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rancho mission viejoBy Allison Jarrell

Rancho Mission Viejo’s newest community, Esencia, will have a public grand opening on Sunday, Sept. 20.

The community, which will house about 3,000 residents on 890 acres of land, will have 42 model homes available to tour on Sept. 20 as well as recreational amenities. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors will be provided with free shuttles to the model homes for Esencia’s 12 different neighborhoods, with homes currently priced upwards of $400,000 to over $1 million.

Described as a “hillside village,” the Esencia community includes amenities such as a community garden, an outdoor courtyard for gardening classes, a dog park and a trail system. The construction of Esencia is the next phase of The Rancho Mission Viejo Company’s land development, following the communities of Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, Rancho Santa Margarita, Las Flores and the 690-acre village of Sendero.

Esencia’s K-8 school campus is anticipated to open fall 2018 and will be part of the Capistrano Unified School District. In addition, approximately 50 acres of commercial space has been allocated at Esencia for uses such as retail shops, restaurants and professional and medical offices.

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