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.
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.