The city of Aliso Viejo is one of the newest cities in Orange County, having been incorporated on July 1, 2001. Developed as a planned community on land that was originally part of the Moulton Ranch, Aliso Viejo takes its name from the Spanish term that translates to “Old Alder,” possibly referring to the Alder trees that line nearby Aliso Creek. The initial master plan called for 20,000 homes for a projected population of 50,000. To encourage live-and-work opportunities, most of the homes built are located about 1-1/2 miles from Pacific Park, the city’s centrally located business park and town center.
Set on the scenic rolling hills that provide panoramic views of the surrounding area, the homes in Aliso Viejo are mostly single-family residences and lovely tract housing, along with townhouses and condos. Aliso Viejo contains a significantly large number of distinctive neighborhoods and gated communities – over 100 in all, including Altisse, Birch River, Breeze-Pacific Ridge, Calabria, Canterbury, Canyon View Estates, Coronado, Eagle Point, Flores Los Alisos, Greystone Colony, Laguna Vista-Audubon, Montelena, Pacific Grove, Provence D’Aliso, Soleil, Talavera, Twelve Picket Lane, Ventana Ridge, Vista Pointe, Woodlands, and many more.
The nearby Aliso and Wood Canyons Regional Park is a wilderness area and wildlife sanctuary encompassing almost 4,000 acres. There are ancient petroglyphs to view in the park, as well as approximately 30 miles of designated trails and roads, which include the Aliso Creek Trail that runs along Aliso Creek for the entire length and exits at Aliso Beach County Park near the Pacific Ocean. Visitors cannot follow the trail all the way through, however, since it passes through private property owned by The Ranch at Laguna Beach.
The Aliso Viejo Town Center located at Aliso Creek Road and Pacific Park Drive is a centrally located lifestyle and retail center with numerous shops, restaurants, and service establishments that include Barnes & Noble, Lowes’, Michaels, Ralphs, Staples, T.J. Maxx, Trader Joe’s, and a 20-screen Edwards Theatres cinema complex. Grand Park, an outdoor venue for community concerts and events, is also located here.
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