A New Life For The Chiao Family At Portola Springs

When Jim and Cynthia Chiao were considering where to make their next move, they wanted a place that would offer a fresh and exciting new beginning for them. They found this and more at Portola Springs®, where the perfect home within this incredible Irvine village became the true reward for a life well lived.

“We both just retired from Ohio where we had worked for many years,” said Cynthia, “and choosing where to relocate to begin our new life was a big decision. We considered many communities in the Southern California area before finally deciding on Irvine. We appreciate the city’s reputation of being very safe and believe that it is also progressive and well-diversified. We have many friends and relatives in the area, and Portola Springs offers us a very convenient, central location to them and everything else to accommodate our new lifestyle.”

The Chiaos found their ideal home in Brookfield Homes’ Paloma neighborhood, now selling in Portola Springs. These single-story, detached homes offer them the perfect layout for their new lives.

“Since we’re retired and it’s just the two of us, we weren’t looking for a huge home, but rather a unique home that still offered a lot of space,” said Cynthia. “Our new home offers a spacious kitchen with a great open feel and the rest of the layout is just perfect for us in our everyday lives. Easy, convenient and carefree.”

In addition to the homes at Paloma, Jim notes that the other important ingredient to the Chiao’s home selection process was the experienced and helpful Brookfield Homes sales staff. “We have to say that the people who work at the Brookfield Homes’ sales office have been knowledgeable, friendly and extremely helpful,” said Jim. “They are the highest quality people. This has made a big difference and made our transition all the more convenient and easy.”

What was the ultimate lure of Portola Springs? For Jim and Cynthia, it all comes down to a lifestyle that offers many opportunities for getting together with friends and enjoying a variety of recreational activities. “We enjoy the trails, parks and gathering spots where we’ve met all our wonderful neighbors. The community is very well-planned and has lots of nice facilities — swimming pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic areas, and community rooms — all within walking distance.”

These amenities are just part of the extra benefits for Portola Springs homebuyers who love the outdoors and all the facilities that help bring neighbors together to build friendships and deepen ties to their communities. A total of 18 parks are planned for Portola Springs, including an 18,000-square foot multi-purpose community center and a 25-acre community park with lighted athletic fields. Currently, there are six scenic parks, barbecue and picnic areas, and 20 miles of winding trails for residents to hike and bike at their leisure. Additionally, Portola Springs offers two pool-oriented parks, Silverado and Lomas Valley.

Silverado Park has tennis and basketball courts, and, along with Lomas Valley Park, boasts Junior Olympic-sized swimming pools, wading pools and tempting spas. With four additional parks now open, children and families are enjoying the playgrounds and the lush, green play lawns. Plus, all around Portola Springs are acres of open space framed by the majestic Lomas Ridge.

“We like how the natural beauty has been preserved at Portola Springs,” said Cynthia. “The open space and beautiful terrain make it so enjoyable for us just to look around and appreciate our surroundings.”

With parks, pools and playgrounds all within easy reach, who would ever want to leave this charming Portola Springs paradise? It’s a tough decision for the Chiaos some days, but, when they do opt to venture out, they appreciate everything that is within easy reach, such as many fine and casual dining options at nearby Woodbury Town Center, shopping at the close by Irvine Spectrum Center®, and access to distant vacation spots via John Wayne Airport.

As for what the year ahead holds for the Chiaos, Cynthia plans to build the relationships that the village of Portola Springs has afforded them.

“We want to continue to explore what Irvine has to offer,” said Cynthia. “Portola Springs will grow and mature and we’re glad to be a part of it. We have already introduced our community to many of our friends and relatives this past year and we will enlarge that circle even more next year.”

Jim and Cynthia are not alone. Families of all shapes and sizes are finding a fresh start at Portola Springs with its 10 beautifully-appointed and distinctive neighborhoods. Ranging from the high $300,000’s to over $1 million, Portola Springs offers an incredibly wide selection of homes for sale.

VIENTOS: California Pacific Homes’ classic detached courtyard homes are sized from approximately 990 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.

“We are so thankful to have found Portola Springs and the Paloma neighborhood,” said Jim. “We are excited to discover and enjoy all the great things this incredible village has to offer, as well as the many more new things to come this year.”

To visit the incredible Village of Portola Springs®, exit the I-5 Freeway at Sand Canyon Avenue and continue inland. Turn right at Portola Parkway and follow the signs to Portola Springs®.

Visitors wishing to learn more about this extraordinary village can receive regular updates by registering for the Portola Springs® interest list on The Homefinding Center™ at Information is also available by contacting a knowledgeable Homefinding Center New Home Consultant at 888.820.0721.