San Juan Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, created around Mission San Juan Capistrano, consists of many homes and area buildings that resemble the Spanish architecture that composes the Mission building. It is home to the widest variety of homes in Orange County, including those built prior to 1900 in its central district (some being adobes from the 18th century), a number of 10-million-dollar homes in the gated communities of the hills, and working ranches in its foothills. The city is the site of California's oldest residential neighborhood, Los Rios. It is also the home of the oldest in use building in California, the Serra Chapel in the Mission. The area was the site of both the first vineyard and first winery in California. San Juan Capistrano formerly hosted a population of cliff swallows that reputedly migrate each year from Argentina to the Mission San Juan Capistrano.
Nearly 40% of the city is open space and parkland, and the city prides itself on effectively maintaining its naturally spacious setting by acquiring land to preserve its defining ridge-lines, hillsides and trails. This rural farming and ranching community has become a renowned cultural center filled with historic sites.
San Juan Capistrano is one of the oldest inhabited areas in California and living in this beautiful historic region will give you the pride of ownership in one of the states most wonderful and scenic places.