Irvine Firm unveils the end result of extraordinary planning, the village of Orchard Hills

IRVINE, California – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Irvine Company officials are about to unveil the culmination of the company’s exceptional planning at Irvine Ranch, Orchard Hills ™ Village. The grand opening of this highly anticipated North Irvine lifestyle opportunity will take place tomorrow, Saturday, May 31, 2014, and will include the launch of 12 neighborhoods – the most in the company’s history.

“What we do is more than just designing and building houses,” said Dan Young, president of Irvine Company Community Development. “We have always believed that the feeling of being at home is partly achieved by living in a great community. The extraordinary lifestyle at the Village of Orchard Hills is the epitome of our master planning. ”

Set against the majestic backdrop of Loma Ridge, the Village of Orchard Hills embodies luxury and sophistication with a distinctive blend of topography and landscape reminiscent of the European landscape. The elevated location and the unique atmosphere are characterized by gentle slopes, hectares of open space and the proximity to avocado forests.

Village of Orchard Hills residents enjoy resort-style amenities that encourage an active and social lifestyle, including a variety of family-friendly parks, swimming pools, spas, lots, BBQ areas, and basketball courts. The village is bordered by miles of paths and paseos that wind around Loma Ridge and provide access to the larger open spaces. There are numerous lookout points along the hiking trails that offer breathtaking views of the community, the orchards and beyond. Ways to connect with the natural splendor that defines the unique location of the Orchard Hills include trails that meander along the avocado groves.

The nearby Jeffrey Open Space Trail connects the more than 16,000 acres of permanently protected parkland and open spaces. The trail starts just after the Portola Parkway and leads to the open space Quail Hill in the southern part of town. Residents will soon be able to take a three-mile walk on the Jeffrey Open Space Trail without crossing a single street. When completed, the trail will be approximately five miles.

The Jeffrey Open Space Trail allows residents to connect to the 22-mile Mountain to Sea Trail, the backbone of 50,000 acres of permanently preserved land at Irvine Ranch. Outdoor enthusiasts begin in oak-filled Weir Canyon and head south through Irvine Regional Park and Peters Canyon, past the historic agricultural headquarters of Irvine Ranch and along the San Diego Creek Channel to Upper Newport Bay. AmericanTrails.org notes, “There is no more enjoyable way to experience one of the most spectacular networks of parks, trails, and wildlife sanctuaries in the country.”

Students attend award-winning elementary, middle, and high schools near their homes. The best shopping and restaurants are within walking distance. Orchard Hills Village Center® offers pavilions, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Zov’s Neighborhood Café, and more. Additional world-class shopping and dining are in close proximity at Woodbury ™ Town Center, The Market Place, Cypress Village Shopping Center and the Irvine Spectrum Center®. The Village of Orchard Hills is also close to Orange County’s major employment centers and the best of culture and entertainment.

“All Orchard Hills homes have been carefully designed to offer floor plans that accommodate a variety of lifestyles,” said Tom Veal, vice president of residential sales and marketing for Irvine Company Community Development. “Popular features have been incorporated into these homes, including Great Rooms for Socializing, the California Room, which emphasizes our outdoor lifestyle, guest suites on the first floor, spacious secondary bedrooms, designer finishes, and more.”

Seven luxury neighborhoods are part of the Groves, a closed enclave in Orchard Hills that offers unparalleled privacy and prestige and breathtaking views of the beautiful valley in selected locations. The resort, the Grove’s private recreation center, is also located in this enclave, where you can spend your free time by the pool, picnicking with friends or playing tennis.

Located on Culver Boulevard and Portola Parkway, the Village of Orchard Hills will open 12 neighborhoods including:

  • Entrata by Irvine Pacific® – Townhouses and apartments from approximately 1,494 to 1,809 square feet, including 2-3 bedrooms and 2-2.5 bathrooms with an additional powder room on select plans. Anticipated by the low $ 600,000.

  • Vista Scena by Irvine Pacific® – Townhouses from approximately 1,586 to 1,917 square feet including 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Anticipated from the low $ 700,000.

  • Corte Bella by Irvine Pacific® – single-family homes from approximately 1,833 to 2,325 square meters, including 3 to 4 bedrooms and 2.5 to 3.5 bathrooms. Anticipated by the low $ 800,000.

  • Terrazza by Irvine Pacific® – single-family homes from approximately 1,981 to 2,408 square feet, including 4 bedrooms and 3 to 4 bathrooms. Probably from the middle of $ 800,000.

  • Strada by Irvine Pacific® – single-family homes from approximately 2,195 to 2,750 square feet, including 4 bedrooms and 3 – 4.5 bathrooms. Anticipated by the high $ 900,000.

The epitome of a prestigious Irvine lifestyle is behind the gates of the Groves at Orchard Hills. This private village address reveals seven luxury collections from renowned builders, including:

  • Capella at the Groves by Taylor Morrison – single-family homes from approximately 2,906 to 3,223 square feet, including 4 bedrooms and 4-4.5 bathrooms. Anticipated by the low $ 1,000,000.

  • La Vita at the Groves by Brookfield Residential – single-family homes of approximately 3,400 to 3,942 square feet, including 4-5 bedrooms and 4.5-5.5 bathrooms. Probably from the middle of the $ 1,000,000.

  • Messina at the Groves by Tri Pointe Homes – single-family homes approximately 3,531 to 3,801 square feet, 4-5 bedrooms, and 4.5-6.5 bathrooms. Probably from the middle of the $ 1,000,000.

  • Vicenza at the Groves by KB Home – single-family homes from approximately 3,654 to 4,014 square meters, including 3 – 6 bedrooms and 3.5 – 6 bathrooms. Probably from the middle of the $ 1,000,000.

  • Saviero at the Groves by Taylor Morrison – single-family homes from approximately 3,795 to 4,050 square feet, including 4-5 bedrooms and 4.5-5.5 bathrooms. Probably from the middle of the $ 1,000,000.

  • Amelia at the Groves by The New Home Company – single-family homes approximately 4,215 to 5,181 square feet, including 4-7 bedrooms and 4.5-7.5 bathrooms. Anticipated by the high $ 1,000,000.

  • Trevi at the Groves by The New Home Company – single-family homes approximately 5095 to 7,030 square feet, including 5-7 bedrooms and 5.5-7.5 bathrooms. Anticipated from the low $ 2,000,000.

All homes in the Village of Orchard Hills are designed and built to standards set by Build It Green, a California nonprofit that promotes healthy, energy and resource efficient homes across the state. The homes will incorporate a wide range of materials, finishes, appliances, and energy systems that exceed the requirements of California’s Building and Energy Acts.

Potential home buyers interested in the Orchard Hills Village can visit www.VillagesofIrvine.com for more information or contact a New Home Consultant at (888) 820-0721. For more information on the opening event at the Village of Orchard Hills, including information on the shuttle, please visit: www.VillagesofIrvine.com/OHGrandOpening.

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