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California history comes alive at Portola Springs in Irvine

What’s in a name? At Portola Springs®, it’s all about the rich history of the land, the adventurous spirit of its people, and the bright promise for the future.


More than 235 years ago, explorer Gaspar de Portola guided the first expedition through what was known as Alta California, today’s state of California. Portola’s party traversed Orange County in just eight days on its way to Monterey, making two encampments on land that is now part of the new Irvine village of Portola Springs.


“Portola’s journey is an integral part of Orange County’s early history,” said Suzanne Maddalon, senior director of marketing and research for Irvine Community Development Company, an affiliate of The Irvine Company LLC. “The first real mapping of the state with identification of landmarks and key topography features took place during Portola’s trek. Therefore, it seemed only fitting that we name Portola Springs after this legendary figure as it is another new place steeped in history.”


Surrounded by natural beauty and capturing the same spirit of adventure that drew Portola more than two centuries ago, Portola Springs is planned to offer over 20 miles of picturesque trails, many of which are already in place. Residents can discover portions of this historically significant area on foot or bicycle, and some trails also permit equestrian use.


“The families, couples and singles who have already taken up residence in Portola Springs are trailblazers in their own right, following in Portola’s footsteps as they help to establish this new community,” Maddalon said. “Every day, these new homeowners can be out their front doors and onto the trails in five to 10 minutes, walking, jogging or riding their bikes to discover all the special destinations that make Portola Springs such a wonderful place to live.”


According to Maddalon, both Gaspar de Portola and the land’s Native American inhabitants will be celebrated in a variety of ways at Portola Springs. One hundred acres of preserved open space in the heart of the community will pay tribute to the latter, featuring native plants and grasses, walking trails, historical markers, and exhibits. Portola’s journey will be commemorated with a trail system winding its way up to a spectacular lookout point.


Amidst all this rich history, Portola Springs is designed to have five distinctive residential enclaves, the first two of which are now underway. A total of 10 neighborhoods within Enclave One and Enclave Two are currently ready to be discovered, offering everything from easy-maintenance attached homes to luxurious estate residences. Prices range from the high $300,000s to more than $1.3 million.


Homes are currently selling in the following neighborhoods, with model homes open daily for touring:


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


In addition to the exceptional variety of homes and neighborhoods designed to meet the needs of many different homebuyers, the historically rich Portola Springs setting offers numerous gathering centers nestled in and around the scenic outdoor splendor.


Silverado and Lomas Valley are the village’s two family-friendly pool parks, each with a Junior Olympic-sized swimming pool, children’s wading pool, bubbling spa, poolside cabanas, shade structures, and barbecue/picnic areas. Residents can host birthday and anniversary parties, family get-togethers and other private events in the parks’ spacious community buildings.


Additional facilities at Silverado Park include a basketball court and tennis courts. Lomas Valley Park also features a half basketball court, open play turf and play structures designed for ages 5 through 12.


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


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.


Among the village trails that zig and zag from place to place, some are paved and others are more rustic. One trail climbs to spectacular Lomas Ridge, another to colorful Tomato Springs. Portola Springs trails also access the popular Jeffrey Open Space Trail, a 325-foot-wide, 117-acre public corridor that connects the northern and southern open space areas of The Irvine Ranch®.


Added Maddalon: “Today’s Portola Springs residents are exploring and discovering a wonderful new way of life. Not only is this tucked-away village surrounded by nature and filled with numerous places for outdoor fun, but it’s also close to shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and more – all the things that make living in Irvine so convenient and enjoyable!”


Great shopping, dining, entertainment, and family fun are available at Irvine Spectrum Center®, located only an exit away off the I-5 Freeway. Close-to-home shopping, dining and services are offered just down the street at Woodbury Town Center. Also nearby are major employment centers, John Wayne Airport, UC Irvine, and numerous cultural and arts destinations.


Spanning 2,600 rolling acres, Portola Springs is traversed by Portola Parkway as it winds from SR 133 (Laguna Canyon Road) to the west, brushes near the border of the Irvine Ranch Land Reserve® to the east, and ultimately links with the 241 Toll Road.


To visit the 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 www.IrvineRanch.com. Information also is available by contacting a Homefinding Center New Home Consultant at 888-820-0721.