Irvine is an elegantly planned and affluent community in Orange County, California. Since its design and development in the 1960s, Irvine has focused on creating a beautiful and safe community where people can “live, work and play.” CNNMoney.com even chose Irvine as one of the best places to live in the United States in 2008 and it has even been named one of the best-run cities in the US by 24/7 Wall Street. For the best combination in excellent employment opportunities, a highly rated education system and fantastic homes, Irvine should be at the top of any list for places to live in Orange County.
Irvine is ingeniously designed as a series of small villages or townships that are separated by large streets and incorporate green space and lifestyle amenities. The streets and villages may seem to be familiar as the community is often used for film projects and has been the backdrop for numerous feature films. Each village features a distinct design in architecture and features community services such as business districts and schools. The layout is the work of noted Los Angeles architect William Pereira and Irvine Company employee Raymond Watson. Their vision became the Irvine of today which is the shape of a necklace that ends at the University of California, Irvine.
With a focus on an environmentally conscious lifestyle, bicycle routes tie together parks and ecological preserves and the landscaped streets are irrigated using reclaimed water. There are 44 miles of off-road cycling trails and over 282 miles of on-road bike lanes in Irvine contributing for residents to enjoy the great California weather. Many of the villages offer their residents swimming pools, tennis courts and parks. The Irvine Regional Park is over 160 acres of trees and trails that are popular for biking and hiking. The San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary is a popular destination for bird watching, hiking and viewing the local wildlife that life in the refuge. Not only is Irvine beautiful in itself it is less than half an hour from some of California's most beautiful beaches.
Education plays a prominent role in Irvine. The city is home to over a dozen major colleges and universities include the University of California, Irvine and Pepperdine University. The world-renowned programs have attracted students, faculty and staff to make their homes in the area. Younger residents attend classes in the Irvine Unified School District, which includes four high schools that consistently place in the upper rankings of Newsweek’s Top 1300 US Public High Schools. The IUSD also operates several elementary and middle schools including two alternative, year-round K-8 schools.
Additionally, Irvine is proud of its three public libraries and the educational contribution these institutions make to the community. The Heritage Park Library has a strong business and art focus and the University Park Library is known for its Chinese collections.
There are multiple options for shopping and dining in Irvine. The city is home to the Irvine Spectrum Center, an outdoor shopping and entertainment venue. The shopping center features a Cineplex, over 200 retail outlets and a giant Ferris wheel. In addition to over a dozen restaurants the Irvine Spectrum Center is also home to The Improv and Dave and Buster's. Outside of Spectrum Center, Irvine also has a wide range of dining options from Indian cuisine at Clay Oven, to sushi at Taiko to seafood at 90 Pacifica. Another popular shopping destination, Fashion Island, has over 150 boutique stores and restaurants just moments from the beach.
With a home market that is heating up, Irvine is an excellent choice of communities to purchase a home. With the many distinctly different villages that make up the city, attending real estate open houses is an excellent method of gathering information and being able to make a choice as to which neighborhood has just the right homes, amenities and services. With a community of this size and this popularity, each weekend there are dozens of homes that are listed for Open House tours and range in price from the low $1 millions to estates that are listed in the $7 - $8 million range. Most homes in Irvine are single-family but there are many luxury condominium and townhome units available as well.
At OpenHouseDay we look forward to introducing you to the villages of Irvine and providing you with the most up-to-date list of Open Houses in one of the USA’s best cities to choose as your home. Visit our website at www.OpenHouseDay.com today to learn more.