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The Rancho Santa Margarita Landscape and Recreation Corporation (SAMLARC) is the largest master homeowners association within the city of Rancho Santa Margarita. ​SAMLARC's specific and primary purpose is to provide community services and facilities for the benefit of homeowners within the community and preserve the value, desirability, and attractiveness of all properties within SAMLARC. SAMLARC offers a wide variety of ways to connect with friends and neighbors, including well-maintained amenities and lifestyle programs.

New homeowners are invited to attend SAMLARC's New & Now Member Welcomes, held twice per year at the Lago Santa Margarita Beach Club! These informational workshops include information on SAMLARC's amenities, lifestyle offerings, home improvements, and more.

New & Now Member Welcome
Mar 12, 9:00 AM
Lago Santa Margarita Beach Club

Frequently Asked Questions

Gate Access Cards

Entry to SAMLARC's Pools, Tennis Courts, Beach Club Lagoon, and restrooms is restricted by Gate Access Cards. To apply for your card, please follow the steps below:

  1. Download the Gate Access Application Form and Tenant Authorization Form (if applicable) or obtain a physical copy from the Beach Club Office.
  2. Gather the following documents as they apply to your residency:
    • Homeowners: A printed copy of one of the following: Grant Deed or Official Closing Escrow Statement
    • Tenants: A completed copy of the Tenant Authorization signed by your landlord, and a copy of your lease agreement
  3. Bring the appropriate documents and a government-issued photo ID to the Beach Club Office during business hours. A staff member will assist you in processing the application and issuing your card.
SAMLARC Beach Club Office Open daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 21472 Avenida de los Fundadores Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688 Apartment residents must obtain access cards from their apartment community manager.

Subordinate Maintenance Associations

Some neighborhoods within SAMLARC are managed by a Subordinate Maintenance Association in addition to SAMLARC. These Sub-Associations operate with individual Governing Documents, Architectural Standards, and Boards of Directors. Most common area maintenance within residential neighborhoods is the responsibility of the Sub-Association. As SAMLARC is the Master Homeowners Association, all Sub-Associations must comply with SAMLARC's Architectural Standards and Policies & Guidelines. Sub-Associations may choose to implement additional constraints within their communities. To determine whether your neighborhood is managed by a Sub-Association, please visit the SAMLARC Connect Resident Portal and visit the Forms and Documents tab.

Facility Rentals

SAMLARC offers a variety of spaces where Members can build memories together. For more information, please visit the Rentals page.

Connect Resident Portal - Your Hub for HOA Needs

SAMLARC homeowners have access to the exclusive Connect Resident Portal, which streamlines HOA interactions in one convenient platform. Using the Portal, homeowners are able to easily:

  • Pay monthly assessments
  • View assessment history
  • Submit architectural modification applications
  • Request common area maintenance
  • Update property unit contact information
  • View important Association documents, including:
  • Gate Access Card forms
  • Governing Documents (CC&Rs and Articles of Incorporation)
  • Architectural Standards
  • Policies & Guidelines
  • Board Meeting Information & Minutes
  • Elections Manual & Annual Information
  • Budget & Financials
To register for the Portal, please click here.

Monthly Assessments (Dues)

As a Master Homeowners Association, SAMLARC preserves community property values through lifestyle and recreational programming, common area and amenities maintenance, and architectural design. Upon purchasing a home in the SAMLARC community, homeowners agree to abide by SAMLARC's governing documents and embark on an exceptional lifestyle experience. Assessments are due on the 1st of each month. Payments must be received by the 16th of each month to avoid incurring late fees. Assessments may be paid through the Connect Resident Portal, through e-Payment, or via check. Please click here to learn more.

Home Improvements

SAMLARC’s cohesive community aesthetic has built a delightful environment for Members to call home. Inspired by the Spanish Mediterranean, SAMLARC’s amenities blend color, space, and light. As a Master Homeowners Association, SAMLARC extends this aesthetic through its residential Architectural Standards, including exterior paint, structural, and landscaping enhancements, to create harmony and preserve community property values year after year. Prior to beginning a home improvement project, Members must submit an application and receive approval for the project. For more information on SAMLARC's architectural processes, please click here.

Stay in Touch - Social Media, e-Newsletters, & Staff

SAMLARC connects with Members through a variety of platforms, including this website, Facebook, Instagram, e-Newsletters, and the SAMLARC Life Mobile App. We invite you to keep in touch with our community to stay informed of important community updates. Key SAMLARC Contacts: Business Office: 949-709-0010 Beach Club Office: 949-858-1390 Community Executive Officer (George Blair): 949-709-0014 If you would like to connect with a specific SAMLARC team member, please visit the Contact page.

Lifestyle - Events, Programs, & Clubs

SAMLARC is proud to offer a wide range of lifestyle activities for all ages. Please visit the Lifestyle page to learn more. Updates are routinely provided through SAMLARC's Facebook & Instagram, as well as the SAMLARC Life mobile app.

Request Maintenance

Most residential maintenance requests are the responsibility of a neighborhood's Subordinate Maintenance Association. Please contact your community manager before submitting a request to SAMLARC. Maintenance requests for SAMLARC-owned areas (parks, pools, trails, Lake, and streetscapes) may be submitted through the Connect Resident Portal.

SAMLARC Life Mobile App

The SAMLARC Life mobile lifestyle app is showcases SAMLARC’s vibrant lifestyle, as well as the beautiful amenities throughout the community. The app also makes it easy for Members to learn more about ways to engage and interact with the community through events, classes, clubs and more. Please click here to learn more.

Register for E-Statements

SAMLARC's Management Company, FirstService Residential, offers electronic statements for homeowner records through WelcomeLink. e-Statements allow homeowners to view their monthly assessment records in a secure and convenient environment. e-Statements also reduce the carbon footprint, saving resources for projects in the community. After registering for e-Statements, homeowners will be notified via email when a new monthly statement becomes available. Click HERE to register!

New Owners

If you have recently purchased a SAMLARC home, welcome to the community! Here are a few important pieces of information to keep in mind:

  • SAMLARC/FirstService Residential's homeowner systems take between 4-6 weeks to fully sync with the information provided by your escrow company.
  • Your escrow company should, as part of its internal process, issue the first payment of your monthly assessment.
  • To receive your gate access cards, you can bring a copy of your photo ID and your grant deed to the Beach Club.
  • You will be able to register for the Resident Portal, e-Statements, and ClickPay once your information has synced.