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For those looking to take advantage of state-of-the-art home amenities while living in one of the most beautiful places on earth, new construction in Orange County should be at the top of the list.

Here, luxurious backyards and balconies of elegant Italian and Tuscan style properties look out over the hilly California landscape to the sapphire waters of the ocean.

The benefits of owning new homes in Orange County is that it combines this paradisiacal scenery with a modern home complete with all the amenities of contemporary life.

If this sounds like something you'd like to learn more about, read on for our tips for buying new construction in Orange County, CA.

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Beautiful Shady Canyon Estate

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The privacy at this epic, recently renovated 7-bed, 12-bath, approx. 10,472 sq. ft. estate is unmatched. Hugged by the beautiful Shady Canyon topography, this property graces one of the largest lots with over an acre of prime land, creating one of the most private compounds to date.

A main house is separated from a pool/guest house – complete with its own parking and gym area – while a soccer field, sports court, cutting and vegetable gardens offers comfort for everyday living. Renowned architect Anthony Thibert of Maisons masterfully transports us to Provence in this sublime French Provincial estate where Old World elegance meets modern living with every luxury amenity. A recent renovation elevates the…

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Shady Canyon Home with Panoramic Views

This is one of the finest properties in Orange County — gracing nearly an acre at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac on one of the highest view lots in exclusive, guard-gated Shady Canyon. Designed by architect Cecil Carney and built by the renowned Haigh Builders, the ultra-private residence and guest house span more than 12,000 s.f. of tasteful, livable luxury with panoramic views of the Shady Canyon Golf Course, canyons, hillsides and city lights.

No expense has been spared, or detail overlooked, in this magnificent legacy estate. This is a property whose wow factor can’t be overstated, starting with the private entry courtyard with Koi pond and bridge leading to the impressive main foyer that immediately…

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Where Can I Find the Best Santa Barbara Style Homes in Orange County?

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Combining timeless architecture with the comforts of modern living, Santa Barbara style homes are popular in Orange County for their spacious layouts and eye-catching exteriors that serve as perfect complements to the hilly Californian landscape. 

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the best areas in Orange County to find homes modeled after the popular Santa Barbara style. 

But before we get into where to find these elegant, sought after houses, let's cover some basics:

What Is Santa Barbara Style?

Houses modeled after Santa Barbara style have a unique and distinctive look to them, and chances are they’re the first thing you think of when you think about the…

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Just Sold: Represented Buyer in Corona del Mar

Contemporary-style ocean view home with a panorama of the beach in Corona del Mar, Newport Beach California. The was designed with massive rooms, over height ceilings, walls of glass overlooking the ocean.

Additional features include a two-story wall of hand cut stone, skylights, kitchen and informal dining that share in the views and terrace access, media room with office, and two additional bedroom suites. 

Contact Jacqueline Thompson Today for more Corona Del Mar homes that are on the market (949) 326-3392

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Exclusive Neighborhood of Altair

Welcome to this stunning former model home in the exclusive, guard-gated neighborhood of Altair. The stylish turn-key home is situated on one of the best premium lots and features 5-bedroom, 6-bathroom on two-levels with every designer upgrades and landscaping.

The entertaining layout offers an inviting entry courtyard with fireplace and seamless indoor/outdoor living. A beautiful foyer opens to the massive open-concept great room and out into the designer-landscaped rear yard with spa, fireplace and multiple sitting areas.

Effortlessly entertain in the Chef’s kitchen with Sub-zero and Wolf built-in appliances, upgraded cabinets, Quartz countertops, French plank hardwood flooring and spacious butler pantry.…

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Just Sold Ultra-Exclusive Pelican Point with Two Estates

Pelican Point is a true legacy property, encompassing two estates with a combined living space of over 19,000 square feet on 31,674 square feet of exceptionally private ocean view land. An all-star cast of design and construction talents converged to create this luxurious estate, including renowned architect David Ko, Thurston Boyd interior design and master theater designer Theo Kalomirakis.

This once-in-a-lifetime estate blends classic Italian architecture with stylish California coastal elements, luxurious indoor rooms with glorious gardens and quiet spaces for reflection with incredible amenities for large-scale entertaining. In total, the two homes offer 8 bedrooms and 19 baths, and…

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Family room with view of ocean

At 11 High Water in Crystal Cove, magnificent ocean, Newport Harbor, Catalina and city lights views are just the beginning. This is luxury Newport Coast living, where decadence blends seamlessly with casual sophistication.

At this six-bedroom, 10-bathroom approx 12,507 sq. ft. estate, spectacular Baltic iron custom steel and glass floor-to-ceiling windows create light, airy elegance, while innovative Smart Home features offer tech-forward living along the breezy California coastline. On the main level, the immense Great Room features French white oak plank flooring with commanding floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. The chef’s kitchen—which opens to a bright and airy family room—is truly a remarkable space,…

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Daytime view of backyard home and swimming pool in Shady Canyon

You've imagined yourself in a sprawling country estate in the Italian wine country...or maybe in Provence or Burgundy. You never imagined that your vision board property was waiting for you in the heart of Orange County. Here it is – a luxe custom estate on more than a half-acre in scenic Shady Canyon, with endless vistas of rolling hills and a world-class golf course at your doorstep. European architecture done right, with light-filled, high-ceilinged rooms, 4 bedrooms, 4 and 2 half-baths and more dreamy details.

A must-see custom estate which lives like a single-level home! Stylish, European-inspired estate living is yours in this exquisite Shady Canyon residence with generous set-back from the street and unparalleled privacy with views of…

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Daytime exterior of custom estate in Shady Canyon, Irvine California

Just renovated, this magnificent French Provencal custom estate encompasses approximately 10,161 square feet with 6 bedrooms, 8 baths on three levels. The stylish manicured grounds offer year-round entertaining with a pool/spa, open cabana with fireplace, oversized emerald lawn with fountain and lush trees providing privacy and creating a resort-style ambiance. Inside, quality craftsmanship can be seen in every room while the timeless style is accentuated with the picturesque architecture, rich hardwood and limestone flooring, new light fixtures and an inviting family room opening to the verdant grounds.

Additional highlights include a private master suite wing with viewing balconies, a gym, game or media room, wine cellar, a large subterranean…

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