Portofira Estates is a guarded gated community located in the foothills of east Orange. This exclusive enclave has unobstructed views of Orange County including the Newport Beach coastline, Catalina and the fireworks at Disneyland and Angels Stadium. The estate-sized residences originally ranged from 3,248 to 4,308 square feet. The homes have up to 6 bedrooms, in addition to dens or libraries and are on lots averaging about 14,000 square feet.
The original development had three plans with custom options such as bonus rooms and an upstairs library. The one- and two-story designs are highlighted by volume ceilings, grand foyers or entry rotundas, living rooms and dining rooms, large family rooms, two fireplaces with glass doors, butler’s pantries and interior laundry rooms with cabinets, utility sinks and refrigerator spaces. Additional features include raised-panel interior doors, maples cabinets throughout, linen storage areas, rounded interior wall corners, decorator-selected light fixtures and art niches.
Portofira’s grand-scale kitchens have breakfast nooks, 6-by-6-foot ceramic tile counters, cabients with adjustable shelves, walk-in pantries, island counters and breakfast bars (most plans)
Master suites offer private retreats, two walk-in closets, optional fireplaces in retreat areas, dressing areas, oversize oval tubs, separate showers with ceramic-tile surrounds, dual sinks with wide-spread faucets, cabinets and ceramic tile counters.
The exterior styles include Spanish Colonial, Italianate and French Provincial. Exteriors are detailed by concrete-tile roofs, enclosed eaves, porches or covered vestibules, raised-panel entry doors, multi-pane windows, arches and columns and gas outlets for barbecues. The attached four-car garages have wood roll-up doors.
Portofira has quick access to the 91 and 55 freeways plus nearby 241 and 261 tolls roads leading to south Orange County. The nearest shopping centers with a grocery store, banks, restaurants and gym are located five minutes away at Imperial and Santa Ana Canyon Rd. Neighborhood parks include Belmont and Serrano Parks as well as the nearby Oak Canyon Nature Center, Irvine Park and Santiago Oaks Regional Park. There is a trail off Cannon St. that leads to Santiago Oaks and the Santiago Creek Bike Trail.
- City: Orange
- Portofira Estates ZIP code is 92867
- Location: Off Cannon St and Portofira Way in Orange, CA
- Portofira Estates Area code is 714 and 657
- Streets: Portofira Way, E Gabrielle Lane, N San Miguel Drive, E Versaille Court
- Homes: 62 homes with 3 plans
- Developer: Sheffield Homes
- Date built: 1996/1997
- Lot Sizes: Average 14,000 square feet
- Zoned: Single-Family Residential Planned Community (P-C)
- HOA: Portofira Estates Homeowners Association
- HOA Dues: $520/month
- No Mello Roos
- Taxes: The general property tax is about 1% plus about another 1/3 of a percent in bond taxes.
Portofira Estates Schools
Portofira Estates is part of the Orange Unified School District.
Assigned Portofira Schools:
OUSD has Open Enrollment which is for students who would like to attend a school other than their school assigned based upon their area of residence. Open enrollment to other schools is not guaranteed.
Private schools in the area include Oakridge Private School, Salem Lutheran, St. John’s, St. Norbert’s, Fairmont Private School (K-12), St. Francis of Assisi, Orange Lutheran High School and Mater Dei High School (not a complete list).
Traffic is light to moderate during non-rush hour times. During rush hour, traffic can be heavy as Cannon St/Imperial Highway is a thoroughfare for north Orange County and Riverside commuters. The freeways have similar heavy traffic during these these times.
Orange City Council: The city is governed by five council members each elected for four-year terms. One council member each serves as Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem.
United States House of Representatives: 45th Congressional District
California State Legislature: 37th Senate District and 68th Assembly District
Portofira Natural Threats
The Portofira area is susceptible to earthquakes and fires as is typical in the Orange area.
Coyotes are a problem anywhere in Orange County and this area is no different. Pets are not advised to be left outside unattended. Coyotes can easily scale 6 foot walls, dig under fences and find many other creative ways to get to pets.