Our New House (ONH) in Rancho Mission Viejo

We find the perfect downsizing home with a master bedroom, laundry and guest bedroom on the first level!

11 Days to Go!

November 18, 2018

Stopped out at the house today and walked through it. Couldn’t quite tell if the cabinets are perfect, but we walk through on Tuesday morning and Michelle can decide in daylight (I was there in the late afternoon yesterday and the sun coming through the window was orange so was tough to tell). We’re excited…

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In 15 Days We Close!

November 14, 2018

In my last post I mentioned our disappointment in the cabinet color mismatch but, as expected, our William Lyon Homes team is pulling through for us! The cabinets are being redone this week by the manufacturer and we’ll be viewing the house next Tuesday to ensure they are acceptable to us. About Our Elevation One…

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Today’s BIG Disappointment

November 6, 2018

Today was our “pre-floor” walk-through and we were very excited to do it as we are now 23 days away from closing on this house. This pre-floor walk-through is a time when — prior to flooring being installed — we are able to walk through the house with a William Lyon Homes manager and ensure…

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Pace is Picking Up!

October 28, 2018

Michelle and I went out yesterday to checkout the house and so she could pick up a cabinet door to exactly match the paint color. That will allow her to specify other colors and so we can buy lighting, furniture and accessories that blend in to the palette she has chosen. Though we can see…

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In-by-Inch, Step-by-Step

October 17, 2018

Everything is moving along nicely. After these photos were taken the baseboards were installed, all walls painted, and many other finishing touches were done. WE ARE SO ANXIOUS TO GET IN THOUGH! Soon…it will be soon. We’re just over one month from closing but it’s tough to wait. Click any image to view a larger…

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Making Progress

September 16, 2018

Went out to visit the house yesterday (Saturday, Sept. 15th) and it didn’t seem like there was a huge amount of progress. From the outside it appeared there was more siding and roofing done, but when I went inside I saw that the entire sheetrocked walls — in the house and in the garage —…

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Rancho Mission Viejo’s Upcoming Villages

September 15, 2018

14,000 homes! Yep…that’s how many will eventually be built here in Rancho Mission Viejo (RMV). Below is a map overlay of current RMV villages (e.g., Sendero; Escencia) and future ones, depicted in gray. The surrounding black dashed lines are the boundaries of the 23,000 acre Rancho Mission Viejo, a master planned community that will eventually…

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Under Construction: Sept. 8th

September 8, 2018

Here are a few photos taken on of our new home being built in Rancho Mission Viejo‘s Escencia neighborhood on Saturday, September 8, 2018. Click on any photo to view a larger version:

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Our New Home: The Model

August 31, 2018

This is the model for the home we purchased, William Lyon Homes’ Residence 4. Click on any photo to see a larger view:

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Our New Home: Video of Our Walk Through the Model

August 30, 2018

This is a brief video I shot of my lovely bride, Michelle Lamb, and me in the model of the home we’ve purchased:

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Rancho Mission Viejo: The Development

August 18, 2018

Family & friends back in Minnesota have been asking questions like, “Wait…where the hell is Rancho Mission Viejo!?!” Our new house is in an Orange County, CA development called Rancho Mission Viejo (RMV). Besides being all brand new, it receives almost a constant light breeze from the ocean that is absolutely delightful!

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