Portola Springs residents enjoy easy access to trails that stretch into Irvine’s Northern Open Space Preserve.

Portola Springs: Views from the top of Irvine

by TOM BERG

Irvine’s next great village is emerging atop the city.

Portola Springs offers some of the most commanding views of Orange County, as well as Irvine’s newest school (Loma Ridge Elementary), its newest community park (25-acre Portola Springs Community Park), and trails that lead into Limestone Canyon.

Now three new neighborhoods are opening that bring a breezy, open-air California lifestyle to the hills of Irvine.

Crowds flocked to the recent opening of these neighborhoods – Highland, Hillside and Bluffs – the first homes in Portola Springs built by Irvine Pacific, the homebuilding division of Irvine Company.

The homes come with floor-to-ceiling panoramic doors, 10-foot ceilings, lofts, balconies, whole-house fans, and smartphone- controlled lights and thermostats.

“Things normally seen in custom homes, we’ve included in every home,” says Irvine Pacific sales counselor Cheryl Holthaus. “And these homes connect the indoors and outdoors – people love that.”

In recent years, Portola Springs has become one of Irvine’s most sought-after villages.

Residents look over the city, clear to the ocean. They walk their children to the newest schools; have access to the city’s newest community center; and enjoy 15 parks filled with pools, playgrounds, ballfields, sports courts – even pickleball courts to play one of the nation’s fastest-growing sports.

“We’re living the good life,” says resident Chris Banks, who hikes, bikes, swims and barbecues with his family throughout the village.

“It’s fantastic.”

Model tours of the three new Irvine Pacific communities are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and Mondays from 1-5 p.m.

For more information, visit irvinepacific.com.

Hundreds of residents turned out to tour new Irvine Pacific model homes in Portola Springs.