The city of Rancho Santa Margarita is a newer, master-planned community set upon the rolling foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, with most homes maintained by homeowners associations. Specifically planned to be an Urban Village, Rancho Santa Margarita the advantages and amenities of a small city with the quality of life of a small village. This young, upscale city boasts new schools surrounded by beautiful residential real estate, lush parks, hiking trails and greenbelts. Children are educated in the Saddleback and Capistrano school districts, which are two of the higher scoring districts in Orange County. Rich with shopping, dining, clean streets and well-maintained homes, its obvious why Rancho Santa Margarita is home to approximately 53,810 residents.