Coto de Caza Homes for Sale

A 19th century game preserve for Spanish ranchers, today Coto de Caza is a 5,000-acre private guard-gated community in southern Orange County. Considered one of the more prestigious master-planned communities in the United States, Coto de Caza boasts trails leading to Cleveland National Forest, sports fields and courts, and clubhouses.

Its rugged landscape served as the perfect backdrop for a number of Western films shot there in the 1940s and 1950s. Some refer to the area as Trabuco Canyon. Coto de Caza’s population of 18,500 live in about 6,000 homes.

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Orange County’s oldest and most expensive master-planned community started in 1968. At that time, developers envisioned it as a hunting lodge. In fact, that is how it started, and today the Lodge at Coto de Caza remains as evidence of the development’s original intent. During the 1984 Summer Olympics, Coto de Caza was the scene of many of the pentathlon events.

In 2008, construction of a new clubhouse was completed. The facility offers a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment, a spa, a snack bar, and a lounge. A jointly owned project of Chevron and Arvida corporations initiated development in 1964. In 2010 there are still a very few undeveloped lots available for purchase. The community was completed in 2003.

Cota de Caza Today

The Bravo reality-based television show ¨The Real Housewives of Orange County¨ is filmed in the community.  It is also home to businesses the Lodge at Coto de Caza, The Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club, & The Coto de Caza General Store. Residents do their more significant shopping in Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, Las Flores, or Ladera Ranch.

The Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park, which is open to the public, borders the community to the east north and south. The 500-acre park features hiking, biking, and equestrian trails and an educational nature center.


The Capistrano Unified School District serves Coto de Caza. Students who live in the community attend Tijeras Creek and Wagon Wheel elementary schools, Las Flores Middle School, and Tesoro High School. The private schools St. John´s Episcopal, Serra Catholic, and Santa Margarita Catholic High are located just outside the community´s gates.

Real Estate

Coto de Caza´s homes are largely tract houses, although there are custom-built homes along the fringes of the development. Homes there sell from $1 million for a single-family house to $29 million for estates.

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