Rancho Santa Margarita

Great schools, amazing parks, diverse dining and incredible entertainment establishments – these are just some of the many perks enjoyed by residents of Rancho Santa Margarita. Located along the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, and incorporated as a city in the year 2000, this community has blossomed into a wonderful location to raise a family, start a business, or just retire!

Rancho Santa Margarita History

Rancho Santa Margarita is an area rich with the very history of California itself. Originally inhabited by indigenous Shoshonean Native Americans called Acjachemen, the area was visited by a Spanish expedition under Captain Gaspar de Portola in 1769. This expedition camped near the present-day site of Tijeras Creek Golf Course in Rancho Santa Margarita. In 1776 the Spaniards founded nearby Mission San Juan Capistrano. In 1821 the area came under the rule of Mexico. During that time the region close to the mission was divided into three large ranchos – Rancho Trabuco, Rancho Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita.

The area remained largely rural and remote until the 1960s, when the first developed tract of homes was built in nearby Coto de Caza. In the mid-1980s developers built the first of the homes in Rancho Santa Margarita, and in following years the area saw construction of homes in Dove Canyon, Robinson Ranch and Wagon Wheel. Other developments included Rancho Cielo and Trabuco Highlands.

Rancho Santa Margarita Community

Today this well-planned community boasts of excellent roads and thoroughfares, in addition to its outstanding parks and amenities. One of the crown jewels of the area is Central Park, located near the City Hall. The Park features a large amphitheater that showcases many community events throughout the year, as well as an arena soccer rink. Over in Canada Vista Park there is a very popular skate park and a dog park for the canine residents of Rancho Santa Margarita. Other parks in the area include Arroyo Vista Park, Solana Park, Arroyo Trabuco Wilderness Park, and Mesa Linda Park. There is also the Dove Canyon Bell Trail for avid hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers. Beyond the parks there are also several outstanding golf courses, including Tijeras Creek Golf Course.

Planned to be an “Urban Village,” Rancho Santa Margarita offers the best of two worlds: all the elements and advantages of a small city plus the quality of life of a small village. In 1996 the Celebrating the Vision Committee developed Rancho Santa Margarita’s Vision Statement: “A Small City with the Soul of a Small Village.”

Rancho Santa Margarita Lifestyle

The beautiful surroundings of Rancho Santa Margarita offer a lifestyle like no other. The city is known for its master planned neighborhoods and is an ideal location to raise a family. The community offers excellent top-rated public and private schools. There are many great neighborhoods and developments to choose from, including:

Dove Canyon – Dove Canyon is in the eastern section of the city of Rancho Santa Margarita. There are about 1,200 homes with approximately 5,000 residents. The gem of this community is the Dove Canyon Country Club, a Jack Nicklaus signature course. There are horse trails as well as trails for, hikers and bikers.

Robinson Ranch – In the northeastern region of Rancho Santa Margarita, south of Trabuco Canyon, you’ll find Robinson Ranch. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Rancho Santa Margarita. This community offers a variety of home styles, including single family houses and condominiums.

Rancho Cielo – Rancho Cielo is in the eastern part of Rancho Santa Margarita. It is a smaller, gated community offering single family homes and well-manicured grounds kept up by the Homeowners Association. It offers a high quality of life and the best of Rancho Santa Margarita.

From single adults to young families to empty nesters; active adults and retirees – the quality of life is unsurpassed here.

The city of Rancho Santa Margarita also offers you all the conveniences you would expect in a well-planned community, many within walking distance! A wide variety of dining options from Thai to Mexican, American, Japanese, Greek and Italian, there is a restaurant ready to delight your taste buds. Doctors offices, gyms, hairstylists and shopping centers are just a few of the many services available.

The quality of life here is among the best in the state of California. Come and see for yourself!

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