When most people move into a neighborhood, they can expect a gradual process of settling in. They’ll toss friendly waves as they slip into their cars or smile pleasant greetings as they venture out to collect their morning newspapers. Yet, Jennifer and Michael Berault craved something different.
The Berault’s wanted more than just passing acquaintances in their neighborhood of Bowen Court within the new Irvine village of Woodbury — they wanted to create a lifelong network of friends. So, when it came time to get married and start their lives together at Woodbury, they invited their new neighbors — 500 of them – to their wedding reception!
What would inspire this young couple to open such an important celebration to so many? Jennifer shares that the idea was warmly supported by both families and was a natural choice given the welcoming atmosphere of beautiful Woodbury.
“I’m from a small community in Colorado,” said Jennifer. “Woodbury has a small town feel to me. It’s almost completely self-contained, and the landscaping design is so beautiful that it reminded me of my hometown. So, we made two decisions that just seemed natural – to move here and to invite our new neighbors to our wedding.”
When unforeseen changes to her original plan for a reception along the coast had Jennifer scrambling for another location, she didn’t have to look very far. “I realized that we had amazing facilities in our own backyard,” explains Jennifer. “And that’s when I had the idea to conduct the reception at the clubroom and courtyard within The Club at Woodbury and the rest of the ideas started flowing from there. The facilities at The Club, our residents-only recreational center at Woodbury, are impeccable and spectacular; we were so proud to have our wedding in the same incredible village in which we bought our first home and love so much.”
For Jennifer and Michael, the village of Woodbury truly was love at first sight. “Woodbury took my breath away, literally, the first time we drove into the community to visit our close friends who had recently purchased a home here.” said Jennifer. “It was so beautiful that I just knew we had to live here.”
The icing on the cake was “the extraordinary amenities” that the Beraults knew would generate lots of opportunities for them to put down roots. “We love the layout of the village, the many parks and pools, the feeling of safety, the ability to walk to Trader Joe’s or any major store in the Woodbury Town Center and get most anything we need,” said Jennifer. “The Club, which is located in The Commons of Woodbury, is most impressive, and the fact that whole village is built around one central activity area is both visually impressive as well as extremely functional.”
The Commons, as its title implies, is a 30-acre hub where residents of Woodbury can come together and enjoy the Southern California sun, sports and fresh air. The Commons encompasses three key facilities including Woodbury Community Park, which spans a remarkable 10 acres and includes two baseball diamonds, two full-sized basketball courts, a soccer field and a fully-staffed community center. Woodbury children are treated to gleaming new play areas and tot lots while the parents can relax at the nearby picnic tables.
Also part of The Commons is the state-of-the-art Woodbury Elementary School (part of the renowned Irvine Unified School District), a year-round, single-track school.
Yet, the showcase of The Commons is its recreational center known as The Club – the site of the Berault’s wedding reception.
Highlighted by three pools — Junior Olympic-sized, lagoon-style and resort-inspired — as well as a large spa, shaded cabanas and barbecues, and so much more, The Club functions as the “social center” of Woodbury. And, children are the honored guests at the lagoon pool that features a water garden and wading pool with a special “beach” entry.
In addition, a full-time activities director is on staff at The Club to oversee and start new clubs, assist residents in planning community events for the two multi-purpose buildings, and will even help find the right health and fitness classes for its residents.
Contentment reigns supreme at Woodbury. But, so does convenience. Residents enjoy quick access to all modern services, with shopping, dining and banking all within easy reach. Woodbury Town Center plays host to such existing and future retailers as Staples, Home Depot, Ralph’s Fresh Fare, Bank of America and more.
You might have missed the Beraults’ wedding reception, but it’s not too late to join the family-oriented village of Woodbury. No matter your architectural tastes or comforts, there is something for everyone in the village’s distinctive districts of Magnolia Square, Peppertree Square, Promenade Square, Cypress Square and Laurel Square. A total of 4,270 homes—single-family detached, townhomes and condominiums—are eventually planned for this friendly haven. With prices starting from the low $500,000s, sales are underway in the following neighborhoods:
Cortile, by California Pacific Homes, is a collection of two-story detached courtyard residences. Home interiors range from approximately 1,030 to 1,497 square feet, with two to three bedrooms.
Four Quartets, by John Laing Homes, offers one- and two-story attached townhomes. Interior living space spans approximately 1,132 to 1,745 square feet, including up to three bedrooms.
La Casella, by Lennar Homes, is a neighborhood of two-story attached townhomes. These residences are sized from approximately 1,514 to 2,498 square feet, with three to four bedrooms.
StoneTree Manor, by John Laing Homes, is a collection of two-story detached condominium homes. The floorplan selection ranges from approximately 1,964 to 2,268 square feet, with three to four bedrooms.
Villa Rosa, by Lennar Homes, presents luxurious two-story detached residences. These homes offer four to five bedrooms in approximately 2,615 to 3,161 square feet.
Mille Fleurs, by Standard Pacific Homes, is a neighborhood of spacious estate homes. These elegantly appointed residences feature four to five bedrooms in approximately 3,477 to 3,531 square feet.
“We are so happy that we chose to have our wedding reception at Woodbury,” said Jennifer. “Everything turned out so well and now we are friends with so many more neighbors. And this is just the beginning for us. We plan to make more memories in our new hometown village of Woodbury.”
To visit the Woodbury village, 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.