Quick! In two words or less, describe a place that feels secluded yet rests in the heart of everything. Now, what do you call a place that’s as close to great shopping and entertainment as it is to picturesque open space trails?
You guessed it! The answer is Portola Springs®, known as both “home” and “hometown” for an increasing number of savvy homebuyers.
“The interesting thing about Portola Springs is that people perceive it in so many different ways,” said Suzanne Maddalon, senior director of marketing and research for Irvine Community Development Company LLC, an affiliate of The Irvine Company LLC. “For some, it’s all about a trail-enriched outdoor lifestyle next to abundant open spaces. For others, it’s all about convenience to the shopping and dining variety of Woodbury Town Center just down the street, Irvine Spectrum Center® just an exit off the freeway, and ultimately, Portola Springs’ own Town Center. But what everybody can agree on is that, with all this lifestyle value, buying a home at Portola Springs is one smart move!”
According to Maddalon, homebuyers love Portola Springs’ relaxed, close-to-nature vibe, which gives it a different feeling than any other place in Orange County.
“Portola Springs is a place where you can arrive home from work at 5:30 and be on the trails at 5:45, with the foothills providing the perfect backdrop,” Maddalon said. “Whether you’re training for a 10K race or out for a leisurely bike ride with the family, there are numerous trails to follow, including some lighted pathways.”
Within its 1,200 rolling acres, Portola Springs is planned to include more than 20 miles of trails, leading to destinations such as picturesque Lomas Ridge and the Jeffrey Open Space Trail, a 325-foot-wide, 117-acre public corridor that links the northern and southern open spaces of the City of Irvine. Expert site planning even encompasses a graceful bridge spanning Portola Parkway in the heart of Portola Springs, providing true pedestrian and bicycle connectivity throughout the village.
Unique to Portola Springs are the village’s 18 planned neighborhood parks and gathering centers. Six parks are open already, including the first of two pool parks.
Lomas Valley Park includes a Junior Olympic-sized swimming pool, children’s wading pool, bubbling spa, poolside cabanas, shade structures, a half basketball court, open play turf, play structures designed for ages 5 through 12, and a barbecue/picnic area. This park also has a community room and a multipurpose room ideal for community events and private parties.
Silverado Park includes a Junior Olympic-sized swimming pool, wading pool, spa, poolside cabanas and shade structures, plus a basketball court, tennis courts, barbecue/picnic areas, and a community building.
The other four completed parks offer tennis courts, play lawns, barbecue areas, and imaginatively designed playgrounds with climbing structures and other play equipment for different age groups.
Additionally, a 25-acre community park is planned to feature lighted athletic fields, tot lots, picnic areas, basketball and tennis courts, and an 18,000-square-foot multipurpose building.
Maddalon also noted how excited parents are when they learn that Portola Springs is located within the excellent Irvine Unified School District. The first of two proposed village elementary schools is expected to open next year.
“If a great location is the foundation for every successful community, then Portola Springs is destined to be one of the best!” Maddalon said. “Come visit this exceptional new village today.”
Portola Springs is envisioned to have up to 4,500 homes in five distinctive enclaves. Currently, sales are underway in 10 neighborhoods within the village’s first two residential enclaves, with prices ranging from the low $400,000s to more than $1.3 million. The neighborhoods include:
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 detached 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.
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 new 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.