Best Places to Live Mission Viejo CA

Mission Viejo earned the title of Best Master-Planned Community of the Year in the United States from the National Association of Home Builders at this year’s International Builders Show in Las Vegas. The city was planned from the moment the land was purchased nearly 25 years ago. And with more than 100,000 people living in Mission Viejo today, there’s bound to be some debate about where the best place to live is in Mission Viejo. 

Places to live in Mission Viejo

On the Internet, there are lists of the cheapest places to live, the safest places to live, the best places for renting, and many more categories. But what’s difficult to find is a comprehensive analysis of specific locations.

There are a lot of factors that go into choosing the best, but from the holistic view (and information found on Neighborhood Scout), considering public school ratings, crime rates, and appreciation rates, the area in North Mission Viejo between Santa Margarita Parkway and Alicia Parkway is a great place for a family. This area is mostly filled with upper-middle-class urban sophisticates. With the average home in the area priced around the mid-$800,000s, excellent public school ratings, and crime rates well below the national average, this area of Mission Viejo is great for the whole family.

In terms of public schools, nearby Arroyo Vista Elementary School and La Paz Intermediate School were given a Great Schools 10/10 rating, and El Toro High School (fewer than 4 miles away, in Lake Forest) was given a rating of 9/10. This compares to Mission Viejo’s 8/10 rating as a city. 

And, of course, there are plenty of local private schools, too. For those seeking a more exclusive educational experience than the traditional public school system, nearby Oxford Preparatory Academy is just a 10-minute drive from Santa Margarita Parkway.  And with a local Fusion Academy campus nearby, even those students enjoying a more customized, one-on-one education don’t have to go far. 

Places to live in Mission Viejo

Great Schools also gave the community surrounding Da Portola and La Paz 5 stars. With the local neighborhood café Bagels & Brews only a short drive away, wine tastings at Laguna Beach Winery, and even more fine dining in the Laguna Beach area, the options for good food and drinks are easily accessible from this pocket in North Mission Viejo.  Outdoor activities abound with Florence Joyner Olympiad Park, Mission Viejo Youth Athletic Park, and Lake Mission Viejo, so taking Fido for his morning run will be both scenic and nurturing to your soul.

In the end, it’s impossible to say where the best place is for you to live. But you should definitely consider your lifestyle, what you’re looking for in your neighbors, and what kind of community services are important to you and your family. For those with kids, great schools are often a priority. And for those without them, living in an upscale community offers the great amenities of nearby restaurants and attractions. 

Regardless of whether you decide to live in the Mission Viejo, Laguna Beach, or Lake Forest areas, be sure to do your research before buying or renting. Stop in Norm Reeves Acura to test drive one of our cars and before you know it you will be driving around your new neighborhood!


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