Ladera Ranch has several features that differentiate it from most others. For example, many traffic speed-reducing measures were put into use. Roundabouts, for example, are commonplace on smaller intersections. Narrow street widths are characteristics of Ladera Ranch’s small residential streets. Landscaped street medians are common, even on two-lane collector streets like O’Neill, Crown Valley, and Sienna Parkways.
Within Ladera Ranch are two different types of areas: villages and neighborhoods. Individual builders produce an area that is called a neighborhood. There are ten or more neighborhoods per village, and there are nine villages.
Five of the nine villages have clubhouses themed on a particular architecture style that is emphasized within that village. There are also parks, pools, playgrounds and open areas within each village. The Covenant Hills village is a gated community which is closed to the general public, but accessible to all card-carrying residents of Ladera Ranch. There are no other gated villages in the community.
In addition to the various clubhouses, the community has key-accessed private water park and skate park, 18 community parks, a dog park, six “plunges” (smaller neighborhood pools not connected to a clubhouse), many “pocket parks”/ green belts, a shopping district called Mercantile East Shopping Center, and miles of hiking trails that go all the way to Doheny Beach from its main starting point at the prestigious ‘Vista Toscana’ estate in East Covenant, in the Covenant Hills village.