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PHOTOS: First Homes at Rancho Mission Viejo Go up

Fast progress is being made. Homes are expected to go on the market this summer.

The frames of the first homes at Sendero, the first village of Rancho Mission Viejo, went up this week. 

Workers have been busy for months on the roads, infrastructure and clubhouses. But the first of the homes started coming to life only this week.

Rancho Mission Viejo’s senior vice president, Dan Kelly, gave Patch access to the ranch, both the sites now under construction near the intersection of Antonio Parkway and Ortega Highway and the areas not yet developed – and areas never to be developed.

Sendero will feature a gated community for those 55 years and older, called Gavilan. The seniors will have their own clubhouse, called the Hacienda, but they can also take advantage of the other community features for all ages, which are close by in an area called El Prado.

On the other side of Antonio Parkway is a smaller, townhome community called the Outpost. The gutters and street lights are in, and the clubhouse, called The Outpost, is going up.

Model homes for viewing are expected to be open to the public by summer.

Grant February 20, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Penny, regarding the primary route to the I-5, the Ortega HAS to be the route: La Pata, which is what Antonio Pkwy becomes south of Ortega ends at the county land fill. The only way anyone will be able to get from Sendero to the I-5 will be to take either the Ortega Highway west or to travel north 3.6 miles north through Ladera Ranch to Crown Valley Parkway and then continue west to the I-5. There is supposedly going to be a road going west to I-5 from the Cow Camp exit of the 241 toll road (which of course is years away from being finished, as work hasn't even yet begun south of Oso Pkwy), but work hasn't begun on this road which is suppose to parallel the Ortega but to the NORTH of the Ortega. I've been trying to find out just the alignment of this road and haven't been able to get any information. If hundreds of homes are going to be sold in this area beginning next summer, there better be some new roads to the I-5 built quickly! If anybody who actually is working on the project could enlighten us about how the transportation needs are going to be met, I'd love to hear from them. I didn't find any specifics at the Rancho Mission Viejo website.
Penny Arévalo February 20, 2013 at 02:31 AM
La Pata will go through to San Clemente. Right now, it stops at the landfill.
Grant February 20, 2013 at 02:49 AM
But people living in Sendero are not going to want to drive south to Pico to get to the I-5 north- that would be miles out of the way. And in any case, the La Pata extension hasn't even been started yet: that is literally years away! I lived in San Clemente from 1986 to 2012 (we now live in Capo Beach) and I know there is firm opposition to having additional traffic from southbound La Pata diverted onto Pico; this would impact Talega and the SC High School (where traffic is already bad enough) and so that's not a realistic alternative. Sounds like the traffic impact hasn't been adequately addressed by the designers to me. I'd love to be proven wrong, but I predict enormous headaches when this development opens. Just remember, your heard it here first!
Henry April 26, 2013 at 09:34 PM
Its a flood zone where they are building Sendero.
Miles April 30, 2013 at 12:21 AM
Well it's nice you have a place to live Janice (selfish). What about us trying to buy a place with little inventory on the market?

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