The Chua Family Simply Loves the Irvine Ranch: From Woodbridge to Quail Hill to Woodbury!

When Denise and Charlemagne Chua moved from Los Angeles to Irvine seven years ago to be closer to Denise’s work in Tustin, it was only supposed to be temporary. Now, these two microbiologists with three young sons are in love with Irvine and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else!

“We’ve gone from the village of Woodbridge to Quail Hill and now to Woodbury,” said Denise Chua, who is director of marketing for a biotechnology oncology company located in Tustin. “The City of Irvine is an unusual and spectacular place designed with everything you need close to home, which truly allows parents to have more time to spend with their families.”

The Chua family takes part in many of the activities on The Irvine Ranch and several events in their own village of Woodbury.

“We’re looking forward to all the spring and summer activities at The Club,” said Charlemagne, a regulatory affairs specialist for a medical device company in Lake Forest. “We hope to take advantage of karate classes and swimming lessons for our oldest son.”

As residents of StoneTree Manor by John Laing Homes, the Chua family lives right across the street from The Commons, the center of the village. The Commons includes the wonderful residents-only Club, the focal point for Woodbury recreation and socializing.

“We love spending time at the pools at The Commons, especially the lagoon pool with the water play park,” Charlemagne said. “In fact, our five-year-old informed us that he likes The Club’s lagoon pool even better than the one at Disneyland. We like it because parents can watch their children playing in the water without ever having to get wet.”

Denise and Charlemagne are also proud parents of three young sons. According to Denise, the keys to success for working parents are organization and attitude, with a little help from the very well-planned communities in Irvine.

“Since we both have full-time jobs, we need to shop and do other errands on the weekends, which also is the time we want to spend with our boys,” she said. “So we go to Fashion Island® or Irvine Spectrum Center® all the time and make it a fun outing for everybody. We can get all our shopping and errands done, everybody gets some time outdoors and there are special things for the children to do. Our boys love Fashion Island® especially, with the carousel, the water-spout fountain and the koi pond. That’s the beauty of Irvine – it’s so well designed for families.”

Living within the outstanding Irvine Unified School District is another reason why the Chua family chose to stay in Irvine.

“The school system is amazing,” said Charlemagne. “They offer the quality education of a private school without the high tuition.”

Added Denise: “Our family loves being outdoors in Woodbury and taking advantage of all the nearby open space, such as the Jeffrey Open Space Trail. We head out on the trails with me and Charlemagne on foot, our eldest son on his bike, and our other boys in the double stroller. As the younger boys get older, we’ll all have bicycles and maybe even some rollerblades.”

For families like the Chuas, life in the village of Woodbury is like having access to a five-star resort every single day. The Club at Woodbury is an incredible facility featuring three swimming pools: a Junior Olympic-sized competition pool with stadium-style design that includes grass seating areas for spectators, a resort pool and spa enhanced by cabanas and barbecues, and a lagoon pool accessed by a “beach entry” that connects with a children’s water garden and wading pool.

Additionally, The Club has a lighted full-sized basketball court, four lighted tennis courts, a sand volleyball court, sunny courtyards, an outdoor fireplace, social seating areas, and two multi-purpose buildings for private parties, including one with full kitchen facilities.

With its full-time activity director based at The Club, Woodbury offers a growing variety of clubs and activities for all ages.

The Club’s oval-shaped great lawn encompasses more than 26,600 square feet for open play and special outdoor events. Encircling the lawn is a perimeter sidewalk dotted with bench seating.

Also part of The Commons is 10-acre Woodbury Community Park, a City of Irvine public park. Family-oriented facilities include a soccer field, two baseball diamonds, two lighted full-sized basketball courts, a tot lot, picnic tables and play areas, and a community center building staffed by City of Irvine park personnel.

Now under construction on another 10 acres within The Commons, Woodbury Elementary School is expected to open in the fall of 2007. It will be part of the acclaimed Irvine Unified School District.

The newly opened Woodbury Town Center is the nearest retail center offering close-to-home shopping, dining and services including banks, dental and optometry offices, a gas station, dry cleaners, hair and nail salons, and more.

Linking Woodbury residents to one another and to all the community amenities is a network of trails and paseos, which encourages people to walk or bicycle from place to place. These pathways also provide access to the vast trail system that crisscrosses The Irvine Ranch.

Honored with four major national and regional building industry awards as “Best Master-Planned Community of the Year,” Woodbury is planned to have approximately 4,270 homes. The village’s richly varied architectural styles include Provence/Tuscan, Spanish/Monterey/Santa Barbara, and Formal Italian/Formal French. The residential mix encompasses single-family detached homes, townhomes, condominium homes, and apartments.

Homes are currently available for sale in the Woodbury districts of Magnolia Square, Peppertree Square, Promenade Square, Cypress Square, and Laurel Square. Prices start from the mid $400,000s.

Sales are underway in the following neighborhoods:

Bowen Court by California Pacific Homes, offering two-story detached courtyard homes with approximately 975 to 1,405 square feet.

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.

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 or call (888) 820-0721 to speak with a Homefinding Center New Home Consultant.