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    Aliso Viejo Real Estate


    With award-winning schools, attractive neighborhoods, and fabulous shopping, dining, and entertainment, Aliso Viejo is certainly a popular place to live. The City, which is continually ranked one of the safest cities in the nation, boasts rolling hillsides, valley terrain, and picturesque views of mountains, streams, parks and city lights.

    This South County city became Orange County’s 34th city when it incorporated on July 1, 2001 after the efforts of the “Aliso Viejo Cityhood 2000 Committee”, which was responsible for introducing an initiative on the ballot for the 2001 special election. Voters passed the initiative with 93.3% in favor of incorporation.

    The City of Aliso Viejo is a master planned community that was developed to contain a balance between residential neighborhoods, community parks, facilities and schools as well as an appropriate mix of business, office and retail uses.  The City is home to the headquarters of several large corporations and the community features ample employment opportunities and extensive recreational facilities.  The City also enjoys access to the Orange County trail system. Wood Canyon Wilderness Park is home to many rare and endangered plants and animals, along with mature oaks, sycamore and elderberry trees and year-round streams. An abundance of parks and trails, cultural and recreational activities and youth sports programs further enhance the quality of life for a community with a vision to ensure long-term viability.

    In 2009, Aliso Viejo was listed as one of “America`s Top 25 Towns to Live Well” by This City of roughly 47,823 ranked 16th among the top towns in the nation.

    Aliso Viejo History

    Aliso Viejo became Orange County`s 34th City on July 1, 2001, yet it’s a community grounded in a rich history that echoes other south Orange County cities.

    The community name derives from Spanish for “old alder” or “old sycamore.”

    Aliso Viejo was originally part of the 22,000-acre Moulton Ranch. In the 1890s, the Moulton family took ownership of land the Mexican government originally granted to Juan Avila in 1842. In 1976, Mission Viejo Company purchased the last 6,600 acres for a new master-planned community. The ultimate vision for Aliso Viejo was to feature neighborhoods that mix homes, workplaces, stores and services. A transit-friendly, energy-conscious and land-conserving community, Aliso Viejo was to foster a sense of community by creating a friendlier street-scape, quality infrastructure like parks, schools and new roads, shopping close to home, community services, and neighbors that genuinely feel connected to the community and to one another in some fashion.

    The county approved the master plan for the community in 1979 – and by March of 1982 – the first residential units were offered for sale. About eight months later, the first residents arrived. Shea Properties purchased the Mission Viejo Company in 1988.

    In February of 1995, the Self-Governance Subcommittee of Governmental Affairs, an offshoot of the Aliso Viejo Community Association (AVCA), which was the first community-wide property owner’s association of its kind in the state, began its push to make Aliso Viejo a city. Two years later, Aliso Viejo Cityhood 2000 was born. In March of 1999, Aliso Viejo Cityhood 2000 launched a petition drive to put the question of cityhood to a community vote. On March 6, 2001, voters (more than 90 percent) overwhelmingly decided to make Aliso Viejo a city.

    Aliso Viejo is both a City and a master planned community. As such, some services are provided by the City, and other services are provided by the Aliso Viejo Community Association.

    The City of Aliso Viejo is responsible for providing programs and services to enhance the quality of life for residents and businesses in the community. Vital services such as police protection, fire safety, planning, building and safety, and public works are all responsibilities of the City.

    A majority of the City’s funding comes from property taxes and sales taxes. These revenues pay for the day-to-day operations of the City. The City also receives a variety of special revenues such as gas tax and development fees. These funds are typically designated for specific purposes such as street improvements and community enhancement projects.

    The Aliso Viejo Community Association (AVCA) is a master homeowner’s association in Aliso Viejo. AVCA is responsible for common area maintenance including parks, greenbelts, parkways and slopes. In addition, AVCA is responsible for enforcing the covenants, conditions and restrictions or CC&Rs, which addresses things such as paint colors, property maintenance and many aesthetic issues.

    AVCA is financially supported by assessments paid by all members of the homeowner’s association. Each member pays the same Administrative Functions Common Assessment. A Public Functions Common Assessment is apportioned based on a ratio of the market value of each property in relation to the market value of all properties in AVCA boundaries. These funds are collected directly by AVCA and cannot be withheld or reduced by the State as can happen with tax revenues that are earmarked for the City.

    Although the City and AVCA have distinctly different responsibilities, the two entities work closely together to provide comprehensive local services to the community. Officials from both organizations meet on a regular basis to address issues of mutual interest and partnered with one another on a number of community events and projects for the benefit of the residents.