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The land on which Mission Viejo sits dates back to 1769, when a Spaniard named Gaspar de Portola led an expeditionary force from Mexico across southern California, resting for a while in the hills and valleys which form today's Mission Viejo, a city known for its picturesque lake, safe neighborhoods and rich culture.

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  • Exceptional Shopping

  • Nationally Ranked Schools

  • Miles of Trails


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At the base off the Saddleback Mountains, Mission Viejo is a suburban city with a wealth of restaurants, an upscale mall, Saddleback College and Castille Park, all with easy access to the 5 freeway.
The Shops At Mission Viejo Parking Structure
The Shops at Mission Viejo

The Shops at Mission Viejo is south Orange County's main shopping destination. Among the 150 stores and restaurants at The Shops at Mission Viejo, this indoor mall features Nordstrom, Macy's, Apple, Sephora, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, The Cheesecake Factory and more.

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Snow on Santiago Peak Behind Lake Mission Viejo California
Lake Mission Viejo

From summer concerts, to white sandy beaches, to boating and fishing, the sparkling lake lies at the foot of majestic Santiago Peak. Surrounded by private residential homes and condominium communities, residents enjoy swimming, beach volleyball, and summertime fireworks. Along with fishing for stocked bass in summer and trout in winter, there are also boat rentals and places for children to play on the shoreline.

Saddleback Community College Mission Viejo
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Mission Viejo boasts two school districts: Capistrano Unified and Saddleback, both with excellent academic and athletic programs. Additionally, Saddleback College, which opened in 1968, is the the oldest institution governed by the South Orange County Community College District.


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