Rancho Santa Margarita is a city located in Orange County, California.   Rancho Santa Margarita is one of Orange County’s newest cities and is just one of Orange County’s master planned communities.  Rancho Santa Margarita is set upon rolling hills and picturesque mountain views, trails, streams, lakes and gorgeous parks.  This beautiful resort like planned community has wonderful neighbors too.  Mission Viejo, is to the west, Coto de Caza and Las Flores, are to the south, Trabuco Canyon, is to the north and the Cleveland National Forest is to their east.

Saddleback Valley Unified School District and the Capistrano Unified School District serve Ranch Santa Margarita and are both high ranking and excellent school districts.  Rancho Santa Margarita’s private Elementary and Middle Schools include Mission Hills Christian, Serra Catholic and St. John’s Episcopal School.  Rancho Santa Margarita’s private High School is Santa Margarita Catholic High that is associated with the Catholic Diocese of Orange.

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The Rancho Santa Margarita Landscape and Recreation Corporation, or SAMLARC, is known as the master association in Rancho Santa Margarita because its membership has other smaller sub associations in it and it includes the original design of the master planned community of Ranch Santa Margarita.  SAMLARC has about 13,000 units and oversees the maintenance of almost all the medians, streetscapes, trails and parks.  They have 13 parks, 4 pools, a lagoon, a lake and several trails in the community that they run and meticulously care for.  Central Park is one of SAMLARC’s wildly popular parks that’s located next to City Hall, it has a huge amphitheater where many of the communities events a held annually. Central Park also has a soccer arena rink that used to be a roller hockey rink, which SAMLARC maintains along with a very popular dog and skate park that are located in SAMLARC’s Canada Vista Park.  Many of the residence of Ranch Santa Margarita enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle primarily due to all the fabulous outdoor activities the city has to offer.  Some of these fantastic activities include running, biking or hiking through the beautiful wide variety of trails in the area as well as Tijeras Creek Golf Course and Lake Rancho Santa Margarita all with amazing views.

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Mission Viejo, in South Orange County, is a comparatively new city which began a master plan to build in 1965. It’s located just 10 miles from the ocean, east of the 5 freeway, and bordered by Lake Forest, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, San Juan Capistrano and Rancho Santa Margarita.

Mission Viejo began in the 18th century as a 52,000 acre “Rancho Mission Viejo”, a land claimed for Spain at the time.  It was governed for a time by Mexico, and then finally by California.  For most of this time it was a cattle ranch.

In 1963, 10,000 acres were sold and developed into what we now see as Mission Viejo.

Today, Mission Viejo is a bustling city with 93,000 residents (2011 Estimate).

Mission Viejo homes for sale are primarily comprised of suburban homes in a Spanish style architecture.  They do have 2 large hospitals, Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and the Mission Viejo Hospital, the largest in South Orange County.  The Shops at Mission Viejo is an upscale shopping center offering over 150 retailers and restaurants large and small and tailored to every need.

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For recreation, Mission Viejo offers some wonderful hiking trails such as the Oso Creek Trail.  This trail offers a glimpse into the original eco-system of the area within the city itself. Lake Mission Viejo is a picturesque manmade lake with many waterfront homes and a variety of aquatic recreation available to its residents.

Mission Viejo had two school districts, the Capistrano Unified School District and the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. Both have several Distinguished Schools and Blue Ribbon Schools. It also has a large community college called Saddleback College.

Mission Viejo has a reputation for very low crime rates. The city was named as the “safest city” in the United States in 2007 according to crime statistics compiled by the FBI.

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Costa Mesa in Orange County, California is located just east of Newport Beach and offers some of the finest retail, entertainment, and culture in the region. With a population of 109,000 Costa Mesa is one of the largest cities in Orange County. Costa Mesa homes for sale in the Orange County Real Estate market have steadily seen an increase in buyers because of the great lifestyle that the city provides.

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Costa Mesa is home to one of the largest retail shopping centers in the US with it’s South Coast Plaza Shopping Mall. As for entertainment the beaches are only minutes away from anywhere in Costa Mesa and the Orange County Fairgrounds and Pacific Amphitheater hold many large events open to the public, the Fairgrounds being largely known for it’s annual Orange County Fair and the Amphitheater for it’s music events.

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The Newport-Mesa Unified School District is where most of Costa Mesa’s schools are situated. In the Newport-Mesa Unified School District there are 2 High Schools and 2 Junior High Schools in Costa Mesa. For college level education in Costa Mesa options include Orange Coast College, Vanguard University, National University, and Whittier Law School.

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