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638 Apartments for rent in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

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Check out 638 verified apartments for rent in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA with rents starting as low as $1650. Some apartments for rent in Rancho Santa Margarita might offer rent specials. Look out for the
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15 Units Available
Skyview
21022 Los Alisos Blvd
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA | SAMLARC
1 Bedroom
$1,833
670 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,199
945 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,019
1218 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 05:50 AM
Off Highway 241 and 261. Recently renovated with walk-in closets, updated appliances and hardwood floors. On-site features include gym, tennis court, pool and sauna. Pet-friendly property with in-unit laundry and car wash area.
Verified
11 Units Available
The Highlands
31872 Joshua Dr
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA | Robinson Ranch
1 Bedroom
$1,945
836 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,345
1021 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 05:29 AM
This Cape Cod-style community features a range of layouts, including two-story townhomes. Roman soaking tubs, wood-burning fireplaces and stunning vaulted ceilings make each apartment feel like home. Complete with lit tennis court and clubhouse.
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20 Units Available
Avila at Rancho Santa Margarita
22751 El Prado
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA | SAMLARC
1 Bedroom
$1,842
818 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,171
1010 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 04:45 AM
1-2 bedroom apartments are pet friendly with modern kitchens, crown molding, in-unit laundry, garage. Enjoy mountain views, pool, hot tub, fitness center. Easy access to Antonio Parkway, Highway 241, shopping, dining and Orange County attractions.
Verified
7 Units Available
Villas Antonio Apartment Homes
22482 Alma Aldea
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA | SAMLARC
1 Bedroom
$1,745
664 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,125
975 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 06:57 PM
PLEASE CALL TO SCHEDULE YOUR IN-PERSON OR VIRTUAL TOUR! Welcome home to Villas Antonio Apartment Homes! Our beautiful community is situated in Rancho Santa Margarita, California.
Verified
16 Units Available
eaves Santa Margarita
111 Via Serena
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA | SAMLARC
1 Bedroom
$1,720
600 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,289
961 sqft
Last updated November 24 at 01:04 PM
Located near Robinson Mall and Santa Margarita Parkway. Sun-filled units have hardwood floors and in-unit laundry. Plenty of closet space. Community amenities include bike storage and a 24-hour fitness center.
1 Unit Available
22 Vía Solaz - 1
22 Via Solaz
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA | SAMLARC
2 Bedrooms
$2,295
992 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 08:56 AM
Recently renovated beautiful 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom condo. All one level with an amazing view of Tijeras creek Golf course. Stunning views of the fairway along with views of the green and water features.
1 Unit Available
21483 Silvertree Lane
21483 Silvertree Lane
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA | Trabuco Highlands
4 Bedrooms
$4,700
2479 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 08:46 AM
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at 21483 Silvertree Lane in Rancho Santa Margarita. View photos, descriptions and more!
1 Unit Available
16 Carmesi
16 Carmesi
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA | SAMLARC
2 Bedrooms
$2,100
876 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 08:46 AM
Highly upgraded upstairs unit with large balcony with view . 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms with an spacious remodeled kitchen with new cabinets and granite counters and newer appliances. Newer carpet and flooring .
1 Unit Available
10 Via Lantana
10 Via Lantana
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA | SAMLARC
3 Bedrooms
$3,300
1446 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 08:46 AM
Great home in Rancho Santa Margarita! For applications please submit via: https://apply.link/36Y77l3 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 baths! Refrigerator, washer, and dryer included too! Pets ok too!
1 Unit Available
23 Via Berrendo
23 Via Berrendo
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA | SAMLARC
4 Bedrooms
$4,700
3000 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 08:46 AM
UPGRADED,
1 Unit Available
5 Brisa Ribera
5 Brisa Ribera
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA | SAMLARC
2 Bedrooms
$2,500
922 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 08:46 AM
Beautifully upgraded unit with remodeled baths, hardwood floors, granite counter tops and freshly installed carpet. Carriage unit with no neighbors below. Custom French doors, custom front door with leaded glass insert.
1 Unit Available
68 Abrigo
68 Abrigo
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA | SAMLARC
1 Bedroom
$1,850
695 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 08:46 AM
Welcome To The Los Portillos Community, Beautiful 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, End Unit, Entertainers Balcony With Mountain View, 1 Car Oversized Detached Garage Just Below The Unit, No One Above Or Below, Owner Recently Painted Unit In Sherwin Williams
1 Unit Available
71 Gaviota
71 Gaviota
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA | SAMLARC
2 Bedrooms
$1,900
618 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 08:46 AM
*Enchanting Rancho Santa Margarita cottage nestled in the heart of RSM* This attractive upgraded home features two generously sized bedrooms plus a nicely appointed bathroom complimented by a soaking tub.
1 Unit Available
22 San Bonifacio
22 San Bonifacio
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA | SAMLARC
4 Bedrooms
$3,400
1705 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 08:46 AM
Beautiful view home on single loaded street. Features of this home includes high vaulted ceilings in living and dining room areas, separate family room area with fireplace, all 4 bedrooms upstairs, full driveway and attached garage.
1 Unit Available
1 Via Caridad
1 Via Caridad
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA | SAMLARC
2 Bedrooms
$2,000
832 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 08:46 AM
MISSION COURTS BEAUTY!!! Completely Renovated “Carriage Unit” No one above or below! Light and Bright. Detached Single Car Garage directly below. 2 BDRM, 2 full Bath unit. Newer tile flooring and Carpet.
1 Unit Available
229 Encantado
229 Encantado Cyn
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA | SAMLARC
2 Bedrooms
$2,950
1390 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 08:46 AM
Beautiful upgraded Townhouse in the Resort Style Golf Course Community of Belterraza. Look out onto the 6th green of Tijeras Creek Golf Course and enjoy the beautiful peaceful view. This stunning 2 bedrooms plus loft, 2.
1 Unit Available
43 Rosa
43 Rosa
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA | SAMLARC
2 Bedrooms
$1,850
618 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 08:46 AM
Submitted by Corliss Realty Inc. 949-888-2676 (landline) DanielleCorliss@yahoo.
1 Unit Available
12 Piedmont
12 Piedmont
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA | Dove Canyon
4 Bedrooms
$6,000
3539 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 08:46 AM
Here is a beautiful single family residence in the prestigious Dove Canyon gated community. This QUIET 4 bed 3.5 bath 3 car garage home provides approx 3539 sq ft of living space.
1 Unit Available
41 Brisa Ribera
41 Brisa Ribera
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA | SAMLARC
2 Bedrooms
$2,250
1010 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 08:46 AM
Super rare lower level, condo with no stairs and a direct access garage. Enjoy your brand new kitchen in this upgraded single level condo in the lakeside community of Brisa Del Lago. Steps the lake, dining and shopping in Rancho Santa Margarita.
1 Unit Available
41 Paseo Simpatico
41 Paseo Simpatico
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA | SAMLARC
3 Bedrooms
$3,200
1526 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 08:46 AM
Wonderful location in the heart of Rancho Santa Margarita, this white picket fence residence is located in one of the most private settings within the gated community of Los Paseos.
1 Unit Available
23 PASEO VESPERTINO
23 Paseo Vespertino
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA | SAMLARC
3 Bedrooms
$3,200
1493 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 08:46 AM
Beautiful Single Family Home in the highly desirable Gated Community of Los Paseos in Rancho Santa Margarita. This 3 bedroom, 3 full bathroom, 2 car garage is a dream home. Open floor plan with wonderful bright sunshine throughout.
1 Unit Available
12 Via Helena
12 Via Helena
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA | SAMLARC
3 Bedrooms
$5,500
1976 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 08:46 AM
Wow!! Right on the 3rd T box of beautiful Tijeras Creek Golf Course. Views from your back patio with your own putting green. Fantastic Floor plan features 3 bedrooms, 2.
1 Unit Available
107 Tierra Montanosa
107 Tierra Montanosa
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA | SAMLARC
3 Bedrooms
$2,995
1500 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 08:46 AM
Call Idrene to see this property 949-707-4381
1 Unit Available
81 Camino Del Oro
81 Camino Del Oro
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA | SAMLARC
2 Bedrooms
$2,700
1231 sqft
Last updated November 25 at 08:46 AM
Welcome to this amazing lease opportunity in the serene and desirable Cabo Vista community in Rancho Santa Margarita with no one above or below you! This 2-story condo features 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bath, and spans across 1,231 sqft.
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You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Rancho Santa Margarita. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include California State University-Fullerton, Orange Coast College, Hope International University, Vanguard University of Southern California, and Santa Ana College.
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City Guide

Rancho Santa Margarita
Want to live in a record holding city? Rancho Santa Margarita holds the record for the longest city name in California. The previous title-holder, La Canada Flintridge, slipped into second place when Rancho Santa Margarita was incorporated in 2000.
Want to live in a record holding city? Rancho Santa Margarita holds the record for the longest city name in California. The previous title-holder, La Canada Flintridge, slipped into second place when Rancho Santa Margarita was incorporated in 2000.

Rancho Santa Margarita is a new town in the rapidly growing region of Orange County, California. It's a planned community, which means there are plenty of shiny new apartment complexes, as well as all the amenities you would expect in a small city. You might think that such a new town would be lacking in character, but don't be so quick to judge. There's a strong community finding its feet here, and you won't have trouble finding community events to get involved in. In the summer, rock, soul and country music concerts are regularly held in Central Park, so you can live it up while watching the sun go down. Rancho Santa Margarita has a lot to offer, and you haven't even heard about the biggest attractions yet! The sunny climate and the incredibly beautiful surroundings are what draw many people to this Orange County city. So, if you do decide to move here, remember to get out of your smart new apartment every once in a while and enjoy the landscape. Go explore the Cleveland National Forest -- after all, it will be right on your doorstep.

Moving to Rancho Santa Margarita

So, you like the idea of living the California lifestyle in Rancho Santa Margarita? Yes? Great! So, what do you need to bag yourself an apartment for rent in this thriving young city? Money is the first thing. You'll need enough ready cash to put down a deposit on a home for rent, and you'll also need documents to prove that you have the income necessary to keep on paying the rent on time. References from former landlords wouldn't go amiss either - with a vacancy rate of less than 5%, landlords here can afford to be a bit choosy about which tenants they take.

Make no mistake, this is an affluent community and as such can be rather exclusive. The prices of houses for rent range from the eye-wateringly expensive to the merely frown-inducing high values that everyone has come to expect in California. Let's hope you have a similarly large paycheck coming in.

Moving to Rancho Santa Margarita
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So, you like the idea of living the California lifestyle in Rancho Santa Margarita? Yes? Great! So, what do you need to bag yourself an apartment for rent in this thriving young city? Money is the first thing. You'll need enough ready cash to put down a deposit on a home for rent, and you'll also need documents to prove that you have the income necessary to keep on paying the rent on time. References from former landlords wouldn't go amiss either - with a vacancy rate of less than 5%, landlords here can afford to be a bit choosy about which tenants they take.

Make no mistake, this is an affluent community and as such can be rather exclusive. The prices of houses for rent range from the eye-wateringly expensive to the merely frown-inducing high values that everyone has come to expect in California. Let's hope you have a similarly large paycheck coming in.

Neighborhoods in Rancho Santa Margarita

Rancho Santa Margarita is made up of several planned neighborhoods. Some are vast gated communities, which offer security and peace of mind, particularly for parents with young children. Take a glance at these neighborhood descriptions to figure out which part of Rancho Santa Margarita you want to be your new locale.

Dove Canyon:Welcome to Rancho Santa Margarita's most exclusive neighborhood! Rents are sky-high and you could grow old while waiting for a rental home to become available in this luxurious gated community. If you do by some miracle manage to find a place here, you can be sure that it'll be beautifully presented, spacious, and surrounded by neighbors who enjoy the finer things in life. $$$$$

City Center:This centrally located neighborhood contains Central Park and the excellent Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate School, so it might be a place to consider if you have kids in tow. However, the rental properties on offer here are mostly hi-rise apartments, so you'll have to go further out if you want a yard for the kids to run around in.$$$

Ave De Las Flores/Santa Margarita Pky:The cheapest homes for rent in Rancho Santa Margarita are found in the unnamed neighborhood just north of Santa Margarita Parkway. The hi-rise apartments here are almost affordable, although you will probably only get one or two bedrooms for your money. $$

Las Flores:Tucked away in the southern corner of the city, just below the Tijeras Creek Golf club, Las Flores is a quiet, suburban neighborhood offering rental properties in a range of sizes, from hi-rise apartments to five bedroom houses. No, it's not a lot cheaper than other neighborhoods, but vacancies do tend to come around a tiny bit more often. $$$$

Robinson Ranch:This is probably the ideal place to be if you've got kids. There are several great schools nearby and plenty of single-family homes. Unfortunately, competition is fierce. If you have your heart set on this neighborhood, start your search a long, long time in advance. $$$$

Rancho Trabuco:Please don't move here if you like to hide inside your home; it would be a terrible waste. This northern neighborhood is flanked by two beautiful parks -- O'Neill and Altisima -- and you also get impressive views over the Upper Oso reservoir. If green spaces and vast expanses of placid water help you relax, you'll be pretty chilled out here. That is, once you've gotten over the stress of paying the monthly rent. $$$$

Neighborhoods in Rancho Santa Margarita
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Rancho Santa Margarita is made up of several planned neighborhoods. Some are vast gated communities, which offer security and peace of mind, particularly for parents with young children. Take a glance at these neighborhood descriptions to figure out which part of Rancho Santa Margarita you want to be your new locale.

Dove Canyon:Welcome to Rancho Santa Margarita's most exclusive neighborhood! Rents are sky-high and you could grow old while waiting for a rental home to become available in this luxurious gated community. If you do by some miracle manage to find a place here, you can be sure that it'll be beautifully presented, spacious, and surrounded by neighbors who enjoy the finer things in life. $$$$$

City Center:This centrally located neighborhood contains Central Park and the excellent Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate School, so it might be a place to consider if you have kids in tow. However, the rental properties on offer here are mostly hi-rise apartments, so you'll have to go further out if you want a yard for the kids to run around in.$$$

Ave De Las Flores/Santa Margarita Pky:The cheapest homes for rent in Rancho Santa Margarita are found in the unnamed neighborhood just north of Santa Margarita Parkway. The hi-rise apartments here are almost affordable, although you will probably only get one or two bedrooms for your money. $$

Las Flores:Tucked away in the southern corner of the city, just below the Tijeras Creek Golf club, Las Flores is a quiet, suburban neighborhood offering rental properties in a range of sizes, from hi-rise apartments to five bedroom houses. No, it's not a lot cheaper than other neighborhoods, but vacancies do tend to come around a tiny bit more often. $$$$

Robinson Ranch:This is probably the ideal place to be if you've got kids. There are several great schools nearby and plenty of single-family homes. Unfortunately, competition is fierce. If you have your heart set on this neighborhood, start your search a long, long time in advance. $$$$

Rancho Trabuco:Please don't move here if you like to hide inside your home; it would be a terrible waste. This northern neighborhood is flanked by two beautiful parks -- O'Neill and Altisima -- and you also get impressive views over the Upper Oso reservoir. If green spaces and vast expanses of placid water help you relax, you'll be pretty chilled out here. That is, once you've gotten over the stress of paying the monthly rent. $$$$

Living in Rancho Santa Margarita

So, it's decision time: should you move to Rancho Santa Margarita? Well, if you've got the money, then you'll certainly get a wonderful quality of life here. The properties are for the most part modern and well-maintained, crime rates are a tiny fraction of the state average, and the schools are excellent. Unfortunately, affordability is the major sticking point for most people.

The best way to afford the home of your dreams in Rancho Santa Margarita is to find a well-paying job in the area. The city's top employer is Applied Medical, which produces medical equipment, so if you've got the right skills you might look for a position there. Cox Communications also has its headquarters here, so skilled jobs in telecommunications and broadcasting are also on offer. Otherwise, you might have to join the majority of residents in their daily commute to Irvine, Orange or Santa Ana, where medical and tech jobs abound. Whether or not you manage to find a job in Rancho Santa Margarita, you will almost certainly want to keep a car so you can get out and explore the nearby towns and cities.

During their downtime, residents of Rancho Santa Margarita like to spend time on the golf course, and there are several facilities available nearby. They also enjoy swimming and boating at theLago Santa Margarita Beach Club, which has space available for barbecues and picnics overlooking the man-made lake. Take some time exploring the trails around the lake and through the local parks, or plan a longer hike into the Cleveland National Forest.

If you can afford to move to Rancho Santa Margarita, you probably won't regret choosing this city. It's a safe, family-friendly place to live in a beautiful part of California. People have left glowing reviews of Skyview Apartments Rancho Santa Margarita. Specifically, they love about the green areas onsite, the expansive pool with outdoor grills, and the pet-friendly policy.

Living in Rancho Santa Margarita
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So, it's decision time: should you move to Rancho Santa Margarita? Well, if you've got the money, then you'll certainly get a wonderful quality of life here. The properties are for the most part modern and well-maintained, crime rates are a tiny fraction of the state average, and the schools are excellent. Unfortunately, affordability is the major sticking point for most people.

The best way to afford the home of your dreams in Rancho Santa Margarita is to find a well-paying job in the area. The city's top employer is Applied Medical, which produces medical equipment, so if you've got the right skills you might look for a position there. Cox Communications also has its headquarters here, so skilled jobs in telecommunications and broadcasting are also on offer. Otherwise, you might have to join the majority of residents in their daily commute to Irvine, Orange or Santa Ana, where medical and tech jobs abound. Whether or not you manage to find a job in Rancho Santa Margarita, you will almost certainly want to keep a car so you can get out and explore the nearby towns and cities.

During their downtime, residents of Rancho Santa Margarita like to spend time on the golf course, and there are several facilities available nearby. They also enjoy swimming and boating at theLago Santa Margarita Beach Club, which has space available for barbecues and picnics overlooking the man-made lake. Take some time exploring the trails around the lake and through the local parks, or plan a longer hike into the Cleveland National Forest.

If you can afford to move to Rancho Santa Margarita, you probably won't regret choosing this city. It's a safe, family-friendly place to live in a beautiful part of California. People have left glowing reviews of Skyview Apartments Rancho Santa Margarita. Specifically, they love about the green areas onsite, the expansive pool with outdoor grills, and the pet-friendly policy.

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City Guide

Rancho Santa Margarita
Want to live in a record holding city? Rancho Santa Margarita holds the record for the longest city name in California. The previous title-holder, La Canada Flintridge, slipped into second place when Rancho Santa Margarita was incorporated in 2000.
Want to live in a record holding city? Rancho Santa Margarita holds the record for the longest city name in California. The previous title-holder, La Canada Flintridge, slipped into second place when Rancho Santa Margarita was incorporated in 2000.

Rancho Santa Margarita is a new town in the rapidly growing region of Orange County, California. It's a planned community, which means there are plenty of shiny new apartment complexes, as well as all the amenities you would expect in a small city. You might think that such a new town would be lacking in character, but don't be so quick to judge. There's a strong community finding its feet here, and you won't have trouble finding community events to get involved in. In the summer, rock, soul and country music concerts are regularly held in Central Park, so you can live it up while watching the sun go down. Rancho Santa Margarita has a lot to offer, and you haven't even heard about the biggest attractions yet! The sunny climate and the incredibly beautiful surroundings are what draw many people to this Orange County city. So, if you do decide to move here, remember to get out of your smart new apartment every once in a while and enjoy the landscape. Go explore the Cleveland National Forest -- after all, it will be right on your doorstep.

Moving to Rancho Santa Margarita

So, you like the idea of living the California lifestyle in Rancho Santa Margarita? Yes? Great! So, what do you need to bag yourself an apartment for rent in this thriving young city? Money is the first thing. You'll need enough ready cash to put down a deposit on a home for rent, and you'll also need documents to prove that you have the income necessary to keep on paying the rent on time. References from former landlords wouldn't go amiss either - with a vacancy rate of less than 5%, landlords here can afford to be a bit choosy about which tenants they take.

Make no mistake, this is an affluent community and as such can be rather exclusive. The prices of houses for rent range from the eye-wateringly expensive to the merely frown-inducing high values that everyone has come to expect in California. Let's hope you have a similarly large paycheck coming in.

Moving to Rancho Santa Margarita
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So, you like the idea of living the California lifestyle in Rancho Santa Margarita? Yes? Great! So, what do you need to bag yourself an apartment for rent in this thriving young city? Money is the first thing. You'll need enough ready cash to put down a deposit on a home for rent, and you'll also need documents to prove that you have the income necessary to keep on paying the rent on time. References from former landlords wouldn't go amiss either - with a vacancy rate of less than 5%, landlords here can afford to be a bit choosy about which tenants they take.

Make no mistake, this is an affluent community and as such can be rather exclusive. The prices of houses for rent range from the eye-wateringly expensive to the merely frown-inducing high values that everyone has come to expect in California. Let's hope you have a similarly large paycheck coming in.

Neighborhoods in Rancho Santa Margarita

Rancho Santa Margarita is made up of several planned neighborhoods. Some are vast gated communities, which offer security and peace of mind, particularly for parents with young children. Take a glance at these neighborhood descriptions to figure out which part of Rancho Santa Margarita you want to be your new locale.

Dove Canyon:Welcome to Rancho Santa Margarita's most exclusive neighborhood! Rents are sky-high and you could grow old while waiting for a rental home to become available in this luxurious gated community. If you do by some miracle manage to find a place here, you can be sure that it'll be beautifully presented, spacious, and surrounded by neighbors who enjoy the finer things in life. $$$$$

City Center:This centrally located neighborhood contains Central Park and the excellent Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate School, so it might be a place to consider if you have kids in tow. However, the rental properties on offer here are mostly hi-rise apartments, so you'll have to go further out if you want a yard for the kids to run around in.$$$

Ave De Las Flores/Santa Margarita Pky:The cheapest homes for rent in Rancho Santa Margarita are found in the unnamed neighborhood just north of Santa Margarita Parkway. The hi-rise apartments here are almost affordable, although you will probably only get one or two bedrooms for your money. $$

Las Flores:Tucked away in the southern corner of the city, just below the Tijeras Creek Golf club, Las Flores is a quiet, suburban neighborhood offering rental properties in a range of sizes, from hi-rise apartments to five bedroom houses. No, it's not a lot cheaper than other neighborhoods, but vacancies do tend to come around a tiny bit more often. $$$$

Robinson Ranch:This is probably the ideal place to be if you've got kids. There are several great schools nearby and plenty of single-family homes. Unfortunately, competition is fierce. If you have your heart set on this neighborhood, start your search a long, long time in advance. $$$$

Rancho Trabuco:Please don't move here if you like to hide inside your home; it would be a terrible waste. This northern neighborhood is flanked by two beautiful parks -- O'Neill and Altisima -- and you also get impressive views over the Upper Oso reservoir. If green spaces and vast expanses of placid water help you relax, you'll be pretty chilled out here. That is, once you've gotten over the stress of paying the monthly rent. $$$$

Neighborhoods in Rancho Santa Margarita
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Rancho Santa Margarita is made up of several planned neighborhoods. Some are vast gated communities, which offer security and peace of mind, particularly for parents with young children. Take a glance at these neighborhood descriptions to figure out which part of Rancho Santa Margarita you want to be your new locale.

Dove Canyon:Welcome to Rancho Santa Margarita's most exclusive neighborhood! Rents are sky-high and you could grow old while waiting for a rental home to become available in this luxurious gated community. If you do by some miracle manage to find a place here, you can be sure that it'll be beautifully presented, spacious, and surrounded by neighbors who enjoy the finer things in life. $$$$$

City Center:This centrally located neighborhood contains Central Park and the excellent Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate School, so it might be a place to consider if you have kids in tow. However, the rental properties on offer here are mostly hi-rise apartments, so you'll have to go further out if you want a yard for the kids to run around in.$$$

Ave De Las Flores/Santa Margarita Pky:The cheapest homes for rent in Rancho Santa Margarita are found in the unnamed neighborhood just north of Santa Margarita Parkway. The hi-rise apartments here are almost affordable, although you will probably only get one or two bedrooms for your money. $$

Las Flores:Tucked away in the southern corner of the city, just below the Tijeras Creek Golf club, Las Flores is a quiet, suburban neighborhood offering rental properties in a range of sizes, from hi-rise apartments to five bedroom houses. No, it's not a lot cheaper than other neighborhoods, but vacancies do tend to come around a tiny bit more often. $$$$

Robinson Ranch:This is probably the ideal place to be if you've got kids. There are several great schools nearby and plenty of single-family homes. Unfortunately, competition is fierce. If you have your heart set on this neighborhood, start your search a long, long time in advance. $$$$

Rancho Trabuco:Please don't move here if you like to hide inside your home; it would be a terrible waste. This northern neighborhood is flanked by two beautiful parks -- O'Neill and Altisima -- and you also get impressive views over the Upper Oso reservoir. If green spaces and vast expanses of placid water help you relax, you'll be pretty chilled out here. That is, once you've gotten over the stress of paying the monthly rent. $$$$

Living in Rancho Santa Margarita

So, it's decision time: should you move to Rancho Santa Margarita? Well, if you've got the money, then you'll certainly get a wonderful quality of life here. The properties are for the most part modern and well-maintained, crime rates are a tiny fraction of the state average, and the schools are excellent. Unfortunately, affordability is the major sticking point for most people.

The best way to afford the home of your dreams in Rancho Santa Margarita is to find a well-paying job in the area. The city's top employer is Applied Medical, which produces medical equipment, so if you've got the right skills you might look for a position there. Cox Communications also has its headquarters here, so skilled jobs in telecommunications and broadcasting are also on offer. Otherwise, you might have to join the majority of residents in their daily commute to Irvine, Orange or Santa Ana, where medical and tech jobs abound. Whether or not you manage to find a job in Rancho Santa Margarita, you will almost certainly want to keep a car so you can get out and explore the nearby towns and cities.

During their downtime, residents of Rancho Santa Margarita like to spend time on the golf course, and there are several facilities available nearby. They also enjoy swimming and boating at theLago Santa Margarita Beach Club, which has space available for barbecues and picnics overlooking the man-made lake. Take some time exploring the trails around the lake and through the local parks, or plan a longer hike into the Cleveland National Forest.

If you can afford to move to Rancho Santa Margarita, you probably won't regret choosing this city. It's a safe, family-friendly place to live in a beautiful part of California. People have left glowing reviews of Skyview Apartments Rancho Santa Margarita. Specifically, they love about the green areas onsite, the expansive pool with outdoor grills, and the pet-friendly policy.

Living in Rancho Santa Margarita
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So, it's decision time: should you move to Rancho Santa Margarita? Well, if you've got the money, then you'll certainly get a wonderful quality of life here. The properties are for the most part modern and well-maintained, crime rates are a tiny fraction of the state average, and the schools are excellent. Unfortunately, affordability is the major sticking point for most people.

The best way to afford the home of your dreams in Rancho Santa Margarita is to find a well-paying job in the area. The city's top employer is Applied Medical, which produces medical equipment, so if you've got the right skills you might look for a position there. Cox Communications also has its headquarters here, so skilled jobs in telecommunications and broadcasting are also on offer. Otherwise, you might have to join the majority of residents in their daily commute to Irvine, Orange or Santa Ana, where medical and tech jobs abound. Whether or not you manage to find a job in Rancho Santa Margarita, you will almost certainly want to keep a car so you can get out and explore the nearby towns and cities.

During their downtime, residents of Rancho Santa Margarita like to spend time on the golf course, and there are several facilities available nearby. They also enjoy swimming and boating at theLago Santa Margarita Beach Club, which has space available for barbecues and picnics overlooking the man-made lake. Take some time exploring the trails around the lake and through the local parks, or plan a longer hike into the Cleveland National Forest.

If you can afford to move to Rancho Santa Margarita, you probably won't regret choosing this city. It's a safe, family-friendly place to live in a beautiful part of California. People have left glowing reviews of Skyview Apartments Rancho Santa Margarita. Specifically, they love about the green areas onsite, the expansive pool with outdoor grills, and the pet-friendly policy.