Canyon Life: Gorgeous Gorges

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“The only rule is: Cooperate with your neighbor,” says real estate agent Ron Denhaan of living in the unincorporated areas of Santiago Canyon. It’s rustic living for those who want to get away from it all. For canyon lovers who don’t, there’s the artsy, beach-close vibe of Laguna Canyon, or the luxurious enclaves of Peters Canyon. At least a dozen major scenic canyons tear through the Orange County terrain.

“People generally want to live near schools and shopping,” says Denhaan, “but the Santiago Canyon crowd is a rebellious one in the sense that they want something different, such as a property where they can have livestock.”

This Santa Fe-style home has a woodsy feel, a sense of privacy, views of rugged Peters Canyon, and is equestrian zoned, yet it’s part of the unincorporated North Tustin community of Cowan Heights.

The Fox Springs Road hillside home sits on a nearly quarter-acre lot with shade trees, tucked-away patios, a courtyard entry, and tiered landscaping with lush green grass. The 1989 two-story property has four bedrooms, two full-, and two partial baths in 3,200 square feet.

The home, priced at $1.2 million, has plenty of windows to let the light in. The master suite has a fireside sitting area, the family room has a sunken bar, and the granite-counter kitchen has a prep island. A side roll-up door in the three-car garage opens to the back yard. Listed by John and Karl Katnik, 714-726-2293

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