A smaller census-designated place, Coto de Caza, California, is a guard-gated private community in southern Orange County. The suburban community is home to a population estimated to be at around 13,000, as of 2000 census figures. The city is a planned community of about 4,000 homes, and is one of the area's oldest and most expensive master-planned communities, with an estimated median household income in 2007 of more than $170,000. The city is located about 20 minutes from Interstate 5 and five minutes from the 241 toll road to Irvine and Riverside County, and just over an hour south of Los Angeles, slightly inland from the state's coast along the Pacific Ocean.
The community's construction began in 1968, where it actually began with plans of becoming a hunting lodge. It was completed in 2003, but there are still several lots for sell for development. Coto de Caza and some of its residents are also infamous as the town was the setting for the reality TV show, "The Real Housewives of Orange County," on Bravo.
Students in the city attend institutions in the Capistrano Unified School District: Wagonwheel and Tijeras Creek elementaries, Las Flores Middle School and Tesoro High School. There are also several private schools: Santa Margarita Catholic High School (located with the gates of the community), St. John's Episcopal School and Serra Catholic Schools (both located just outside the community gates.
There are two clubhouses in the city. The newer clubhouse, the Coto De Caza Golf & Racquet Club, includes two 18-hole golf courses and nine tennis courts and is the setting for the Rider's Cup Celebrity Golf Tournament. Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park surrounds the city on its northern, southern and eastern borders and is usually open to the general public. Professional, scientific, and technical services, finance and insurance and education are the industries in which the most of the city's residents find employment.
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