Rancho Santa Margarita

Get To Know Rancho Santa Margarita!

The beautiful community of Rancho Santa Margarita (its name with its 22 characters, gives it the distinction of being the longest city name in all of California) was incorporated as a city in the year 2000, and has blossomed into a wonderful location to raise a family, start a business or retire. The quality of life here is among the best in the state of California. Great schools, awesome parks, long, lush greenbelts, incredible dining and entertainment establishments, Rancho Santa Margarita offers it all.


The area was originally inhabited by indigenous Native Americans. In 1769, a Spanish expedition commanded by Captain Gaspar de Portola, began exploring inland from the coast and set up camp near a location that is currently the site of the Tijeras Creek Golf Course. From 1776, around the time the Spaniards founded Mission San Juan Capistrano, the Spaniards ruled the region until 1821. That’s when California came under the rule of Mexico. The Mexican government divided the region close to the mission into 3 large ranchos. There was Rancho Trabuco, Rancho Mission Viejo, and also Rancho Santa Margarita.

Up until the 1960’s the area was pretty rural and remote. In the late 60’s, the first developed tract of homes was built in Coto de Caza. The area remained fairly remote until the mid 1980’s, when developers built some homes in the master planned community of Rancho Santa Margarita. In the latter part of the 1980’s, the area saw construction of homes in Dove Canyon, Robinson Ranch and Wagon Wheel, along with smaller developments. Other developments included Rancho Cielo and Trabuco Highlands. Major roads were constructed, creating a better link to the rest of South and North Orange County.

The well-planned community has excellent roads and thoroughfares, as well as great amenities and parks. One of the crown jewels of the area is Central Park, located near the City Hall. It features a large amphitheater that showcases many community events throughout the year. In Central Park, there is an arena soccer rink. In Canada Vista Park, there is a popular skate park, as well as a dog park for the canine residents of Rancho Santa Margarita.

A Master Planned Community
The city of Rancho Santa Margarita is known for its master planned neighborhoods, ideal locations to raise a family, send them to great schools and offering so many activities.

Dove Canyon
Dove Canyon is located 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. There are other golf courses available in Rancho Santa Margarita, including Tijeras Creek Golf Course.

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

The beautiful surroundings of Rancho Santa Margarita offers a lifestyle like no other. From single adults to young families to empty nesters, active adults and retirees, the quality of life is unsurpassed here. There are great active adult 55+ Communities in Rancho Santa Margarita, including Fountain Glen at Rancho Santa Margarita and Remington at Ladera Ranch, in nearby Ladera Ranch.

Some of the parks of the area include Arroyo Vista Park (23301 Arroyo Vis), Solana Park (21601 Via Regressos), Arroyo Trabuco Wilderness Park, Mesa Linda Park (100 Pomelo) and for the skaters, Rancho Santa Margarita Skate Park. There is also the Dove Canyon Bell Trail for avid hikers and horseback riders and mountain bikers.

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