Notable hilltop home belongs to Hansens


One of the most visible things that people notice when driving on Railroad Canyon Rd. towards Canyon Lake Estates is a huge flag waving from a hilltop home. Maybe it’s not the flag that catches your eye, maybe it’s the home and large lot it sits on or the wood fence that surrounds the entire property. Some people may have wondered who owns the home, what it looks like inside, who designed or how big that flag actually is?

There are few homes in Canyon Lake that are worth a couple million dollars, and even fewer that are worth that much and sit perched on top of a hill overlooking the city. This week’s featured home is the $2 million, 4,800 square foot, gated home of Shelby and Kris Hansen.

The Hansen’s home boasts an infinity pool, spa, oversize outdoor fire pit, outdoor kitchen, horseshoe pit, full basketball court and an outdoor bathroom. That’s just the outside. Inside, a chef’s kitchen, four bedrooms complete with their own bathrooms, an oversize office, a great room with ten-foot iron doors and an eight-car garage with a bathroom.

In 2011, Shelby and Kris Hansen bought a three-and-a-half-acre lot, with 360 degree views of the lake, on the top of a hill in Canyon Lake Estates. “At the time it was just a mountain top; we had to move a lot of dirt to get it flat before we could start building on the lot,” says Shelby.

The Hansens and their two children, McKenna and Kai, lived in their lakefront home on Gray Fox Dr. while their new home was being built. It took 11 months to complete. The Hansens used local businesses for their build.

“We like to support local businesses, so when we built our home we used as many Canyon Lake businesses and contractors as possible.” says Shelby. “Jim Domann built our house, Brian Hoffman painted it, Bonnie Moore decorated it, Mark Boyer installed the plumbing and Don Jarco did the roof.”

The Hansens moved into their new home on July, 4 2014. Now, two years later, they are selling it. “Our ultimate plan is to sell it and buy the lot next door and build on it. Some people think building a new home is a nightmare, so they don’t understand why we would want to do it again,” says Shelby. “It wasn’t a nightmare for us because we had one of the best builders. We enjoyed it – it was a fun process for us, and we want to do it again.”

About that 15×20-foot flag hanging from a 45-ft. flag pole, Shelby jokes, “We have the biggest flag in Canyon Lake – even bigger than Jim and Debra Kipp’s.” The Hansens and Kipps are good friends and are always trying to one-up each other on having the biggest flag.

Kris, a real estate agent, and Shelby, a stay-at-home mom, met when they were in their freshman year in high school. They were friends before they began dating when they were 22 years old. They married six years later on Valentine’s Day. Prior to selling real estate, Kris was the vice-president of Weekend Warrior Trailers for 12 years.

Kris moved to Canyon Lake when he was 19 years old. His first home was on San Joaquin Dr. Prior to moving into their new home, the Hansens lived on Lands End Pl. and Gray Fox Dr. “We enjoy the privacy and space we have on the hill, all while still having all the amenities of Canyon Lake.”


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Donna Ritchie