There are many reasons to move to Canyon Country, and very few to move away. Prices here are lower, but rising quicker than anywhere else in Santa Clarita. Santa Clarita's easternmost community, Canyon Country, has been around longer than Valencia. One benefit of finding homes built back then: the larger home lot sizes.
Current inventory of homes UNDER $500,000
Most of the homes for sale there were built in the 80's, during a huge boom in the area. There are long meandering streets that go up and down the hillsides, with homes fairly close to each other, but as I mentioned, the nice feature found in many Canyon Country homes: back yards EXIST here. You can't say that in most of Valencia or Stevenson Ranch, as 'patio homes' are the norm there.
Saugus and Newhall also have large swaths of homes with sizeable lots, though not everywhere. Another advantage for many, but not all Canyon Country residents: no Mello Roos assessments.
The drawbacks to homes built there in the 80's? Aging pools and pipes. On the west side, it's tough to say exactly where Canyon Country real estate 'ends' and Saugus begins, although a likely boundary now is where the Golden Valley Parkway cuts across the valley to the south, and Plum Canyon Road to the north.
Sierra Highway runs right through the middle. Canyon Country is served by 2 high schools, Golden Valley HS and Canyon HS. (Football field shown in slideshow above)
New home developments are sprouting up here more than anywhere else in Santa Clarita. For instance, Fair Oaks Ranch is a growing large tract south of the 14 freeway, featuring homes for sale from the high 300's (condominiums) to well over $600,000 for single family homes for sale, with homes having as much as 3500 square feet in interior size.
Current Fair Oaks Ranch Homes For Sale
BELOW: Current median list prices for SINGLE FAMILY DETACHED HOMES in Fair Oaks Ranch, Rainbow Glen and Canyon Country as a whole.
The only drawback to buying the newest homes is the smaller lot sizes you'll find in these new properties. They're not tiny, but they are probably 35% smaller in size than homes built 2 decades ago. Fair Oaks Ranch has pockets of high Mello Roos assessments, lower Mello Roos and NO Mello Roos, depending on the time and location of the properties. Check with me, as not all the Mello Roos assessments in the area are huge.
Gorgeous views are be had here, from Five Knolls and the Whites Canyon hills on the north side, to Fair Oaks Ranch on the south...Insurance will be higher in Fair Oaks Ranch properties that push against the foothills, as they can be fire risks. Trestles is a new home development with no MELLO ROOS near Via Princessa and White's Canyon. Five Knolls is well into their expansive buildup of homes where Golden Valley Road meets Newhall Ranch Road. Five Knolls is the largest of the 3 developments by far. There are plans for well over 1,000 new homes in this new neighborhood.
Keep in mind, I can represent you as a buyer on a NEW home as well, at no cost to you. We can negotiate with builders on upgrades, lots and HOA stipulations.
Median Prices by Home Type:
Median Prices By No. of Bedrooms
More Room To Stretch Out Here
The Sand Canyon area in Canyon Country has far fewer residents on about the same footprint as all of Valencia. Translation: BIG LOTS with gorgeous estate homes scattered south of the 14 freeway. Sand Canyon still doesn't easily connect to Fair Oaks Ranch to it's south, but a new development along the riverbed of the Santa Clara River will soon change that.
Vista Canyon will be a groundbreaking pedestrian-based neighborhood consisting of town homes and more. Below: an artist's rendering.
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Updated: 22nd January, 2019 5:05 AM.