Shady Canyon

In a city renowned for its planning, Shady Canyon stands out as a special achievement, according to O’Malley. The Irvine Company had city approval to build 3,300 homes on the land, bordered by Quail Hill and Bommer Canyon. Instead, it took a chance that enough buyers would be willing to pay a premium to build new homes on large lots in the rustic community, which is surrounded by 16,000 acres of protected coastal open space the Company had preserved. O’Malley says Shady Canyon’s natural landscape is a major part of its attraction. The luxurious proximity to nature proved to be highly appealing to buyers. Shady Canyon attracted so much interest that most of the estate lots sold more than three years ahead of schedule. At Shady Canyon, planners envisioned the prestigious look and rural feel of the community. Imagining a marriage of native Orange County environs, luxury residences and custom homesites are tucked into the hills, and native Southern California vegetation is preserved. The result is a residential and golf preserve whose design and amenities achieve the highest level of quality and harmony with their surroundings. 



-Bonita Canyon Elementary School 

-Alderwood Elementary School 

-Rancho San Joaqin Middle School 

-University High School 



-Shady Canyon Golf Club 

-Fashion Island 



-Wahoo's Fish Taco 

-Sushi Roku 

-Stone Oven 

-R+D Kitchen 


Overview for Shady Canyon , CA

1,272 people live in Shady Canyon , where the median age is 40 and the average individual income is $134,994. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

40 years

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Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


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Demographics and Employment Data for Shady Canyon , CA

Shady Canyon has 434 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Shady Canyon do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 1,272 people call Shady Canyon home. The population density is 1,151.3 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Median Age

49.29 / 50.71%

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  • Less Than 9th Grade
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Around Shady Canyon , CA

There's plenty to do around Shady Canyon , including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

Somewhat Bikeable
Bike Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including ESSA, Rainbow Rising Alderwood, and Elite Performance OC.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Shopping 3.29 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.38 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.32 miles 19 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.29 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.37 miles 13 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 3.29 miles 37 reviews 5/5 stars

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