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Sendero, the first village to open in the developing Rancho Mission Viejo community, was named “Master-Planned Community of the Year” at a national convention of home builders in February.

The Rancho Mission Viejo Company received the award during the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. Sendero was chosen from a group of five finalists, which included communities in Colorado, Georgia, Texas and Virginia, by the Sales and Marketing Council of The National Association of Home Builders.

It is the second such award the village has received. The Greater Sales and Marketing Council for the Building Industry Association of Southern California awarded a similar honor to Sendero as well.

Sendero debuted late June 2013 and includes more than 1,200 attached and detached homes spread throughout 11 different neighborhoods. So far, the Rancho Mission Viejo Company reports that nearly 450 homes have been sold. Homes range in price, from around $400,000 to just under $1 million.

When it is fully built out over the next 20 to 25 years, Rancho Mission Viejo will include 14,000 homes, including 6,000 for residents 55 and over.

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