Talega, San Clemente, California
- "Talega" redirects here. For the disputed town with that name in Spain, see Táliga.
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Talega is located about 3 miles (4.8 km) from the California coast and 2 miles (3.2 km) east of Interstate 5 in California, between the streets of Avenida Pico and Camino De Los Mares. It is near the Northrop Grumman Capistrano Test Site] (formerly TRW Inc.), where the Lunar Module Descent Engines (engines were developed in the 1960s for the Apollo 11 moon landing. It is about 8 miles (13 km) from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and near the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
There is a Wal-mart, a golf course, two elementary schools, and a middle school. It is served by the Capistrano Unified School District, and was recently annexed to San Clemente from the unincorporated territories it existed in upon the beginning of construction.
City maintained parks include Talega Park, Liberty Park and Tierra Grande Park. Talega HOA maintained parks include Altea Park, Pacifica Summit Park, Portofino Park, Sansol/Mirador Park and Lucia Park.
Talega is home to 9,000 residents and, when completed, will have a total of 3,500 residential units. Most are tract houses, with apartments, and condos all that share the same master pools and facilities. There are no full-custom homes. The community has a predominant Spanish-Tuscan architecture, which is carried out in almost every home, and all the public spaces and buildings within the community.
It consists of over 30 neighborhoods which are mostly single-family homes, some condominiums and a few apartments. The Talega Specific Plan area encompasses a total of 3,510 acres (14.2 km2) in the Northeastern portion of the City. The major streets within the Talega Specific Plan are Avenida Pico, Camino La Pedriza, Avenida Vista Hermosa and Avenida Talega.
- Alora by William Lyon Homes - with Bassenian Lagoni Architects and Woodley Architectural Group
- Alta by Standard Pacific Homes - with William Hezmalhalch Architects
- Amalfi by Standard Pacific Homes - with Bassenian Lagoni Architects
- Bella Vista by Manning Homes - with Bassenian-Lagoni Architects
- Carillon by Standard Pacific Homes - with Robert Hidey Architects and Bassenian-Lagoni Architects
- Caprizi by Standard Pacific Homes - Identical Floor plans as Escala Tract
- Cazadero by Shea Homes
- Coral Bay by Shea Homes
- Escala by Standard Pacific Homes - Identical Floor plans as Caprizi Tract
- Farralon Ridge
- Lucia by Laing Luxury Homes - with Robert Hidey Architects
- Mirador by William Lyon Homes
- Monterey by Standard Pacific Homes
- Pacifica by Standard Pacific Homes
- Portomarin by Standard Pacific Homes
- Ravenna by John Laing Homes
- Sabella by Pulte Homes
- San Lucar by Brookfield Homes
- Sansol by Standard Pacific Homes
- Seaside by Shea Homes
- Stella Mare by Standard Pacific Homes
- Vittoria by Standard Pacific Homes
- Careyes by Brookfield Homes - with Robert Hidey Architects
- Catania by Standard Pacific Homes
There is also an area called The Talega Gallery for residents over 55 years old, consisting of the following communities: Seagarden, Sandbridge, Waterleaf and Wavecrest.
In December 2007 the Southern California Multiple Listing Service moved Talega out of San Clemente and made it its own city.
Due to its location in the hills, Talega faced several transportation issues. As of March 2009, there were only two main roads out of the community. There was a proposed extension of La Pata that would bridge the 1.5 mile gap between Talega and the point where the road currently ends in San Juan Capistrano. The Orange County Master Plan placed the location of this extension close to some homes in Talega. A suggestion to relocate the route to a path halfway between Talega and the adjacent Forester Ranch community would have involved relocating power lines and would be the most expensive option. Construction started in 2014, to be completed in fall of 2016.