Aliso Viejo, CA, October 24, 2013, FirstService Residential, the nation's leading property management company, recently announced that it has been selected to provide both property management and community lifestyle services for the new 14,000-home, inter-generational community of Rancho Mission Viejo in South Orange County, CA.

The community's master maintenance corporation, called Rancho Mission Viejo Master Maintenance Corporation, will include common area management for each of the multiple villages planned for the new community of Rancho Mission Viejo. In addition, the new community lifestyle organization, called RanchLife, will be launched with a host of unique "all age" and "55-plus" programmed activities as well as resident-led clubs and special events.

Owned and managed by the same family since 1882, Rancho Mission Viejo is an active ranch on 23,000 acres in South Orange County, CA. About 6,000 acres of The Ranch is planned to provide numerous inter-generational villages with the remaining 17,000 acres of family-held ranch lands preserved as open space under The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo. Within the villages on The Ranch will be sites for new schools, parks and recreational facilities, up to five million square feet of commercial uses, and trails to access areas of The Reserve. In addition, about 40% of The Ranch's 14,000 new homes will be dedicated exclusively to home buyers age 55-plus.

The first village on The Ranch is Sendero, designed to provide a wide range of approximately 940 detached and attached homes within 11 different new-home residential neighborhoods. Four of Sendero's 11 neighborhoods offer primarily single story homes within the gated 55-plus enclave of Gavilan. Now open at Sendero are three clubhouses (one exclusive to Gavilan residents) with numerous amenities. Planned for construction are Sendero's 15-acre community park, the 10-acre Ranch Marketplace retail plaza, the vegetable and fruit gardens of Sendero Farm, a fire station, and the network of hiking/biking trails accessing select open spaces and a County Regional hiking and biking trails system.
"FirstService Residential is aligned with the philosophies and practices that we believe are critical in a community management partner," said Amaya Genaro, Director of Community Services for Rancho Mission Viejo LLC, the master planner and developer of the community. "They offer the full array of services, well-respected knowledge and proven expertise we will depend on as we move forward with each of the villages on The Ranch."

According to Bob Cardoza, FirstService Residential President in California, Todd Beebe has been assigned as the General Manager for the Rancho Mission Viejo Master Maintenance Corporation. Beebe was recently the Executive Director of Rancho Mission Viejo's nearby community of Ladera Ranch.

"This is an honor to be selected to manage The Ranch," said Beebe. "Starting with the first village of Sendero and its Gavilan enclave for those folks 55 and better, we are prepared to embrace a true inter-generational community; and believe that we can bring innovative ideas and a dynamic experience for those who choose to live on The Ranch."

In addition to the master maintenance corporation, FirstService Residential was also selected to manage RanchLife, the community lifestyle organization.

"Through RanchLife we can begin to connect Ranch residents in meaningful ways, including those based on shared interests and life stages," said Rancho Mission Viejo's Amaya Genaro. "We also can explore new methods of engaging residents in life here on The Ranch including all sorts of fun activities on The Reserve, special farm-to-table experiences, events that foster an appreciation for what is raised and grown on The Ranch, and even programs designed to reinforce The Ranch's enduring culture of care and hospitality, which has part of everyday life here since 1882."

Laurel Jacoby has been assigned by FirstService Residential to serve as the RanchLife Director. Previously, Jacoby directed programming and events at Lake Mission Viejo and prior to that for the YMCA Orange County. Jacoby will oversee RanchLife programs, activities, services, and events conducted throughout all villages on The Ranch, beginning with Sendero and its gated 55-plus enclave of Gavilan.    
"I am so excited to be the RanchLife Director for Rancho Mission Viejo, beginning with the first village of Sendero," said Laurel Jacoby. "We've already conducted our first two events to celebrate the change of seasons here on The Ranch. I can't wait to implement a full year of events designed to create an incredible sense of community unity here on The Ranch."

About FirstService Residential

FirstService Residential, previously known in California as Merit Property Management, is a subsidiary of FirstService Corporation, a global leader in the rapidly growing real estate services sector, one of the largest markets in the world. As the largest residential property manager in North America, FirstService Residential oversees more than 6,000 properties and 1.5 million residential units across 19 U.S. states and three provinces in Canada. The company has more than 12,000 employees driving local market expertise and managing in excess of $6 billion in budgets. For more information, visit
Oct 23, 2013