What world-class setting would a resort architect and her tennis pro fiancé choose for their wedding? Woodbury residents Angela and Michael Lindsay found the perfect backdrop practically right in their own back yard at The Club, Woodbury’s resort-caliber facility for recreation and socializing within The Commons.
“We looked at venues all over Orange County,” recalled Angela, “but either they weren’t quite right or were priced out of our reach. Then we got the idea to use the courtyard at The Club, and it worked out beautifully for our April wedding.”
With assistance from Woodbury’s full-time activities director, the couple planned a memorable outdoor event for 130 guests. Their caterer used the kitchen in one of The Club’s two party rooms, serving hors d’oeuvres on trays prior to the ceremony. A bar was set up at one end of the courtyard, and the adjacent lawn held a portable dance floor with music provided by a deejay.
“It was even better than we had imagined,” Angela said. “The trellises outside the party room were in bloom, and we draped fabric in between as the backdrop for small seating areas. We also strung a canopy of white lights among the trees by the dance floor. Our guests were delighted with The Club’s lovely surroundings.”
The Lindsays moved to the Irvine village of Woodbury nearly two years ago after renting an apartment in Newport Beach.
“Angela had looked at a few resale homes and we visited some new homes that weren’t in Irvine, but they all seemed pretty small for the price,” said Michael, who is a tennis pro for the Marriott Newport Beach Hotel & Spa. “Then we heard about Woodbury and decided on a whim to go take a look. We found a lot more home for the money, and also a beautiful and well-planned community.”
The Lindsays’ Lombard Court condominium home by William Lyon Homes is right across the street from The Commons, the 30-acre expanse in the heart of Woodbury that encompasses The Club, a community park and the soon-to-open Woodbury Elementary School.
“We couldn’t ask for a more ideal location,” Michael observed. “We frequent the pools and like to run through the neighborhoods, then go to the park to stretch. I play lots of tennis at The Club and also join the pickup soccer games in the park on Sunday afternoons.”
As an architect with Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo in Irvine, Angela designs resorts. For her, the village of Woodbury is both home and inspiration.
“Currently, I’m working on a Tuscan-themed resort design,” she said. “My firm and the landscape architecture firm frequently come to Woodbury to get ideas and take photos. This is a truly gorgeous community, and Michael and I are so happy to live here. Now, one of our wedding guests is thinking of moving to Woodbury, too.”
The winner of four “Best Master-Planned Community of the Year” awards from major homebuilding industry groups, Woodbury is an exceptional combination of homes, community conveniences and gathering centers.
The Club at Woodbury features a Junior Olympic-sized swimming pool with a grass seating area for spectators, a lagoon pool with “beach” entry that includes a water garden and wading pool, and an inviting resort pool and spa with cabanas and barbecues. Also part of this residents-only facility are a lighted basketball court with gated entry, four lighted tennis courts, a sand volleyball court, sunny courtyards and other social seating areas, and an outdoor fireplace. Two multi-purpose buildings, one with a catering kitchen, provide ideal places for residents to host private parties.
Woodbury Community Park, a 10-acre City of Irvine public park, offers a soccer field, two baseball diamonds, two lighted full-sized basketball courts, a tot lot, picnic tables, play areas, and a community center building staffed by city parks personnel.
Additionally, seven community squares and four gardens are now open in Woodbury. Each has its own special design and landscape theme as well as amenities such as a swimming pool, wading pool, spa, half basketball court, barbecues, picnic area, outdoor fireplace, and play lawn.
Woodbury Town Center, located an easy walk or bike ride from every Woodbury neighborhood, offers a wonderful variety of shops, services and dining spots.
Homes are currently selling in the Woodbury districts of Magnolia Square, Peppertree Square, Promenade Square, Cypress Square, and Laurel Square. The selection of attached and detached residences is priced from the low $400,000s.
Sales are underway in the following neighborhoods:
Cortile by California Pacific Homes, offering two-story detached courtyard homes with approximately 1,030 to 1,497 square feet.
Four Quartets by John Laing Homes, offering
one-, two- and three-story townhomes with approximately 1,132 to 1,745 square feet.
La Casella by Lennar Homes, offering two-story attached townhomes with approximately 1,514 to 2,498 square feet.
StoneTree Manor by John Laing Homes, offering two-story detached condominium homes with approximately 1,964 to 2,268 square feet.
Villa Rosa by Lennar Homes, offering two-story detached homes with approximately 2,615 to 3,161 square feet.
Mille Fleurs by Standard Pacific Homes, offering two-story detached homes with approximately 3,174 to 3,648 square feet.
Andalucia by California Pacific Homes, Woodbury’s newest neighborhood, is scheduled to open soon, offering two- and three-story detached homes sized from approximately 1,961 to 2,596 square feet.
The village of Woodbury is planned to have approximately 4,270 homes, including single-family detached residences, townhomes and condominium homes. The village’s timeless architectural styles include Provence/Tuscan, Spanish/Monterey/Santa Barbara, and Formal Italian/Formal French.
To visit the village of Woodbury, exit the I-5 Freeway at Jeffrey Road and drive east to Long Meadow. Turn right on Long Meadow and enter Woodbury. For more information, visit The Homefinding Center at www.IrvineRanch.com or call (888) 820-0721 to speak with a Homefinding Center New Home Consultant.