Those who call Rancho Santa Margarita home can speak to its affluence and luxury, especially within the masterfully-planned neighborhoods and apartment communities where the city’s population of 47,000 resides. With a median age of 36 years and median family income of $110,000, Rancho Santa Margarita is a great residential city within Orange County.
Positioned upon the rolling hills of Rancho Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA has served as the setting of many Hollywood productions, including the fictional town of “Sudden Valley” in Arrested Development, and the frequent gathering place of The Real Housewives of Orange County.
Not only do the picturesque steams, spacious plateaus, and southern mountain of Santiago Peak serve as the perfect backdrop for the city, but they also appeal to outdoor adventure seekers of all ages. With numerous trails and parks throughout the area, many outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, horse riding, and biking can be enjoyed by all. Apartment residents especially enjoy the amenities provided by the Rancho Santa Margarita Landscape and Recreation Corporate (SAMLARC), which operates 13 recreational parks, 4 spacious pools, natural lakes, a large amphitheater, indoor soccer rinks, and robust skate parks. The famous Dove Canyon also boasts a Jack Nicklaus signature golf club for residents of the private community.
Historically inhabited by Native Americans and later the site of Spanish expeditions, Rancho Santa Margarita was named after an area in San Diego County, and still boasts the longest name of any city in California.