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Aliso Viejo is a city in the San Joaquin Hills of southern Orange County, California. It had a population of 47,823 as of the 2010 census, up from 40,166 as of the 2000 census. It became Orange County’s 34th city on July 1, 2001, the only city in Orange County to be incorporated since 2000. It is bordered by the cities of Laguna Beach on the west and southwest, Laguna Hills on the east, Laguna Niguel on the southeast, and Laguna Woods on the north.

Aliso Viejo had been an unincorporated community since 1979, and incorporated as a city in 2001 due to the efforts of the Aliso Viejo Cityhood 2000 Committee, which was responsible for introducing an initiative on the ballot for the 2001 special election. Voters passed the initiative with 93.3% in favor of incorporation.[10] Carmen Vali-Cave, the co-founder and president of the Committee, became the new city’s first mayor.

The seal of the city of Aliso Viejo was adopted in 2001 at incorporation. The seal features several mountains, a sunset, a tree, and several buildings. Also, the seal features the slogan “July 2001”, in celebration of the city’s incorporation date.

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Living in Aliso Viejo

The planned community of Aliso Viejo’s original 6,600 acres were once part of the 26,000-acre Moulton Ranch, owned by the Moulton family, who took title in the 1890s to land originally granted to Juan Avila by the Mexican government in 1842. Over the years, portions of the ranch were sold and became Leisure World, Laguna Hills and Laguna Niguel. In 1976, the Mission Viejo Company purchased the remaining 6,600 acres to create a new planned community – Aliso Viejo – with a master plan for 20,000 homes for a planned population of 50,000. The master plan was approved by the Orange County in 1979, and homes were first offered for sale in March 1982. Aliso Viejo’s first family moved in that November. As part of the project, 2,600 acres were dedicated to Orange County as part of the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, and 800 acres were set aside for local parks, recreation, schools and community facilities. The Aliso Viejo Community Association (AVCA) was set up to manage the local parks and community open space. It was the first community-wide association of its kind in California and has the unique ability to provide a full-range of community services and facilities.

Aliso Viejo was the first planned community in California to plan a balance between the projected resident work force and the number of projected jobs within its borders. Pacific Park, the centrally located 900-acre business park and town center, was expected to ultimately provide more than 22,000 jobs. Every home in Aliso Viejo was located about 1 1/2 miles from Pacific Park, to encourage live-and-work opportunities.

Aliso Viejo is located in the San Joaquin Hills of Orange County. According to the Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.5 square miles, all of which is land. Aliso Viejo is one of several cities bordering Aliso and Wood Canyons Regional Park. Aliso Creek forms part of the city’s boundary with Laguna Niguel to the south, and Wood Canyon Creek forms part of the city’s western boundary. Much of the city rests on the east slope of the San Joaquin Hills, which are a coastal mountain range extending for about 15 miles along the Pacific coast.

Companies located in Aliso Viejo include:

  • 3tera, a cloud computing software vendor
  • AND1 a shoe and apparel company
  • Buy.com, an online retailer
  • Centon Electronics, Inc., a computer Memory manufacturer as well as flash based storage devices
  • Fluor, an international construction contractor for petrochemical, infrastructure, and environmental projects, headquartered in Aliso Viejo until it was relocated to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex suburb of Irving, Texas in March 2006. Some divisions still reside in Aliso Viejo.
  • Ketel One, a vodka company
  • Marie Callender’s, a restaurant chain
  • Microsoft’s office after the purchase of DATAllegro
  • Nimbus Data, a network storage systems and software company
  • Pacific Life, an insurance company
  • QLogic, a network storage manufacturer
  • Quest Software (formerly Dell Software), a software manufacturer
  • Smith Micro Software, a software developer
  • Tamiya America, US subsidiary of the manufacturer of model cars Tamiya Corporation, headquartered in Aliso Viejo until it was relocated to Irvine, CA.
  • UST Global, an IT, Technology and Digital Transformation company
  • USWeb, an Internet marketing company
  • Microsemi Corporation, a semiconductor company
  • Gaikai, a cloud-based gaming service
  • Carbine Studios, a video game developer, partnered with NCSOFT
  • Metagenics, a medical manufacturing company
  • Meta Solar, a solar energy installation company
  • Vertos Medical a manufacturer of surgical instruments to perform minimally invasive procedures
  • Aliso Viejo Town Center features a movie theater, a wide variety of casual dining restaurants, PetSmart, a Barnes & Noble, a Ralphs supermarket, as well as other shops. The Town Center also includes Grand Park which is a center for community concerts and events.
  • The Aliso Viejo Library, a branch of the Orange County Public Library system, opened on January 31, 1998.
  • Aliso Viejo Golf Course was designed by Nicklaus Design in 1999 and became the Aliso Viejo Country Club with a redesign in 2005.
  • Soka University of America was dedicated on May 3, 2001 with a 103-acre campus and 18 buildings, a $250 million (land and construction) project.
  • Soka Performing Arts Center, a 1000-seat concert hall with acoustics designed by Yasuhisa Toyota (who also designed Walt Disney Concert Hall,) opened in September 2011.
  • Renaissance ClubSport is a $65 million property which opened in July 2008. It is Marriott’s second hotel and fitness resort created in conjunction with Leisure Sports, Inc. (ClubSport) to fulfill the growing demand by local residents and hotel guests for a healthier lifestyle.
The Orange County Gladiators were an American Basketball Association (ABA) expansion team founded in November 2007 until 2009. They played their home games at Aliso Niguel High School.
Fire protection in Aliso Viejo is provided by the Orange County Fire Authority with ambulance service by Care Ambulance. Law enforcement is provided by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Public K-12

The city is served by Capistrano Unified School District, which includes these schools:

Elementary

  • Canyon Vista Elementary School
  • Don Juan Avila Elementary School
  • Oak Grove Elementary School
  • Wood Canyon Elementary School

Middle school

  • Aliso Viejo Middle School
  • Don Juan Avila Middle School

High school

  • Aliso Niguel High School

Private K-12

  • VanDamme Academy
  • St. Mary and All Angels School
  • Aliso Viejo Christian School

Higher education

  • Saddleback College (Mission Viejo, California)
  • Irvine Valley College (Irvine, California)
  • Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa, California)
  • Soka University of America
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Nearby Businesses

Dining

Sushi Kizuna 5.0 star rating 170 reviews
22912 Pacific Park Dr
Ste G
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

(949) 716-8882

Sattva Indian 4.5 star rating 578 reviews
26705 Aliso Creek Rd
Ste C
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

(949) 328-9992

PorchBox 5.0 star rating 162 reviews
25616 Alicia Pkwy
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

(949) 446-9083

Kin Sushi 4.5 star rating 410 reviews
25381 Alicia Pkwy
Ste M
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

(949) 830-5051

Chop Stop 4.5 star rating 122 reviews
26741 Aliso Creek Rd
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

(949) 317-3517

Plumeria Cafe by Stacks 4.5 star rating 1077 reviews
23811 Aliso Creek Rd
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

(949) 900-6829

Heaven on a fork 5.0 star rating 32 reviews
25381 Alicia Pkwy
Unit F
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

(949) 382-2777

Mint 4.5 star rating 639 reviews
25381 Alicia Pkwy
Unit C
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

(949) 305-1556

Nightlife

Country Dance With Carrie Wojo 5.0 star rating 6 reviews
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

(949) 633-1332

Soka Performing Arts Center 5.0 star rating 12 reviews
1 University Dr
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

(949) 480-4278

Club Aficionado Cigar Bar 4.5 star rating 190 reviews
23825 El Toro Rd
Lake Forest, CA 92630

(949) 829-8474

Balvina's Mexican Kitchen 4.5 star rating 164 reviews
24291 Avenida De La Carlota
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

(949) 587-9418

Laguna Cafe and Spirits 4.5 star rating 460 reviews
24310 Moulton Pkwy
Ste L
Laguna Woods, CA 92637

(949) 380-0465

Bellante Family Winery 4.5 star rating 55 reviews
23854 Vía Fabricante
Unit D-2
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

(949) 716-6677

OC Wine Mart & Deli 4.5 star rating 301 reviews
23411 Aliso Viejo Pkwy
Ste F
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

(949) 305-9463

Ironwood Cellar. Craft. Cook. 4.5 star rating 1183 reviews
25250 La Paz Rd
Ste 100
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

(949) 446-8772

Shopping

loveitlauran 5.0 star rating 8 reviews
47 Vantis Dr
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

(949) 916-0053

Soultique Boutique 5.0 star rating 5 reviews
23976 Aliso Creek Rd
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

(949) 600-5928

Watch Zone 5.0 star rating 51 reviews
26895 Aliso Creek Rd
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

(949) 215-0178

Casa De Kathy Thriftstore 4.5 star rating 36 reviews
31901 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

(949) 240-8830

The Coast Vintage Market 4.5 star rating 24 reviews
24155 Laguna Hills Mall
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

(949) 381-9947

The Fort 4.5 star rating 31 reviews
23994 Aliso Creek Rd
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

(949) 916-5858

Five Below 4.5 star rating 48 reviews
26791 Aliso Creek Rd
Ste B
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

(949) 643-3501

Nectar 4.0 star rating 29 reviews
23952 Aliso Creek Rd
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

(949) 446-8688

Coffee

Cafe and Juice Bar Eighty-One 5.0 star rating 16 reviews
22952 Pacific Park Dr
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

(949) 916-5751

Pengo Drink Station 4.5 star rating 915 reviews
25292 Mcintyre St
Ste R
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

(949) 374-0630

Laguna Cafe and Spirits 4.5 star rating 460 reviews
24310 Moulton Pkwy
Ste L
Laguna Woods, CA 92637

(949) 380-0465

Seven Seas Roasting 4.5 star rating 161 reviews
21 Vantis Dr
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

(949) 215-3628

Kona Loa Coffee 4.5 star rating 739 reviews
25800 Jeronimo Rd
Ste 401A
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

(949) 273-8811

Reborn Coffee - Laguna Woods 4.5 star rating 92 reviews
24338 El Toro Rd
Laguna Woods, CA 92637

(949) 328-9376

Fluffy Bear 4.5 star rating 260 reviews
25606 Alicia Pkwy
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

(949) 887-4089

I Love Bagels 4.5 star rating 237 reviews
28985 Golden Lantern St
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

(949) 249-9300

Gyms

Integrated Movements 5.0 star rating 22 reviews
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

(949) 424-3469

Dub Fit Personal Training 5.0 star rating 9 reviews
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

(949) 246-0954

Fort Fitness 5.0 star rating 14 reviews
25252 Mcintyre St
Ste A
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

(949) 305-1711

Gracie Barra Aliso Viejo 5.0 star rating 24 reviews
27062 La Paz Rd
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

(949) 601-4727

AV Elite Training 5.0 star rating 5 reviews
17 Matinee Ct
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

(612) 501-4929

Aliso Fitness 5.0 star rating 40 reviews
6 Journey
Ste 300
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

(949) 328-6157

GOAT Fitness 5.0 star rating 73 reviews
17795 Sky Park Cir
Bldg 5-B
Irvine, CA 92614

(949) 379-3177

Jungle Fitness 5.0 star rating 375 reviews
18102 Skypark S
Ste J
Irvine, CA 92614

(949) 302-4939

Salons

Mane Collective 5.0 star rating 16 reviews
95 Enterprise
Ste 150 Studio 18
Studio 29
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

(949) 287-3383

Michael St.Germain 5.0 star rating 24 reviews
37 Vantis Dr
Aliso Viejo, CA 92626

(818) 429-4108

loveitlauran 5.0 star rating 8 reviews
47 Vantis Dr
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

(949) 916-0053

Just Peachy Waxing And Aesthetics 5.0 star rating 10 reviews
95 Enterprise Dr
Unit 150
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

(949) 844-1284

Bee Shine Nail Bar 5.0 star rating 13 reviews
22912 Pacific Park Dr
Ste F
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

(949) 832-0003

Cristina Hilliard at Salon Platinum 5.0 star rating 15 reviews
27131 Aliso Creek Rd
Ste 165
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

(949) 939-4005

Gold & Braid Salon 5.0 star rating 376 reviews
27525 Puerta Real
Ste 600
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

(949) 273-8400

Salon Le Shey 5.0 star rating 143 reviews
25258 Cabot Rd
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

(949) 431-8617