Rienda is the first of six villages planned for the largest planning area on The Ranch. Situated along some of the highest elevations in the heart of The Ranch, Rienda is located near historic Cow Camp and The Nature Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo. It encompasses 400 acres of westerly-facing hills with backcountry panoramas. Rienda is located east of the intersection of Cow Camp Road and Los Patrones Parkway, in unincorporated south Orange County.

Homes are currently selling in various neighborhoods, including all-age and Gavilán 55+ neighborhoods. At full buildout, Rienda will consist of more than 1,800 homes.

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

Homes range from single-family to condos and attached townhomes. For more information about specific home types and the up to date pricing, please visit: or connect with the Neighborhood Builders directly.

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, Sendero Gateway and The Overlook at Los Patrones Summit.

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 55+ residents have access to additional amenities exclusive to the 55+ neighborhoods.

Residents can also experience Ranch Camp at Rienda, the newest destination for fun and festivities with a unique collection of recreational amenities and experiences inspired by life on The Ranch. For more about Ranch Camp amenities, please visit:

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Trails and The Nature Reserve Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo

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 three villages on The Ranch – Sendero, Esencia, and Rienda. 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 of 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.

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.


Elementary Schools

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 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 people as well as adjoining athletic fields for softball and soccer use.

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

A future K-8 school is planned for the Village of Rienda.

High School

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


Within the local area there are numerous colleges and universities including but not limited to:

  • California State University at Fullerton (Irvine Campus)
  • Chapman University
  • Concordia University
  • Pepperdine University (Irvine Campus)
  • Saddleback College
  • SOKA University
  • University of California, Irvine

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.

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).

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.

Gavilán® 55+ Living

Two neighborhoods of Gavilán 55+ homes are currently selling in Rienda – Haven and Pearl by Lennar. Additional Gavilán homes are slated to be built in the future.

RanchRide is currently 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, Dana Point Harbor and San Clemente. Please visit for current shuttle schedules and pick up/drop off locations. Public bus transportation is also available through OCTA, and the Amtrak and Metrolink train station is conveniently located in downtown San Juan Capistrano.

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 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, and lots of dedicated 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.

The Perch, a new amenity in Rienda exclusively for Gavilán 55+ residents, includes a pool, spa, outdoor dining patio as well as an outdoor open-air entertaining room.

Retail, Restaurants and Services

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. Tenants include:

  • Coastal Carts RMV, a golf cart dealer
  • Evolution Swim Academy, a premier provider of learn-to-swim lessons
  • Sit means Sit, a dog training facility
  • Frisby Winery and Brewing, a winery and brewery
  • GMS Industries, a printing and fulfillment company
  • Odin Parker, a toy store
  • Oak Ranch Grill, a fast casual restaurant
  • Safety Supply America, a provider of PPE equipment
  • Sweet Pea Gymnastics
  • The Zuri Pet Spa, a doggy day care and boarder
  • Replicated Grass Systems, a synthetic turf company
  • Evolve Checkmat OC, 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 located 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 Nick Konopisos with Theo Pacific at and (657) 444-9200.

The closest hospital is Mission Hospital, located in the city of Mission Viejo. There is also a site for a future Mission Health Center in Esencia.

There are lots of charming restaurants in nearby San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point and San Clemente. Ladera Ranch is also just a short drive up Antonio Parkway.

Plus, the on-site Sendero Marketplace offers favorite eateries and places to shop including Gelson’s grocery store, Bagel Bistro, Nektar Juice Bar, In-N-Out Burger, Morena’s Mexican Cuisine, and Starbucks to name a few.

The Rancho Mission Viejo Fire Station (station #56) is located at Antonio Parkway/Sendero Way.

Additionally, an interim fire station is located at 31544 Cow Camp Road serving all residents of Rienda. A permanent station is 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 vary by neighborhood, which range from $250 to $1,000.

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.

In October of 2020, the Santa Margarita Water District opened Trampas Canyon Dam and Reservoir in Rancho Mission Viejo, which is an important step in securing water supply resiliency in South Orange County. It is the largest surface water reservoir in south Orange County with capacity for 1.6 billion gallons of recycled water storage. The reservoir helps us use 100% of our community’s wastewater, building regional sustainability and resiliency.

In the future, the reservoir may even expand our region’s drinking water supply by adding recycled water to groundwater aquifers, which can be extracted downstream, lessening dependence on importing water from northern California or the Colorado River.

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