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What you need to know

Talega has a homeowners association which is paid monthly right around $200. You will also have mello-roos throughout the community which is an additional tax bond on top of Orange County’s average tax base of 1.1%. The mello-roos varies depending on the caliber of property. While your taxes are higher, what you’re considering purchasing per sq. ft is exceptionally competitive compared to comparable neighborhoods in Orange County which offsets the additional tax bond considerably. Resale is and has always been in high demand here. You cannot go wrong with the community, should this fit your lifestyle, however, you do want an expert’s advice on which homes to select within Talega and which to steer clear from to avoid any issue when the time comes for you to sell.


Planned community of about 3,500 homes built between 1999-2016 consisting of detached homes, condos, a 55+ community & an apartment complex. A handful of builders involved including Laing, William Lyon, Standard Pacific, Pulte, Brookfield, Manning, Shea and Lennar. Architecture throughout is primarily Spanish, Tuscan and Mediterranean. The community is centered around Talega Golf Club, a 18-hole, par 72 public course designed by Fred Couples with a restaurant, pro shop and community event center. Click connect to request any floor plan in the community.


Proximity from the main interstate (5 fwy) is about 4.5 miles inland. Proximity from the nearest beach is about 5 miles. Your two freeway exits are Hermosa and Pico. Distance to John Wayne Airport (taking the 73 tollroad) is about 25 minutes. Local, casual shopping is a couple minutes away. Distance to San Clemente’s downtown Del Mar area is about 15 minutes. Distance to Mission Viejo Mall is about 25 minutes.

Schools & amenities

You have one district: Capistrano Unified. Depending on your location you will either be zoned to Vista del Mar, which is Talega’s primary K-8 and San Clemente High or San Juan High. Talega offers four community pools (including one lap pool) between three locations nicely placed throughout the community. Within those locations are also baseball diamonds, soccer fields, massive kid play structures, 10,000+ hiking trails, a main community clubhouse, volleyball court, kids mini water play park, basketball courts, hockey court and tennis court. There are smaller parks throughout the community as well. The main community center often has events such as movies in the park.


The community was designed around families. While there is condo, apartment and 55+ living, the primary resident blanketing the neighborhood is a family with younger children. A very friendly and safe community feeling like the ultimate suburbia. Often streets have their own Facebook page and turn into a theme park like setting during holidays such as Halloween.

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