Coto de Caza, California
|Coto de Caza|
Location of Coto de Caza within Orange County, California.
|• Total||7.974 sq mi (20.653 km2)|
|• Land||7.951 sq mi (20.593 km2)|
|• Water||0.023 sq mi (0.061 km2) 0.29%|
|Elevation||709 ft (216 m)|
|• Density||1,900/sq mi (720/km2)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC-8)|
|• Summer (DST)||PDT (UTC-7)|
|GNIS feature ID||1867008|
The CDP is a suburban planned community of about 4,000 homes and one of Orange County's oldest and most expensive master-planned communities. The project began in 1968, when it was envisioned as a hunting lodge, now the Lodge at Coto de Caza, and the community was completed in 2003. Around the town, there are still undeveloped lots available for purchase. The majority of the community is tract housing, with collections of custom-built homes on the outskirts off the main streets.
Clubs, sports and recreation
Currently, there are two 18-hole golf courses and two clubhouses, one considered the "old club" and the other the "new club". The new club, the Coto De Caza Golf & Racquet Club, harbors the facilities of the two golf courses and adjacent ten tennis courts. The old club, located in the residential area known as "the Village", was once home to tennis guru and teacher Vic Braden; it was also the home location for the Coto de Caza Youth Swim Team. The new club finished construction of the new Spa & Sports Club building in April 2008 that houses a new fitness center with state-of-the-art StarTrac exercise equipment, a spa with many services, a snack bar with Starbuck's coffee, and the Michael Chang Tennis Hall of Fame and Member Lounge. The golf courses are both Robert Trent Jones Jr. design. The North course was rated the most difficult golf course in all of Orange County.
The Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park
The Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park, which is open to the general public except after rain, surrounds the community of Coto de Caza on its eastern, northern, and southern borders. The park is a Wildlife and Plant Sanctuary and is known for its biological diversity. It is known for its oak groves, sycamores, and two creeks. The park is home to mountain lions, that have been known to attack without warning. Nearly 500 acres (2.0 km2) in size, it features approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) of equestrian, hiking, and biking trails. Its nature center houses an educational center for outdoor education for local schools and community groups. It also serves as an ecological preserve for the native endangered plant and animal species. The park is maintained and paid for by Orange County Parks, and is administered by Park Rangers and maintenance staff.
Coto de Caza contains commercial endeavors: the Lodge at Coto de Caza, the Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club, and the Coto de Caza General Store. Residents shop in Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, Las Flores, or Ladera Ranch.
Coto de Caza is located in the northern portion of Wagon Wheel Canyon in southeast Orange County, at (33.595925, -117.587665).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.0 square miles (21 km2), of which, 8.0 square miles (21 km2) of it is land and 0.02 square miles (0.052 km2) of it (0.29%) is water.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Coto de Caza had a population of 14,866. The population density was 1,864.2 people per square mile (719.8/km²). The racial makeup of Coto de Caza was 13,094 (88.1%) White (82.2% Non-Hispanic White), 132 (0.9%) African American, 26 (0.2%) Native American, 878 (5.9%) Asian, 20 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 174 (1.2%) from other races, and 542 (3.6%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1,170 persons (7.9%).
The Census reported that 14,866 people (100% of the population) lived in households, 0 (0%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized.
There were 4,736 households, out of which 2,407 (50.8%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 3,763 (79.5%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 294 (6.2%) had a female householder with no husband present, 133 (2.8%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 96 (2.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 30 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 420 households (8.9%) were made up of individuals and 116 (2.4%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.14. There were 4,190 families (88.5% of all households); the average family size was 3.35.
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. For every 100 females there were 96.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.1 males.
There were 4,853 housing units at an average density of 608.6 per square mile (235.0/km²), of which 4,341 (91.7%) were owner-occupied, and 395 (8.3%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.0%; the rental vacancy rate was 1.5%. 13,738 people (92.4% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 1,128 people (7.6%) lived in rental housing units.
According to the 2010 United States Census, Coto de Caza had a median household income of $169,176, with 2.0% of the population living below the federal poverty line. 
As of the census of 2000, there were 13,057 people, 4,049 households, and 3,644 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,654.5 inhabitants per square mile (639.0/km²). There were 4,152 housing units at an average density of 526.1 per square mile (203.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 89.36% White, 0.74% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 5.16% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, 1.65% from other races, and 2.80% from two or more races. 6.65% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 4,049 households out of which 56.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 83.4% were married couples living together, 4.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 10.0% were non-families. 7.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.22 and the average family size was 3.40.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 35.1% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 33.4% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 3.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 99.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.4 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $136,726, and the median income for a family was $141,598. Males had a median income of $97,803 versus $50,689 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $55,900. About 0.7% of families and 0.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.7% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.
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, 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.
The residents rebuffed an attempt to build a 400-student public school within the walls of the community. They had concerns that it would "undermine the privacy and security" of the enclave, that it would be "downright illegal [to place a public school on a gated private property]", that it would force admission of large numbers of non-residents to the community, and that an eventual lawsuit would force the removal of the gates. The reason for proposal was that Wagon Wheel Elementary School, which is located immediately outside the community gates, had far more students than planned. The school equipment was to consist of 20 portable buildings which would have simply been added to Wagon Wheel if the new school's construction could not be completed. Had it been built, it would have become the first public school to be built inside the limits of a gated community.
Politics and government
In the state legislature Coto de Caza is located in the 33rd Senate District, represented by Republican Mimi Walters, and in the 71st Assembly District, represented by Republican Jeff Miller. Federally, Coto de Caza is located in California's 44th congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of R +6 and is represented by Republican Ken Calvert.
In popular culture
Notable natives and residents
- The Real Housewives of Orange County is filmed largely in Coto de Caza
- Bode Miller, Olympic and World Championship gold medalist skier
- Linda Blair, actress with most notable role in the movie Exorcist
- Rob Bourdon, drummer for the band Linkin Park
- Rod Carew, Baseball Hall of Famer
- Michael Chang, former French Open singles champion at age 17
- Jim Everett, retired Los Angeles Rams quarterback
- Dave "Phoenix" Farrell, bassist for the band Linkin Park
- Paul Goydos, PGA Tour professional
- Bobby Grich, retired Los Angeles Angels second baseman
- Robb Nen, former Major League Baseball right-handed relief pitcher
- Teemu Selänne, professional Finnish ice hockey player and Stanley Cup Champion
- George Thagard, Fontana Paper Mill president, the Sandstone Crag Loop Line 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge railroad is located at his home
- Peter Vidmar, Olympic Medalist in Gymnastics (2 golds, 1 silver)
- Nik Richie, American blogger, author, and Internet personality
- U.S. Census
- While some residents believe that Coto de Caza means "Preserve of the Hunt" in Portuguese, this is erroneous. Actually, Coto de Caza is Spanish for "Hunt Reserve" and implies that the reserve is private.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- Climate Summary for Coto de Caza, California
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- "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". Campaign Legal Center Blog. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
- 1984 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 1. Part 1. pp. 140-3.
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- Orange County Register - Steam locomotive runs around Coto de Caza home
- Orange County Register - Coto de Caza's Real Steam Railroad
- CZ Master Association, official community website.