Orange County’s newest neighborhood is different from the others profiled; check out that walk score. Still, this 21st century community is attuned to demographic trends, and it has put out a welcome mat for all ages. This Great Park neighborhood contains the first one-story homes built in Irvine in 25 years, and it’s the first to focus on multigenerational housing, some with master bedroom suites downstairs and upstairs, and others with “homes-within-the-homes,” helpful for aging parents or boomerang kids. According to developer Emile Haddad, 90 percent of homebuyers in the city are Asian-, Indian-, and Persian-Americans, and he built Pavilion Park with advice from a feng shui expert and a numerologist to accommodate cultural preferences. Plus, a central greenhouse encourages community togetherness, and the Great Park farmers and antiques markets are close by. The homes’ designs lean toward classic American, with details such as Craftsman-style front porches. The sycamores and other mature trees transplanted throughout the neighborhood are among the 700 or so “heritage trees” preserved from the old El Toro airbase, helping to define a new neighborhood that’s poised for flight.
23 Neighborhood Walk Score
92618 Median Home Sale Price $656,600
2012 Crime per 1,000 residents
1 Violent crimes
1 Vehicle thefts
229,985 Irvine City Population
Savory Waffles – Bruxie on Culver is 4 miles away
Wood-Fired Pizza – 4 miles to Pieology at Irvine Spectrum
Trader Joe’s – About 4 miles to the Culver location
Entertainment Venues – Seven miles to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, and about a 10-minute drive to the Irvine Spectrum with an Improv comedy club
This article originally appeared in the March 2014 issue.