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Santa Barbara Courthouse at sunset. A historic example of Santa Barbara Style architecture

What is Santa Barbara Style?

Santa Barbara style is an architectural and interior design style derived from Mediterranean and Spanish-revival architecture, often characterized by deep red tones and polished wood textures that contrast with stark white walls.

Santa Barbara style architecture and interior design are characterized by white stucco walls, exposed beam ceilings, red-tile roofs and floors, arcades, and courtyards.

Furniture and fittings are typically made of wood or iron, or woven from other rustic materials. Other features include ornate yet rugged lantern fixtures, large fireplaces, decorative carpets running down long corridors, abundant balconies, and warm inviting patios.  

Santa Barbara Style History

The history of

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Front of home in the evening

Nestled in the illustrious Shady Canyon Golf community lies this hidden gem - 38 Prairie Grass – that embodies a perfect blend of feature/function and appeal and is situated on one of the largest lots in the Sycamore neighborhood. This sought-after Sycamore Plan 3 features six bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, including two detached guest casitas.

The home has been freshly painted both indoors and outdoors. This new enhanced appeal strikes the perfect balance between transitional contemporary living and the timeless architectural feel. The resort-style yard showcases a private courtyard, beautiful gardens, sparkling pool and spa, and a spacious backyard with a full outdoor custom kitchen that includes a Pizza Oven and a Power Burner for that

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Ocean views from exterior backyard

Gracing a coveted ocean view lot, this former model home is arguably one of the best - and substantial - panoramic views in ultra-exclusive Crystal Cove. Sited at the end of a cul-de-sac, amidst courtyards and gardens, enjoy stunning vistas that stretch past crashing whitewater on the coast, to Newport Harbor, Palos Verdes, Catalina Island- and by night, painterly sunsets. Created on two levels, with casita and guest suite on the main level and the master bedroom with two secondary bedrooms- both en suite- on the second level.

Most rooms enjoy tremendous views and flow easily from one to the next and out to the rear grounds - where you can feel the spacious lot size - and where the magnificent pool, spa, bbq, outdoor shower and fire pit await

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Aerial view of home with ocean and beach views

Beach living at its best with fabulous ocean views. This seaside villa tucked away amidst courtyards and gardens is an enchanting refuge that culminates in stunning ocean views of Catalina Island, coastline, and Palos Verdes. Set in exclusive Crystal Cove in an ideal lower bluff locale of the enclave making access to the prestigious Crystal Cove Promenade and beaches a breeze, you may not find a more serene home.

Just behind the romantic garden gate lies the beautiful entrance to this 4-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom residence where sophisticated - yet understated interiors welcome you by way of foyer and formal living room. As you step into the luminous spaces, you immediately experience the seamless flow of layout with spacious rooms that unfold

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Front exterior view of home in the evening

Shady Canyon is one of Southern California’s most prestigious enclaves, melding a pastoral country setting with stone’s-throw proximity to the coast, Newport and Laguna Beach, as well as the business hubs of Orange County. While every estate in Shady Canyon is exceptional, there are a few that stand out as particularly noteworthy for their design, location, and ambiance. 52 Echo Glen is one of them. Offering one of the largest sites in Shady Canyon at a quarter-acre, this ultra-private estate compound encompasses a main residence, casita, pool, and extensive ground. And, the adjacent 25,400-square foot site also is available and includes plans for a guest house by renowned architect Homer Oatman.

In addition to its impressive size and scenic

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Evening view of front exterior of home

Collaboratively designed by award-winning architect Christopher Brandon and constructed by highly acclaimed Newport Beach builder Andrew Patterson, this designer-perfect custom Cape Cod home in the heart of Corona Del Mar offers high quality upgrades with an open, airy layout. Noted interior designer Megan Crane stylishly blended Eastern Seaboard charm with the modern, clean lines of transitional design.

Her version of East Coast meets West Coast offers relaxed, casual elegant living in this 4-bed, 4.5 baths home w/every modern luxury including an elevator. The home offers a main level guest bedroom, while the sublime Master Suite & two additional bedrooms are located on the second level. A third-level roof deck with panoramic ocean & Newport

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Aerial view of Newport Beach pier

Newport Beach is a city that wears its distinction in its name as the coastline of this seaside town boasts a wide sandy stretch that visitors come from all over the world to see and experience.

But it's not just the eponymous beach of Newport Beach that people appreciate.

The city also has a plethora of locations along its Pacific shores with amenities and natural features to suit a wide variety of tastes.

So if you want to get salty in the water, or enjoy an ice cream cone on a boardwalk, taking in gentle surf to rugged vistas, you can find them all on Newport Beach's many points, coves, and shores.

Here we've assembled a list of some of the best beaches that Newport Beach has to offer.

Newport Beach Municipal Beach

Starting at the

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Evening view of backyard with fire pit, pool and spa

Authentic to European style in every way – save for the thoroughly modern luxury amenities – this glorious residence envelops you in warmth and privacy. Lovely gardens with oak trees, cypress and lavender lead to the charming front gate, made of two antique doors that usher you into a sheltered central courtyard fashioned of French Terracotta tiles with a splashing fountain and lanterns.

While it’s tempting to stay in this serene, sun-drenched setting, the custom iron and glass front doors beckon you into the magnificent interior of the home. as you walk through the entry gallery, with its sensuous barrel-arched ceilings and beautiful hand painted French tile floors, you get your first glimpse of the show stopping living salon.

Designed on a

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Aerial view of Laguna Beach homes with ocean view

Single level beach cottage located above the Laguna Beach Village with fantastic views throughout the home. This corner lot home has two primary bedroom suites, a third bedroom and two full bathrooms. The home has been recently remodeled with a gourmet kitchen that flows openly into the dining room and adjacent great room. The outdoors has a private courtyard with covered patio, and landscaped garden.

Views from the front porch with oversized wrap around yard, two-car attached garage, and a wide flat driveway for additional parking.

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Aerial view of luxury seaside custom homes in southern California

Newport Beach, Irvine, and the Orange County area has some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring homes that you're ever likely to see.

Gorgeous courtyards, jaw-dropping luxury interiors, and infinity pools stretching towards the sea...

Newport Beach and the surrounding communities are go-to destinations for those looking to take prestige residential real estate to the next level.

However, for many of those at the upper end of the real estate market, ordinary resales are simply not enough. They want to see their personal vision come to life, and have their own wants and needs reflected in the design of their home. For these people, finding the right professionals to make their dream a reality is paramount.

That's why we've assembled a

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