When the time is right to start looking for that new home you’ve been dreaming about, you want to take advantage of every asset that presents itself to get your search underway. So whether you can steal a few precious minutes on your PDA over lunch, or you can settle down at the computer after you’ve tucked the children in for the night, thank goodness for The Homefinding Center™ located at www.IrvineRanch.com!
With the 24/7 convenience of this one-stop virtual homeshopping destination that includes everything about the new homes and lifestyle available on The Irvine Ranch®, it’s not surprising that the site’s increasing volume of visitors recently reached a record high.
“The Homefinding Center is an incredible resource, and it continues to attract more and more savvy homeshoppers all the time,” said Suzanne Maddalon, senior director of marketing and research for Irvine Community Development Company, an affiliate of The Irvine Company LLC. “The number of website visitors this year has been one-third higher than for the same period last year, as busy families continue to discover that homeshopping online is the easiest way to start their new home search.”
At www.IrvineRanch.com, visitors can learn all about the homes and neighborhoods currently selling as well as the unique villages that make up this 93,000-acre model of community planning. Up-to-date information about schools, recreation, shopping, employment centers, and more is also right at hand.
Using the My Tool Box feature, homeshoppers can begin their search in a very organized fashion. It’s easy to “point, click and compare,” storing information about their favorite floorplans and neighborhoods in a “personal folder,” which they can return to later.
“By setting their own preferences for attached or detached residences, square footage, bedroom count and price range, prospective buyers can take the guesswork out of their new home search,” Maddalon said. “The Homefinding Center quickly fine-tunes the process and helps homeshoppers come up with all the possibilities that really meet their needs. One of the site’s most popular features even allows people to conduct their own side-by-side comparison of up to three floorplans at a time.”
For those homeshoppers who prefer to have personal interaction with a Homefinding Center consultant by phone or e-mail, Ask An Expert is available between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. The Homefinding Center’s friendly and highly trained staff is in the know about every aspect of life in Irvine and can answer your important homebuying questions.
Once homeshoppers are ready to take a model tour, they can get driving directions through the website’s My Visit Planner, an interactive tour guide. Another handy feature is the mortgage calculator that helps buyers determine monthly mortgage payments.
“Sometimes looking for a new home can seem like an overwhelming process,” Maddalon said. “The Homefinding Center is an inviting and comfortable place to begin, and I think that’s why it continues to receive so many visitors.”
Information is currently available on The Homefinding Center site about homes selling in the following villages located on The Irvine Ranch®:
Portola Springs® invites homebuyers to be close to nature yet within easy reach of all the city advantages. This village is planned with 20 miles of hiking and bicycling trails, 18 neighborhood parks and a 25-acre community park.
Sales are underway in 10 neighborhoods within the first two of Portola Springs’ five planned residential enclaves. The attached and detached homes are sized from approximately 975 to 4,379 square feet, with prices ranging from the high $300,000s to more than $1.3 million.
Woodbury, a village of intimate residential neighborhoods interwoven with memorable parks, squares and gardens, was inspired by some of the country’s historic village-style cities. This community also boasts The Club, a resort-caliber, residents only recreation center highlighted by several pools, basketball and tennis courts, a Great Lawn for outdoor events, two multi-purpose buildings for private parties, and more.
Woodbury’s attached and detached homes are sized from approximately 975 to 3,648 square feet, with prices ranging from the low $400,000s to more than $1.2 million.
Northpark Square offers detached homes at Campanile, this well-established village’s final neighborhood. Ranging from approximately 1,949 to 2,620 square feet, the homes are priced from the high $800,000s.
The height of coastal estate elegance is available in two gated villages along The Newport Coast®:
Pacific Ridge is a tucked-away yet close-to-everything setting with estate homes now for sale in the final two neighborhoods of Cypress by Taylor Woodrow Homes and Costa Azul by Shea Homes. Prices start from the high $2 millions.
Crystal Cove is nestled amid the coastal hills that rise above Pacific Coast Highway between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach. Residences are currently for sale in three stunning estate-home collections: Nautilus and SeaCrest by Laing Luxury Homes and The Tides by Standard Pacific Homes. Scheduled to debut this fall is SeaPoint, also by Laing Luxury Homes. Prices start from the low $3 millions.
Custom home opportunities also are available at Crystal Cove, with a limited-number of custom homesites sized from approximately 16,000 to more than 35,000 square feet. To learn more about the custom homesites available at Crystal Cove, call (949) 720-COVE.
Furthermore, the brand new village of Woodbury East is making its debut this summer with the model homes grand opening of Celadon by John Laing Homes. This spirited neighborhood is an innovative and dynamic townhome collection, with home interiors ranging from approximately 1,594 to 1,782 square feet. Envisioned with approximately 617 homes, Woodbury East offers an intimate village atmosphere in an ultra-convenient, heart-of-Irvine location.
Homeshoppers can learn more about all the new homes and custom homesites currently available in Irvine by visiting The Homefinding Center at www.IrvineRanch.com or by contacting a new home consultant at (888) 820-0721.