The Charming Bedroom Community of Rancho Santa Margarita
Built as an exclusive affluent city, Rancho Santa Margarita is located in Orange County, just a few miles northeast of Mission Viejo and 16 miles south of Santa Anna. As a developed master planned community, it has nearly 48,000 residents, and nestles in the lower portion of the county, snuggled up against the Cleveland National Forest. Originally incorporated on the first day of January in the year 2000, it is recognized as Orange County’s 33rd city.
Many retirees, professionals, singles and families have purchased homes for sale in Rancho Santa Margarita because of its amenities, lifestyle, and the quaintness of a small village tight-knit community.
First inhabited by Native Americans, it was not until explorer Captain Portola arrived in 1769, that the Spanish began to rule throughout the area. That lasted until early 1821, when Mexico acquired the land. For years, it stood nearly untouched until it was developed into the beautiful community it is today.
Lake Rancho Santa Margarita, the Santa Ana Mountains, and the county wilderness parks are all close by. Many residents that purchase homes for sale in Rancho Santa Margarita enjoy the shopping, restaurants and parks. Special events and festivals are organized every year for entertainment and education. Saddleback College is only a few miles away. Close by amenities include the beach, snow skiing, mountain biking and other outdoor sporting activities.
Education in the Community
Families purchase available Rancho Santa Margarita homes for sale because of the high level of education for their families. Children attend six public elementary schools, and three private elementary schools. Two public middle schools serve the area, while the high school children attend Mission Viejo High School and Trabuco Hills High School, both located outside the community.
Many seniors purchase homes for sale in Rancho Santa Margarita because of the senior citizen activities in the area. They enjoy the local attractions including the Laguna Art Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, and the San Juan Capistrano Mission Museum. Located in the community are numerous Rancho Santa Margarita medical facilities including Mission Hospital that provide premium quality care for strokes, spine, diagnostic imaging, heart, brain injury and trauma.
The available Rancho Santa Margarita homes for sale are located in this charming bedroom community. It offers spectacular weather year-round and great amenities to raise children. Block parties are common events, neighbors are friendly, and most residents believe it is an idyllic place to live in Orange County.