Canyon Areas

Silverado Canyon is a roughly 2,500-foot-deep gorge in the Santa Ana Mountains. The area enjoyed a renaissance in popularity in the 1940s as a hot springs vacation retreat, during which time hotels and restaurants prospered. The town now consists of about 2000 residents, a general store, a cafe, a public library, a church, two fire stations, a community center, and a post office. A local landmark near Silverado is Cook’s Corner, popular with motorcyclists. Today new homes and developments from nearby urban areas are encroaching on the canyons. The largest proposed projects are by the Irvine Company, which plans to build two developments stretching along Santiago Canyon Road from Jamboree Road past Irvine Lake.

Modjeska is located on the western slope of the Santa Ana Mountains and named after the 19th century Polish stage actress, Helen Modjeska. It is a suburban community of several hundred residents, with a small park and a volunteer fire station. The community of Modjeska is very tight knit, hosting several in-canyon events, such as pot lucks, dance lessons, movie nights in the park, and Holiday parties.

Trabuco Canyon is a small unincorporated community located in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains, just north of Rancho Santa Margarita. A local landmark is the Trabuco Oaks Steak House, which was a favorite restaurant of former President Richard Nixon.

Corona Del Mar

The coastal setting of Corona Del Mar or CDM, which in Spanish means, “Crown of the Sea”, is an urban neighborhood in the well-to-do city of Newport Beach, California. Corona Del Mar is known for its fine beaches, tide pools, cliff-side views and quaint village shops. Beaches in the area include Corona del Mar State Beach as well as Crystal Cove State Park south of Corona Del Mar, accessible by paths winding down a steep hillside. Lookout and Inspiration Point offer scenic ocean and harbor views. Both sides of Coast Highway are bordered by shops, boutiques and exclusive restaurants as well as the 2.2-acre Sherman Library and Gardens. Corona Del Mar real estate is primarily made up of small (studio to two bedrooms) to medium sized (three or four bedroom) single-family homes and small apartment buildings. Corona Del Mar’s ‘crown of the sea’ nickname resembles in the high average home prices. Luxury homes dominate the area where non-ocean view homes sell for $2,000,000 easily, waterfront homes go up to $20,000,000. The area experienced a total appreciation of 84% over the last ten years.

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Coto De Caza

Coto De Caza is a guard-gated private community, located in Orange County, California. It is one of the oldest and most expensive master-planned communities in Orange County that offers many luxury homes. If you like playing golf you can decide between two 18-hole golf courses, both designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Coto De Caza Golf & Racquet Club is the younger one and close to ten tennis courts. Furthermore the Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park is worth a trip. The park is famous for its biological diversity with oak groves, sycamores and two creeks. You can monitor mountain lions, ride a horse or bike at the equestrian and bike trails or enjoy the hike trails. The development of the Coto de Caza community already started in 1968. At this time the vision of a hunting lodge existed (today the Lodge at Coto de Caza). The community was completed in 2003. In 1984 Coto de Caza hosted the riding, running, shooting, and fencing portions of the modern pentathlon events for 1984 Summer Olympics. Coto De Caza has approximately 4,000 homes, the median home value is $997,212.

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Crystal Cove

Crystal Cove neighborhood is composed of Crystal Cove, Newport Coast, Pelican Point, Ziani, and Pacific Ridge community. The neighborhood is very close to the Crystal Cove State Park which has 3.2 miles of beach and 2,400 acres of undeveloped woodland, which is popular for hiking, horseback riding, scuba diving, mountain biking, swimming and surfing. If you like costal setting, you will fall in love with this neighborhood. With nearly 75 percent of the community dedicated to open space in perpetuity, the homes in Crystal Cove are sensitively integrated into the natural scene. The genuine character of each home’s architecture follows the tone and flow of the surrounding coastal environment. With beautiful golden days and picturesque sunsets every evening, Crystal Cove is quintessential Southern California living. Crystal Cove real estate is comprised of high-end single-family homes and cottages and range from $1,000,000 to $10,000,000. All homes were constructed around the beginning of the 21st century.

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Dana Point

Dana Point, located in Orange County, is named after Richard Henry Dana Jr. (1815-1882) who was a seaman, a Harvard-trained lawyer and author. He once described Dana Point as “the most romantic spot in California”. The location of Dana Point is unique. Nearly seven miles of prominent coastal bluffs and rolling hills along the Pacific Ocean offer breathtaking views especially on top of the so called ‘Headlands’, a bluff overlooking the Dana Point Harbor. At Dana Point Harbor over 50 specialty shops and restaurants fulfill your requirements. It is a great place for fishing, walking, bicycling and parasailing. Furthermore you can camp, picnic, swim, surf and relax at the 62-acre Doheny State Park. Dana Point is a great place if you are looking for luxury homes. The city has a mix of condo’s and single-family homes of which most are constructed in the 80s and 90s. Home prices range from $600,000 for a condo to $8,000,000 for a large, luxury property.

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Dove Canyon

Dove Canyon is a private residential community located in eastern Rancho Santa Margarita. It is a small enclave of approximately 1,200 homes and 5,000 residents. Included within the guard-gated entry is a Jack Nicklaus signature golf club, pool, tennis courts, a small child’s park, a wide field, a shopping center (just outside the entry), and a reservoir. All of the homes in Dove Canyon are single-family residences. It is located in the South-Eastern-most foothills of Orange County. The Dove Canyon Golf Club is the magnificent Jack Nicklaus ‘Signature’ course – the only golf course in Orange County designed with the “Masters’ touch”. It boasts stunning mountain views amidst beautiful lush canyons.

Huntington Beach

The motto of Huntington Beach is “Surf City”, giving this neighborhood a quintessential mild and mellow California Beach culture. The high number of parks and a high average temperature are never a reason to stay inside. And for those who don’t like parks, they’re on the beach in a matter of minutes. Huntington Beach is located just minutes away from points of interests such as Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, the beach and world class shopping. Transportation to and from Huntington Beach is easy due to its proximity to freeways, John Wayne Airport and Los Angeles International Airport. Huntington Beach’ hotspots are its coastal and harbor areas. The median sales price is about $675,000. Luxury homes have pools and plenty of luxury amenities. Prices are between $1,000,000 and $5,000,000.

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Ladera Ranch

Ladera Ranch is located in Southern California’s Orange County. It is a census-designated place and a planned community. In particular, the reduced traffic speed in Ladera Ranch by e. g. roundabouts creates a pleasant atmosphere. Narrow streets in residential areas are typical characteristics. Ladera Ranch real estate prices range from $1, 000, 000 to $3,000,000. As the community is very family-centered, large luxury single family homes dominate the area although a number of condos are available too. The neighborhood consists of nine villages which comprise parks, pools, playgrounds and open areas. Only one of the villages, the so called Covenant Hills Village, is gated and closed to the public in general. Nevertheless, all card-carrying residents of Ladera Ranch have access to that village. Due to a private water park, a skate park, 18 community parks, a dog park, tennis courts and other amenities, Ladera Ranch is a great location to live. Residents also enjoy the shopping district Mercantile East Shopping Center and hiking trails. The start point of the hiking trails is located at the prestigious ‘Vista Toscana’ estate in East Covenant, in the Covenant Hills Village. The trails lead you to Doheny Beach. As Ladera Ranch also offers Elementary and Middle Schools it is a suitable location for families. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Ladera Ranch’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

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Laguna Beach

The artist Marco Sassone truly described Laguna Beach as “a paradise, an inexhaustible source of inspiration” in 1979. Besides its seven miles long amazing beaches, canyons and coastal hills attract residents as well as tourist from all over the world. In summer visitors enjoy art festivals and the Pageant of the Masters. Laguna Beach is pedestrian-friendly due to walkways on the top of the bluffs. Many Parks throughout Laguna Beach as well as the easy to access beaches create a pleasant atmosphere. Laguna Beach’s Crystal Cove State Park is a great place for swimming, scuba diving and snorkeling as well as for hiking, fishing and mountain biking.

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Laguna Hills

Laguna Hills was founded on cattle grazing lands granted during the Rancho Era to those who served in the government and the friends of government officials following Mexico’s independence from Spain in 1821. The city can be found in southern Orange County in California and its name can be explained by its closeness to the Laguna Canyon and Laguna Beach. Other cities in the area have similar names for the same reason, for example, Laguna Woods and Laguna Niguel. Today, residents of Laguna Hills enjoy the year round sunny weather, access to several parks as well as walking and hiking trails. It’s just a short twenty minute drive to the local beaches and just a little bit further to world class attractions such as Disneyland and Hollywood studios. Laguna Hills has attracted an affluent audience that prefers to live in large single-family homes. Luxury homes go up to $3, 000, 000 and are built in 80s and 90s.

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Laguna Niguel

Laguna Niguel is located in the coastal San Joaquin Hills of southern Orange County. Its numerous parks, like the Bear Brand Park, the Beacon Hill Park, the Redondo View Node Park and the Marina Hills Park welcome people to take a walk or just relax. The golf links of El Niguel Country Club are a great change after work. The Sulphur Creek Reservoir is a perfect spot for fishing and bird watching. Shopping facilities can be found in Ocean Ranch Village, at the Center at Rancho Niguel or in the Laguna Niguel Town Center. The residential area Laguna Niguel West is located around a green area. Laguna Niguel’s median sales price is about $650,000 and the area experienced an appreciation rate of 18.08% over the last 12 months.

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Newport Beach

The City of Newport Beach is located in the coastal center of Orange County with a permanent population of 86,738. Known for fine residential areas, modern shopping facilities, strong business community and quality school system it is one of the most enjoyable cities to live in on the West Coast. The city surrounds Newport Bay where more than 9,000 boats including high-end yachts are docked within the 21-square-mile harbor area. Balboa Bay and eight miles of ocean beach offer numerous recreational and aquatic sports activities such as sailing, fishing, rowing and paddle boarding. Miles of smooth sand and pristine beaches, a luxurious yacht harbor and an endless range of exciting Californian lifestyle activities – Newport Beach has it all. Whether you are an eager adventurer or a savoring sun lover – we have your dream home ready for you! The city has recently been ranked as the second most expensive real estate market in the country (Coldwell Banker U.S. Home Listing Report) with an average listing price of $ 1.77 million.

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Newport Coast

Newport Coast is an affluent community located next to Crystal Cove State Park. Newport Coast offers the finest homes and newest urban developments of Orange County. The community has breathtaking views as each of the homes is built on a ridge, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. Privacy, spacious homes and beautiful landscapes are key points in this highly exclusive area. The Newport Coast area encompasses around 9,342 acres and is developed in the 1980s. A vast majority of the space (75%) is dedicated to open space or golf courses – including the ultra-luxurious Resort at Pelican Hill, a shopping plaza with an ocean view, an array of world-class restaurants, and championship golf course — ranked the No. 1 Golf Resort in the World by Condé Nast Traveler — with stunning views of the Pacific from nearly every one of the 36 holes. Preserved natural beauty and contemporary architecture make this neighborhood a very picturesque area. Newport Coast is an enclave of luxury homes. Real Estate prices are amongst the highest in national rankings. The median home value is around $ 2,000,000 but single family residence prices rapidly range up to $30,000,000. Over the last 10 years home prices have appreciated by 96%.

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The City of Orange is conveniently situated in central Orange County and is approximately 32 miles southeast of Los Angeles. The center of the town site became known as the Plaza, which has become the symbol of the community. Today, the Plaza and the majority of the original one square mile town site contain many homes and buildings dating to the early days of the City, most at 100 years old. It is registered on the National Register of Historic Places. The Plaza is home to many antique stores, spectacular restaurants and boutique shopping. Orange is known for the International Street Fair in which over 400,000 visitors attend. It is this area that has enjoyed the opportunity of being the site for many movie set locations as well.

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Pelican Hills

Pelican Hills is an exclusive community of Newport Coast, located within the Pelican Hill Resort. With its isolated location, Pelican Hills is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the picturesque panoramic views. The Pelican Hills offer unique golf courses. The North Course provides a stunning ocean view, whereas the South Course has a big variety of vegetation, including beautiful gardens framed by sage and eucalyptus trees. Real Estate at Pelican Hill is some of the most luxurious living. With moderately priced cottages to large mansions, prices vary from $5,000,000 to $20,000,000.

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Rancho Santa Margarita

One of Orange County’s youngest cities, Rancho Santa Margarita is a master planned community set upon rolling hills. Where schools, shopping centers and residential neighborhoods now stand, Native Americans once lived. Since its incorporation in 2000, Rancho Santa Margarita has repeatedly been rated as one of the safest cities in California and the nation. Rancho Santa Margarita is bordered by the city of Mission Viejo on the west, the census-designated Coto de Caza and Las Flores on the south, Trabuco Canyon on the north, and the Cleveland National Forest on the east.

San Clemente

San Clemente, which slogan is “Spanish Village by the Sea” due to its Spanish Colonial style architecture is well known for its pleasant climate and its hill, mountain and ocean views. The city has many gated communities which provide excellent amenities e.g. pools, spas, tennis courts and direct private access to the beach. The South East of San Clemente is a residential area consisting of single family homes and condos. The majority of these properties were built in the 1960s and 1970s. Many of the real estate are located along the San Clemente Municipal Golf Course. San Clemente’s Southwest area is one of the most expensive areas of San Clemente. At this location beach front living can be experienced. Some of the oldest properties, some built in the 1920’s, can be admired here. On the beach side of San Clemente North single family homes are mixed with apartment blocks. In addition, larger homes with ocean views are located on the east side of the freeway. The mixture of the property types is also reflected by their prices. In contrast to small beach cottages on the San Clemente / Capistrano beach border which can be purchased for $300,000, properties in prestigious neighborhoods like Sea Pointe Estates realized prices over $3 million.

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San Juan Capistrano

The northern part of San Juan Capistrano is called San Juan North and is adjacent to the upper-class Ladera Ranch community. San Juan North has the privilege of having the Marbella Country Club, which offers second to none amenities including a tennis court, a swimming pool, fitness and a golf course. San Juan North offers a wide range of home choices, varying from affordable middle class homes to properties over $10 million in the gated communities in the hills of San Juan Capistrano. The southern part of San Juan Capistrano is called San Juan South and is adjacent to Dana Point. With direct beach access, San Juan South is the only beach community of San Juan Capistrano. This area is particularly popular with people with upper-class incomes. Some of the most luxurious properties of San Juan Capistrano South can be found in the gated neighborhoods of Ocean Pointe, Connemara by the Sea and McCracken Hill. Like the other neighborhoods of San Juan Capistrano, San Juan South is located next to the San Diego Freeway. Therefore, travel to other cities is easy.

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Shady Canyon

Undeniably the crown jewel of Irvine’s neighborhoods, Shady Canyon is a private gated community of largely custom homes that run the gamut from ‘small’ 4, 000 square foot Mediterranean-inspired abodes to large 13, 000 square foot estates built from materials from deconstructed chapels and farmhouses from Southern Europe. In a part of the United States where space and privacy are premiums, the place of Shady Canyon is a luxury unto itself.

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Villa Park

Here, you will find people with a wide range of backgrounds, interests, and occupations; quiet neighborhoods and idyllic residential streets; the lowest crime rate in the County; and four highly-ranked schools within walking distance.  The City of Villa Park is in the center of Orange County. This charming community of 2.1 square miles, a population of 6,500 and approximately 2,050 homes, and is almost 99% built out. With the exception of one shopping center, the City is zoned for single-family residences, most of which are on half-acre lots. The shopping center includes a grocery store, banks, a pharmacy with a postal substation, a variety of specialty shops and offices, the City Hall and community room, and a branch of the Orange County Public Library. Due to Villa Park’s central location and proximity to the freeway system, the wealth of cultural, social, recreational, business and philanthropic activities that Orange County offers are all within easy access.  It truly is in the “middle of everywhere”!

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