Santiago Canyon Real Estate
Canyon, Silverado Canyon, & Trabuco Canyon, homes and real
Canyons are unlike any other place in Orange County, CA. In
these rustic canyon communities, you are minutes away from
freeways, shopping, and the major cities, yet you feel like
you are living in a different world. Mature landscape, vintage
cabins, freedom from homeowners associations, and miles of
open space, separate these areas from all other communities in
Orange County. If you are looking for a true
"getaway" location that is surrounded by nature, yet
is only a few miles from traditional urban living, a home in
the Santiago Canyons may be for you. You can learn about the
history of the canyons here.
Canyons include Modjeska, Silverado, & Trabuco Canyons, as
well as number of minor canyons, including Holy Jim, Ladd,
Rose, Harding, Black Star, and Williams Canyons. They are located at
the base of the Saddleback mountains in South Orange County,
CA. and because of this, the area is also known as Saddleback
Canyon. Surrounded largely by the Cleveland National Forest
and the Irvine Ranch Land Reserve, the area is dotted with
ancient live oaks, majestic sycamores, seasonal streams, and
picturesque views. Homes and real estate in Modjeska,
Silverado, and Trabuco Canyons range from decades-old cabins,
rustic bungalows, modest family homes, impressive ranches, and
equestrian estates. No condos or town homes here, but you will
find single family cabins, fixer-uppers, bank owned, horse
properties, and custom homes for sale, lease, rent, as well as
land. Cabins in the
Cleveland National Forest and build able lots can be found
The canyons have a
lot of wonderful attributes but they are not for everyone. If
you haven't been out to Orange County's canyon communities,
it's a good idea to take a drive around the canyons and get to
know the area before requesting any home showings. Prices
for homes in the canyons may often be lower than comparable
homes in the suburbs. Please keep in mind however, that many
canyon homes are older (1930s to 1950s). These homes may be in
need of maintenance or rehabilitation; especially if the price
looks to good to be true. It is also not unusual to discover
that a canyon home has additions that were done long ago (and
often without permits). This can often be uncovered when the
County tax records indicate a smaller square footage than is
advertised in the MLS. If you decide to buy a canyon
home, it is always advisable to get a professional home
inspection. Be sure the inspection includes
checking the electrical panel and wiring, roof, foundation,
exterior drainage (especially near slopes), and the septic
system. Some of these additional inspections may be at an
extra cost, but they are well advised.
property - Modjeska Canyon gem loaded with country charm!
Olive Hill Road, Modjeska Canyon - Call me to see this one!
and serene, surrounded by majestic oaks and sycamore trees, a
true gardener's delight! Interior upgrades, oversized lot and
creek side location make this property a "must see"
for anyone interested in a beautiful, rural canyon location.
Peaceful, yet close to all the highlights of Modjeska Canyon
and canyon life in general. Walk to Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary
and the historical Modjeska Home. This 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath
home was significantly upgraded in 1999 and includes new
concrete siding, beautiful picture windows, entertaining deck
and a drought tolerant, cottage garden to die for. Listen to
the light "croak" of the native tree frogs from your
creek side deck and outdoor patio area while entertaining
outside or inside with this open floor plan. French doors lead
to a large deck off the master bedroom. Each of the downstairs
bedrooms has their own private bathroom. This is a private lot
that can accommodate RV parking or horse. Park in your
oversized two car garage with direct access.
Canyon is best known for Arden,
the Helena Modjeska Historic House and Gardens, plus the Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, a local nature
preserve. Modjeska Canyon is located off of Santiago
Canyon Road between Silverado (east) and Trabuco
(west) Canyons. This area has many newer single
family and luxury homes, as well as decades-old
cabins. The following links contain searches for
Modjeska Canyon real estate, homes for sale, lease,
and rent, as well as lots and land, and
bank owned properties.
Search Modjeska Canyon homes for
Silverado Canyon was once home to silver mining in the
1800s. Most of the homes here, were built in the 1930s
or 1950s, giving this canyon a rustic feel. Silverado
Canyon is the eastern most canyon of the three, and is
closest to the North Orange County cities of Orange
and Villa Park. Listed under Silverado Canyon are also
the areas of Santiago Canyon Estates, Wildcat Canyon,
and Williams Canyon. Use the following links to find
Silverado Canyon homes for sale, lease, lease option,
and rent, plus lots, land, acreage, and bank owned
homes or houses. Silverado Canyon Realty. Call me if
you are interested in Silverado Canyon real estate.
Silverado Canyon homes for sale
Canyon runs along the length of Live Oak Canyon Road.
It is easy to reach from both Lake Forest (via El Toro
Road) and Rancho Santa Margarita (via Plano Trabuco
Road). A notable landmark on the north side of Trabuco
Canyon is Cook's Corner, a weekend biker bar that was
originally a military barracks, brought over and put
in place at the mouth of the canyon. At the opposite
end is O'Neil Regional Park, as well as Rose Canyon
Cantina and Trabuco Oaks Steak House. It is the canyon
closest to the South Orange county cities of Rancho
Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, and Lake Forest.
Trabuco Canyon includes many smaller canyons and
whimsical roads, such as Rose Canyon, Holy Jim Canyon,
Hunky Dory Road, Hamilton Trail, and Mountain View
Road. It is also close to Live Oak Canyon Sables, a
local horse boarding facility. Use the following links to find Trabuco Canyon
real estate and homes for sale, lease, and rent, plus
lots, land, acreage, and bank owned (REO) homes or
Trabuco Canyon homes for sale *
of the Trabuco Canyon homes listed may be just outside of the
canyon in neighboring housing tracts
canyon properties may be used as horse properties, assuming
enough room on the lot. There are several properties with
horse facilities along Mountain View Road n Trabuco Canyon. There are also a good number of vacant
available. Many may already have utility and water lines to the
property. Permits to build may be challenging however, and you
should check with the County of Orange on how long it will
take to get permits approved.
There are never many homes for
lease or rent in the canyons. The few that do come up on the
MLS will be listed below. It's always a good idea to take a
drive through the canyon's' winding roads to be sure that this
is the area you would like to call home. In fact, I will not
show a home in the canyons unless you are very familiar with
the area. Note:
I have a new FAQ page for buying and building on lots in the
visit this page if you are thinking of buying a lot in the
Star Canyon Located off of
Santiago Canyon Road and at the mouth of Silverado Canyon.
This canyon has a mysterious nature and its
colorful, often dark history has given rise to a whole host of
urban legends and ghost stories throughout the Orange County
area. It is a popular destination for mountain bikers due to
its scenery and the fact that its main access road is closed
to automobile traffic. There are no homes for sale in this
Oaks is a gated community of custom homes in Trabuco Canyon, not far
from Cooks Corner. It is the home of Hamilton
Oaks Vineyards, a small, family owned canyon
winery. There are never many homes for sale in Hamilton Oaks,
but they are definitely worth seeing when one comes on the market. Many
of the homes are large and they are also on generous
(sometimes multi-acre) lots. It is also a great, though
relatively unknown, horse property area with miles of trails.
Please contact me if you are interested in getting a list of
homes for sale in Hamilton Oaks.
a small canyon off of Modjeska Canyon (see Modjeska Canyon
map) . There are a few homes that occasionally come up for
sale in this canyon.
Canyon in Trabuco Canyon is located on the other side of
a rugged five mile dirt road known as Trabuco Creek Road.
Popular with hikers and mountain bikers, this canyon is the
home to several dozen recreational cabins located on National
Forest land. The cabins are have a renewable 20 permit (lease)
on the land but the structures are privately owned and a few
do come up for sale occasionally. They are
intended for recreational use only however, and full time occupancy
is not really allowed. Holy Jim Canyon cabins for sale
in the Cleveland National Forest are typically listed under Trabuco
Canyon. Cabins have addresses listed as
either Holy Jim Road or Trabuco Creek Road. Call me if you are interested in a cabin in Holy
Jim Canyon or property in the Cleveland National Forest.
You can read more about cabins in Holy Jim here.
a small canyon off of Santiago Canyon road. There are a few
homes that occasionally come up for sale in this canyon.
a small canyon off of Silverado Canyon (see Silverado Canyon
map). There are a few homes that occasionally come up for sale
in this canyon.
Grade - A hillside area of custom homes off of Santiago Canyon road
and connecting with Modjeska Canyon. Many of the homes on
Modjeska Grade are elaborate custom homes with large lots and
magnificent views, due to the hillside location.
Canyon - A sub-canyon of Trabuco Canyon (see Trabuco Canyon map).
Rose canyon does have homes that occasionally come up for
sale. It is also the location of Rose
a fine, indoor and outdoor Mexican restaurant, and also the Joplin
Youth Center , a
juvenile correctional facility.
Canyon Estates is
a community of luxury tract homes built
in the late 1990s, and located off of Santiago Canyon Road,
Corner. You can search for homes for sale in
Santiago Canyon Estates by searching Silverado Canyon homes for
Canyon is a small
canyon located off of Silverado Canyon near the fire station.
Homes for sale here, would be listed under Silverado Canyon.
Canyon is a small
canyon located off of Santiago Canyon Road, between the
entrances of Modjeska and Silverado Canyons. An enclave of
large lots, horse property, and custom homes, Williams Canyon
homes, lots, and real estate can be searched by using the Search
Silverado Canyon homes for sale link.
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(click to enlarge
|Map of Silverado Canyon
||Map of Modjeska Canyon
of Trabuco Canyon North
of Trabuco Canyon South
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(Click to enlarge photos)
Scenery along Trabuco
bloom in Rose Canyon
shot of the general store
Bus stop in Trabuco
the road to Holy Jim Canyon
scene in Silverado Canyon
photos © Ron Denhaan
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Silverado, and Trabuco Canyon links
|Silverado Elementary School is a small school located on Santiago Canyon blvd very
close to Silverado Canyon. (Regrettably, this
school has been closed).
I will be glad to help you buy, sell,
or lease a home or help you locate Modjeska Canyon, Silverado
Canyon, Trabuco Canyon, Santiago Canyon, or Saddleback Canyon
real estate and ranches for sale. Please call me to discuss your needs!