Shady Canyon Real Estate Blog

Michael Franco specializes in luxury homes in Orange County, California. Shady Canyon is a small group of luxury neighborhoods in the Turtle Rock section of Irvine. Subscribe and we will keep you up-to-date and informed on the Shady Canyon real estate market with frequently updated homes for sale and current events.

Aug. 16, 2017

OC Great Park Palm Court Art Complex

 

Use summer accents to stage your home for a summer home sale. Try vivid blue colors for an accent color, this color is bright but calming. Replace dark colored accents with light and bright summer hues. Leave the blinds up and the drapes drawn, so you let lots of summer light inside.

 

 

The Orange County Great Park Palm Court Arts Complex offers a publically accessible artists in resident program. In addition the park offers a 10,000 square foot event center and an outdoor performance plaza. The outdoor plaza has 54 Canary Island date palm trees, a spectacular site. The OC Great Park has repurposed buildings on the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, preserving World War Two architecture. The Orange County Great Park is located at Sand Canyon and Marine Way in Irvine. For more information about the vast amount of programming offered at the OC Great Park, see their website at: http://www.cityofirvine.org/orange-county-great-park.

 

 

Shady Canyon is an approximately 800 acres in size and is surrounded by 16,000 acres of natural sanctuary. The 800 acres is divided into 300 acres of golf course and 500 acres of residential development. Located at 2 Vernal Spring, this 5,400 square foot home is part of the Sycamore development. This six bedroom, eight bathroom home was built in 2004. Attention to detail can be seen in the white Calcutta marble, French doors and hardwood flooring. The home sits on a very large 16,000 square foot piece of property, one of the largest lots in the development of Sycamore. Outdoors, the well developed property has two detached casitas, swimming pool, spa, wading pool and cabana. Sycamore was built by Greystone Homes.

 

 

Verona is a Newport Coast unattached townhome community. The neighborhood amenities include a swimming pool, spa and tennis courts. Located at20 Via Amanti, this three bedroom, three bathroom townhome is 2,000 square feet. The open floor plan is filled with natural light. The kitchen has top of the line appliances and granite countertops. There are two private patios outside and a second floor covered balcony.

 

 

Lido Isle is located Newport Harbor. This residential island was begun in the 1920’s. Located at 938 Via Lido Soud, this six bedroom, seven bathroom home is 5,600 square feet. Entertaining is a delight in this house with gourmet kitchen, formal living room and dining room. The home sits on a street to street lot with a strada on one side. Outdoors there is a swimming pool and Jacuzzi. Amenities on Lido Isle include security, tennis courts, a clubhouse and private beach.

 

orona Highlands is in the north of PCH neighborhood in Corona del Mar. Located at 448 Serra Drive, this 4,300 square foot home has four bedroom and five bathrooms. The house was designed by Mark Teale and built by The Nicholson Companies. Enter the home through a custom steel and glass front door. Attention to detail can be seen in the wide plank European Hardwood Flooring, glass enclosed shower, and oversized fireplace.  Corona Highlands is just a short walk to Third Beach.

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July 16, 2017

National Choreographers Initiative 2017

 

Make your outdoor spaces shine if you are selling your home during the summer months. Potential buyers are not imaginative; show them how you use these spaces, by setting up seating vignettes, keeping garden beds lush and pool areas ready for a pool party. Remember outdoor living areas are a great way to extend indoor living space and a wonderful area to entertain in, so communicate this message to potential buyers.

 

The Irvine Barclay Theatre will present the National Choreographers Initiative 2017 on July 29th. The National Choreographers Initiative is an intense three week process where four new ballets will be created. Molly Lynch is the Artistic Director. Lynch will work with four choreographers and sixteen professional dancers who will participate in the final presentation. The choreographers and dancers come from different ballet companies across the country. This year’s choreographers are Christopher Stuart, Penny Saunders, Robert Mills and Suzanne Haag. The National Choreographers Initiative is a distinctive Southern California performance with national influences. Many of the ballets created here have gone on to be performed across the US and internationally. The performance begins at 8pm.  Tickets range in price from $20 to $65. The Irvine Barclay Theatre is located at 4242 Campus Drive in Irvine. For more information or to purchase tickets, see their website at: http://www.thebarclay.org/events-details.asp?n=explore-events&n1=view-events&n2=by-date&refId=924B0C63-BA48-403D-B2C7-7ECC6397645F.

Shady Canyon is an 800 acre development which is divided between the Shady Canyon Golf Course and three luxury residential communities. Shady Canyon is surrounded by another 16,000 acres of natural sanctuary. Located at 128 Canyon Creek, this 8,600 square foot home is part of the Shady Canyon Custom Collection. This six bedroom, eight bathroom home was built in 2017.  With a Mediterranean architectural style, this home was designed by Cecial Carney. The floor plan moves seamlessly from indoor to outdoors with the use of pocket doors and natural materials. The chef’s kitchen features stainless steel appliances, a large island and French doors. There are views of the surrounding canyons, nature trails and open green spaces. This home sits on a very large 24,000 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. Students living in this area attend Bonita Canyon Elementary School, Vista Verde Middle School and University High School. All Shady Canyon communities are 24 hour guard gated developments.

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July 3, 2017

UCI Irvine Summer Academies in the Arts

 

Curb appeal is very important during a home sale. Most potential buyers will begin forming opinions about the house within less than one minute of pulling up to the curb. Make house numbers easy to see from the street, potential buyers can’t fall in love with your house if they can’t find it. Keep the lawn mowed and garden beds well maintained. Keep the sidewalks, driveways and walkways free from kids toys and other items, so potential buyers can make their way safely and enjoyably to the front door. Create a front entry where potential buyers feel welcomed and invited into the home.

 

 

The University of California, Claire Trevor School of the Arts is hosting several different summer arts programs. The Claire Trevor School of the Arts is one the foremost art schools in the country.  The UCI Irvine Summer Academies in the Arts programs offered range of choices from visual art to the performing arts. Among the programs offered are:

 

 

Digital Filmmaking

 

Drawing and Painting for beginners

 

Middle School Drawing and Painting

 

Photography

 

 

Programs begin Monday June, 26th and continue until August 11th. The Claire Trevor School of the Arts is located at 4000 Mesa Road in Irvine. To find out more information about the programs offered or to register for these programs, see their website at: http://www.arts.uci.edu/.

 

Shady Canyon is home to four luxury communities; the Masters Collection, Shady Canyon Custom Home Collection, Sycamore and the Villas of Shady Canyon. There are approximately 400 residences with 1,000 residents. Located at 2 Vernal Spring, this 5,400 square foot home is part of the Sycamore development. This six bedroom, eight bathroom home was built 2004. This is a plan 3 model. The chef’s kitchen features Calcutta marble, professional grade appliances and two islands. Attention to detail can be seen in the crown moldings, hardwood floors and use of Calcutta Marble throughout the house. The elegant master suite has a fireplace and private terrace and a view spa like bathroom.  There are wonderful views of the Shady Canyon Golf Course and the surrounding hills. This home sits a very large 16,000 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy relaxing by swimming pool, spa and wading pool. In addition, outdoors, there is a built-in barbeque in a cabana, an outdoor dining area and an outdoor shower and bathroom. Sycamore, like all Shady Canyon communities, is a 24 hour guard gated development. Sycamore was built by Greystone Homes.

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June 19, 2017

Movies on the Lawn

 

When you are selling your home, it is important to always keep outdoor spaces clean and neat, but this is most important when selling your home during the summer months. Keep the lawn mowed regularly, and if possible mow it diagonally, this is more visually appealing. Prune trees and shrubs, especially if they are touching the house or growing over the sidewalks and driveway. Keep the garden beds neat, and add brightly colored blooming annuals and perennials to the beds. In the backyard, play up spaces such as the swimming pool, outdoor kitchens, fire pits and putting greens. Outdoor spaces are wonderful for entertaining and extend the living space of the home.

 

Movies on the Lawn is beginning again for the summer of 2017. One of the upcoming movies will be E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, on Friday, June 30th.  The movie will start at 8:15pm. Bring your blankets and beach chairs and a picnic dinner. Or there will be a snack bar or food trucks on site. There are two sets of movies this year, Flashback Fridays and Blockbuster Saturdays.

 

Friday, June 16th: The Princess Bride

 

Saturday, June 17th: Sing

 

Friday, June 23rd: Rudy

 

Saturday, June 24th: The Secret Life of Pets

 

Friday, June 30th: E.T. the Extra Terrestrial

 

Saturday, July 1st: The Lego Batman Movie

 

 All movies will begin at dusk and are weather dependent.  This is a family friendly event and it is free to attend. Movies are shown on the Terraced Lawn at the Orange County Great Park. Orange County Great Park is located at 6950 Marine Way in Irvine. For more information, see their website at: http://www.cityofirvine.org/news-media/calendar-of-events/event/movies-lawn-rudy.

 

Shady Canyon is part of the Turtle Rock Village in the city of Irvine. Shady Canyon is an 800 acre community with approximately 400 luxury homes and 1000 residents. Located at 32 Vernal Spring, this 5,200 square foot home is part of the Sycamore development. This six bedroom, seven bedroom home was built in 2004. This was a model home, with a plan 3 design. Enter the home through a private courtyard entrance. The gourmet kitchen features two islands, stainless steel appliances and a butler’s pantry.  This home sits on a large 12,000 square foot piece of property. The outdoor areas are resort like with a swimming pool, spa, outdoor fireplace and outdoor barbeque area.  Sycamore is a 24 hour guard gated development. Sycamore was built by Greystone Homes, a division of Lennar Company. The homeowner’s association offers many amenities such as a pool, spa, tennis courts and an exercise room. Students living in this area attend Bonita Canyon Elementary School, Rancho San Joaquin Middle School and University High School.

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June 5, 2017

Walt and the Flying Bull Exhibition

 

If you are selling your home this summer, use summery accents to complete your staging. Always begin by de-cluttering and de-personalizing the home. You don’t want potential buyers looking at your decorations and not seeing the house. Stage the house, giving purpose to each room, so you do not leave potential buyers guessing as what a room is used for. Finally, add a punch of color with accents, such as brightly colored throw rugs, a vase of fresh cut flowers or vivid colored throw pillows.

Walt and the Flying Bull Exhibition will be held at the OC Great Park beginning Friday, June 9th. The grand opening will take place that day from 12pm until 4pm. Walt Disney designed the Flying Bull called El Toro, in 1943, as the logo for the Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro. This is one of approximately 1,200 designs that the Disney Company created during World War II for the US and Allied military units. This exhibit will focus on the history of Disney Insignia Art, show “original artwork inspired by World War II by contemporary artists working for Walt Disney Productions, Marvel Entertainment and Pixar Animation Studios.   The exhibit will be located in the Great Park Gallery in the Palm Court Arts Complex. This exhibit is family friendly, open to the public and free to attend. This exhibit will be open Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 4pm and Saturday and Sundays from 10am to 4pm. The Orange County Great Park is located at 6950 Marine Way in Irvine. For more information about this exhibit, see their website at: http://www.cityofirvine.org/news-media/calendar-of-events/event/walt-and-flying-bull-exhibition-21.

 

Shady Canyon is bordered by Quail Hill, James Irvine Retreat and Bommer Canyon. This is an 800 acre community has 500 acres of residential properties and 300 acres of golf course. Located at 25 Watercress, this 7,800 square foot home is part of the Shady Canyon Custom community. This five bedroom, six bathroom home was built in 2005. With a French Provincial architectural style, this home has wall to wall French doors. The gourmet kitchen features a Lacanche French stove, a large center island and opens onto the family room. Attention to detail can be seen in the Brazilian marble, a Crestron Home Automation system and the indoor/outdoor surround sound system.  The bonus tower room can be used as a private exercise room or personal office. The home has views of the surrounding canyons.  This home sits on a very large 34,000 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy the many fruit trees and the raised vegetable gardens, which are just steps from the kitchen. In addition outdoors, there is an outdoor dining pavilion, fireplace, and built in barbecue with a refrigerator. The homeowners’ associations offer swimming pools, spas, tennis courts, parks and green space, clubhouses and exercise rooms. The five acre Turtle Rock Nature Center is nearby with outdoor classrooms and local wildlife. Shady Canyon students attend Turtle Rock Elementary School, Rancho San Joaquin Middle School and University High School.

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May 22, 2017

Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom at Irvine Barclay Theatre

 

Curb appeal is very important when you are selling your home; potential buyers will begin forming opinions about your home as soon as they get out at the curb. First make sure, they can easily see the house numbers, if they can’t find your home, they can’t view it. Clean the sidewalks and driveway, so they are safe and inviting to walk up to the front door. Create a warm and welcoming front door area, with a freshly painted front door, a seasonal wreath and a pot of blooming annuals. Potential buyers will feel welcomed and invited into the home with a positive feeling.

 

Irvine Barclay Theatre will be hosting a production featuring Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom. On Thursday, May 25th, Hawaii’s top selling female vocalist will be in concert. The performance will have elements of Hawaiian culture, diverse musical styles and bringing an ancient language to life. Gilliom has received five Grammy nominations and 24 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Gilliom is a performer, songwriter, vocalist and producer. She has 15 solo albums and has performed throughout the US, French Polynesia, Europe, Japan and China. This concert is part of the Hawaiian Music Masters Series. Tickets range in price from $35 to $100. The concert begins at 8pm. Irvine Barclay Theatre is located at 4242 Campus Drive in Irvine. For more information or to purchase tickets, see their website at: http://www.thebarclay.org/events-details.asp?n=explore-events&n1=view-events&n2=by-date&refId=11385D7F-D915-4756-B3B1-FB4FF03DE1A1.

 

 

Shady Canyon is home to three luxury residential developments and the private Shady Canyon Golf Club. The award winning golf course was designed by Tom Fazio. Located at 21 Prairie Grass, this 4,600 square foot home is part of the Shady Canyon Custom home development. This five bedroom, seven bathroom home was built in 2002. This home is wonderful to entertain in with a formal dining room, formal living room and great room.  The gourmet kitchen features a breakfast nook and top of the line appliances. Attention to detail can be seen in the travertine floors, wrought iron gate and wood ceiling. There are wonderful views of the surrounding hillsides. This home sits on a large 12,000 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowner’s will enjoy relaxing in the casita, the gazebo and by the outdoor fireplace. The casita is perfect for guests with its own bed and bath. In addition, there is a swimming pool and spa. Residents are within walking distance to the clubhouse. Students living in this area attend, Bonita Canyon Elementary School, Rancho San Joaquin Middle School and University High School.

 

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May 8, 2017

Irvine High School Art Exhibition

 

After you de-clutter and de-personalize your home, in preparation for a home sale, you need to add some accessories back during the staging process. Use a neutral color palette for wall color and furniture. Add a pop of color with accessories such as vase of colorful fresh cut flowers or a bowl of seasonal fruit on the kitchen counter. Green plants can add a contemporary touch to a space, while architectural and gardening magazines on a coffee table, add a homey touch to a room.

 

The Irvine Fine Arts Center is hosting the High School Art Exhibition. This annual art show features art works by students attending Irvine High Schools. There will be paintings, drawings, photography, printmaking, digital media, sculpture and ceramics. The art exhibit will be on display from Friday, May 5th through Friday, May 26th. The opening reception will be held on Friday, May 5th from 4pm to 6pm. The exhibit is open to the public and free to attend. On weekdays the show is open from 10am to 9pm and one the Saturdays the exhibit is open from 9am to 5pm. The presentation is co-sponsored by the Imagination Center. The Irvine Fine Arts Center is located at 14321 Yale Avenue in Irvine. For more information about the High School Art exhibition, see their website at http://www.cityofirvine.org/irvine-fine-arts-center.

 

Shady Canyon is a small master planned luxury community in the Turtle Rock village in the city of Irvine. Shady Canyon is 800 acres and is surrounded by an additional 16,000 acres of natural sanctuary. Located at 5 Prairie Grass, this 4,200 square foot home is part of the Villas of Shady Canyon development. This five bedroom, seven bathroom home was built in 2002. With a Tuscan Farmhouse style, this is a semi-custom home with a detached guest casita. Enter the house, through a courtyard with a fireplace. The chef’s kitchen features a Wolf Range with a double oven, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, and dual dishwashers.  The great room shares a dual sided fireplace with the breakfast nook and has a vaulted ceiling. The home has views of the surrounding hills and city night lights. The home sits on a very large 15,000 square foot piece of property with a corner lot setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy entertaining pool side, by the spa and in the covered loggia. There is also a sunken fire pit in the backyard. The Villas of Shady Canyon was built by Taylor Woodrow Homes. The homeowners association has two tennis courts, an association pool, a private clubhouse, fitness center and a playground. Students living in this community attend Bonita Canyon Elementary School, San Joaquin Middle School and University High School.

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April 24, 2017

UCI Opera Department Production of Our Town

 

Details are important both inside and outside the house when it is being sold. Little details, such as a clean and shiny mailbox, show that the home is well maintained and cared for, even down to the smallest features. If the mailbox area is larger enough try adding some blooming plants to the area. Another small detail not to overlook are the light bulbs. Make sure light fixtures are clean, even the outside ones and the light bulbs are in working order. Turn the lights on for all showings and open houses.

 

The University of California, Irvine Opera Department is performing Our Town. The opera will be performed on Friday, May12th and Saturday, May 13th. This is a three act opera by Ned Rorem based on the play by Thorton Wilder. The play is set in the early 20th century in the town of Grover’s Corner, New Hampshire. The story is about life, love and death. Kristine Rothfuss Erbst is the stage director, Darryl Taylor the artistic director and Stephen Tucker the music director.  The opera is being performed at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. The UCI Symphony Orchestra will join the production. Ticket prices range from $7 to $17. Both performances begin at 8pm. The Irvine Barclay Theatre is located at 4242 Campus Drive in Irvine. For more information or to purchase tickets, see their website at: http://www.thebarclay.org/events-details.asp?n=explore-events&n1=view-events&n2=by-date&refId=64C38862-BFA1-4B99-995C-99B5F6E50B19.

 

Shady Canyon is part of the Turtle Rock village in Irvine. Shady Canyon is an 800 acre development with three exclusive neighborhoods; Masters Collection, Sycamore and Villas of Shady Canyon. Located at 24 Jewel Flower, this 6,300 square foot home is part of the Masters Collection. This five bedroom, six bathroom home was built in 2004. The gourmet kitchen has a large center island, opens to the morning room and has tons of storage. Also, on the property is a private guest casita with a bedroom and bath. This luxury home has stunning views of the Shady Canyon Golf Course, city night lights and evening sunsets. This home sits on a very large 23,000 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. The property is extensively landscaped with gardens and water features. The backyard has a resort style pool with a spa and lazy river, a dining pavilion, an outdoor bar and numerous entertaining areas.  Residents are within walking distance to the clubhouse. The Masters Collection was built by John Laing Luxury Homes and has just 18 estate style homes.  Students who live in Shady Canyon attend Bonita Canyon Elementary School, Rancho San Joaquin Middle School and University High School.

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April 9, 2017

Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs

 

Make your home welcoming and inviting to potential buyers. There are several ways to do this. Start by creating a welcoming front entry, with a new front doormat, a wreath on the front door and putting a container of blooming plants by the entry.  Put out treats for potential buyers. Put out bottles of chilled water, for fun marketing idea put a picture of your home over the label on the bottle. Add a plate of fresh baked cookies. Add a vase of fresh cut flowers to the bathroom counter and a bowl of fresh fruit to the kitchen counter. Potential buyers will feel invited into the home.

 

The Irvine Barclay Theatre is hosting a production of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs on Saturday, April 15th. The production is being preformed by the Maple Youth Ballet. Watch as they bring this fairy tale to life. This production of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs is a ballet adaption of the popular Grimm’s fairytale. This adaption was choreographed by award winner Charles Maple. This is a multimedia production sure to entertain the whole family. The woodland creatures in this production will capture your heart.  Maple Youth Ballet is a premiere pre-professional Ballet Company. Tickets range in price from $26 to $32. For more information about this production, see their website at: http://www.thebarclay.org/.

 

Shady Canyon is home to three luxury residential developments and an award winning golf course. Shady Canyon is near the border of Irvine and Newport Coast. Located at 24 Jewel Flower, this 6,300 square foot home is part of the Master’s Collection. This five bedroom, six bathroom home was built in 2004. The chef’s kitchen features a large center island, a great deal of storage and an adjoining morning room. The second floor master’s suite encompasses the entire floor and has dual dressing areas, a fireplace and a view balcony. There is a private casita on the property with a bedroom and bathroom, which is perfect for guests. Among the views from this home are golf course views, city night lights and gorgeous sunsets. This home sits on a very large 23,000 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoor’s homeowners’ will enjoy strolling through the many gardens and playing on the putting the green. In addition, the outdoor spaces offer entertaining areas, an outdoor bar and dining pavilion, and resort style swimming pool with a spa and lazy river.  Homeowner’s are within walking distance to the clubhouse. The Master’s Collection is in the Turtle Rock Village and is a 24 hour guard gated development. There are just 18 homes in the Master’s Collection.

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March 26, 2017

Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester

 

When you are selling your home during the spring season, it is important to get your yard in shape prior to listing your home of the real estate market. Begin by removing all the winter debris from the grassy areas and the garden beds. Prune trees and shrubs away from walkways and the house. Also, prune dead branches from trees and shrubs. Be sure the house numbers can be clearly seen from the street and that all outdoor lighting is working correctly. Add blooming perennials and annuals to add a pop of color to flower beds.

 

The Irvine Barclay Theatre is hosting a performance by Max Raabe and Palast Orchester. From Berlin, Max Raabe and his twelve piece ensemble will give the audience an evening of music, style and wit. The performance will take place on Wednesday, April 5th. Their musical style evokes the 1920’s and 1930’s; with a modern twist a mix of cabaret, bel canto and jazz. This is a nostalgic yet modern and very entertaining show. Max Raabe is a baritone who will cover tunes from the glory days of American film and German chansons from the Weimar Republic. Tickets range in price from $40 to $100. The Irvine Barclay Theatre is located at 4242 Campus Drive in Irvine. For more information or to purchase tickets, see their website at: http://www.thebarclay.org/events-details.asp?n=explore-events&n1=view-events&n2=by-date&refId=057EBF41-FF5C-4D24-8BA2-B8F34ED2A31E.

 

Shady Canyon is an 800 acre area in the Turtle Rock Village in the city of Irvine. 300 acres is a world class golf course and 500 acres is luxury residential development. Located at 18 Vernal Springs, this 4,900 square foot home is part of the Sycamore development. This four bedroom, five bathroom was built in 2004. Enter the home through a private courtyard. Attention to detail can be seen the vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and remote control lighting. There is a spa like master bath, library and gym. The home is controlled through a Savant smart home system for lighting, sound and security. This home sits on a large 13,000 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowner’s will enjoy entertaining by the swimming pool and spa, by the built-in barbeque, around the fire pit or in the outdoor TV area. Sycamore was built by Greystone Homes. Students living in this area attend Bonita Canyon Elementary School, Rancho San Joaquin Middle School and University High School. There are three golf courses nearby; Strawberry Fields Golf Course, Shady Canyon Golf Club and Oak Creek Golf Club.

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