Living Here in Big Canyon


Introduction to the Enclave: Big Canyon is located off of San Joaquin Hills Road, between MacArthur and Jamboree in Newport Beach. Conveniently located near John Wayne Airport, the beach and within walking distance to Fashion Island’s famed shopping and restaurants, Big Canyon provides the opportunity to live in understated elegance and absolute comfort. Secured behind two 24-hour guarded gates, the homes of this 400-acre development are situated around Big Canyon Country Club’s renowned 18-hole golf course. The beauty, serenity and prestige of Big Canyon contribute to its allure as one of the most desirable communities in Southern California.

Views: There are approximately 100 town homes and 130 single family homes that enjoy golf course, lake, clubhouse, city lights and/or Catalina sunset views.

Homes: There are a total of 495 housing units: 225 Deane town homes, 135 Broadmoor single family homes, 110 custom golf course view homes and 21 Mediterranean-style custom homes on Fairway One. Developed in the early 1970s, Big Canyon has a wide variety of architecture and many of the homes have been rebuilt or extensively remodeled. While most properties fall under the traditional category, there is a nice mix of styles, giving Big Canyon a unique and special feel.

How the Community Has Evolved: Big Canyon has a great mix of residents. There are several original owners, and most buyers come from within the community. There are also a lot of families, particularly in the Broadmoor and custom homes. Several residents, mostly in the Deane town homes, split their time between Big Canyon and the Desert.

Community Features/Amenities/Special Events: Big Canyon has two great parks with sand volleyball, tot lots and spacious greenbelts. There is a definite sense of community and warmth. Residents are often spotted outdoors walking, running, riding bikes and taking advantage of the beautiful scenery that Big Canyon has to offer. Several homeowners are also members at Big Canyon Country Club, who enjoy golf, dining and the many amenities, all within walking distance of their home.

Why You Love Living Here: First of all, Big Canyon is centrally located to everything wonderful that Newport Beach has to offer: Fashion Island, the beach, CdM Village and  Balboa Island. You’re just a short drive to the airport and freeway access, yet you are totally insulated within the two guard gates. There are several little things that make Big Canyon like no other community in coastal Orange County – wide streets, mature landscaping, breathtaking golf course scenery, and unique and distinctive homes. However, what really makes Big Canyon an amazing place to live is the wonderful and friendly residents and the sense of community that is felt throughout. 

 Current Market Activity:

Currently for Sale:

14 Rue Biarritz (www.14RueBiarritz), 2 bedrooms/2 baths, 1,808 sq.ft. with panoramic golf course and Catalina Island views. Offered for $1,495,000.

1 Rue Fontainbleau (, 3 bedrooms/3 baths, 2,300 sq.ft., newly constructed on an oversized corner lot. Offered for $1,749,000.

38 Royal Saint George (, 7 bedrooms/5.5 baths, 4,500 sq.ft., Tuscan-inspired home on a spacious lot. Offered for $2,740,000.

24 Canyon Fairway (, 4 bedrooms/3.5 baths, 6,000 sq.ft., Mediterranean custom estate with panoramic views. Offered for $3,895,000.

Recently Sold:

14 Rue Grand Ducal, 4 bedrooms/4.5 baths, 4,448 sq.ft., sold for $1,775,000, John Wayne’s former home with golf course views.

11 Greenbrier, 3 bedrooms/2.5 baths, 3,400 sq.ft., sold for $1,900,000. Single level Broadmoor on a quiet cul-de-sac.

Information provided by Natalie Raney and Georgina Jacobson of Coldwell Banker Previews International. Contact Nancy Raney at 949.290.9625 or email her at Their office is located at 140 Newport Center Drive, Suite 100, Newport Beach.