Located in the heart of Orange County is a little slice of country called Nellie Gail Ranch. It encompasses 1,350 acres of Laguna Hills and contains views of the Saddleback Mountains, serene hillsides and valleys, and city lights in the distance. Nellie Gail Ranch provides country living with a pastoral feel said to be reminiscent of scenic Southern estates, and it stands in sharp contrast to the high-density neighborhoods and cities that surround it.
Nellie Gail Ranch is named for Nellie Gail Moulton, and thanks to Mrs. Moulton the land was able to resist becoming developed and remain the serene community it is. The land originally belonged to her husband, Lewis Moulton, a man who wanted an outdoor lifestyle so he moved to California and began buying land. The estate once included Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, Big Bear Lake, and several other local cities. After Lewis’s death, Nellie continued to manage the estate until her retirement. At which point the land was divided and eventually sold off, all except one parcel of land that Nellie kept for herself, a piece of land that is now Nellie Gail Ranch.
Nellie Gail Ranch now contains luxurious custom homes and exquisite estates with views of the beautiful country side. Perhaps the most famous part of the neighborhood, however, is the world-class equestrian environment. Many of the homes in Nellie Gail Ranch include private horse facilities, and the homes have direct access to five parks, more than 20 miles of riding trails, and many acres of open space that make up the community. In addition, there is also an Equestrian Center has 96 stalls, three large sand arenas, two sun pens, round pens, multiple grooming stalls with water wash racks, and a clubhouse. Nellie Gail Ranch boasts a Sports Club with 12 tennis courts, a pro shop, lounge room and locker rooms, while the Swim Center includes a Junior Olympic pool.
Nellie Gail Ranch is located near the 73 Toll Road and the 5 Freeway in Orange County so it’s not far from major cities or shopping centers. And it is only 12 miles from local beaches, such as Laguna Beach, and the Dana Point Marina. Quite simply, Nellie Ranch is the perfect place for luxury homes, country living, horses, and plenty of recreation while still being close to urban centers.
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