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

What is the Santa Barbara Style?

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

Santa Barbara style borrows heavily from Mediterranean and Spanish-revival architecture, including deep red tones and polished wood textures that contrast with the stark white walls.

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 Santa Barbara-style homes goes back to

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Patio with fireplace, table and chairs located in Shady Canyon Community of Irvine California

Largest lot in the Villas!

Tremendous opportunity to own one of the most coveted front-row golf course homes in the acclaimed Villa neighborhood of Shady Canyon. Step through the gates of this iconic European-inspired villa and journey into the Italian countryside. You are minutes from the city, yet worlds away.

Unfolding across nearly a half of an acre of one of the most sought-after locations in Shady Canyon, no detail has been overlooked in this airy 3 Bedroom (4th bedroom can be converted back), 3.5 bathroom home. Panoramic views extend in every direction. One of only a handful of exclusive Villas, this home enjoys nearly twice the space of neighboring lots. The single-loaded street along with cul-de-sac location make this one of the most

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Shady Canyon Family Room with Fireplace

Sited on an exceptionally large and private corner lot – elevated above the street, this sunny Shady Canyon home has been beautifully remodeled and offers numerous luxury amenities.

This desirable Sycamore Plan 2 offers a well-thought out and open layout - unfolding like a single-level home. The 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath residence showcases airy spaces for entertaining and everyday living. At the center of the home is a stunning great room suite, with its soaring trussed beam ceilings, fireplace, and living and dining salons that open to a loggia with outdoor fireplace on one side and a sun-drenched courtyard on the other - offering seamless indoor/outdoor entertaining.

In addition to two bedroom en suites - one with private entrance and one with

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Popular author Dean Koontz purchased a new home in Orange County's exclusive Shady Canyon community for a cool $11.6 million. The house is 13,418 square feet, with fantastic luxury features.

Take a look below, and keep reading to find out more...

Dean Koontz Shady Canyon Home

 

 

The ultra-luxury neighborhoods in Irvine, CA are bound to attract A-list celebrities.

These communities have stunning, multi-million-dollar estates and top-of-the-line amenities that impress those with even the most lavish lifestyles.

So, it probably comes as no surprise that Shady Canyon is now the home of the best-selling author, Dean Koontz.

Dean Koontz is a prolific American writer who has written so many books, it’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t know his name. He’s written over

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Plaza evening photo of 6 Shoreview located in Pelican Point, Newport Beach California.

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (December 6, 2019) This is a true legacy property encompassing two residences with a combined living space of over 19,000 square feet on 31,672 of exceptionally private ocean view land. An all-star cast of design and construction talents converged to create this luxurious estate, including residential architects Brett Coombs and Jerry Walcher, David Ko for exterior and historical architectural detailing, builder Andrew Miner, and master theater designer Theo Kalomirakis for thematic architecture and the property’s two director-quality theaters.

Together, these renowned experts have brought to life a once-in-a-lifetime estate that beautifully blends classic Italian architecture with stylish California coastal elements,

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Front of home located in Irvine, California.

This exquisite Shady Canyon custom estate was designed and built by true masters of their craft for aficionados of an artful lifestyle. At every turn in this 6 bedroom, 7.5 bath residence, you’ll note an impressive attention to detail, luxury amenities and fine finishes.

Sited on a private lot (approx. 23,697 sf), the home encompasses 13,418+ sf of elegant living and entertaining space, which opens to abundant outdoor areas. Highlights include a massive great room, formal living and dining rooms, an executive office, library, billiards lounge, stadium-format theater, expansive chef’s kitchen, fitness center.

Two spacious master suites include one on the main level, and all bedrooms feature ensuite baths. The lower level features an in-law

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Front view of home located in Irvine California

Perfect Laguna Altura Home!

This residence sits on a prime corner lot and is located in the prestigious Irvine School District, which includes desirable University High School. The stylish Siena Plan 2 offers a bright and airy layout with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. This sun-filled home is appointed with high-quality upgrades throughout and features an open-concept kitchen and family room suite for effortless entertaining or casual relaxation. Three bedroom suites reside on the second level along with convenient laundry room.

Additional highlights include a sheltered rear patio, finished two-car attached garage, and the amenities of the highly coveted and guard-gated Laguna Altura which is just minutes from Laguna Beach, Irvine Spectrum, retail,

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Best Golf Courses Irvine California

What's the best golf course you have ever played?

What stood out for you?

Was it the stunning views, the challenging design, the picturesque fairways, or perhaps the post-round sundowner at the clubhouse?

Whatever it was, the experience of playing on a truly great course can stay with you for many many years.

If you're looking to relive that perfect golf game or find your new "best golf course", then sunny Irvine, California has just what you're looking for.

And it's not hard to see why. Take one look at this masterpiece from renowned designer Tom Fazio, and you'll instantly be drawn to its natural rugged features, dynamic elevation changes, and scenic stands of sycamores that line the tranquil creek beds.

Below you'll find

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Front view of home located in Shady Canyon, Irvine California

This superb Shady Canyon custom estate offers luxurious living on a sizable and secluded corner lot offering scenic vistas and city lights views. Featuring five bedrooms, five-and-two-half baths, the well-appointed interiors are highlighted by an abundance of French doors and windows creating a light and airy flow that encourages indoor-outdoor living.

From the formal living room to the spacious great room, the main living areas of the estate provide gracious high ceilings and a casually elegant ambiance. The gourmet chef’s kitchen with breakfast nook is adorned with high-quality stainless-steel appliances, farm sink, double ovens, and breakfast bar opening to the dining and family rooms. Emerging out to the entertainers’ grounds reveals emerald

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Front view of home located in Shady Canyon, Irvine California.

Enjoy beautiful panoramic views from this custom European estate with 6 bedroom, 7 full and 1 half baths. Situated on a single-loaded street with only a handful of homes, this estate home provides an idyllic setting surrounded by a scenic natural preserve and shrouded in privacy.

A fabulous great room welcomes guests with multiple French doors opening to the views and beyond. With effortless indoor/outdoor living, the main living areas of the home stretches out into the resort-style yard with pool/spa, emerald lawn, fireplace, and an outdoor eating area with built-in barbecue. A fully outfitted chef’s kitchen opens to the family room and adjacent breakfast nook and out into the garden.

Also, on the first floor is the sublime master suite and two

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