The article you’re about to read is from our reporters doing their important work — investigating, researching, and writing their stories. We want to provide informative and inspirational stories that connect you to the people, issues and opportunities within our community. Journalism requires lots of resources. Today, our business model has been interrupted by the pandemic; the vast majority of our advertisers’ businesses have been impacted. That’s why The Capistrano Dispatch is now turning to you for financial support. Learn more about our new Insider’s program here. Thank you.

New homebuyers searching for a wonderful quality of life are moving into the Village of Esencia at Rancho Mission Viejo, drawn by The Ranch’s award-winning amenities, vibrant social life, breathtaking views and variety of new homes.

“I love the lifestyle here,” said Brittany Ketchum, who purchased a new home with her husband, Kurt, in Aurora by William Lyon Homes.   “There is a strong sense of community, and it feels that way.”

She added, “I love going out on my balcony in the morning and taking it all in.  It’s open.  It’s not crowded.  It’s not congested.  It just feels peaceful.”

Strong sales throughout the Village of Esencia have increased the urgency for new homebuyers, as new home purchase opportunities become limited.  In the Gavilan neighborhoods for residents age 55+, fewer than 35 new homes remain. 

From its scenic South Orange County hilltop location, the Village of Esencia is just a short drive away from miles of idyllic southern California coastline, museums and preserved historic sites, natural wonders and theme parks.  Neighborhoods offer a full range of single-level and multi-story homes ranging in price from the $500,000s to more than $900,000.  The beautiful homes were designed for a wide-range of lifestyles, including first-time homebuyers, couples, families, adventurous empty-nesters and, at the Gavilan neighborhoods, for residents age 55+. 

Residents enjoy access to the robust RanchLife program, which includes a number of fun daily, weekly and monthly events.  Seasonal favorites, community-wide parties, cultural activities, happy hours, on-site programming by local organizations, and more are provided, exclusively for residents. 

At completion, the villages on Rancho Mission Viejo will occupy approximately 6,000 acres or 25% of the historic 23,000-acre Rancho Mission Viejo, Orange County’s last working ranch, which has been held in the O’Neill/Avery/Moiso family since 1882.  About 17,000 acres, or 75% of The Ranch, will be preserved for ranching, farming and the phased formation of a large habitat conservation area known as The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo.

To learn more, visit or visit the Village of Esencia Visitors Center located within The NorthWalk Neighborhoods at Esencia. 

Trustworthy, accurate and reliable local news stories are more important now than ever. Support our newsroom by making a contribution and becoming a subscribing member today.

About The Author Capo Dispatch

comments (0)

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>