San Juan Capistrano

Priding itself on its ‘open space’ character, the city of San Juan Capistrano is most well known for the historical Mission San Juan Capistrano, the annual migration of the Swallows and its equestrian properties. Incorporated as a city in 1961, the town provides many open hillsides, trails, and parks for its residents to enjoy. Approximately 40% of the city is ‘open space’.


The city’s vision and charm is based around the Mission San Juan Capistrano, therefore, much of San Juan Capistrano’s architecture is Spanish influenced. It seems, San Juan Capistrano homes offer the widest variety, including those built prior to the 1900’s in its central district, some being adobes from the 18th century, to its 10 million-dollar mansions in the gated communities of the hills.

San Juan Capistrano is well known for its small village-like character. In fact, the City’s motto is “preserving the past to enhance the future.” San Juan Capistrano is home to the oldest church in California, Mission San Juan Capistrano, which is often referred to as the “Jewel of Missions” because of its beauty.

San Juan Capistrano real estate benefits greatly by the preservation of major ridgelines that define the community’s limits and that a minimum of 30% of the city is set aside as open. San Juan Capistrano homes are generally nestled amongst mature vegetation and enjoy a rural equestrian lifestyle. Due to its small town focus, San Juan Capistrano homes, when compared to those in neighboring communities, tend to be less expensive. Although home prices might be viewed as more reasonable, the town is home to many multi-million dollar estates, sited behind guard gated gates, featuring acreage and ultimately privacy.