Coto de Caza dates back to the 1700's when it was a working ranch complete with hunting lodge. Today, this former ranch covers approximately 4,000 acres and is known for its upscale, master-planned community with foothills and mesas in an overall secluded environment. The area is ideal in that half of it is reserved as open space. It is one of Orange County's oldest and most expensive master planned communities that began in 1968. The community was completed in 2003.
It is noted that Money Magazine gave Coto de Caza the distinction of one of the Top 100 Places to live in the United States.
The entire community is guard-gated, and some of the more exclusive compounds within this area are guard-gated multiple times, thus making Coto one of the softest communities in Orange County. Residents shop in nearby Rancho Santa Margarita, just outside the gates and most students in Coto de Caza are part of the Capistrano Unified School District.
Architecture ranges from country-style to ranch-style to impressive Mediterranean villas, some complete with horse ranches. Around Coto there are still a few undeveloped lots available for purchase as well as two private 18-hole golf courses. Coto de Caza also offers a magnificent country club with endless amenities. Coto de Caza has always been known for country living at its best. With the ability to hike, jog, roller blade, mountain bike, ride your horse, or walk on one of more than 40 miles of trails that wind in and around Coto de Caza with connections to Riley Wilderness Park and Casper's Wilderness Park.