Rancho Santa Margarita is a place full of history – holding ground over the area that Native Americans once lived. If you were to stand on Tijeras Creek Golf Course, you would be right were the Spanish expedition under Captain Gaspar de Portola camped when they visited with the Native Americans. The Spaniards founded Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1776 and ruled until 1921 when California became part of Mexico. Under Mexican governance, the area around the missions was segmented into three large ranchos: Rancho Trabuco, Rancho Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita. These ranchos were later purchased in 1882 by James L. Flood and Jerome O’Neill and the huge estate was run as a working ranch into the 1920’s. In 1940 the ranch was divided and the O’Neill family managed the upper portion, donating 398 acres to the County of Orange for parkland purposes. 1963 was a year of land donation and the creation of the Mission Viejo Company that drew up plans for master-communities.
1986 saw the sale of the first Rancho Santa Margarita homes. The people of the community established a Community Civic Association (CCA) for the purpose of providing a political voice for the people. In 1995 there was the official drive for cityhood and Rancho Santa Margarita was planned to be an “Urban Village”. January 1, 1999 marked the day that Rancho Santa Margarita was established as a city. Members of this community have access to the best of both worlds: the elements and advantage of a small city with the small town quality of life.
This affluent city in Orange Country, California is the ideal place for your home destination. Its rolling hills and Mediterranean climate are just the tip of the advantage iceberg. Rancho Santa Margarita is a fairly new city, therefore most homes are not much older than 15 years. You can find an array of single-family homes and apartment complexes, with three big single-family home developments. There’s a beautiful lake at the heart of the city and several recreation centers for your outdoor needs. Rancho Santa Margarita is the essence of a walking city.