Where is the neighborhood located within Irvine?
Portola Springs is one of the most inland neighborhoods of Irvine and is situated in the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains at the junction of the 133 and 241 Toll Roads.
What’s the typical profile of residents here? Young professionals? Families? Investors?
The quiet and secluded nature of Portola Springs in Irvine makes this neighborhood an ideal location for families looking for the ultimate suburban lifestyle. Portola Springs is also attractive to investors willing to spend more money on a larger rental property, as this is a very popular area for families.
Is the neighborhood quiet? Safe?
You would be hard-pressed to find a quieter Irvine neighborhood than Portola Springs. The inland location affords the ultimate in privacy due to no thru traffic and a location with few other surrounding neighborhoods. Safety is excellent in Portola Springs, as it is throughout one of the safest cities in the United States.
What are some key amenities within the neighborhood?
The private location is the main draw to Portola Springs, and the surrounding natural beauty and open spaces create fantastic outdoor amenities for residents and guests to enjoy. Portola Springs offers miles of outdoor walking and hiking trails, easy access to Irvine Lake and beautiful views and trails throughout the Santa Ana Mountains, and a total of 12 parks situated throughout the neighborhood.
Are there grocery stores, shops, or restaurants within walking distance?
The closest shopping centers to Portola Springs are the Woodbury Town Center and Orchard Hills Shopping Center. The neighboring Baker Ranch development in Lake Forest is currently building a large shopping center that will feature numerous eateries and shops. Due to the neighborhood’s southern location in Irvine, Portola Springs is only a couple of miles from the large and popular Irvine Spectrum.
Is the community mostly single-family homes or condos and townhomes?
Portola Springs offers an almost even combination of single-family communities and townhome developments.
What is the average price of a home in this neighborhood?
Portola Springs townhomes are typically in the $700,000-800,000 range, although there are smaller units available as low as $500,000. Single-family homes in Portola Springs average in the low $1 million range, although there are swings up and down depending on home and lot sizes.
How does the rental market here compare to other neighborhoods?
Rental properties do not make up a huge part of the Portola Springs real estate market, but the quiet location and great schools makes this an ideal setting for people who are not ready to buy. The higher prices of real estate in Portola Springs will push investors towards other neighborhoods like the Airport Area or Woodbridge, but these newer homes can also command higher rents.
Can you describe the average floor plan for homes or condos in this neighborhood?
Portola Springs offers some of the larger townhome options in Irvine, with the average one measuring around 1,800 square feet. There are smaller townhome options in the Paloma and Vientos communities, but most Portola Springs townhomes are on the larger side. Portola Springs detached single-family homes are also on the larger side, with many homes measuring in excess of 3,000 square feet. The average home size is around 2,500 square feet, and there are smaller options under 2,000 square feet in communities like Primrose and Sevilla.
What is the average HOA here, and what does it typically cover?
Residents of Portola Springs’ townhome communities have some of the lower monthly HOA dues for these types of developments in Irvine but have to pay a second monthly fee to the Portola Springs Master Association. These two fees are approximately $225. Residents of single-family communities in Portola Springs are only responsible for the Master Association fee, which is currently $134 per month.
Are there Mello-Roos? If so, what is the average cost and for how long?
Mello-Roos assessments do exist in Portola Springs and, combined with the standard property taxes, push the overall tax rate into the 1.5-1.7% range.
Are there any schools in the neighborhood? What about private and Montessori schools?
The newest elementary school in Irvine, Portola Springs Elementary School, has just opened its doors for the first school year. Middle school students attend the nearby Jeffrey Trail Middle School, and high school students are not far from Northwood High School.
How do the schools in this neighborhood compare to others?
Irvine schools are some of the best options in Orange County, and this applies to Portola Springs schools.
Aside from what’s already been listed, what makes buyers choose this neighborhood over others?
Portola Springs offers some of the newer and more modern real estate in Irvine. The quiet and secluded nature of Portola Springs is really what sets this neighborhood apart from most others in Irvine.
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