1. Rancho Mission Viejo

Last year’s favorite new home community, Rancho Mission Viejo, has once again hit the top spot in the Best of Orange County. In fact, says Stephanie Walker, vice president of marketing, the community has seen a lot of success recently.

Large, single family homes from Tri Pointe and Trumark with prices starting in the low $1 millions have proven to be popular in Rienda. “Surprisingly, especially in this relatively challenging market, we’re still seeing that demand there for that specific buyer,” Walker says.

With about 10,000 residents in Rancho Mission Viejo, the community is garnering more and more buzz. A public event in the spring of 2023 brought out an estimated 3000 people. “The amount of referrals and word-of-mouth for Rancho Mission Viejo is pretty significant,” says Walker.