Incorporated in 2001, Aliso Viejo is Orange County´s most recent city. Its nearly 48,000 residents enjoy an excellent job market, plentiful recreation opportunities, and award-winning schools. Residents and visitors take advantage of the city´s shopping, dining, and entertainment options.
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Aliso Viejo is bordered by Laguna Beach to the west and southwest, Laguna Hills to the east, Laguna Niguel to the southeast, and Laguna Woods to the north.
Beginning in the early 1800s, the area now known as Aliso Viejo was a working ranch granted by Mexico to Don Juan Avila. It remained a ranch, under different ownership, until it was purchased for development as a planned community in late 1970s. The first residences were sold in 1982.
An unincorporated community since 1990, Aliso Viejo saw a movement to incorporate in the late 1990s. In 2000, the Aliso Viejo Cityhood 2000 Committee introduced an initiative on the 2001 special election ballot asking voters whether they wanted to incorporate. Voters passed the initiative with more than 93 percent in favor of the move.
The median household income in Aliso Viejo is $86,335 compared to $69,009 in Orange County overall and $50,935 nationwide. The median age in the city is 35.1 years.
The city´s top employers are United Parcel Service, Pacific Life Insurance Company, and the Capistrano School District. It is home to the corporate headquarters of many large companies, including Buy.com, Ketel One, Marie Callender´s, and QLogic. Marriott opened its $65 million Renaissance ClubSport – a hotel and fitness resort – there in 2008.
Even when the rest of the nation was experiencing near-record unemployment levels, Aliso Viejo enjoyed low unemployment rates. The Aliso Viejo Chamber of Commerce launched in August 2012.
Aliso Viejo is home to Soka University of America, a private, nonprofit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate school. The city is served by the Capistrano Unified School District, which includes four elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. The city also features several private schools, including VanDamme Academy, St. Mary and All Angels School, and Aliso Viejo Christian School.
The Aliso & Wood Canyon Wilderness Park offers varied terrain, from smooth fire roads to steep singletrack, popular with mountain bikers. It is also frequented by hikers and the occasional equestrian.
Soka University hosts an annual International Festival, which features more than 600 dancers and musicians on three stages, international food, art, film, storytelling, and exhibitors. The Orange County Gladiators, an American Basketball Association expansion team, plays its home games at Aliso Niguel High School.
The median home price in Aliso Viejo in late 2012 was $380,600, up 4 percent from the previous year. The most expensive home sold was located in the Oakview-Westridge neighborhood. It closed at $1,170,000.
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$589,900 : 4 Walnut Drive, Aliso Viejo3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
$1,150,000 : 49 Summerland Circle, Aliso Viejo4 beds, 3 full, 1 part baths
$379,000 : 27 Briarwood Lane #70, Aliso Viejo2 beds, 1 full, 1 part baths
$504,900 : 17 Lucente Lane, Aliso Viejo3 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
$850,000 : 60 Rockrose, Aliso Viejo4 beds, 2 full, 1 part baths
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