The weather was beautiful yesterday and I decided to take a walk along the arroyo that runs up the east side of Antonio Parkway. Rancho Santa Margarita has some of the best walking trails around and the community was out in full measure enjoying them. Young couples with strollers, the usual group of iPod-immersed joggers, a couple of adolescent skaters, an elderly woman with her basset hound, and me – all out taking advantage of the ideal Southern California spring weather.


Rancho Santa Margarita is a successful master-planned community with the structure of an urban village. Take a look at one of my previous posts: Rancho Santa Margarita At A Glance . RSM was designed in such a way to encourage residents to interact socially – and they do! Friendly – that’s how people are here in Rancho Santa Margarita – and it makes one’s outside exercise regime fun.

At this time of the year, before the spring rains, plant-life is water-starved. The native shrubbery carpeting the steep sides of the arroyo is a dingy tannish-brown and is dry and brittle. Yet it still holds a certain appeal. Wildlife is abundant in the arroyo and it is advised that residents stay on the trails at all times. This time out I see only birds – but I do hear a rustle or two in the bushes.

As the shadows lengthen and the sun makes it’s slow decent into the Pacific I take one final glance at the arroyo. In a few more weeks it will have an entirely different look. Springtime will have officially arrived and the arroyo, like most other things in nature, will be renewed. Grass will grow, wild flowers will bloom and the indigenous shrubs will get a much needed boost from mother nature – and RSM residents will be there to enjoy it.

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Kelly Kilpatrick, REALTOR®, ABR®, e-PRO®
Gold Coast Realty/Rancho Santa Margarita CA
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