Coto de Caza is a gated community located in south Orange County. First conceived in 1968, it’s one of the first master-planned communities ever built in the area. Today, Coto de Caza is built out at about 4,000 homes and remains one of the most sought-after addresses in Southern California.
Coto de Caza boasts many luxurious amenities, including not one but two golf courses. The Coto Valley Country Club, once the home of tennis guru Vic Braden, is also famous for being a favorite haunt of screen legend John Wayne. The Coto De Caza Golf & Racquet Club has 10 tennis courts aside from its world-class Robert Trent Jones, Jr. golf courses; it also houses a full-service spa and the Michael Chang Tennis Hall of Fame and Member Lounge.
The community has long had a penchant for athletics and the equestrian life. Coto de Caza served as the venue for the modern pentathlon event at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
There’s also a 24-acre equestrian center inside the community, which has a 47-mile network of riding trails that wind through groves, hills, and canyons. The center has five arenas, including covered, grand prix, and dressage arenas.
Coto de Caza is served by the Capistrano Unified School District, which supervises excellent schools such as Tijeras Crek Elementary and Tesoro High Schools. That said, many residents also send their kids to private institutions such as St. John’s Episcopal School and Serra Catholic Schools.
Real Estate in Coto de Caza
The phased development of Coto de Caza was completed in 2003 and the community is composed of over a hundred different neighborhoods. Among the largest in area are the Village, the Forest, the Woods, Oak Knoll at Summit, and Oak View at Summit.
While any of the communities in Coto De Caza are worth boasting about, there’s an even more exclusive enclave within – the 355-acre equestrian Los Ranchos Estates. This rural community is home to 75 custom-built houses on sprawling lots, and the neighborhood is managed by its own homeowner’s association.
Not surprisingly, a home in Coto de Caza is a significant investment. Many properties start at just under seven figures, and many more are listed at eight figures.
Premium pricing comes with premium perks. It’s not uncommon to find homes that measure 8,000 to 11,000 square feet – palatial by most standards. They also come with a host of deluxe amenities, such as Zen gardens, state-of-the-art entertainment centers, and resort-style pools.
- Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park
Located in the southern half of the community, this wilderness park encompasses 544 acres. Here majestic oak and sycamore trees thrive, fed by the water from two creeks. It has six miles of biking, hiking, and equestrian trails, and there’s a nature center that educates visitors about the importance of biodiversity.
- Lago Santa Margarita
This 11.5-acre manmade lake in neighboring Rancho Santa Margarita seeks to combine the beauty of the wilderness with the convenience of an urban park. Maple and pine trees line its shores and it’s a favorite destination of boaters.
- Red Rock Canyon
Located in nearby Lake Forest, this attraction allows visitors to marvel at the timeless beauty of rock formations. The hiking trails here are relatively level, making them ideal for beginners.
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