Mission Viejo is steeped in a tradition that dates
back to the vanishing days of men on horses driving
25 years ago, the Mission Viejo Co. bought a 10,000-acre
section of Rancho Mission Viejo from the O'Neill
family, which once owned much of the land from
Oceanside to El Toro.
company would create a master plan for a community,
specifying the number of parks, homes, recreational
activities and retail spaces.
rolling hills of the valley, home to a sea of
grazing cattle, soon would also become home to
seekers of "The California Promise."
vision for the community began in 1963 with a
planners blueprint. The general development plan
wound its way through the maze of county permits
and by 1966 the first homes were sold, according
to the Mission Viejo Co.
than a handful of changes - among them the additions
of Saddleback College and lake Mission Viejo -
have been made to that initial plan.
over 100,000 people call Mission Viejo home.