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By Collin Breaux | Email: | Twitter: @collin_breaux

Four neighborhood builders have been selected for a new village coming to Rancho Mission Viejo, a Dec. 23 press release said.

Lennar California Coastal, Meritage Homes, PulteGroup and TRI Pointe Homes will develop new homes for Rienda, a new village coming in early 2022, according to the press release.

Rienda will be near downtown San Juan Capistrano and a quick drive from San Clemente and Doheny State Beach.

“We’re excited to have these outstanding and highly respected homebuilders join us at Rancho

Mission Viejo,” said Paul Johnson, executive vice president of community development for Rancho Mission Viejo. “Since opening the first village of Sendero in 2013, The Ranch has been admired as one of America’s most sought-after master-planned communities. We are confident that reputation will continue to grow as more residents begin experiencing the unmatched community lifestyle.”

The initial phase for the Village of Rienda will have 671 homes in seven neighborhoods. Community amenities and programming—notable features of Rancho Mission Viejo—will be available at Rienda. Existing amenities at Rancho Mission Viejo include spacious natural land, coffee shops, exercise opportunities and social events.

Rienda means rein, a connotation Johnson touched on when explaining how the community came to be named.

“We chose the Village of Rienda’s name carefully and purposefully, because we believe it will offer residents the opportunity to truly take the reins of their desired lifestyles,” Johnson said.

Neighborhood builders were quoted as saying they looked forward to bringing Rienda to life.

Jeremy Parness, division president for Lennar California Coastal, said they are excited to continue working with Rancho Mission Viejo in bringing in “vibrant new neighborhoods.” Elliot Mann of Meritage Homes said they look forward to providing the next chapter for Rancho Mission Viejo life.

“The Pulte team is pleased to continue its partnership with The Ranch in 2022, delivering outstanding, consumer-inspired new home designs in a beautiful setting known for its distinctive amenities and one-of-a-kind lifestyle,” said PulteGroup Southern California Division President Chris Edgar.

Tom Grable, division president of Southern California for TRI Pointe Homes, said Rienda will “create an opportunity for homebuyers to find homes that are both attractive and very attainable.”

Home sales are said to have been strong in existing communities at Rancho Mission Viejo, including Esencia.

The Village of Esencia is seeing strong home sales, fueling more development at Rancho Mission Viejo. Photo: Collin Breaux

“Continued strong sales at the Village of Esencia are creating a scenario where the opportunities to purchase new homes and join The Ranch community are becoming very limited,” Johnson said in the press release.

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