Tucked-Away Pacific Ridge Suits Valerie Gray Perfectly

A successful interior designer with an incredible talent for creating wonderful outdoor landscapes, Valerie Gray found the perfect home within the gated village of Pacific Ridge® on The Newport Coast®.

“Pacific Ridge’s tucked-away location with nature all around is beautiful and peaceful,” said Gray. “I love having the beach and all the great shopping and dining of Fashion Island® and Crystal Cove Promenade™ nearby. But when I’m home, it feels like I’m in my own private world.”

Gray shares that world with her 14-year-old son, Shane, who will start at Corona del Mar High School next fall. They moved into Taylor Woodrow Homes’ Cypress neighborhood nearly two years ago. Gray’s previous home was in the seaside village of Crystal Cove in Newport Coast, so she is well acquainted with The Irvine Ranch’s® spectacular coastal locations.

“When I first stood on my Pacific Ridge homesite, I was so taken by the beauty of the surrounding hills and the ocean,” she said. “I knew that this was a place where I could really stay. Now I can walk around the hills and enjoy nature every day. I love its secluded setting and gated entry. It’s like a little piece of Tuscany right here in Orange County.”

Having enjoyed the beautiful backyard environment at her Crystal Cove home that was featured in two Orange County lifestyle magazines, Gray was inspired by Pacific Ridge’s unique setting to achieve equal grandeur. She has enriched her Tuscan Farmhouse-style home with a picture-perfect backyard environment that includes a lagoon-like swimming pool with large rocks and a waterfall, a sports bar and a large fireplace. She also added a water feature to the inviting courtyard off her dining room.

For residents of Pacific Ridge, life is a perfect balance between the tranquil, away-from-it-all setting of their own intimate village and all the advantages of urban living only moments away. Gray, who has bought and sold a number of homes over the years, is very enthusiastic about her Pacific Ridge purchase.

“I follow the housing market very carefully and feel that my Pacific Ridge home purchase is a good investment,” said Gray. “Coastal-close land in Orange County is very scarce, and this is an exceptional one-of-a-kind location.”

Pacific Ridge residents can walk, jog or bicycle the area’s winding trails, taking in a picturesque natural scene of hills, canyons and arroyos. The trails also lead to such popular destinations as the protected open space of Los Trancos, Muddy and Deer canyons; Laguna Coast Wilderness Park; and Crystal Cove State Park, which encompasses 3.5 miles of public beach.

All year long, the nearby shopping, dining, cultural, and entertainment possibilities are virtually endless. There’s something for everyone, whether the occasion calls for the inviting outdoor mall environments of Fashion Island® and Crystal Cove Promenade™, the charming boutiques and seaside bistros of Corona del Mar, or the chic art galleries and sunny cafés of Laguna Beach.

Nearby coastal activities are richly varied, as well, ranging from surfing, sunning, sailing, and body boarding to beach volleyball and relaxing strolls in the sand.

All these coastal delights and more are only moments away for those who live in Pacific Ridge.

Currently, homes are available in Pacific Ridge’s final two estate-home neighborhoods: Cypress and Costa Azul, where prices start from the $3 millions.

CYPRESS by Taylor Woodrow Homes is an enchanting collection of single-level and two-story estate homes enriched by Tuscan and Provençal styling. The various floorplans include lovely breezeways, courtyards, loggias, patios, and decks. Four to five bedrooms and up to five and one-half baths are featured in approximately 2,918 to 4,010 square feet. For more information, call (949) 494-8896.

COSTA AZUL by Shea Homes is a limited-edition enclave of only 37 luxurious one- and two-story residences inspired by the estates of Tuscany, Provence and Southern Europe. Spacious outdoor areas enriching the different floorplans include courtyards, loggias and sundecks. The homes have five to seven bedrooms and up to seven and one-half baths in approximately 3,627 to 4,889 square feet. Call (949) 497-3516.

Homes in both neighborhoods are designed to take fullest advantage of Southern California’s year-round indoor/outdoor living style, with a graceful flow between inviting interior spaces and the sunny or sheltered outdoor spaces.

Pacific Ridge’s top-of-the-world Recreation Center, located just down the pathway from the various neighborhoods, is a focal point for village recreation and socializing. Amenities include a junior Olympic-sized swimming pool, wading pool, spa, and expansive lounge areas. A poolside patio features barbecue grills, dining areas and an inviting outdoor fireplace.

Pacific Ridge is planned to include a total of 328 estate residences within its intimate, gated environment. Throughout the community, residents enjoy the grandeur of olive and pepper trees, cascading oaks and sycamores, and the delicate beauty of lavender, sage and rosemary. Also part of the village scene is a 10-acre community park designed with several ball fields to accommodate active sports.

To visit the one-of-a-kind village of Pacific Ridge and tour the exquisitely furnished and landscaped model homes of Cypress and Costa Azul, take the I-405 Freeway and exit south on Culver Drive. Turn left on Newport Coast Drive and left again on Ridge Park Road. The model homes are located on the right.

To learn more about the Pacific Ridge lifestyle and its magnificent new-home opportunities, visit or call The Homefinding Center™ at (888) 820-0721.