An Experts Guide to Finding Your Perfect House in Shady Canyon

Rolling hillsides reminiscent of those in Tuscany, Italy, and an expansive golf course mark the Shady Canyon community, just minutes from the beach and nestled between Newport Coast and the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park in Irvine. Within the confines of our Orange County coastline, Shady Canyon provides an active and outdoorsy lifestyle to those seeking space and a more central location.


Jacqueline Thompson of Surterre Properties is an acclaimed real estate agent in Orange County and an expert on the Shady Canyon community, having sold more homes there than any other agent. Having served the Shady Canyon market for almost ten years, she notes that one of the reasons much of her business moved from the coast, inland to Shady Canyon is because many of her clients were seeking more land and privacy for themselves and their families. Orange County has been rapidly growing for years and large plots of land are hard to come by. So for those seeking more land, in fact, Shay Canyon is the only community left in Orange County that is centrally located with an average lot size of 27,000 square feet.

The community’s sheer amount of available land alone can make Shady Canyon a great place for families. However, an extensive line of trails, a Tennis Center, and a Swim Center which includes a junior Olympic swimming pool and spa also work to increase the value of this particular market. For Jacqueline, “Shady Canyon offers the best of both worlds: city life in a countryside setting,” in which one moment you’re gazing out over rolling hills and the next, you’re enjoying the shopping, dining and entertainment of the nearby Fashion Island, South Coast Plaza and Irvine Spectrum shopping centers, while also being just minutes from the beach.

Located in the city of Irvine, Shady Canyon has a lot to offer it’s residents, even rivaling the more coastal communities. For those weary of losing their ocean view, Jacqueline promises more sunshine and less marine layer, which ultimately blocks out any ocean view you may have. Jacqueline also cites Irvine as a safe, clean, and beautifully maintained city, that is ideal for families with sought after schools, parks, and idyllic communities. In fact, the Irvine Unified School District is ranked among the nation’s top school districts consistently. With it’s central location and 24-hour guarded gates, residents have the privacy and security they desire, and the ease of accessibility to many of the amenities that Orange County has to offer.


While the community may boast Italian influences, there are other home architectural styles that will appeal to buyers of many different tastes, including, French Provencal, Santa Barbara, Adobe and, of course, Tuscan.

Whichever home you buy, Shady Canyon promises to bring among the highest in luxury from the gated entrances, to the membership amenities, and even to the premiere schooling available in the area. So whatever your taste and wherever you’re coming from, Shady Canyon is ready to welcome you home.

If you’re looking for property in Shady Canyon, contact Jacqueline Thompson of Surterre Properties at 949.326.3392 or visit her website at For more information on the Shady Canyon community, you can visit Jacqueline’s website here.

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