In July of 2012, 14 Portola Hills residents attended a meeting hosted by the City Planning Commission to hear from residents of Portola Hills in regards to a new 243 acres of Portola Hills New Home Construction proposed by Baldwin and Sons to gauge public interest. At the time there were many Portola Hills residents in attendance. Baldwin and Sons were proposing two single-family neighborhoods, consisting of 304 (80 on west side and 224 on the east side) new homes, situated north of the intersection of Glen Ranch and Saddleback Ranch in addition to 626 single-family and multi-family home developments south of the same intersection, which also includes a shopping center. 57 of these units would be constructed for affordable housing. Per housing requirements there will be also 18 Granny Flats developed behind the north side homes.
Baldwin and Sons is a revived version of the bankrupt company, which initially built Portola Hills community back in the 1980s and 1990s. Portola Hills residents allege that these homes were badly constructed with cheaper material while the company was in financial troubles.
During the hearing, Jerry Verplanke said “We’ve waited a long time to get to this point and we’d like to move as quickly as possible,” he said Thursday. “We’re market driven. If there’s demand for the homes we will build them. Right now we feel very comfortable that the market in Orange County is continuing to improve from what we see in Irvine and other areas.”
In the past few months, there have been small units of engineers, developers and land surveyors working the empty open lands at Portola Hills. Just yesterday we witnessed many development and construction crews working at the site, which means the end of any debate and beginning of a long awaited massive construction site. Portola Hills New Home Construction has begun.
As Realtor® in Orange County and a long time resident of Portola Hills, I am working hard to find a lot more information in the future about construction planning and new home information and pricing.