Situated among the Saddleback Mountain foothills, Rancho Santa Margarita is a family oriented master planned community in South Orange County. Despite being one of Orange County’s youngest cities, the bustling population of over 45,000 residents continues to grow as more and more discover the numerous amenities that this incredible community has to offer.
Within the community, there are 3 notable housing communities including Dove Canyon, Robinson Ranch and Rancho Cielo amongst a variety of other smaller developments. Dove Canyon is a luxury guard gated community with 1,200 homes and an award-winning Jack Nicklaus golf course and club house. Residents also enjoy the private tennis courts, swimming pool and numerous parks throughout the gated community. Just next door is Rancho Cielo; a very exclusive gated community that is just minutes away from the Santa Margarita Catholic High School (SMCHS) and the numerous shopping centers spread throughout Rancho Santa Margarita. Finally, is Robinson Ranch; one of the original housing developments in Rancho Santa Margarita. These single-family homes offer breathtaking wilderness views and easy access to O’Neill Regional Park. For the roughly 13,000+ homes that fall outside of Dove Canyon, Robinson Ranch and Rancho Cielo; there is a master association called Samlarc that offers additional resources, property guideline enforcement and amenities to the residents of Rancho Santa Margarita. This includes numerous parks, pools, tennis courts, the Rancho Santa Margarita Lake, community skate park, dog park and so much more.
Perhaps most notable about Rancho Santa Margarita is its mild year-round weather and countless outdoor activities that residents can partake in throughout the year. For the outdoor enthusiasts, there are plenty of hiking and mountain biking trails to explore! Rancho Santa Margarita is also just a short drive to the Irvine Spectrum, Fashion Island and downtown San Clemente for those who enjoy an exceptional outdoor shopping experience. Finally, are the community events throughout the year such as the Christmas Tree lighting at RSM Lake and the New Year’s Eve celebration, which takes place every year.
While Rancho Santa Margarita tends to stay out of the media spotlight, it is well known for being featured in The Real Housewives of Orange County where many of the Coto de Caza housewives enjoy the local shopping, dining and entertainment. Perhaps most notable is Hanna’s Restaurant & Bar; a trendy upscale dining experience offering steakhouse cuisine. Can we suggest the house-made veggie burger or 10oz. barrel cut Filet Mignon? Other notable spots in Rancho Santa Margarita include Trader Joe’s, In-N-Out Burger, Wood Ranch BBQ and the Tijeras Creek Golf Club. And for movie lovers, there is also a luxury Cinepolis movie theater!
Looking to move to Rancho Santa Margarita? The Bowen Team specializes in Orange County real estate transactions and would love to assist you in finding your dream home. From single level residences to sprawling golf course estates; there is something for everyone. And don’t let the median household income of $104,113 scare you away, before there are properties for every budget as well! Whatever your Orange County real estate needs are, The Bowen Team can help!
Despite being one of Orange County’s youngest cities, Rancho Santa Margarita offers an exceptional living experience for all its residents. From a walk around the lake to dining at one of the award-winning restaurants; there is plenty to do throughout the year. For those looking to move to Orange County, be sure to stop by Rancho Santa Margarita. You might just end up calling it your new home.
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