Rancho Santa Margarita CA Real Estate
Rancho Santa Margarita is nestled against the scenic foothills of the Cleveland National Forest, east of the city of Mission Viejo and north and west of the gated community of Coto de Caza. The City boasts over 16,000 homes and has a population of over 50,000. Land here was originally part of the Rancho Mission Viejo, a 23,000 acre cattle ranch. The City of Rancho Santa Margarita incorporated on January 1, 2000, and became the 33rd city in the County of Orange.
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CNN's MONEY Magazine rated Rancho Santa Margarita among the Top Ten of America's Hottest Towns in their 2004 survey, due to its impeccable urban planning, and available facilities for its residents. This 5,000 acre city contains 12 parks, four pools, various recreational fields and a man-made swimming lagoon – all maintained with the dues paid into a local homeowners association.
The city was formed from the Rancho Santa Margarita Planned Community and the neighboring Robinson Ranch, Dove Canyon, Rancho Cielo, Trabuco Highlands and Walden communities.
Homes in Rancho Santa Margarita
The real estate in Rancho Santa Margarita is newer than most areas, with the oldest homes dating back less than 25 years. The homes vary from single family, to apartments and condominiums, all set in a scenic locale overlooking hills, canyons and the Santa Ana Mountains. Homes in Rancho Santa Margarita convey a Mediterranean feel, with lots of stucco and terra-cotta tile roof designs. The population reflects a young demographic with a median age of 32 years.
One of the most popular sources of recreation is Lago Santa Margarita, a 13-acre, man-made lake with boating, fishing and kayaking, great for walkers, joggers, and skaters. The Beach Club & Lakeshore have a swimming lagoon with a beach, sand volleyball courts, barbeque and picnic facilities, an outdoor amphitheater, and other facilities.
Other communities in Rancho Santa Margarita include:
Rancho Santa Margarita Schools
Elementary & Middle Schools
- Serra Catholic School (K-8)
- St. John’s Episcopal School (K-8)
- Santa Margarita Catholic
For more information about Rancho Santa Margarita or other Orange County real estate, contact Leslie Eskildsen, Realtor, Coldwell Banker Previews Int'l. Phone: (949) 678-3373 Fax: (949) 709-1994