The scenic route that guides you home can become a pathway to adventure, often providing unexpected pleasures along the way. In the Irvine village of Portola Springs®, this “pathway” is made up of more than 20 miles of winding trails that connect residents to nature and to all the amenities the village has to offer.
“Residents of Portola Springs don’t need to get in the car to get away and find some excitement,” said Suzanne Maddalon, senior director of marketing and research for Irvine Community Development Company, an affiliate of The Irvine Company LLC. “They just grab their sneakers and hit the trails. Nature’s beauty is all around and easily within reach for those who like to walk, jog, pedal, or even ride horseback.”
Places to wander and elbow room to spare! That’s what people are finding all around in Portola Springs, with natural trails, dirt trails and plenty of preserved open space for residents to experience and explore. One of the village’s trails, accessible on foot, bicycle or horseback, meanders up to the beautiful Lomas Ridge. A future trail for Portola Springs will be a well-lit pedestrian- and bike-friendly pathway that connects to the Jeffrey Open Space Trail. The Jeffrey Open Space Trail is a 325-foot-wide, 117-acre public corridor that connects all the northern and southern open space areas of The Irvine Ranch®.
Portola Springs’ network of trails also invites residents to walk to the pool, push the stroller to the playground, or bicycle to the basketball court. With people traveling from place to place on foot or bicycle, they just naturally get to know their neighbors, which provide a friendly atmosphere and a true sense of community.
Future trails will beckon hikers and mountain bikers to Portola Springs’ historic places, where Spanish explorers once camped on their way from Baja California to Monterey. Other trails will make their way to the village’s future shopping and dining plazas. In the heart of Portola Springs, a graceful bridge will span Portola Parkway to provide true pedestrian and bicycle access throughout the village.
“Whether you’re looking for recreation and socializing or a quiet place to roam, Portola Springs has the trail to take you to that destination,” said Maddalon. “This is what makes Portola Springs such a unique and popular place to call home.”
All easy to reach via the community trails, the Portola Springs parks are a big part of village life, beginning with the two pool parks, Silverado and Lomas Valley. Both of these village amenities offer a Junior Olympic-sized swimming pool, children’s wading pool, bubbling spa, poolside cabanas, shade structures, and barbecue/picnic areas.
While additional facilities at Silverado Park include a basketball court and tennis courts, Lomas Valley Park features a half basketball court, open play turf and play structures for ages five through 12.
Four other parks now open in Portola Springs offer play lawns, tennis courts, barbecue areas, and imaginatively designed playgrounds for different age groups.
Portola Springs is planned to have a total of 18 neighborhood parks, a 25-acre community park with lighted athletic fields, and an 18,000-square-foot multipurpose building.
Designed with five distinctive residential enclaves, Portola Springs currently has homes for sale in 10 neighborhoods within the first two enclaves. Prices range from the high $300,000s to more than $1.3 million.
The neighborhoods currently available 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 two-story single-family paired 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’ detached homes include up to six bedrooms and five and one-half baths in approximately 3,431 to 4,379 square feet.
Great shopping, dining, entertainment, and family fun are available at Irvine Spectrum Center®, located just an exit away off the I-5 Freeway. Additionally, close-to-home shopping, dining and services are offered just down the street at Woodbury Town Center. Also nearby are major employment centers, John Wayne Airport, UC Irvine, and numerous cultural and arts destinations.
Portola Springs is traversed by Portola Parkway as it winds from SR 133 (Laguna Canyon Road) to the west, brushes near open space to the east, and ultimately links with the 241 Toll Road.
To visit The Irvine Ranch’s 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.