Irvine is located in Orange County California. Irvine is situated between Santa Ana, Tustin, Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa. Irvine is 36 miles south of Los Angeles and 76 miles north of San Diego. Irvine is a mastered planned city, designed by the Irvine Company beginning in the 1960’s. This 66 square mile city has a population of approximately 224,000 people and was originally incorporated in 1971. The city's mission statement is "to create and maintain a community where people can live, work, and play in an environment that is safe, vibrant, and aesthetically pleasing." In 2008, CNNMoney.com choose Irvine as the fourth best city to in live in the United States. In 2011, Businessweek choose Irvine as the fifth best city to live in the U.S. The FBI has named Irvine as among cities with a population greater than 100,000, with the lowest violent crime rates in 2010.
Being a master planned city, Irvine is broken down into many smaller planned neighborhoods, each offering their own character, home styles and amenities. The Franco Team of real estate professionals offers Irvine real estate market specialists, which can help you sift through your many options. Irvine is broken down into many areas; Airport Area, El Camino, North Park, Northwood, Oak Creek, Orangetree, Quail Hill, Rancho San Joaquin, Turtle Center, Woodbridge, Woodbury, University Park, University Town Center, West Irvine and West Park. Each area has many separate smaller sub divisions making it up. Just a small sample of these is Turtle Ridge, Shady Canyon, North Park, Marquee at Park Place and Smoketree. The home prices in Irvine range from 250,000 dollars to 1.5 million dollars. The home values are dependent on location, home size, lot size, neighborhood amenities and views. The views in Irvine can include city night lights, green belt and beautiful sunsets. There are both guard gated and non-guard gated options available.
Irvine is split into two school districts. The Irvine Unified School District serves the majority of the city. This school district has 22 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 4 high schools and 1 continuation high school. The Tustin Unified School District serves the western and northern portions of Irvine. The Tustin School District has 17 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 2 high schools and 1 continuation high school. Irvine is home to 29 private schools serving 4,400 students. A sampling of these 29 schools includes; LePort, Crean Lutheran South High School, International Academy of Irvine, Marden School and Pacific Academy. There are several choices for furthering ones education in Irvine. The University of California at Irvine, Concordia University, California State University Fullerton – Irvine Campus, University of Southern California, Brandman University, Alliant International University, University of LaVerne, Chicago School of Professional Psychology – Irvine , Pepperdine University, Irvine Valley Community College, Santiago Canyon Community College and Orange Coast Community College.
With Irvine’s beautiful year round weather, this is a wonderful place to advantage of the outdoors. Irvine has miles of trails throughout preserved green space for biking and hiking. The Irvine Regional Park offers hundreds of acres of trees and trails for horseback riding, biking, walking and hiking. The park also has extensive picnicking areas. There are aquacycle rentals available at the lake and the Irvine Park Railroad for train rides. The many beaches of Orange County are just a short drive from Irvine.