The nicest house in Mission Viejo. EVER.

Yup, it might seem like an odd home to feature, but as I tell people, we feature exceptional homes in all categories. There are so many ways to go wrong with tract homes, that it’s inspiring to find one that really gets it right. Typically we shy away from comments on pricing, but I have to call out the elephant in the room — over $520 per square foot in Mission Viejo for a home over 2000 square feet is pretty much the top of the top. I’m curious to see if they get it, because the design and detailing on this house is really head and shoulders above anything else.

Frequently, homes like this see generic upgrades that haphazardly graft whatever current design trends are hot. And make no mistake, this home has a timely, trendy design. But what I love is that it doesn’t fight the original architecture of the home — it works with and enhances it. Take a look at the living room. They had brick and a rough-sawn tongue and groove ceiling. Both elements were common in the Spanish Contemporary design language emblematic of Mission Viejo. But they managed to update the color palette and look in a way that feels current, but also still feel like the original design. The rough wood on the ceiling looks beautiful in a grey whitewash. It works. 

And then there’s the detailing and thought that went into the kitchen. This proves a beautiful kitchen design isn’t a race to see who can buy the most expensive and materials — it’s about planning, design, and details. The hidden vent hood is a personal favorite…along with the pretty but actually functional table-top island. I will always appreciate great design, even if the style isn’t my personal favorite. And studies show that you will, too. This is the secret new homebuilders use to attract buyers. In that case, the door knobs may be cheap, but they all match! Am I saying this home is cheap, no way. But they’re selling a complete package.

And what a package it is. The 3 car garage is a bonus in a home of this size and the panoramic views speak for themselves. Lastly, while 8,000 square feet of land might not sound big to those accustomed to North Tustin lots, it’s gargantuan by Mission Viejo standards. 

Did you know I grew up in Mission Viejo?  You do now, and who better to give a personal tour. Contact us. 

26002 Montanoso Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 (MLS # OC17127391)

(all data current as of 7/20/2019)
Price $1,100,000
Beds 3
Baths 2 baths
Home size 2,200 sq ft
Lot Size 8,084 sqft
Days on Market 118
Status Sold
This highly sought after custom single level home is simply stunning, completely remodeled & gorgeous with an over-sized 3 car garage plus panoramic forever views of the golf course, trees and blue skies. This is a true one-of-a-kind gem, you won’t find another single story home with a 3 car garage with a view in all of Mission Viejo. This light and bright floor plan is open and spacious with 2,200 sq. ft., 3 bedrooms and 2 beautifully designed bathrooms, both with Carrera marble countertops. This home is situated on a completely private & quiet, 8,085 sq. ft. premiere lot with a dream backyard, perfect for entertaining and for quiet relaxation. You’ll love the enclosed private front courtyard and the flow and feel to the home once inside which has lots of natural light and a great floor plan including a formal dining room and a formal living room with a fireplace. The gourmet kitchen has Carrera marble countertops, a farmhouse style sink and a center island all opening to the family room with vaulted ceilings, stylish wood beams and a 2nd fireplace. Other features include hardwood floors, custom shutters, framed windows & doors, custom closet organizers, crown molding, ceiling fans, an indoor laundry room with a sink and extra storage, a home security system plus the home was just re-piped with PEX piping. Enjoy MV Lake access and Montanoso Rec Center just 1 block away. Located across the street from MV Country Club, freeway close and there’s great shopping all around.

Property Type(s): Single Family

Last Updated 10/3/2017 Tract Other (OTHR)
Year Built 1968 Community MS - Mission Viejo South
Garage Spaces 3.0 County Orange
Total Parking n/a


School District Saddleback Valley Unified
Elementary School Linda Vista
Jr. High School La Paz
High School Mission Viejo

Additional Details

Lot 8085 sq ft Area MS - Mission Viejo South
HOA Dues 19.00 | Monthly Parking Spaces: 6.00
Pool Description None Sewer Sewer Paid
Stories 1 Subdivision Other (OTHR)
Utilities Underground Utilities View Description City Lights,Golf Course,Hills,Panoramic,Trees/Woods,Valley
Water Public


Air Central
Air Conditioning Yes
Appliances Dishwasher, Garbage Disposal, Gas Range, Gas Stove, Gas Water Heater, Microwave, Vente
Fireplace Yes
Garage Direct Garage Access, Garage, Garage - Three Door, Ov, Yes
Heat Forced Air
Interior Beamed Ceilings, Built-Ins, Cathedral-Vaulted Ceilings, Ceiling Fan, Crown Moldings, High Ceilings (9 Feet+), Open Floor Plan, Pantry, Recessed Lighting
Lot Description Back Yard, Corner Lot, Front Yard
Master on Main Yes
View Yes


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Listing provided by : Julie Moran, Keller Williams OCC Realty

(view all details for MLS #OC17127391)

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