Introducing the Backyard of the Future 


LocationOrange County, CA United States
ClientRancho Mission Viejo, LLC
Size865 acres

Esencia at Rancho Mission Viejo is the recipient of the 2019 NAHB Master Planned Community of the Year Award. The second in a series of planned communities, Esencia is integrated into a 17,000-acre open space preserve in the hills of South Orange County. The surrounding oak canyons, creeks and orchards set the stage for a vibrant development that preserves, protects, and enhances the natural landform and its agricultural and ranching legacy. This unique hill town in Rancho Mission Viejo offers countless opportunities for new experiences that help to create community. Neighborhoods for couples, families and adventurous empty-nesters coexist harmoniously with a robust network of ranch-themed social gathering spaces including: they include a working farm, coffee bar, event spaces, gym, tot lot, yurt campground, maker spaces, adventure playgrounds, and outdoor dining rooms. Also the recipient of PCBC’s “2018 Master Plan Community of the Year” and “Best Community Land Plan” Awards, Esencia offers both millennials and aging boomers a sustainable, multi-layered vision for suburbs that provide something for everyone.