One of the most desirable places to live, in southern California, is the Rancho Santa Margarita, located in Orange County. This beautiful location, in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, is a master planned community, with a population of 47,853. This is considered a 'safe' community with very little crime.
In 1864 Juan Forster purchased 230,000 acres of land in the area. When Forster died, his heirs split 13.0 square miles of the land into the communities of Rancho Santa Margarita, Dove Canyon, Robinson Ranch, Rancho Cielo, Trabuco Highlands, and Walden.
In 1999 these communities were incorporated to form the City of Rancho Santa Margarita. Now called neighborhoods, they are managed by homeowners associations. Thus the natural beauty of the area has been preserved and is reflected in the city's vision statement, "A Small City with the Soul of a Small Village".
People living in Rancho Santa Margarita homes enjoy a Mediterranean climate, with precipitation occurring predominantly during the winter months. Summers are from warm to hot and the winters cool. Temperatures range from 56 degrees Fahrenheit, in January, to 73 degrees Fahrenheit, in August.
Residents especially enjoy outdoor activities at the nearby O'Neill Regional and the Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Parks. These parks have expansive coast live oak and sycamore trees, as well as abundant wild life. In addition to hiking trails there are areas for camping and picnicking. There is also almost every type of sports activity available, as well as colorful community affairs.
For families, there are excellent education facilities available. These include private, as well as public, schools covering pre-school through high school. In addition there are colleges not far away. For shopping enthusiasts there are the Laguna Hills Mall, the Foothill Ranch Towne Center (containing well known anchor stores), and numerous boutiques.
The city itself has many employment opportunities, including such things as retail, customer service, sales and marketing, warehouse and production, and personal care and services, to name a few. In addition it is near other cities that offer jobs of every variety.
There are beautiful Rancho Santa Margarita homes for sale, or rent, with the majority featuring swimming pools. There are also condos, apartments, and other facilities. Prices vary according to the location, but now is the time to find real bargains at this most desirable city.
|Population||Violent crime||Murder and
|Forcible rape||Robbery||Aggravated assault|
|Property crime||Burglary||Larceny-theft||Motor vehicle theft||Arson|
|Avg. High Temps||68||68||69||72||73||75||79||80||80||77||72||67|
|Avg. Low Temps||44||45||47||50||54||58||61||60||59||54||48||43|
|Avg. Rain In.||2.85||3.42||1.96||0.88||0.25||0.11||0.06||0.03||0.25||0.65||1.09||2.38|
|Record High of 108 in 1963|
|Record Low of 21 in 1949|
|3||O'Connell Landscape Maintenance||980|
|4||Saddleback Valley Unified School District||606|
|5||Lucas & Mercier Construction||553|
|6||Control Components Inc.||370|
|8||Car Sound Exhaust System||207|
|9||Capistrano Unified School District||210|
|10||Santa Margarita Catholic High School||200|