Saddleback Valley, California Real Estate and Community Information The hilly landscape of they valley is situated within the shadow of the Santa Ana Mountains and is home to some of the most wonderful communities in South Orange County. Home to a diverse population and a huge range property types, residents of the Saddleback valley are proud to call communities such as Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, Rancho Santa Margarita and Lake Forest home. History The first people to live in the beautiful valley were the natives of North America. The first tribes that lived in the valley were the ancestors of what who we know today as the Juaneño and the Gabrielino people. The Spanish laid claim to California in the 1500's. However, it was not until 200 years later that the Spanish first made an effort to colonize the area. The first spanish to colonize the area were Catholic missionaries and Spanish soldiers. In 1821, after Mexico won its independence, California, then part of Mexico, began an intense period of change. The Valley's missions became more secular and begin restricting the religious duties of priests. Vast swathes of land were given as ranches to citizens of the valley. Changes such as these marked a new era for the vibrant valley. Parks and Recreation There are many wonderful parks and wilderness preserves in the beautiful Valley area. Residents of the Valley enjoy a myriad of options for camping, hiking, biking and other recreational activities. Popular Wilderness Parks Include: Santiago Peak Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park O'Neill Regional Park Attractions and Activities Residents of the valley also enjoy a range of attractions and activities within the area. Many residents of the valley enjoy hitting the greens on one of the Valley's many golf courses. Popular courses, include the Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club, the Tijeras Creek Golf Club, the Saddleback Golf Driving Range, the Mission Viejo Golf Course and the Aliso Viejo Country Club. The valley is home to many venues for the entertainment and pleasure of its residents. From museums, to galleries and theaters the Valley has it all. One popular historic attraction is the Heritage Hill Historic Park. The park offers a look back into the Valley's days gone by. Here, residents can do more than learn about the Valley in which they live, they can experience its History. Contact Debbie Brewington The wonderful Saddleback Valley is an exquisite place of beauty filled with wonderful communities and many delightful homes. If you are considering calling this area home, please contact Debbie Brewington. Debbie's experience helps home buyers find the home of their dreams. With so many homes available on the market, the process of finding the "right one" can seem overwhelming. Debbie, an area expert, is able to search the available properties on the Valley's real estate market and find the home that perfectly suits a buyers individual needs. Call Debbie Brewington today for more information.