The community of Portola Hills first started out as a census-designated place prior to becoming an incorporated city in the year 2000. As part of Lake Forest and located in the southern portion of Orange County, Portola Hills offers residents a lifestyle unlike any other. Neighboring communities include Rancho Santa Margarita, Trabuco Canyon, Foothill Ranch, and Mission Viejo.
Residents of Portola Hills are well aware that the outdoors plays a pivotal role in their daily lives as they live next to the Cleveland National Forest. But residents have many more areas to explore without leaving the comfort of their home. For instance, residents have access to two clubhouses, Portola I and II. Additionally, Portola Hills features its own Concourse Park located next to the Portola Hills I clubhouse. Residents may also spend the day at O’Neill Regional Park and enjoy a day of camping underneath the treed canopies of this peaceful, rural park. Or, if you’d rather explore the over 1,500 acres of forested canyons and grassy hills, ride on over to Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park.
Many notable big-name companies such as Oakley, Inc., Kaiser Aluminum, Wet Seal, and Saddleback Church are located in the area, providing residents with plenty of employment opportunities. For those who are looking to commute in and out of the area, Portola Hills is conveniently located next to the 241 toll road, and the 133, 405 and 5 freeways are nearby as well. Major shopping centers near Portola Hills include the Mission Viejo Mall, the Irvine Spectrum, Laguna Hills Mall, and South Coast Plaza.
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