The Gavilán® 55+ Lifestyle

With exclusive 55+ amenities and events, free rides to nearby day trip destinations, plus access to any all-age activity or event in the community, Gavilán residents get the best of everything The Ranch has to offer!

Featured Activity

Gavilán® Taco Nights

  • Twice monthly - once at the Palomino Bar, inside the exclusive Hacienda gated clubhouse, and once at The Canyon House.
  • Grab your favorite beverage, like a cold cerveza or a salted margarita
  • Bring your appetite for some tasty Mexican treats and eats
  • Join good friends and close neighbors for this fun-filled celebration

Exclusive Gavilán® Clubs

50 ways to have a good time with fellow fun-enthusiasts.

  • Afternoon Bridge Club
  • Alondra Bunco Broads
  • Alondra Bunco Broads #2
  • Alternative Medicine Club
  • Art Box Crafters
  • Bahariville Flamingos (Bocce Ball)
  • BBB or Bungalow Bocce Ball
  • Bunco Babes
  • Bunco Buddies
  • Chess Club
  • Dancing Divas & Dudes
  • Gavilán® Art Club
  • Gavilán® Bocce Club
  • Gavilán® Chavurah Club
  • Gavilán® Fitness Club
  • Gavilán® Going to the Movies Club
  • Gavilán® Golf Club
  • Gavilán® Lending Library
  • Gavilán® Mexican Train
  • Gavilán® Outing Club (formerly Travel Club)
  • Gavilán® Poker Club
  • Gavilán® Singles Club
  • Gavilán® Stitches
  • Gavilán® Studios
  • Gavilán® Volunteers
  • Getaway Games Club
  • Investment Club
  • LCR Club (Left, Center, Right)
  • Listo St Bocce Club (Esencia)
  • Mah Jongg Club
  • Mah Jongg Madness Club
  • RMV Bridge Club
  • Rmoney Investment Club
  • Rancho Readers
  • Rancho Rollers Dell Web Bocce Ball
  • Scrabble Club
  • Watercolor Club

Gavilán® 55+ Lifestyle Frequently Asked Questions

Gavilan 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!

Rancho Mission Viejo is only 6 miles from the beach!

Temperate and sunny. The typical Southern Orange County weather that people love.

There are lots of charming restaurants in nearby San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point and San Clemente. Plus, the on-site Sendero Marketplace offers some of your favorite eateries and places to shop.

Although the 6,500 acres of The Ranch preserved as permanent open space are not publicly accessible, there are numerous trails and multi-use pathways designed for resident use. There are also plenty of public, docent-led hikes, lectures and volunteer opportunities on The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo. Visit for more details.

The nearest fire department is the Rancho Mission Viejo Fire Station (station #56) located at

Antonio Parkway/Sendero Way, approximately one mile from Esencia. And with the recent opening of Los Patrones Parkway, there are now two major roadways in and out of Esencia.

The closest hospital is Mission Hospital, located in the city of Mission Viejo. There are two wellness/preventive centers in the Sendero Marketplace, (Memorial Care and Mission Hospital) and there is a future site for a new Mission Health Center in the NorthWalk neighborhoods.

Ranch Ride is a free shuttle system available to RMV residents for transportation to RanchLife events, in addition to seasonal and weekend destinations to local attraction, including the cities of San Juan Capistrano and Dana Point Harbor. Visit for 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.


Exceptional entertainment spaces

BBQ Barn

Get grilling at The BBQ Barn, an open-air entertainment space built for get-togethers and friendly cook-offs

The Getaway

The Getaway offers Gavilán® residents a private clubhouse adjacent to The Hilltop Club. Spend the morning in your own space, then your afternoon with the grandkids!

The Outlook

With a collection of all the things you love to do at your fingertips, The Outlook is sure to become your new favorite hangout.

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Visitor Center

The Rancho Mission Viejo Visitor Center is now permanently closed to the public. Please refer to the Neighborhoods section of our website for all current information on remaining new homes and to contact our neighborhood builders directly for appointments.

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