A photograph looking out on Mercantile Way in Ladera Ranch
Ladera Ranch is an unincorporated planned community located in south Orange County, California . It is adjacent to Mission Viejo, California and is part of the ‘Sphere of Influence’ of the City of Mission Viejo .just outside the city limits of San Juan Capistrano, Rancho Santa Margarita and Mission Viejo.
Since Ladera Ranch is part of an unincorporated area and not an actual City,The Ladera Ranch Civic Council is a form of local government that focuses mainly on Ladera Ranch. The LRCC is responsible for community issues and performs functions similar to a homeowners association.The elections are not a part of the Orange County government and not regulated by the Orange County Clerk Recorder’s office.
The community has several features that differentiate it from most others. For example, many traffic speed-reducing measures were put into use. Roundabouts, for example, are commonplace on smaller intersections. Narrow street widths are characteristics of Ladera Ranch's small residential streets. Landscaped street medians are common, even on two-lane collector streets like O'Neill, Crown Valley, and Sienna Parkways.
Within Ladera Ranch are two different types of areas: villages and neighborhoods. Individual builders produce an area that is called a neighborhood. There are ten or more neighborhoods per village, and there are nine villages. They are:
- Oak Knoll Village
- Flintridge Village
- Wycliffe Village
- Echo Ridge Village
- Avendale Village
- Terramor Village
- Covenant Hills Village (gated)
Five of the nine villages have clubhouses themed on a particular architecture style that is emphasized within that village. There are also parks, pools, playgrounds and open areas within each village. The Covenant Hills village is a gated community which is closed to the general public, but accessible to all card-carrying residents of Ladera Ranch. There are no other gated villages in the community.
In addition to the various clubhouses, the community has key-accessed private water park and skate park, 18 community parks, a dog park, six "plunges" (smaller neighborhood pools not connected to a clubhouse), many "pocket parks"/ green belts, a shopping district called Mercantile East Shopping Center, and miles of hiking trails that go all the way to Doheny Beach from its main starting point at the prestigious 'Vista Toscana' estate in East Covenant, in the Covenant Hills village.
Ladera Ranch is a 4,000 acre (16 km2) master-planned community adjacent to Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and San Juan Capistrano. Located along Antonio Parkway and Crown Valley Parkway, construction of the community began in 1999 on portions of the O'Neill, Avery, & Moiso family's 23,000 acre (93 km2) Rancho Mission Viejo cattle ranch, the largest remaining working ranch in Orange County.
Ladera Ranch is located at 33°34'14.75" North, 117°38'4.68" West (33.570763, -117.634634).
Ladera Ranch Demographic estimates
The 92694 ZCTA is statistically equivalent to Ladera Ranch. This is a map of what was completed in 2000.
The United States does not define a census-designated place called Ladera Ranch, but it does define a Zip Code Tabulation Area (ZCTA), 92694. Because Ladera Ranch is contained within this Zip Code Tabulation Area, it is possible to obtain Census data from the United States 2000 Census for the area even though data for "Ladera Ranch" is unavailable. Note however, that the community was significantly less completed in 2000 and that many more people now live in the community. These are the January, 2008 estimates based on the records for the area. The community has not reached buildout yet, however it is expected to within 2010.
Covenant Hills Demographic Estimates
The United States does not define a census-designated place called Covenant Hills, but it does define a Zip Code Tabulation Area (ZCTA), 92694. Because Covenant Hills is contained within this Zip Code Tabulation Area, it is possible to obtain Census data from the United States 2000 Census for the area even though data for "Covenant Hills" is unavailable. Note however, that the community was significantly less completed in 2006 and that many more people now live in the community. These are the June, 2009 estimates based on the records for the area. The community has not reached buildout yet, however it is expected to within 2013.
The community is served by the Capistrano Unified School District. A branch of the Orange County Public Library is located on the campus of Ladera Ranch School.
Within the community are the Chaparral and Oso Grande Elementary Schools and the Ladera Ranch School, which is home to both an elementary school and a middle school on the same campus.
Chaparral Elementary School received the "California Distinguished School Award" in both 2004 and 2008. Ladera Ranch School, which opened in 2004, received the "California Distinguished School Award" in 2007.
Depending on which part of the community they live in, high school students attend either San Juan Hills High School in San Juan Capistrano, or Tesoro High School in Rancho Santa Margarita. Prior to its opening in 2007, students in areas currently served by San Juan Hills attended Capistrano Valley High School (Capo). A number of Ladera Ranch's students still attend Capo, either due to having begun attendance prior to 2007, or by virtue of having been "grandfathered" in through siblings' attendance.
The community's college-age students and adults are within a few minutes' drive of Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California and Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, California.
Law enforcement services in Ladera Ranch are provided by the Orange County Sheriff's Department and the California Highway Patrol.
Ladera Ranch is served by two daily newspapers; the Orange County Register, and the Los Angeles Times Orange County Edition. The Ladera Ranch News which was adjudicated by the Orange County Superior Court on December 30,2004 case # A227454 as the newspaper of general circulation for legal and public notices, is the weekly newspaper for Ladera Ranch.
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- ^ http://www.lrciviccouncil.org