Rancho Santa Margarita Homes For Sale
Some cities simply exist – The master-planned Rancho Santa Margarita community of Orange County entices you to purchase a; home, condo or townhouse and live here for a lifetime with generations to come. Just like a years’ worth of pages clipped from your favorite vacation magazine, conjuring up both past memories and future accomplishments. The highly-desirable Rancho Santa Margarita residences strike a bold and resolute silhouette against the Saddleback Mountains, creating an environment of culture which celebrates the diversity of the city's residents who have relocated to Rancho Santa Margarita, both locally, nationally and from countries across the the globe. The trendy and fashionable Rancho Santa Margarita real estate market is an ideal location for families that are looking for that perfect balance of suburban/rural living, with access to outdoor activities year-round.
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With a plethora of sports parks, hiking and biking trails, a myriad of culinary choices, movie theaters, a man-made lake, a nationally-acclaimed 18-hole golf course, major business/commercial districts, with national chain and boutique shopping (found at the Town Center), the residents have urban conveniences outside their front door. Many of the enticing homes in Rancho Santa Margarita were built in an environmentally conscious setting in homes that are eco-friendly and are considered sensible and practical low-impact homes, designed and built using materials and technology that reduces the properties carbon footprint and diminishes its energy needs.
The property tax rate in Rancho Santa Margarita is approximately 1.35%, which is the highest of any other city in Orange County, CA. The majority of the homes are subject to special Mello-Roos tax assessments and nearly all of the neighborhoods have H.O.A. dues, with many of the gorgeous Rancho Santa Margarita custom homes are situated in safe and secure, family and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods falling under the jurisdiction of the city's master association-SAMLARC, which is dedicated to servicing and maintaining over 20 parks, multiple pools, hiking and biking trails, a lake (and Lagoon), as well as over 12,000 condominium units. The price points for an entry-level condo begins in the mid $300,000's that have one or two-bedrooms and one-bathroom with approximately 700 square feet of living space. The distinguished Rancho Santa Margarita single-family-detached residences begin at the low-to-mid $600,000's and average three-bedrooms and three-bathrooms with approximately 1,700 square feet and are located on relatively small lots. The classy Rancho Santa Margarita estate homes top-out the in mid $1,500,000's for homes in the Dove Canyon community, with average bedroom and bathroom counts of 5/5, and square footages topping out at around 4,200 square feet.
The picturesque Rancho Santa Margarita luxury homes for sale are located in what is called a ‘general law city’ and functions under the jurisdiction of the council-manager type of government. Fire Protection services are provided by the Orange County Fire Authority and Police Services are administered by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. The students are served by both the Capistrano Unified and Saddleback Valley Unified School Districts. Students located within the limits of the CUSD attend Tesoro High School, students in the SVUSD region will attend either Mission Viejo or Trabuco Hills High Schools. There are two middle schools in the city; Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate School and Las Flores Middle School. The public elementary schools include; Tijeras Creek, Melinda Heights, Arroyo Vista, Robinson Ranch, Trabuco Mesa and Cielo Vista. There are three private middle schools including; St. John’s Episcopal Day School, Serra Catholic and Mission Hills Christian School and the private Santa Margarita Catholic High School falls within the city's boundaries.
The suburban base of the highly-regarded Rancho Santa Margarita residential market has seen explosive expansion over the last two-decades, and potential home buyers are looking to the Eastern-Edge of the county see dynamic Rancho Santa Margarita inland real estate as a popular alternative to the more expensive cities adjacent to the ocean; while enjoying quick access to the toll roads and major freeways, which leads to shorter commutes for the residents to anywhere in Southern California. Considered a medium-sized city with a population right around 50,000, the city possesses the essence of a free-spirited village, with the satisfaction of living in one of the safest cities in California. The condos, townhouses and single-family-residences in Rancho Santa Margarita are surrounded by the great outdoors and Mother Nature that includes a surfeit of green belts, creeks, lakes, hiking/biking trails and preserved parks including; O’Neill, Starr Ranch, Thomas Riley and Whiting Ranch Parks. The city offers strong incentives to preserve natural assets and forbid reckless resource profiteering.
A Brief History Of The Community:
In the late 1760's the area was visited by a Spanish expedition who found dwelling where the Tijeras Creek Golf Course not sits. A few months later the same expedition journeyed farther inland to circumvent the massive wet lands in the area. They discovered a higher mesa which they named San Francisco Solano - which is approximately three-miles from present-day Trabuco Oaks. The Mexican leaders divided the region around the mission into three expansive " ranchos"; Rancho Trabuco, Rancho Mission Viejo, and Rancho Santa Margarita. In 1948, the O'Neill family (who had purchased the combined "ranchos" in 1882 donated nearly 300-acres of canyon bottom land to the County of Orange. The O'Neill family donated an additional 120 acres of parkland in 1963 - the same year they established the Mission Viejo Company for the purpose of developing a master-planned community The area remained fairly isolated until the mid 1980's, when the first newly-construct properties in Rancho Santa Margarita became available for sale - this same massive market expansion of the 1980's also fueled the construction of detached and attached residences in the surrounding areas of; Dove Canyon, Robinson Ranch, and Wagon Wheel. When the major thorough fares of Alicia, Antonio and Oso Parkways reached the community in 1992, the area become much more accessible to the rest of Orange County.
Rancho Santa Margarita incorporated in 2000, officially making it the thirty-third city in Orange County. The ZIP Codes for the city of Rancho Santa Margarita are 92688 and 92679, and the area code is 949. In 1989, the residents established a Community Civic Association (CCA) for the purpose of providing a political voice for the city. The official website for the city is https://www.cityofrsm.org. Where schools, shopping centers, and residential neighborhoods now stand, Native Americans once lived. Now the city contains over 12 square miles of land, and 314 square miles within the adjacent communities. Rancho Santa Margarita is a progressive city with the rare disposition of an urban township, and even though is is one of California’s youngest cities, it possesses a rich and storied history that dates back to the provenance of the State. And the award goes to? The inspiring Rancho Santa Margarita luxury real estate market for having the longest name of any city in California with 20 letters (Sorry La Canada Flintridge you only have 18), this is one of reasons that the city's name is often condensed down to "RSM".
Parks and recreation services in Rancho Santa Margarita are defined as neighborhood-serving facilities that are well-distributed across the housing tracts and Rancho Santa Margarita neighborhoods. Most of the home are within walking distance from a mature park. Rancho Santa Margarita contains 22 privately-developed parks which range in size from 0.5 acres at the Dove Canyon Trail Rest Area to the 21.4 acre Central Park in Trabuco Highlands. Of the over 150-acres of parkland, nearly 85-acres has been reserved for effective recreational use and nearly 70-acres are utilized for passive uses. The residents all enjoy the community events such as; Concerts in the Park, the Fall Festival, Fourth of July fireworks and Movies in the Park. The Rancho Santa Margarita home owners savor their countryside setting and rustic diversions that the city promotes- all taking place in the shadows of the foothills of Saddleback Mountain.
The strategically located Business Park of Rancho Santa Margarita consists of over 265 acres which includes over 3mm square feet of office buildings and light industrial space. The city contains over 170 acres of fully-developed commercial land. The city leaders are a huge supporter of economic development, with the focus being on increasing the economic sustainability and growth through encouraging business development, (which includes attracting new businesses to the area (and then keeping them here). Rancho Santa Margarita is very proud of being a “business friendly” city, and they accomplish this through a streamlined process for new commerce to obtain permits and continue to build-up the business base, which is so critical for maintaining cash-flow for current and future developments and projects in the shortest period of time possible. The Public Information Officer (PIO) routinely provides tours of the City Hall to scouting groups and various organizations.
One of the favorite places that the Rancho Santa Margarita residents like to spend a day at is the Lake Beach Club, Lagoon and Club House. Many of the intimate and cozy condos and two-story homes are located adjacent to the Rancho Santa Margarita Lake giving them beautiful views of the water (there is also a jogging trail the goes around the lake). Other golf-course view homes are located right on the fairway's and putting greens of the Tijeras Creek and Dove Canyon Golf Clubs. The main communities of RSM include; Dove Canyon, Los Flores, Rancho Cielo, Wagon Wheel and Robinson Ranch.
Understanding the lay of the land in the Rancho Santa Margarita means far more than just opening a door for a client, it takes a Rancho Santa Margarita Realtor, one who listens more than they talk, and are able to provide valuable insight into what we calculate to be the true market value of the home is, as well as the current trends of the community (is it a bull or bear market?). When thinking about what factors help bolster a potential buyers interest in a one or two-story property in in Rancho Santa Margarita, it is often about the "feel and vibe", does the property speak directly to your lifestyle requirements - financially, aesthetically and emotionally?
Where is Rancho Santa Margarita Located?
It is found about 15 miles northeast of the Pacific Ocean in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. The residents can easily access the Foothill transportation corridor and the 405 and 5-freeways which easily connects people to all of Orange County including; the Irvine business and commercial hubs, as well as the beach side cities of Dana Point and San Clemente, and the inland cities of; Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, Coto de Caza, Las Flores, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Hills, Aliso Viejo and Rancho Mission Viejo.
BanCorp's local professionals bring an unprecedented understanding of the community of Rancho Santa Margarita to people who are interested in buying or selling a well-appointed home or condo in the area. Our real estate professionals bring the same intensity to each and every transaction, as if it were our first. We also understand that there is no rest for the weary. The mastery with which our user-friendly, technology-advanced website is able supply the full inventory of homes that are available for purchase, along with detailed information on individual houses and maps to determine specific areas that you find more attractive - saving you a great deal of time driving around the city looking for open houses and signs on the front yards.
Recreation Opportunities in Rancho Santa Margarita
Rancho Santa Margarita City Planners understand the importance that parks, community centers, and recreational opportunities are indispensable public services that helps to preserve the high quality of life that the residents are accustomed to. Rancho Santa Margarita was divided into a cluster of planned communities emphasizing the central role of these facilities in civic life.
The park and recreation system manages all neighborhood and community parks, O’Neill Regional Park, an extensive open space system, and a Community Center. All parks in the City (except O’Neill Regional Park and County trails) are privately owned and operated by various H.O.A.'s. Rancho Santa Margarita is located immediately adjacent to the Cleveland National Forest.
Parks and recreation services in Rancho Santa Margarita can be characterized as neighborhood-serving facilities that are well distributed throughout the City. Most of the neighborhoods are within walking distance from a park of some type. There are currently 22 privately developed parks in Rancho Santa Margarita which range from the half-acre Dove Canyon Trail Rest Area to the 21.4 acre Central Park in Trabuco Highlands. Active recreational parkland is provided in the City at 17 of the 22 parks.
O'Neill Regional Park.
This Park (approximately 3,300 acres) serves both as an overnight camping facility as well as day/picnic use. The area contains picnic tables, barbecues, a large turf area, horseshoe pits, and playground equipment. 3.5 acres are available for RV camping. The park facilities offer recreational opportunities including an equestrian campground, an arena, and 18 miles of riding trails.
Lago Santa Margarita Club
The Beach Club is owned and operated by SAMLARC. It consists of a 12.6 acre man made lake, and is surrounded by 16.8 acres of parks, trails, and a lakeside beach. A grill and picnic area, boating, swim lagoon, 2 volleyball courts, and Fiesta Room are provided at the facility for local residents.
Rancho Santa Margarita Community Center
This is the social, cultural, civic, and wellness center of the city. The facility is located close to Central Park and City Hall. It provides cultural and recreational activities and events for people of all age and interest groups.
Dog Park & Skate Park
The Rancho Santa Margarita Dog Park and Skate Park is located at Canada Vista Park, about 1 mile from Oso Parkway and is open to the public free of charge 7 days a week from dawn to dusk. This fido-friendly park is unsupervised.
Lago Santa Margarita
Is just a hand-shake west of the of the intersection of Santa Margarita and Antonio Parkways, in the shadow of Mount Modjeska and Santiago, AKA as Saddleback's twin peaks. This lake covers 11.5 surface acres and is very shallow on its edges (about 1 foot) making it attractive for families with young children who want to frolic in the water, close to the shore. Throughout the year, Lago Santa Margarita is the site of special events, including a Star-Spangled Spectacular in celebration of the Fourth of July and a Fishing Derby held regularly the 3rd Saturday morning in May.
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