Located in the scenic
foothills of Orange County’s Saddleback mountain formation, Ladera Ranch is a
modern, planned community that offers some of the best residential property in
the southern half of the county. A throwback to the rancho-era until just
recently, the community was organized in 1999 from parts of the Rancho Mission
Viejo cattle ranch.
The idyllic scenery
has attracted a variety of residents, including the likes of professional
baseball players Nick Punto and Mike Napoli, NFL quarterback Mark Sanchez, and
hip-hop producer Warren G. Located just outside of the larger Mission Viejo and
Rancho Santa Margarita, the ‘Ranch’ is divided into nine villages with distinct
architectural styles. Only one, Covenant Hills, is gated.
Though an excellent
spot for comfortable living and close community involvement uncommon to much of
Orange County, you won’t find many amenities within the community proper. A
short drive over to Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, or San Juan
Capistrano usually does the trick.