San Juan Capistrano

Welcome to San Juan Capistrano

Historic charm meets vibrant Californian lifestyle
 
Nestled in Orange County, California, San Juan Capistrano presents an intriguing fusion of history and bustling modernity. The city enjoys a rich tapestry of Spanish heritage, with roots stretching back to its founding by the Spanish in 1776, as home to the storied Mission San Juan Capistrano. While the 1812 Capistrano earthquake left significant marks, the city's spirit was undeterred, and it emerged as a town after the Mexican secularization act of 1833. Since the 20th century, following the restoration of the mission, San Juan Capistrano has bloomed into a much-sought-after destination, serving as a charming backdrop for Hollywood films and attracting visitors with its captivating mix of history and hospitality.
 

What to Love

  • Generously-sized lots and equestrian properties
  • Lively downtown area and affordable residences
  • Location as a key factor influencing demand and pricing
  • Rich Spanish influence and equestrian community culture

Local Lifestyle

San Juan Capistrano's lifestyle is a tribute to its Spanish heritage, infused with a distinctive equestrian character. As a suburb of Irvine, the city offers a semi-rural ambiance, and home ownership is common among residents. Coffee lovers and park enthusiasts are catered for with plenty of options, while the city's demographic mix is varied, attracting young professionals and families alike.
 

Dining and Entertainment

Trevors at the Tracks promises a memorable dining experience, with its diverse menu, cozy atmosphere, and warm service. An array of classic and gourmet dishes awaits, served alongside creative cocktails and a robust beer selection.
 
Experience a taste of charm at Coach House, known for its welcoming atmosphere, friendly staff, and a menu offering a delightful array of delicious options.
 
Dive into a fun-filled evening at Swallows Inn, a historic venue offering a lively atmosphere, fantastic live music, and tasty bar food.Ramos House Cafe is a culinary gem serving a menu of mouth-watering dishes in a unique and charming ambiance.
 
Experience authentic Mexican cuisine in a warm and inviting setting at El Adobe. Enjoy the flavorful fare, excellent service, and beautiful decor at this must-visit spot.
 

Things to Do

Visit the iconic Mission San Juan Capistrano, a symbol of the city's rich heritage. Explore the beautiful architecture, vibrant gardens, and engaging exhibits, all telling the tale of the city's past.
 
Join the annual Swallows Day Parade, a traditional celebration marking the return of the famed swallows to the city. This event features festive floats, horses, and historical reenactments.
 
Take a leisurely stroll through the Los Rios Historic District, one of the oldest neighborhoods in California, offering a glimpse into the city's storied past.
 
Equestrian enthusiasts will delight in the city's well-maintained Polo fields, where local and visiting riders compete in thrilling matches.
 

Schools

  • JSerra Catholic High School – Focused on shaping students’ futures through comprehensive education and character development.
  • St. Margaret's Episcopal School – Emphasizing academic excellence, moral responsibility, and well-rounded personal growth.

San Juan Capistrano Real Estate

San Juan Capistrano's thriving real estate market, defined by rising median home prices and a shortage of available properties, is an ideal sellers' market. This Southern Californian town's attractiveness stems from its proximity to Los Angeles and Orange County, along with an array of amenities such as scenic beaches, top-tier golf courses, and diverse hiking trails. Prospective buyers in the competitive San Juan Capistrano real estate market must act promptly and engage a seasoned real estate agent to ensure they find their perfect home. Key factors shaping this market include the town's convenient location for commuters and its host of amenities, such as exceptional schools, parks, and beaches, including the beautiful San Juan State Beach and Capistrano Beach. San Juan Capistrano also boasts world-class golf courses like the PGA West and hiking trails including Ortega Highway Trail. The median home price stands at $1.2 million, though this can vary by neighborhood, house size and condition, and beach proximity. It's essential to prepare for the competitive market and increasing home prices in desirable neighborhoods like Old Town San Juan Capistrano and The Village at Rancho Mission Viejo.


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Overview for San Juan Capistrano, CA

35,319 people live in San Juan Capistrano, where the median age is 44.8 and the average individual income is $54,759. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

35,319

Total Population

44.8 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$54,759

Average individual Income

Schools in San Juan Capistrano, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby San Juan Capistrano. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
4/5
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Community Presbyterian Preschool & Kindergarten
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
PUBLIC
8th - 12th
No rating available
Opportunities for Learning - Capistrano
PUBLIC
K - 12th
2/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Capistrano Valley Christian Schools
PRIVATE
K - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Saddleback Valley Christian School
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
K - 5th
1/5
PUBLIC
7th - 12th
No rating available
California Connections Academy Southern California
PUBLIC
K - 12th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
2/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5

Demographics and Employment Data for San Juan Capistrano, CA

San Juan Capistrano has 12,460 households, with an average household size of 2.82. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in San Juan Capistrano do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 35,319 people call San Juan Capistrano home. The population density is 2,447.54 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

35,319

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

44.8

Median Age

46.85 / 53.15%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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10-17 Years

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18-24 Years

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25-64 Years

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65-74 Years

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75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
12,460

Total Households

2.82

Average Household Size

$54,759

Average individual Income

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Around San Juan Capistrano, CA

There's plenty to do around San Juan Capistrano, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

69
Somewhat Walkable
Walking Score
79
Very Bikeable
Bike Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including 61hundred bread, Surfboard Rentals San Clemente, and A1 Nutrifitness.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 0.49 miles 18 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.91 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.28 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.81 miles 13 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 0.46 miles 16 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 4.29 miles 28 reviews 5/5 stars

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