A smaller, unincorporated, planned community, Ladera Ranch, California, is located in the southern part of Orange County, about 55 miles south of Los Angeles along the state's Pacific coast. The town is home to a population of just over 23,000, as of estimates calculated in 2008, and its residents are estimated to have a median household income of more than $88,000. The city is adjacent to Mission Viejo and San Juan Capistrano and lies along Antonio Parkway and Crown Valley Parkway.
Ladera Ranch is a 4,000-acre planned community that is not quite finished, but is expected to reach completion by 2010. It is made up of two area, villages and neighborhoods. Neighborhoods are made up of several houses, and villages comprise 10 more more neighborhoods, with there being nine villages in the city. Five of these have clubhouses for residents to enjoy, each with a particular architectural theme and offerings like pools, gardens and playgrounds. Each village has its own open space, and one even has a small water park. The five village clubs are Covenant Hills, Oak Knoll, Avendale, Flintridge and Terramor.
Students attending public educational institutions here are served by the Capistrano Unified School District, which includes the Chaparral and Oso Grande elementary schools and the Ladera Ranch School, which is made up of both an elementary and junior high campus in one. The two-year Saddleback College is found nearby in Mission Viejo for residents to further their studies or take a course or two. For those preferring a religious education, there are the K-8 Stoneybrooke Christian Schools.
There is an Orange County Public Library branch within the city, and 16 parks, from a dog park to a sports fields park, can be enjoyed throughout the year with the city's enviable climate. Annual events thrown in the town include a spring celebration, a holiday tree lighting, Harvest Festival, Beer & Wine Festival, a July 4th celebration, and summer movies in the park and concerts on the green.