When it comes to some of the best in golf course living, look no further than Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach. The development started in the early 1970s, with construction continuing throughout the decade. The Irvine Company carefully selected the developers who put their footprint on the project. Upon its initial completion, Big Canyon quickly became the hottest community in all of Orange County. Marketed as premier luxury living at its finest and with Newport Beach’s famed Fashion Island in its infancy stages, Big Canyon was a recipe for success. The new golf course community quickly became the primary residence for many of the county’s most prestigious and successful business professionals. Since the beginning, Big Canyon has remained one of the most sought-after golf communities in all of the United States, which may in part be due to the premier sense of security and privacy. The world-class, 18-hole golf course was initially designed by famed golf course architect John Muir Graves and later redesigned by John F. Harbottle III.
Fast forward almost 50 years; the Big Canyon Country club has remained one of the most prestigious and exclusive communities in Southern California. Although several newer private golf communities have sprung up in Orange County since Big Canyon’s official opening, it still to this day carries a distinguished name and retains its position above many others. The club offers multiple restaurants, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, tennis courts, a fitness center, and spa services. Big Canyon is within proximity to world-class shopping and dining at Fashion Island, Corona del Mar Plaza featuring Bristol Farms, Corona del Mar Main Beach, Corona del Mar Village with its allure of eateries and shopping boutiques, University of California Irvine, as well as John Wayne Airport.
Big Canyon is made up of six different builder tracts starting with the infamous “Fairway One,” a mini enclave of exclusive gated homes. To gain access, you must first enter through the main security entrance, guarded 24-hours a day. Once granted access, there is a second security entrance to this prestigious neighborhood. There are 21 homes located here, with the majority boasting spectacular views of the golf course and city lights. “Fairway One” is considered the premier enclave of Big Canyon. The homes here are very spacious, beginning around 5,000 square feet and working upwards from there. Over the past two years, the average closed sale price has been approximately $4.4 million, with only about five closings spanning back five years, proving this to be one of the most desirable spots in Big Canyon.
“Big Canyon Custom” and “Big Canyon Broadmoor” also offer large upscale homes that range up to 7,900 square feet of living space. With around 234 combined homes between the two builders, there is an array of spacious, quality-built homes boasting expansive views and sit right on the golf course. These luxury homes are always in high demand, offering a variety of three to six-bedroom floor plans on private, expansive lots that mainly run over 10,000 square feet. Centrally located, both neighborhoods are in proximity to Fashion Island and just minutes to the beach.
Within the Big Canyon Country Club community, you will discover the unique builds in the neighborhood of “Big Canyon Deane.” Here, most of the homes were built between 1972 and 1974. The housing tract is accessible through the main 24-hour security gate. The “Big Canyon Deane” model homes offer five different floor plans and feature anywhere from two to four bedrooms. The models range anywhere from 1,800 to 4,482 square feet. Over the past two years, the neighborhood has seen an average closed median price of $2,245,000, and this year, there was a record closing on a new build of $5,000,000.
Situated along the north side of Big Canyon, the “Big Canyon McLain” condominiums are just off of Ford Road, between Jamboree and MacArthur Boulevard. Built in 1976, the condo community features many floor plans offering remarkable golf course views and beautiful patios providing a raised vantage point. Vaulted ceilings run throughout many of the condos, contributing to the desirability of these condos.
The “Big Canyon Villas” development features 78 luxury condominiums boasting floor plans ranging from 1,500 to 2,000 square feet. Located on the northeast corner of Big Canyon, you can access this fantastic condo community is on Ford Road, just off MacArthur Boulevard. The “Big Canyon Villas” offers a sparkling pool, spa, and gym to enjoy. Most homes in the tract possess remarkable views of the golf course greenery, fabulous patio spaces, attached two-car garages, and open plans showcasing vaulted ceilings.
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