Gracious Town in the Foothills

Rancho Santa Margarita

Officially incorporated as a city in 2000, Rancho Santa Margarita was crafted from a portion of the Mission Viejo Company’s expansive ranch holdings in the mid-1980s. Often referred to as “Santa Margarita” or just “RSM” by locals, the town is comprised of several neighborhoods, notably Dove Canyon, Wagon Wheel, Las Flores, Melinda Heights and Robinson Ranch.


RSM’s town center is anchored by City Hall and the Bell Tower Regional Community Center – a beautiful building & bell tower that sounds on the hour and sits proudly at the head of Central Park.


Read more below

Rancho Santa Margarita Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $603K
Lowest Price $799
Highest Price $2M
Total Listings 90
Avg. Days On Market 51
Avg. Price/SQFT $343

Property Types (active listings)


Leafy walking & bike paths radiate out from Central Park, connecting the surrounding neighborhoods with shopping, local restaurants, boutiques and grocery stores that dot the community.

RSM life is so much about its foothill setting – the community is at the edge of suburban development and is surrounded by public & private nature preserves like Starr Ranch, the Cleveland National Forest and O’Neill Regional Park. World-class hiking and mountain biking abounds in and around the community – outdoor enthusiasts can hike or shred down trails from the top of Santiago Peak to Dana Point – a prized mountain-to-sea trail system that courses through the Canyons, RSM and ends at the glorious Pacific.

For golfers, two local golf courses – the Dove Canyon Country Club and public Tijeras Creek Golf Club are nearby, but for those who want more, Coto de Caza’s Country Cub offers 36 holes on two courses and is just minutes away.

The area’s notable history stretches back to an early Spanish expedition in 1769 led by Captain Gaspar de Portola. The expedition camped on a mesa on what is now known as “Trabuco Creek”, near Tijeras Creek Golf Course. One of the soldiers in the expedition lost his musket – known as a “trabuco” – a most treasured possession to any soldier. Though the musket was never found, the surrounding area has been associated with the word “trabuco” ever since and folks still keep an eye out for it!


Rancho Santa Margarita Listings

Click the links below to sort results by price range.

Sort by:
New
23 Saratoga, Rancho Santa Margarita

$1,950,000

23 Saratoga, Rancho Santa Margarita

5 Beds 4 Baths 3,403 SqFt Residential MLS® # OC23013688

Pacific Sotheby's Int'l Realty

11 Mountain Laurel, Rancho Santa Margarita

$1,899,990

11 Mountain Laurel, Rancho Santa Margarita

4 Beds 4 Baths 3,592 SqFt Residential MLS® # OC22249830

Mcsen Realty Corp.

35 Crestview Drive, Rancho Santa Margarita

$1,850,000

35 Crestview Drive, Rancho Santa Margarita

5 Beds 5 Baths 4,069 SqFt Residential MLS® # OC22221979

Sergio Caliz, Broker

24 Thorn Oak, Rancho Santa Margarita

$1,825,000

↓ $25,000

24 Thorn Oak, Rancho Santa Margarita

5 Beds 4 Baths 4,298 SqFt Residential MLS® # OC22200524

Century 21 Award

32072 Weeping Willow Street, Rancho Santa Margarita

$1,749,000

↓ $46,000

32072 Weeping Willow Street, Rancho Santa Margarita

4 Beds 4 Baths 3,770 SqFt Residential MLS® # OC22194966

Bullock Russell RE Services

7 Woodbridge Court, Rancho Santa Margarita

$1,700,000

↓ $50,000

7 Woodbridge Court, Rancho Santa Margarita

5 Beds 5 Baths 3,515 SqFt Residential MLS® # OC22204267

RE/MAX Premier Realty

32802 Brookseed Drive, Rancho Santa Margarita

$1,699,000

↓ $51,000

32802 Brookseed Drive, Rancho Santa Margarita

4 Beds 3 Baths 3,410 SqFt Residential MLS® # OC22179820

First Team Estates

12 Foxtail Lane, Rancho Santa Margarita

$1,425,000

↓ $4,000

12 Foxtail Lane, Rancho Santa Margarita

5 Beds 3 Baths 2,642 SqFt Residential MLS® # OC22148782

Bullock Russell RE Services

22 Lawnridge, Rancho Santa Margarita

$1,349,000

22 Lawnridge, Rancho Santa Margarita

3 Beds 3 Baths 2,187 SqFt Residential MLS® # OC23009577

EHM Real Estate, Inc.

21821 Estrella Lane, Rancho Santa Margarita

$1,349,000

21821 Estrella Lane, Rancho Santa Margarita

4 Beds 3 Baths 3,094 SqFt Residential MLS® # OC22250814

Bullock Russell RE Services

New
21771 Ambrosia Lane, Rancho Santa Margarita

$1,325,000

21771 Ambrosia Lane, Rancho Santa Margarita

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,583 SqFt Residential MLS® # OC23003785

Bullock Russell RE Services

18 Sarracenia, Rancho Santa Margarita

$1,289,000

↓ $23,000

18 Sarracenia, Rancho Santa Margarita

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,246 SqFt Residential MLS® # OC22234463

Bullock Russell RE Services

Rancho Santa Margarita Living

  • Rancho Santa Margarita (or "RSM" to locals) is located on the eastern flank of the county, next to Mission Viejo, Coto de Caza and Trabuco Canyon.
  • RSM is loaded with amenities - community parks, pools, shopping + dining - but residents would probably say the RSM lake and City Hall park are their favorites!
  • While the lake is a treasure, I think it is arguable that being nestled against the foothills that lead into the Cleveland National Forest might be one of RSM's greatest assets - being that close to so much raw nature is good for the soul and you will always see folks out biking, running hiking or just stolling along the myriad hillside trails & paths.

Hiking in Rancho Santa Margarita

Go to top

Start searching for your dream home now.

Start Search