Mission Viejo is a planned community? In the 1960s, Donald Bren developed over 18,000 acres of the former Rancho Mission Viejo into a master-planned city. It became a City in 1991. The city is divided into three distinct sections: The Mesa (the foothills), The Foothills (the hillsides), and The Coast (the beach area).
There are many beautiful parks near San Juan Capistrano, CA. Mission Viejo Park includes athletic fields, picnic areas, and playgrounds that are available to residents. Laguna Niguel Regional Park offers nearly 300 acres of open space with trailheads that connect to the Pacific Crest Trail and Trabuco Creek bikeway trails. This park also features horse trails and equestrian facilities. There is also a nine-hole golf course within the park.
San Juan Capistrano is a city located in Orange County, California. It was founded in 1869 by Quakers, who worshiped on a hill that is still called “Friends Hill” today. The city is also known as “The City of the Almond Blossom”. This nickname comes from the city’s historic role in the production of California almonds. In the period leading up to and during World War II, San Juan Capistrano was a major hub of ranch land, producing food for the troops overseas.
Expansion of the city began after World War II with many people migrating to Orange County from Southern California. Suburbs grew up around San Juan Capistrano to accommodate residents who wished to live in a rural environment near an urban center. The expansion continued well into the 1980s and beyond.
Today, San Juan Capistrano has roughly 40,000 residents and covers an area of 27.1 square miles (70 km2) with a population density of 2,400/square miles (930/square kilometers). It is considered one of the best places to live in all of Southern California.*
Mission Viejo, the oldest planned community in America (founded in 1979), is a safe, family-oriented neighborhood located in South Orange County. Mission Viejo is a 45-minute drive from the coast and 15 minutes from Laguna Beach. The City of Mission Viejo was named by Money Magazine as one of the best places to live in America.
Mission Viejo is easily accessible to the I-5 and I-405 freeways making commuting to Los Angeles and Orange County simple. Our parks are well-maintained with many miles of walking trails, including horseback riding, biking, and jogging trails. The City offers many activities including a new recreation center with an indoor rock climbing wall, aquatic center, and gymnasium with a basketball court as well as tennis courts and soccer fields. The City also has several public libraries with free internet computer access.
The City features over 20 miles of enclosed bike paths throughout the city which connect to trails throughout Orange County for unlimited exploration and enjoyment. These paths include the San Juan Creek Bike Path which links Mission Viejo with Santa Ana through greenbelts and linear parks that feature ponds and wildlife.