The Tan Family Chooses Portola Springs For Its Sense of Spaciousness

As many young parents will agree, finding the right setting for their first home is equally important as finding the home itself.

Hans and Claudia Tan, along with their young daughter, found the perfect family-oriented setting in the Irvine village of Portola Springs®, where they purchased a plan two, detached courtyard home within California Pacific Homes’ Vientos neighborhood.

“What we love most about Portola Springs is the sense of spaciousness,” said Hans. “It feels like you’re in the country, yet all the city amenities are only a few minutes away. We’re enjoying life here so much. Previously, we were renting an apartment in Costa Mesa. That was fine for the two of us, but once you start a family, there are many more things to consider. I used to work in Irvine and always thought this would be a great city to live in. Education is a top priority for us, so we’re very excited to be within the highly regarded Irvine Unified School District.”

Added Claudia: “It’s like another world here in Portola Springs. The birds are singing, there’s plenty of fresh air and all the trails are easily accessible. Hans and I can play tennis, swim or relax in the spa at our own Portola Springs’ parks and recreation centers. We’re getting together with our neighbors, and there are many other young children for our daughter to play with. When we want to go shopping, out for dinner or to a movie, Irvine Spectrum Center® and The Market Place are only a short drive away. Also, we enjoy the Woodbury Town Center just down the street for shopping at Trader Joe’s, a fast pizza or getting El Pollo Loco.”

The Tans looked at new homes in several other parts of Orange County, including Anaheim, where Hans is an electrical engineer with a leading provider of DSL router devices.

“We’re so pleased to be part of Portola Springs that I don’t mind the short commute to Anaheim at all,” he said. “Portola Springs is convenient to freeways and the 241 and 133 toll roads, so we can be just about anywhere in Orange County quickly.”

Another advantage the Tans see in their Portola Springs address is the proximity to University of California Irvine, where Hans, who has a master’s degree in electrical engineering from University of Southern California, hopes to pursue his Ph. D. Claudia, a former elementary school teacher, is currently working on her master’s degree at California State Fullerton.

Added Claudia: “Hans and I have found a wonderful new lifestyle in Portola Springs, and it’s the perfect place to raise our family. We can’t imagine anyplace better!”

For young families like the Tans, established families, singles, and couples of all ages, Portola Springs offers an outstanding variety of new-home opportunities surrounded by recreation, scenic trails and open space.

Homeshoppers currently have 10 distinctive neighborhoods to choose from in the first two of Portola Springs’ five planned residential enclaves. An attractive variety of detached and attached residences is available, with prices ranging from the high $300,000s to more than $1.3 million. The neighborhoods are as follows:

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 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.

Now is the time to discover all the pleasures of Portola Springs, beginning with the Junior Olympic-sized swimming pools, children’s wading pools, spas, poolside cabanas, and shade structures offering daytime outdoor fun at Silverado Park and Lomas Valley Park.

Additional amenities now available within Portola Springs’ six currently open parks include basketball courts, tennis courts, open play turf, barbecue/picnic areas, play structures for children of different ages, and community buildings where homeowners can schedule private parties.

Longer evenings invite residents to take sunset journeys on foot or bicycle to explore all the village trails, which connect with the Jeffrey Open Space Trail and other popular pathways. One picturesque trail for hiking, biking and horseback riding leads to breathtaking Lomas Ridge Open Space.

Encompassing 2,600 rolling acres, Portola Springs is planned to include 18 neighborhood parks, a 25-acre community park with lighted athletic fields, and an 18,000-square-foot multipurpose building. The village is envisioned with up to 4,500 homes within its five residential enclaves.

Portola Springs is traversed by Portola Parkway as it winds from SR 133 (Laguna Canyon Road) to the west, brushes the border of the Irvine Ranch Land Reserve® to the east, and ultimately links with the 241 Toll Road.

To visit the 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 Information also is available by contacting a Homefinding Center New Home Consultant at 888-820-0721.