A street view of Viridian | All images courtesy a representative of TRI Pointe Homes Southern California

EXCLUSIVE: First Buyers Move in at OC Community (SLIDESHOW)

Carrie Rossenfeld Residential & Mixed Use

SoCal Real Estate has learned exclusively that the first 12 homeowners out of 30 at Viridian at Esencia, a new hilltop neighborhood located in the master-planned community of Rancho Mission Viejo, have taken up residence, according to a release from a representative of developer TRI Pointe Homes Southern California. The release says the move-in milestone comes on the heels of Viridian winning the Detached Community of the Year at the 2018 SoCal Awards presented by the Greater Sales & Marketing Council and BIA of Southern California. (See slideshow below for views of the residences at Viridian.)

According to the statement, the Viridian parcel was originally planned as an extension of a TRI Pointe Homes neighborhood that debuted in 2015 at Esencia, with homes ranging from 3,100 to 3,750 square feet, starting at over $1 million, and targeting a move-up buyer who had many similar luxury choices in the local market area. Upon the completion of its first enclave of homes, TRI Pointe Homes recognized an opportunity appeal to young families with this development, including bigger backyards, less interior square footage with greater flexibility, and a lower, more attractive price point.

The statement also says TRI Pointe Homes worked closely with Rancho Mission Viejo, the master developer, to re-imagine the neighborhood, including energy-efficient features and three open-concept floorplans.

The source reports that upon completion, Viridian will comprise 72 solar-paneled homes priced from the low $900,000s to low $1 millions. Ranging from 2,516 square feet to 3,171 square feet, the two-story homes come with four to six bedrooms, three to 5.5 bathrooms and two-car garages.

According to the release, the floorplans include options such as a detached casita, cabana, and ranch room. The casita can become a game room or a bed and full bath, and the ranch room and optional cabana can double as a lounge and entertainment area. Oversized backyards allow for multiple outdoor experiences, including outdoor bars, swimming pools, and play yards.

Designed by architect Bassenian Lagoni, Viridian also offers native drought-tolerant landscaping by Forma, the statement says.

Viridian residents also have access to Rancho Mission Viejo’s amenities, including the Hilltop Club, which offers a resort-style pool, and fitness and entertainment activities.