Portola Hills, California
Portola Hills, California
Location of Portola Hills within Orange County, California.
|• Total||1.3 sq mi (3 km2)|
|• Land||1.3 sq mi (3 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|• Density||5,063.6/sq mi (1,955.1/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-8 (PST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-7 (PDT)|
Portola Hills is located in the heart of South Orange County, between the Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park and the Cleveland National Forest, between Foothill Ranch and Rancho Santa Margarita.
This is a family community with a variety of stores, theaters and restaurants conveniently located nearby at the Foothill Ranch shopping center and Portola Plaza. Its situation next to the Saddleback Mountains coupled with its close drive to its neighboring Silverado Canyon and Trabuco Canyon make this community an inviting place to be if you want to be close to nature, but not too far away from all the conveniences of our modern world.
The tracts were developed in the late 1980s through the early 1990s. The development was named after Gaspar de Portolá, California's first terrestrial Spanish explorer, who passed through the vicinity in 1769. (Nearby Trabuco Canyon is named for a blunderbuss which was lost by expedition members.)
Portola Hills is located at (33.683672, -117.632872).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), all land.
Due to its checkered history, mail addressed to residents of Portola Hills (ZIP code 92679) may be labeled as Portola Hills, Trabuco Canyon, or Lake Forest.
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,391 people, 2,164 households, and 1,729 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 5,063.6 inhabitants per square mile (1,955.1/km2). There were 2,181 housing units at an average density of 1,728.0 per square mile (667.2/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 84.60% White, 1.63% African American, 0.30% Native American, 6.76% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 2.64% from other races, and 3.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.03% of the population.
There were 2,164 households out of which 52.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.4% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.1% were non-families. 14.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.30.
In the CDP, the age distribution of the population shows 32.9% under the age of 18, 4.9% from 18 to 24, 41.4% from 25 to 44, 18.0% from 45 to 64, and 2.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.2 males.
Estimated median household income in 2016: $126,434 (it was $90,874 in 2000) Estimated per capita income in 2016: $50,437 (it was $34,057 in 2000)
In the state legislature Portola Hills is located in the 37th Senate District, represented by Republican John Moorlach, and in the 68th Assembly District, represented by Republican Steven Choi. Federally, Portola Hills is located in California's 45th congressional district, which is represented by Democrat Katie Porter.
The community of Portola Hills has 2,181 housing units on 348.8 acres (141.2 ha) of land with an average housing density of 6.25 per acre (15.4/ha).
There are 14 tracts of housing built in single and multi-family configurations that can be classified as Condominium, Townhouse, Semi-Detached and Detached:
- Condominium – 2 tracts (Canyon View and Canyon View West) with a total of 225 units (18.5 units/acre) featuring 1 and 2 bedroom floorplans (644 to 1038 sqft);
- Townhouse – 3 tracts (Bella Palermo, Canyon Rim, and Montecido) with a total of 657 units (9.6 to 13.3 units/acre) featuring 2 and 3 bedroom floorplans (940 to 1378 sqft);
- Semi Detached – 2 tracts (Serenado and Sycamore Ridge) with a total of 378 units (5.1 to 8.9 units/acre) featuring 2 and 3 bedroom floorplans (1139 to 1891 sqft); and
- Detached – 7 tracts (Alderwood, Antiqua, J.M. Peters Portola, Crestmont, Crown Pointe, Live Oak Estates, Portola Hills Estates, and The Oaks) with a total of 921 units (3.1 to 7.4 units/acre) featuring 3 to 6 bedroom floorplans (1273 to 3584 sqft).
A tract map and individual floorplans can be found here
Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $666,298 (it was $257,600 in 2000) Mean prices in 2016: all housing units: $772,910; detached houses: $877,727; townhouses or other attached units: $540,198; in 2-unit structures: $601,029; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $550,388; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $400,429; mobile homes: $91,619; occupied boats, rvs, vans, etc.: $177,387
Culture and recreation
Portola Hills boasts two separate club houses. Portola II is located in the heart of Portola Hills, while Portola I is on the far north side. Both club houses are equipped with pools, gyms, tennis courts, and volleyball courts. Portola I has 4 basketball courts and a playground. Each condominium community has its own club house, pool and other amenities.
Portola Hills is also home to Concourse Park, located adjacent to Portola Hills I.
Children living in the area attend Portola Hills Elementary, a 2002 California Distinguished School. (Source: SVUSD, http://www.svusd.org/p_home.asp?tid=4545) The school's 2007 Academic Performance Index of 917 ranks it first of the seven elementary schools in the City of Lake Forest, and third of the 26 elementary schools in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. It also places it above the 2007 mean score (914) of the elementary schools of the adjacent Irvine Unified School District, renowned for its academic excellence. (Source: California Department of Education, http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ar/). Currently, Portola Hills Elementary has approximately 867 students ranging from grades K-6th grade (Source: SVUSD Preliminary Multi-Year Projection, as of 10/1/2007).
Built in the mid-1990s, Portola Hills Elementary was subject to litigation between the SVUSD school district and the developer concerning land movement at the school site. The litigation was dismissed due to procedural issues regarding the statute of limitations. In 2004, three buildings were vacated for safety reasons due to damage potentially caused by the land movement and the students relocated in portable/temporary classrooms until a permanent solution could be made. As of mid-2008, the developer (USA Portola Center, LLC) entered into a School Facilities Funding and Mitigation Agreement with the school district for development originally known as "Portola Hills South" and now known as "Portola Center." That agreement requires the developer to pay the district $2,900,000 (in addition to any other new development mitigation fees), solely for use in the repair of the school (Source: http://www.ci.lake-forest.ca.us/pdf/agendas/2008.06.03/17.8.PDF). As of June 2008, the district is moving forward with plans to repair two buildings and potentially demolish/rebuild the third provided approval is obtained from the Department of State Architecture.