Rancho Santa Margarita
I think what makes Rancho Santa Margarita, The #1 Ranked Safest City in California, unique (along with the other foothill communities of Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills) is even though you are so close to the main cities for work, we are tucked out of the way against the hills and get to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the suburban life. We have great walking, hiking, and mountain biking trails, top rated schools, and wonderful community churches. Not to mention being part of SAMLARC and access to 12 parks, 5 pools, The Beach Club, Pickle Ball Courts, Tennis Courts, Volley Ball Courts and so much more.
When searching for a home, Rancho Santa Margarita is divided into 8 areas: Melinda Heights, RSM North, RSM South (these 3 make up SAMLARC) Las Flores (this is an unincorporated part of RSM), Robinson Ranch, Rancho Cielo, Walden, and Dove Canyon.
Here is a 20/20 Episode from the 80's talking about The Original Concept of Rancho Santa Margarita.