A Hidden Gem: Discover Portola Springs

Sometimes you discover what you’ve always wanted where you least expect it! That’s how homeshoppers feel when they first encounter the Irvine village of Portola Springs®.

“Right about where the new 133 and 241 toll roads meet, north of the I-5 Freeway, there’s a very unique place,” said Suzanne Maddalon, senior director of marketing and research for Irvine Community Development Company, an affiliate of The Irvine Company LLC. “If you head east on Portola Parkway from Sand Canyon, you’ll find Portola Springs. It’s the community you’ve been dreaming about – at the end of the bend, tucked away and set against the striking Lomas Ridge. It catches you by surprise and takes your breath away!”

According to Maddalon, countless homeshoppers have shared this experience and once they discover Portola Springs, no other place will do.

“This new Irvine village is a gem waiting to be discovered,” she said. “Portola Springs offers a lifestyle to treasure, surrounded by more than 20 miles of scenic trails and pathways to take you all around the village and back home again. Yet this picturesque environment is close to all the city necessities, so it truly provides a best-of-both-worlds living environment.”

The Portola Springs trails that meander here and wander there invite residents to relax, re-energize and explore on foot or bicycle. Some are paved and some are more rustic, and there are even a couple of trails ideal for horseback riding.

“One of the village’s most popular trails winds its way to the spectacular Lomas Ridge, while others lead to colorful destinations like Tomato Springs, a riparian habitat,” said Maddalon. “Just imagine having access to all these wonderful places to explore practically right outside your front door! What a great way to enjoy nature and your neighbors.”

In Portola Springs, it’s easy to get to know your neighbors – along the trails, in the parks or by the pools.

The perfect backdrops for family fun, Portola Springs’ Silverado Park and Lomas Valley Park each offer a Junior Olympic-sized swimming pool, children’s wading pool, bubbling spa, poolside cabanas, shade structures, and barbecue/picnic areas. Residents love hosting birthday parties, family reunions and other private gatherings in the parks’ spacious community buildings.

Additional facilities at Silverado Park include a basketball court and tennis courts, while Lomas Valley Park features a half basketball court, open play turf and play structures designed for ages five through 12.

Additionally, four other parks are open in Portola Springs, offering more tennis courts, play lawns, barbecue areas, and imaginatively designed playgrounds for different age groups.

“Only a little over a year since the Portola Springs grand opening, the community already has so many places for residents to socialize and enjoy outstanding recreational facilities,” Maddalon said. “It’s quite a marvel, this tucked-away Irvine village!”

Portola Springs is planned to have a total of 18 neighborhood parks, a 25-acre community park with lighted athletic fields, and an 18,000-square-foot multipurpose building.

It’s not all recreation and relaxation at Portola Springs – education is a key ingredient, too. Portola Springs residents enjoy the educational excellence of the Irvine Unified School District. Plus, convenient down-the-street shopping is available at Woodbury Town Center, and Irvine Spectrum Center® is located only an exit away off the I-5 Freeway. Employment centers, John Wayne Airport, UC Irvine, and numerous cultural and arts destinations are also nearby.

Homes are currently selling within the first two of Portola Springs’ five planned residential enclaves, with models available for touring daily in 10 distinctive neighborhoods.

Portola Springs offers everything from stylish attached homes to luxurious estate residences, with prices ranging from the high $300,000s to more than $1.5 million. Sales are underway in the following neighborhoods:

VIENTOS: California Pacific Homes’ classic detached courtyard homes are sized from approximately 975 to 1,405 square feet, with up to three bedrooms and two and one-half baths.

SAN CARLOS: William Lyon Homes’ attached townhomes and condominiums feature up to three bedrooms and three baths in approximately 1,040 to 1,617 square feet.

SENDERO: John Laing Homes’ stylish two- and three-story townhomes feature up to three bedrooms and three and one-half baths in approximately 1,312 to 2,106 square feet.

DECADA: California Pacific Homes’ detached courtyard homes include up to three bedrooms and two and one-half baths in approximately 1,437 to 1,750 square feet.

BOUGAINVILLEA: KB Home’s two-story detached homes offer up to four bedrooms and two and one-half baths in approximately 1,670 to 2,260 square feet.

PALOMA: Brookfield Homes’ distinctive paired and detached homes are sized from approximately 1,723 to 2,530 square feet, with up to four bedrooms and four and one-half baths.

LOS ARBOLES: Taylor Woodrow Homes’ dynamic two-story single-family paired homes offer up to four bedrooms and three baths in approximately 2,003 to 2,382 square feet.

MANZANITA: Richmond American Homes’ detached residences offer approximately 2,202 to 2,829 square feet, with up to five bedrooms and four baths.

LAS COLINAS: Taylor Woodrow Homes’ beautiful detached homes feature up to five bedrooms and four and one-half baths in approximately 2,717 to 3,383 square feet.

SERRA: Standard Pacific Homes’ detached homes include up to six bedrooms and five and one-half baths in approximately 3,431 to 4,379 square feet.

“With the beginning of a new year, now is the perfect time to visit the incredible village of Portola Springs,” said Maddalon. “It is truly a treasure waiting to be discovered!”

Portola Springs is traversed by Portola Parkway as it winds from SR 133 (Laguna Canyon Road) to the west, brushes near open space to the east, and ultimately links with the 241 Toll Road.

To visit The Irvine Ranch’s village of Portola Springs, exit the I-5 Freeway (Santa Ana Freeway) at Sand Canyon Avenue and proceed inland. Turn right at Portola Parkway and follow the directional signs.

Homeshoppers can receive regular village updates by registering for the Portola Springs interest list on The Homefinding Center™ at Information also is available by contacting a Homefinding Center New Home Consultant at 888-820-0721.