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Re: Columbus Grove or Portola Springs
« Reply #30 on: June 05, 2013, 12:05:30 PM »
Apparently  Cubic Zirconia already did a lot of the research and analysis:

http://www.irvinehousingblog.com/blog/comments/api-equity

If rankings are your thing...the USNews ranking

University:  29 in state, 182 overall
Northwood:  57, 321
Irvine High:  119, 620
Woodbridge:  229, 1074

http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/california/districts/irvine-unified-school-district

I have a feeling that people look at the USNews rankings a lot.

That's interesting since US News ranks Beckman HS (TUSD) > NW, WB, and IH.

Arnold O. Beckman High School
State: #56
National: #319

http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/california/districts/tustin-unified-school-district/arnold-o-beckman-high-school-3585

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Re: Columbus Grove or Portola Springs
« Reply #31 on: June 05, 2013, 02:14:08 PM »
Apparently  Cubic Zirconia already did a lot of the research and analysis:

http://www.irvinehousingblog.com/blog/comments/api-equity

If rankings are your thing...the USNews ranking

University:  29 in state, 182 overall
Northwood:  57, 321
Irvine High:  119, 620
Woodbridge:  229, 1074

http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/california/districts/irvine-unified-school-district

I have a feeling that people look at the USNews rankings a lot.

That's interesting since US News ranks Beckman HS (TUSD) > NW, WB, and IH.

Arnold O. Beckman High School
State: #56
National: #319

http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/california/districts/tustin-unified-school-district/arnold-o-beckman-high-school-3585

this cant possibly right. doesnt US News know Beckman is in Tustin?

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Re: Columbus Grove or Portola Springs
« Reply #32 on: June 05, 2013, 02:36:13 PM »
CG or CS, suffer because association with Tustin, one way or the other. Same with West Irvine.
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Re: Columbus Grove or Portola Springs
« Reply #33 on: June 05, 2013, 02:54:54 PM »
CG or CS, suffer because association with Tustin, one way or the other. Same with West Irvine.


What about Tustin Ranch?  I hear great things about the elem school (Peters Canyon).  Not very much inventory in that area.  Seems like it's a pretty desirable location?

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Re: Columbus Grove or Portola Springs
« Reply #34 on: February 01, 2021, 12:38:21 PM »
Old thread, but I am exploring different neighborhoods as I look for a new place. Personally I like CG's accessibility to the District and the Westpark shopping centers. It took me 20 minutes yesterday to walk from CG to Target in West Park. It is comparable to residences in Woodbury/Stonegate that will allow you to walk to the Woodbury Shopping Center in 10-20 minutes. This puts Woodbury/Stonegate ahead of Portola Springs/Cypress Village for me. Depending on where you live in Cypress Village, people in Northwood might be closer to the Cypress Village Shopping Center. I get that we are in a suburban area and most people will drive anyway (and I will do as well if I am going to Costco, Walmart or Home Depot) but I personally love to walk to the grocery store, restaurants, gym etc. In that aspect, I realized that I also really like West Park, particularly the area a little north of Barranca but south of Warner/Harvard ( is it West Park II? ), you can shave off maybe 10 minutes when you walk from there to the West Park shopping centers compared to CG. A 10 minute walk as opposed to a 20 minute walk will be the sweet spot for me. I get that it's such a first world problem but given that criteria, so far I like Woodbury/Stonegate/West Park. The "walk" scores for many homes here are as good as it gets in a suburban area like Irvine.
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Re: Columbus Grove or Portola Springs
« Reply #35 on: February 01, 2021, 04:53:55 PM »
Columbus Grove and Westpark both have decent centers within walking distance. Depending what part of Westpark you're in, you can walk to the Crossroads, Westpark Plaza, Culver Plaza, and the District. Portola Springs is nice, but it is really far away from everything. I think Cypress Village/Woodbury are better than Portola Springs in terms of walkability, but the Woodbury Town Center gets boring fast. If you really enjoy walking to a variety of restaurants and stores, then Westpark would be your best bet.

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Re: Columbus Grove or Portola Springs
« Reply #36 on: February 01, 2021, 07:06:49 PM »
My vote is for CG and WP... as long as you're not too close to Culver, Jamboree or the train tracks.
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Re: Columbus Grove or Portola Springs
« Reply #37 on: February 04, 2021, 07:10:12 PM »
Both nice areas.  I prefer to be closer to the shops, so until PS gets some retail nearby, I'd go with CG.

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Re: Columbus Grove or Portola Springs
« Reply #38 on: February 07, 2021, 10:07:37 PM »
There is definitely something to be said about being close to Target. Sprouts, restaurants, and daily stuff. With COVID, getting food delivery via DoorDash, Postmates, etc is easier with being in Columbus Grove.

However, as someone who lives in Portola Springs, the drive is definitely further out by 10-20 minutes. It takes me 9 minutes from my garage to get to the Sand Canyon and I-5 entrance.

So what’s the pro of PS? It’s so quiet, peaceful, and serene. It is far enough out but close enough to drive in. All my friends who visit is like, “Yes, it’s a little far but the drive is so beautiful” and when they get to my community, it is so peaceful and tranquil. These are the common things people say. The views here are amazing day and night. Great place to relax and get away.

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Re: Columbus Grove or Portola Springs
« Reply #39 on: February 08, 2021, 01:46:09 PM »
this cant possibly right. doesnt US News know Beckman is in Tustin?

I missed this. Technically, Beckman is in Irvine (Irvine address) but is part of the Tustin School District. :)
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Re: Columbus Grove or Portola Springs
« Reply #40 on: February 08, 2021, 01:54:40 PM »
this cant possibly right. doesnt US News know Beckman is in Tustin?

I missed this. Technically, Beckman is in Irvine (Irvine address) but is part of the Tustin School District. :)

Let’s not get caught up in minor details :-)

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Re: Columbus Grove or Portola Springs
« Reply #41 on: February 08, 2021, 02:47:44 PM »
There is definitely something to be said about being close to Target. Sprouts, restaurants, and daily stuff. With COVID, getting food delivery via DoorDash, Postmates, etc is easier with being in Columbus Grove.

However, as someone who lives in Portola Springs, the drive is definitely further out by 10-20 minutes. It takes me 9 minutes from my garage to get to the Sand Canyon and I-5 entrance.

So what’s the pro of PS? It’s so quiet, peaceful, and serene. It is far enough out but close enough to drive in. All my friends who visit is like, “Yes, it’s a little far but the drive is so beautiful” and when they get to my community, it is so peaceful and tranquil. These are the common things people say. The views here are amazing day and night. Great place to relax and get away.

Portola Springs is really nice. I guess everyone just has to weigh what they value more. When Portola Springs was first built, it reminded me of a Northern version of Quail Hill. In the first few phases, there were a lot of similarities. They also both share that serenity factor. Once you get up there, it's really peaceful.

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Re: Columbus Grove or Portola Springs
« Reply #42 on: February 08, 2021, 07:14:10 PM »
There is definitely something to be said about being close to Target. Sprouts, restaurants, and daily stuff. With COVID, getting food delivery via DoorDash, Postmates, etc is easier with being in Columbus Grove.

However, as someone who lives in Portola Springs, the drive is definitely further out by 10-20 minutes. It takes me 9 minutes from my garage to get to the Sand Canyon and I-5 entrance.

So what’s the pro of PS? It’s so quiet, peaceful, and serene. It is far enough out but close enough to drive in. All my friends who visit is like, “Yes, it’s a little far but the drive is so beautiful” and when they get to my community, it is so peaceful and tranquil. These are the common things people say. The views here are amazing day and night. Great place to relax and get away.

Portola Springs is really nice. I guess everyone just has to weigh what they value more. When Portola Springs was first built, it reminded me of a Northern version of Quail Hill. In the first few phases, there were a lot of similarities. They also both share that serenity factor. Once you get up there, it's really peaceful.

Sure, but at the far end of Portola Springs just drive two minutes more up to Alton and get a place in Baker Ranch.  Way more value for being two minutes further South.  Unless we're talking Lambert Ranch, then it makes sense.

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Re: Columbus Grove or Portola Springs
« Reply #43 on: February 08, 2021, 10:37:06 PM »
There is definitely something to be said about being close to Target. Sprouts, restaurants, and daily stuff. With COVID, getting food delivery via DoorDash, Postmates, etc is easier with being in Columbus Grove.

However, as someone who lives in Portola Springs, the drive is definitely further out by 10-20 minutes. It takes me 9 minutes from my garage to get to the Sand Canyon and I-5 entrance.

So what’s the pro of PS? It’s so quiet, peaceful, and serene. It is far enough out but close enough to drive in. All my friends who visit is like, “Yes, it’s a little far but the drive is so beautiful” and when they get to my community, it is so peaceful and tranquil. These are the common things people say. The views here are amazing day and night. Great place to relax and get away.

Portola Springs is really nice. I guess everyone just has to weigh what they value more. When Portola Springs was first built, it reminded me of a Northern version of Quail Hill. In the first few phases, there were a lot of similarities. They also both share that serenity factor. Once you get up there, it's really peaceful.

Sure, but at the far end of Portola Springs just drive two minutes more up to Alton and get a place in Baker Ranch.  Way more value for being two minutes further South.  Unless we're talking Lambert Ranch, then it makes sense.

That's fair, but each purchaser has different needs. Some people have to factor in schools, amenities, location, etc. Also, unless you're taking the 241 between Portola Springs and Baker/Foothill Ranch, then it's more than 2 minutes. Irvine Blvd can be a traffic nightmare with all of the new development. I would rather live in Irvine than Baker Ranch, but that's just me.

I also don't think Baker Ranch was a consideration for the OP.

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Re: Columbus Grove or Portola Springs
« Reply #44 on: February 14, 2021, 09:14:43 PM »
There is definitely something to be said about being close to Target. Sprouts, restaurants, and daily stuff. With COVID, getting food delivery via DoorDash, Postmates, etc is easier with being in Columbus Grove.

However, as someone who lives in Portola Springs, the drive is definitely further out by 10-20 minutes. It takes me 9 minutes from my garage to get to the Sand Canyon and I-5 entrance.

So what’s the pro of PS? It’s so quiet, peaceful, and serene. It is far enough out but close enough to drive in. All my friends who visit is like, “Yes, it’s a little far but the drive is so beautiful” and when they get to my community, it is so peaceful and tranquil. These are the common things people say. The views here are amazing day and night. Great place to relax and get away.

Portola Springs is really nice. I guess everyone just has to weigh what they value more. When Portola Springs was first built, it reminded me of a Northern version of Quail Hill. In the first few phases, there were a lot of similarities. They also both share that serenity factor. Once you get up there, it's really peaceful.

Sure, but at the far end of Portola Springs just drive two minutes more up to Alton and get a place in Baker Ranch.  Way more value for being two minutes further South.  Unless we're talking Lambert Ranch, then it makes sense.


Yeah definitely more than 2 minutes haha. Also, having looked at Baker Ranch, the drive up to Baker Ranch is not as beautiful as it is driving in Portola Parkway or Tomato Springs. The views here are amazing compared to Baker Ranch. Also, take into consideration schools, views, open space, and the overall sense of community, PS is not as bad.

In terms of drive time, even the most east of PS is a 3-4 drive time from Stonegate and Eastwood with much better views.

Just a personal preference.

 

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