Imagine doing a Google search for “new construction Mission Viejo” and finding nothing “new.”
It seems impossible, but as this world-renowned, master-planned community fills every available buildable space within the city, that reality is quickly approaching. At present, there is only one new active residential construction project in Mission Viejo.
The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a master plan for Mission Viejo in 1965, and new construction in Mission Viejo was soon underway. Once considered only suitable for cattle grazing because of its hilly terrain, Mission Viejo has grown into a residential Mecca over a period of nearly 50 Years. The history of new construction in Orange County, Calif. will forever point to Mission Viejo.
As a resident of the city for over 23 years, I’ve seen a lot of new construction in Mission Viejo built by many well-known and reputable builders like J. M. Peters, William Lyon, Standard Pacific, Lennar and others.
The benefits of new construction have always been obvious to homebuyers.
During the 1970s and 1980s it was not uncommon for buyers to stand in line waiting to have the opportunity to purchase a new home in Mission Viejo. These homes were not even constructed, and many tracts sold out within a matter of days. Everyone wanted a new home. With limited supply and high demand, history repeats itself in 2012, as the only new residential construction site in Mission Viejo is being quickly acquired by anxious and excited consumers.
Welcome to the Ridge
The Ridge is a compact community of townhouse neighborhoods located adjacent to the Target Center near the intersection of Los Alisos Blvd. and Jeronimo Road, developed by Lennar. There are six models to choose from, which feature two to four bedrooms with 1,493 to 2,032 square feet. The pricing ranges from $399,990, which is currently unavailable, to the most expensive model, which is priced from $494,990. These spacious and versatile floor plans offer something for everyone, and the Lennar “Everything Included” program is a pleasant change from base-priced housing, which increases by thousands of dollars after adding upgrades.
As the only new residential development currently under construction in Mission Viejo, The Ridge has a lot to offer qualified buyers seeking the latest in green technology. As listed on their website, Lennar delivers several green-friendly features, including:
- Central heating and air-conditioning system
- Digital seven-day programmable electronic thermostat from TRANE®
- Dual-glazed vinyl windows with low-E glass
- Schlage LiNK™ home automation system
- Rinnai tankless water heater
- Cool roof rated concrete tiles
- Radiant barrier roof sheathing to reduce cooling costs
- R30 ceiling Insulation
- Insulated garage door
- HVAC tight duct testing
- Full exterior door weather stripping
- Water conserving toilets, faucets and shower heads
- Energy efficient florescent lighting (select locations)
- GE® ENERGY STAR® qualified dishwasher
- Low VOC interior paint
- Prewired for ceiling fans (select locations)
After completing a self-guided tour of the various floor plans and being personally escorted by the onsite new home consultant, Arlene Mastandrea, to preview the very intriguing Plan Seven (featuring an optional personal elevator), I quickly realized why these homes are in such great demand.
The Ridge offers lifestyle versatility between various models that satisfy the individual desires of a wide range of homeowners. While these townhomes are vertical by design, Lennar has catered to the needs of the modern family by providing thoughtful options like a downstairs home office, downstairs guest bedroom, and even a downstairs private suite with kitchenette for optimum privacy of shared households.
More New Construction on the Horizon
Although the city of Mission Viejo will soon say goodbye to new construction, the next new community in South Orange County, Rancho Mission Viejo, begins construction in the summer of 2013.
There will be high demand, new and exciting floor plans, modern upgrades and much more. The first development is called Sendero.
Here’s a quote from The Orange County Register, highlighting Rancho Mission Viejo:
“The village will include a gated active-adult neighborhood called Gavilan, an enclave of 285 single-story homes, and a private clubhouse and recreational facilities that are part of a larger recreational core area for the entire village community.
Other elements include a 15-acre park with sports fields, neighborhood parks with access to area trails and the reserve, a 10-acre retail center, office space, child day care center and fire station.”
As the focus on new construction in Mission Viejo quickly moves to new construction Rancho Mission Viejo, the history of land development, population shifts and architecture will always shine a bright light on the first and best known master-planned community in Orange County.
Whether you’re looking for a newly constructed home or any home in Orange County, Calif., be sure to work with an experienced real estate agent with knowledge of the local communities.
Written by Richard Yates