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.

Family room view of outside backyard during the day

In addition to its impressive size and scenic siting that provides both seclusion and lovely views, the six-bedroom estate also stands apart for its exquisite and innovative architecture, as well as its beautifully sun-washed rooms. Designed by architect Cecil Carney, the home blends the timeless appeal of a Santa Barbara villa with sophisticated loft-like soft contemporary elements, and fabulous European touches. The result is effortlessly elegant, chic-yet-comfortable living on three levels, where wide-open spaces, soaring vintage beam ceilings, custom Venetian plaster walls, and white oak plank floors flow easily from one to another and to the simply gorgeous grounds that are nestled into the canyon.

Kitchen and island view of breakfast nook

On the main level, the living areas are designed for easy everyday living and stylish entertaining and include a spectacular great room with breathtaking views of the canyon, hillsides and rear grounds with pool. The great room offers several areas for seating, dining, and relaxing, as well as a wet bar and fireplace. The kitchen suite provides a more casual, yet undoubtedly beautiful, space for living, cooking, and entertaining, with a large center island, dining island, spacious informal living room with fireplace, and charming breakfast room. Gourmet cooks will feel right at home here, with the Lacanche range (gas cooktop, both electric and gas ovens with dual side warmers), and full complement of professional-grade appliances, including a Miele speed oven and espresso machine. Also on the main level is a state-of-the-art theater, an executive office with private entry, two powder rooms, and two mud-rooms – including one expansive area for homework, crafts, computers.

Theater room

Main level bedrooms comprise a detached guest casita, additional guest room with ensuite bath, and a hotel-inspired junior master suite with a spa bathroom and private access to the sparkling pool, spa, and pool pavilion. Upstairs, a sumptuous master wing awaits, with an abundantly spacious master suite with a fireplace and large view terrace. This opulent master suite also showcases a decadent spa bath suite with dual haberdashery-style dressing rooms, a deep-soaking jetted bathtub, a large steam shower with rain and body spray, dual baths clad in Calacatta marble, Simena limestone, and bespoke European cabinetry. Also on the second level is a spacious children’s wing featuring two generously scaled bedrooms – both with ensuite baths – and a large family room with built-in library shelves and media.

Evening view of backyard swimming pool

For wine connoisseurs, the lower level of the home offers the dream setting for enjoying special vintages, with a dining and tasting area situated just outside a climate-controlled wine cellar that will accommodate an 1,500-bottle collection. Car aficionados will enjoy two garages that accommodate six cars, as well as an impressive circular drive and two points of entry, each with its own motorcourt, to accommodate additional car parking. Other noteworthy highlights of the estate include eighteen inch base moldings, Kolbe doors and windows with retractable screens, a laundry room with dual appliance sets, and a pool pavilion with full bath, barbeque kitchen, fireplace, and media.

Backyard view of home

In addition, this estate is designed with state-of-the-art technology amenities, with security cameras, comprehensive audio/visual, and a whole-house smart system that can be run via iPhone or iPad from anywhere in the world. Shady Canyon features two 24-hour guard gates, swim, tennis and Country Club amenities, as well as hiking/biking trials, playground and a world-famous Golf Club.

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