The master-planned community of Rancho Santa Margarita in Southern California is nestled against the western edge of the Santa Ana Mountains, nearly half-way between San Diego and Los Angeles, in the County Of Orange. Its ideal location offers the best of all worlds to its roughly 54,000 residents. Rancho Santa Margarita's motto, A Small City with the Soul of a Small Village, is brought to life in the city's successful blend of small city offerings and local village intimacy. Rancho Santa Margarita claims the most letters in a city name within the State of California. It's no wonder that many residents simply refer to their community as "RSM".
CNN's MONEY Magazine rated Rancho Santa Margarita among Top Ten of America's Hottest Towns in their 2004 survey, dubbing it the Ultimate Commuter's Compound. Close proximity to the major employment center of Irvine, as well as numerous other business and financial districts throughout the county, makes RSM an ideal location from a commuting standpoint. Additionally, Orange County's beautiful beaches are a only a short drive away and local mountain resorts and desert playgrounds are close enough for day trips or weekend getaways. Hikers and campers can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and native landscape of O'Neill Regional Park just a hop, skip and a jump down the road.
Rancho Santa Margarita has its own 13-acre, man-made lake where residents enjoy boating, fishing and kayaking. The 1.1 mile loop around Lago Santa Margarita is ideal for walkers, joggers, and skaters and includes a par exercise course. The Beach Club & Lakeshore have a swimming lagoon with a beach, two sand volleyball courts, barbeque and picnic facilities, an outdoor amphitheater, and the Fiesta Room, which can been reserved for meetings or special occasions.
In addition to the Lago Santa Margarita, Rancho Santa Margarita has 12 outstanding parks for fun and recreation.
Altisima Park: 30082 Melinda Road (Near Altisima) Jr. Olympic pool, tennis courts, basketball court, baseball/athletic fields, tot lot, performance stage & barbeque/picnic facility, restrooms
Arroyo Vista Park: 29661 Avenida de las Banderas (Near Arroyo Vista) Jr. Olympic pool, tennis courts, baseball/athletic fields, sand volleyball court, tot lot & barbeque/picnic facility, restrooms
Canada Vista Park: 24328 Antonio Parkway. Baseball/athletic fields, skate park, dog park, access to O.C. trails, restroom
Central Park: 30842 La Miranda (Near El Paseo) Amphitheater, Grand Terrace, skating facility, tot lots, barbeque/picnic area, restroom
Cielo Vista Park: 21921 Avenida de los Fundadores (Near Alma Aldea) Tennis courts, tot lot & barbeque/picnic area
Estrella Vista Park: 29883 Plushstone (Near Melinda Road) Tot lots & grassy area
Mesa Linda Park: 29546 Via Ladera (Near Antonio Parkway) Tennis, basketball, sand volleyball, tot lot, barbeque/picnic area, restrooms
Monte Vista Park: 21682 Buena Suerte (Near Avenida de las Flores) Jr. Olympic pool, tennis, basketball, athletic field, tot lot, barbeque/picnic area, restroom
Solana Park: 21601 Via Regressos (Near Melinda Rd.) Jr. Olympic pool, baseball/athletic fields, basketball, tot lot, picnic area, restroom
Tijeras Creek Park: 23082 Avenida Empresa (Near Antonio Parkway) Baseball/athletic fields, tot lot, picnic area, restroom
Trabuco Mesa Park: 31504 Avenida de las Flores (Near Antonio Parkway) Tennis, basketball, baseball/athletic fields, tot lot, barbeque/picnic areas, restrooms
Vista Verde Park: 22576 Alma Aldea (Near Avenida de las Banderas) Baseball/athletic field, exercise area, tot lot, picnic area, restroom
A map to these parks can be found on SAMLARC's site: http://www.samlarc.org/. Look under Quick Links, My Community, Amenities and it will be about half way down the page under the list of parks.
Rancho Santa Margarita schools are some of the best in the country. There are two school districts: Saddleback Valley Unified School District, and Capistrano Unified School District. Both districts have award-winning schools and programs. In addition to a phenomenal public school system, Rancho Santa Margarita has several exceptional private schools, including highly regarded Santa Margarita Catholic High School.
There are two community colleges, Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College, as well as University of California, Irvine, California State University, Fullerton, and several private universities from which to obtain an higher education degree.
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