent at Esencia Sur, Esencia Norte, Sendero Gateway, Sendero Bluffs, and The Overlook at Los Patrones Summit.

There will also be various home product types, including apartments, offered in the new Village of Rienda.


Esencia School is now open, serving students from kindergarten to eighth grade who reside in the Villages of Sendero and Esencia. Part of the acclaimed Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD), the 14-acre campus is designed with cutting edge features including a modular Innovation Center to replace the traditional library as well as technologically advanced classrooms to create a more dynamic learning experience. In addition, Esencia K-8 students enjoy school-time access to The Pavilion, an expansive recreational area highlighted by a fully equipped gymnasium with regulation-sized basketball courts and stadium seating for 300 as well as adjoining athletic fields for softball and soccer use. For more information, please contact CUSD.

Tesoro High School (9-12) | 1 Tesoro Creek Rd., Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688.

Named a CALIFORNIA DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL, named one of America’s Best High Schools by both NEWSWEEK and U.S. WORLD & NEWS REPORT (earning a silver medal with a ranking in the top 5% nationally and the highest in CUSD), as well as listed on the California Business for Education Excellence HONOR ROLL for demonstrating consistent high levels of student academic achievement.

Colleges/Universities: Within the local area there are numerous colleges and universities including but not limited to: Saddleback College, Chapman University, California State University at Fullerton (Irvine Campus), Concordia University, Pepperdine University – Irvine Campus, SOKA University, and University of California, Irvine.

To contact Esencia School, please visit:
To contact Capistrano Unified School District, please visit:

Students attending public schools attend schools within the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD). Founded in 1965, CUSD encompasses 195 square miles in seven cities and portions of unincorporated Orange County (including Sendero, Esencia and Rienda). Over the last few decades, CUSD has grown in both size and acclaim, earning more than 50 California Distinguished School recognitions and approximately a dozen National Blue Ribbon recognitions.

Amenities & Facilities

There are plenty of places to exercise, retreats to relax, parks to play, and trails to explore on The Ranch. For a complete list of all the amenities currently open and coming soon, visit:

Ranch residents have full access to the “All-Age” amenities available in each Village on The Ranch. Plus, Gavilán residents also have access to additional amenities exclusive to the 55+ neighborhoods.

Ranch Camp at Rienda (opening soon) will be a collection of unique recreational amenities and experiences inspired by life on The Ranch.

Trails and the Reserve

Approximately 75% of the 23,000-acre Rancho Mission Viejo will be preserved as part of the protected open spaces of The Nature Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo. Only 25% of The Ranch will be developed into the Villages of Rancho Mission Viejo. There are currently two villages on The Ranch – Sendero and Esencia, with Rienda slated to open in spring 2022. Combined with additional open spaces already dedicated by Rancho Mission Viejo, The Nature Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo will grow incrementally; over time, it’s planned to be combined with County-owned lands to form the 33,000-acre Southern Subregion Habitat Reserve, one of California’s largest and most diverse habitat reserves.

While the primary goal of The Nature Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo is to focus on conservation of habitats for endangered and other sensitive plant and wildlife species, programs and activities (including docent-led trail walks) are conducted year-round – with many offered exclusively to Ranch residents. Ranch residents are invited to join-in on fun events such as Knee-High Naturalists activities, Open Access events, wildflower walks, butterfly watching, stargazing, and more. To learn more about The Nature Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo, visit

Walking, biking and NEV (Neighborhood Electric Vehicle) trails are part of a Ranch-wide trail system, which provides passage throughout the community, connecting homes to signature places within all the Villages of Rancho Mission Viejo, and beyond via a County Regional hiking and biking trails network (leading from O’Neill Regional Park into San Juan Capistrano and down to Doheny State Beach). Additional regional trails are planned.

CFDs/Mello-Roos/Other Fees

A fee is collected on initial home sales and on the resale of all Ranch homes to fund an important Community Services Organization called RanchLife. RanchLife is unique to Rancho Mission Viejo and each of its Villages in that it funds a full calendar of Ranch-resident recreational and educational programs (e.g., fitness classes, happy hours and personal enrichment classes), community-wide events (e.g., holiday festivities, celebrations, and concerts), Ranch resident-led clubs, a community-wide web portal and mobile app, and program collaboration with various Ranch partners.

In addition, all Rancho Mission Viejo homeowners pay a monthly master homeowners association fee through the Rancho Mission Viejo Master Maintenance Corporation or Rancho MMC. Rancho MMC funds the management and maintenance of Rancho Mission Viejo’s many community recreational amenities and facilities as well as all the community farms, parks, common area landscaping, hardscape, lighting, community trails, and monumentation as well as related staffing and administration.

Based on builder neighborhood, additional fees may be assessed for other purposes including attached-home sub-associations for exterior building maintenance, private streets/parking and common area landscaping or “special benefit areas” which could include the maintenance of slopes, private streets and alley areas, gated neighborhoods, and more.

Yes. Community Facilities Districts (CFDs) or Mello-Roos taxes supplement property taxes to fund new schools and other public facilities, and improvements to meet the needs of the area’s growing population.

Total property taxes including Mello-Roos:

The overall total annual property tax rate paid by new Rienda homeowners within this CFD is approximately 1.8% of the base home prices for owners of homes in the 55+ Gavilán® neighborhoods and approximately 2% of the base home price for most other Rienda homeowners. (Base home prices do not include any home upgrades, lot premiums, and/or view premiums.) This total annual property tax rate will include the 1.0% base per Prop. 13 PLUS any existing government-issued bonds PLUS CFD taxes and all other property tax assessments. The, CFD taxes are a component of the overall annual property tax rate, which is expected not to exceed 1.8% for 55+ neighborhoods or 2% for all other neighborhoods at Rienda. Rancho Mission Viejo will always refer homebuyers to the individual sales offices for more detailed information and quotes based on the purchase price of the home being conserved.

Rienda neighborhood homebuilders are required to disclose to homebuyers their maximum CFD taxes prior to purchase.

HOA fees ranges from $250 - $500 depending on product type/neighborhood.

Roads and Transportation

For decades, Rancho Mission Viejo has worked with various agencies to ensure infrastructure construction is phased with Ranch community development so that roadways, utilities and other improvements are available to serve residents as development proceeds. The Villages are served by a network of roadways that facilitate ingress and egress within and between the Villages, as well as providing access to State and regional transportation systems (e.g., Ortega Highway and Interstate 5).

Of particular note, the opening of Los Patrones Parkway has created a 4.5-mile, north-south link between Oso Parkway and Cow Camp Road. This includes a multi-purpose pathway trail for pedestrians and cyclists that extends from Oso Parkway to Chiquita Canyon Drive. In the future, Cow Camp Road is planned to extend easterly through Rancho Mission Viejo to Ortega Highway.

No. Los Patrones Parkway has opened as a free, County arterial highway. It also has a multi-use pathway for bikes and pedestrians.

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