History of Mission Viejo, CA

Mission Viejo, California is a very popular suburban community and a designated bedroom community situated in the heart of Orange County, one of California’s most coveted waterfront communities. The city lies within the Saddleback Valley and is considered the largest and most successful planned communities in the U.S. that was built in a single phase with its only rival being Colorado-based Highlands Ranch. The city has a population of around 100,000 residents. Most of these people have jobs and businesses outside the city and commute to and fro on a daily basis.

The area that became Mission Viejo was originally owned by John Forster alias “Don Juan,” the famous Englishman who provided the U.S. military forces with fresh horsed on their march towards Los Angeles during the infamous Mexican–American War. During this era and the years that followed, the city was dismissed by many investment developers for allegedly being “undevelopable” owing to its hilly terrain and poor uncultivable soil. As such, the land was used as a pasture for sheep and cattle grazing.

It was not until after the late 1960s that Donald Bren, now one of the most prominent urban planners in the history of the United States, came up with a plan to develop the land into a residential community by formulating a design where houses would be constructed on the hilly areas while the roads would be constructed on the valleys. The plan turned out to be a genius idea and due to the high demand for houses in the areas during the ’70s and early ’80s, most of the tracts sold out even before the constructions began. Donald Bren also designed most shopping centers to look almost similar and his appreciation for Spanish architecture can be seen at every turn. The city’s name was derived from Rancho Mission Viejo.

Currently, Mission Viejo, CA is a very prominent suburban community that is dominated by contemporary residential properties that are surrounded by lush vegetation and tall trees. The city experiences a Mediterranean climate which when combined with the town’s amenities and recreational sites make it one of the most livable family-friendly communities in the entire County. Mission Viejo is also located just a few kilometers from the waterfront end of Orange County which means the pacific coast is just a short drive away from the heart of the city. The only downside to the city is the fact that it offers very few employment opportunities with its top six employers taking up less than 7,000 employees.

You can also go golfing at the locally famous Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, enroll for a SoCal Paddle Yoga session on the lakeside, go hiking or biking on the Oso Creek Trail and get to explore over three miles of the city’s natural beauty, check-in at CircusTrix Extreme Air Sports for some unlimited family fun, head out to Bellante Family Winery for an afternoon of wine tasting, or engage in some real fun water sports at Rancho Santa Margarita Lake.

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