Aliso Viejo is a city in southwestern Orange County
. While it does not lie far from the coast, it is landlocked by Laguna Beach; its other immediate neighbors are Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, and Laguna Woods. If one fast-forwards through Aliso Viejo's cliché Southern California history as a land grant from the Mexican government, private ranch, etc., one encounters a fascinating blip in 1976: a company purchased Aliso Viejo and broke ground on a mammoth plan to develop a twenty-thousand-home community, complete with both a job-sustaining commercial town center and space for public parks and recreation.
Today, that dream has more or less come to fruition. Like many coastal or near-coastal municipalities in Orange County, Aliso Viejo is a lovely place to live; it is also typically high-priced and dominated by upscale single-family homes rather than rental units. Primary arteries: Aliso Viejo Parkway, Pacific Park Dr., and the 73, 133, and 5 freeways.