Rancho Santa Margarita, CA


Highest Appreciating Rancho Santa Margarita Neighborhoods Since 2000

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA Real Estate Data

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Home Values, Rents: Reflects Q1 2017. Updated quarterly.
  • Setting, Housing Stock, Homeownership: 2015 (latest available). Updated annually.

Methodology:   NeighborhoodScout uses over 600 characteristics to build a neighborhood profile… Read more

Rancho Santa Margarita Housing Market Information

With 49,324 people, 16,980 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $679,465, real estate costs in Rancho Santa Margarita are among some of the highest in the nation, although house prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive California communities.

Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Rancho Santa Margarita, accounting for 55.52% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Rancho Santa Margarita include large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 22.57%), row houses and other attached homes ( 16.81%), and a few duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 4.74%).

Owner-occupied, three and four bedroom dwellings, primarily in single-family detached homes are the most prevalent type of housing you will see in Rancho Santa Margarita. Owner-occupied housing accounts for 71.14% of Rancho Santa Margarita's homes, and 53.80% have either three or four bedrooms, which is average sized relative to America.

There is a lot of housing in Rancho Santa Margarita built from 1970 to 1999 so parts of town may have that "Brady Bunch" look of homes popular in the '70s and early '80s, although some of these houses were built up through the early '90s as well. There is also a lot of housing in Rancho Santa Margarita built between 2000 and later ( 6.67%). A lesser amount of the housing stock also hails from between 1940-1969 ( 1.97%).

Rancho Santa Margarita Home Appreciation Rates

Real estate appreciation rates in Rancho Santa Margarita's have tracked to near the national average over the last then years, with the annual appreciation rate averaging -0.10% during the period.

Over the last year, Rancho Santa Margarita appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Rancho Santa Margarita's appreciation rate has been 1.83%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Rancho Santa Margarita were at 1.99%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 8.20%.

Importantly, this makes Rancho Santa Margarita one of the highest appreciating communities in the nation for the latest quarter, and may signal the city's near-future real estate investment strength.

Relative to California, our data show that Rancho Santa Margarita's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 90% of the other cities and towns in California.

One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Rancho Santa Margarita differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Rancho Santa Margarita - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Rancho Santa Margarita real estate investment or home purchase decisions.

Average Home Values


Median Home Value:

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA HOME PRICES

Value Range
> $1,305,000 3.1
$978,001 - $1,305,000 15.9
$652,001 - $978,000 36.3
$522,001 - $652,000 15.3
$391,001 - $522,000 16.1
$261,001 - $391,000 8.3
$130,001 - $261,000 2.5
$65,001 - $130,000 0.4
$0 - $65,000 1.9

High for CA
Very High for Nation

Value Relative to Nation Value Relative to State
2.87120590648072 24.8677248677249

Number Of Homes And Apartments:

Rancho Santa Margarita Appreciation Rates

Time Period Total Appreciation Avg. Annual Rate Compared To
Compared To
Latest Quarter:
2016 Q4 - 2017 Q1
Last 12 Months:
2016 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 2 Years:
2015 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 5 Years:
2012 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Last 10 Years:
2007 Q1 - 2017 Q1
Since 2000:
2000 Q1 - 2017 Q1
111.69% 4.44% 8 10
* 10 is highest

Rent & Ownership


Average Market Rent:
$2,588 / per month

Homeownership Rate

Owners 71.14
Renters 28.86
Vacant 5.02

Housing Market Details


Age of Homes

AGE OF Rancho Santa Margarita HOMES
2000 or Newer 6.7
1970 - 1999 90.8
1940 - 1969 2.0
1939 or Older 0.6

Types of Homes

TYPE OF Rancho Santa Margarita HOMES
Single-Family 55.5
Townhomes 16.8
Small Apt. Buildings 4.7
Apt. Complexes 22.6
Mobile Homes 0.4
Other 0.0

Home Size

SIZE OF Rancho Santa Margarita HOMES
No Bedroom 0.84
1 Bedroom 12.33
2 Bedrooms 25.59
3 Bedrooms 27.78
4 Bedrooms 26.02
5 or more bedrooms 7.44