Coto de Caza

Since 1968

City Info

Elevation: 709′
ZIP Codes: 92679
Population: 14,866 (2010)

 Coto de Caza is one of Orange County’s oldest planned communities. Coto de Caza means “Preserve of the Hunt”, or “Hunting Preserve” in Spanish. Coto de Caza is the only guard gated community in Orange County to contain two entire  Golf Courses, two country clubs and an Equestrian Center.

In 1983, Orange County approved Coto’s master plan for a community of approximately 5,000 homes, and three years later, the community officially opened. In 1984, Arvida, Disney, Chevron, and City Federal Savings & Loan partnered in the development of Coto de Caza…

The community has grown to over 16,000 residents and has some of the highest value residences in all of Orange County ranging from one million to  21 million dollars. The most notable estate is a 200 acre property owned by General William Lyon,which contains a helicopter pad once used in a visit by former President Ronald Reagan.

The community served as host to the 1984 Summer Olympics, for the riding, running, shooting, and fencing portions of the modern pentathlon events. The 2010 United States Census reported that Coto de Caza had a population of 14,866. There were 4,736 households, out of which 2,407 (50.8%) had children under the age of 18 living in them. The population was spread out with 4,545 people (30.6%) under the age of 18, 996 people (6.7%) aged 18 to 24, 2,706 people (18.2%) aged 25 to 44, 5,452 people (36.7%) aged 45 to 64, and 1,167 people (7.9%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.2 years. Most students in Coto de Caza reside in the Capistrano Unified School District and attend Tijeras Creek Elementary, Wagon Wheel Elementary, Las Flores Middle School, Tesoro High School, Capistrano High School and Santa Margarita Catholic High School (located at the North Gate and not part of Capistrano Unified). St. John’s Episcopal School and Serra Catholic Schools are private elementary and middle schools located outside the gates.Since there is virtually no commercial business inside Coto de Caza,the residents shop at stores in the adjacent City of Rancho Santa Margarita and in The Shops at Mission Viejo in nearby Mission Viejo.

COTO DE CAZA GOLF & RACQUET CLUB

The Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club contains two complete courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.a celebrated fitness center,restaurant and 10 tennis courts.

COTO VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB

Once a favorite hangout for movie stars Raquel Welch, John Wayne, Bruce Cabot, and Robert Stack who came to shoot skeet, trap, and pistols on the club’s shooting range Former home of the Vic Braden Tennis College, this club now hosts elegant private weddings and  society events.

COTO EQUESTRIAN PRESERVE

The 24.1 acre Coto Equestrian Preserve is located within  Coto de Caza,.Coto Equestrian Preserve boards about 150 horses and its training facilities with 6 riding arenas including the Covered Arena, Grand Prix Arena, and Dressage Arena. For those that love trail riding Coto Equestrian Preserve connects to 47 miles of equestrian trails trails through the Coto de Caza and adjacent wilderness areas. Coto Equestrian Preserve was used for modern equestrian pentathlon events during the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles where the United States won Silver and Bronze Olympic medals.

TELEVISION SERIES THE REAL HOUSEWIVES

In April 2005, The Real Housewives of Orange County began on American television network Bravo. Producer Scott Dunlop, said that it was originally planned to be set in the gated community of Coto de Caza, California.The show was inspired by scripted soap operas Desperate Housewives and Peyton Place, and would document the lives of upper-class women who “lead glamorous lives in a Southern California gated community where the average home has a $1.6 million price tag and residents include CEOs and retired professional athletes. The series starred local residents Kimberly Bryant, Jo De La Rosa, Vicki Gunvalson, Jeana Keough and Lauri Waring. Tammy Knickerbocker,Tamra Judge (then Barney),Quinn Fry later joined the cast.

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