San Juan Capistrano Homes for Sale

Most people have heard of San Juan Capistrano in relation to the annual cliff swallow migration. Located in Orange County, the city has a population of 34,500. It features a wide variety of home styles, from $10 million mansions in gated communities, to working ranches in the foothills, to 18-century adobes.

San Juan Capistrano Homes for Sale


The city is named for the Catholic Mission San Juan Capistrano, which was established in the area in 1776. It is the site of the oldest residential neighborhood in California, Los Rios, as well as the state´s first vineyard and first winery. The first Zorro novella, The Curse of Capistrano, was set there, as was the first Zorro film, The Mark of Zorro.

Swallows of Capistrano

The city is famous for the cliff swallows that, until recently, migrated from Argentina to San Juan Capistrano each March. The protected birds were celebrated with an annual Swallows´ Day Parade and other events before departing again each October. The birds were made famous in a hit 1940s song ¨When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano.¨ However, since 2009, the swallows have chosen nearby Chino Hills as their winter destination.


The City of San Juan Capistrano is one hour from the San Diego and Los Angeles markets via Interstate 5, and State Route 73, the San Joaquin Hills Toll Road. Nearly 1,795 businesses, including top employer Costco Wholesale Corp., call City of San Juan Capistrano home. The business community benefits from an active Chamber of Commerce.


Students in the area are served by the Capistrano Unified School District, as well as four private Christian college prep schools and two private kindergarten through 8th-grade schools.

Real Estate

The average listing price for a home in San Juan Capistrano as of the week of January 9, 2013 was $1,087,241, down 3.2 percent from the same period last year.

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