Irvine. It’s safe, clean and consistently voted one of the top 100 places to live. Before you stifle that yawn, we invite you to take a closer look at Orange County’s most pristine community; there’s more to this master-planned mecca than initially meets the eye.
♦ Shopping inspiration. Irvine boasts five retail and lifestyle centers, from the eclectic Irvine Spectrum to The Marketplace, featuring 120+ stores and restaurants.
♦ Global-inspired dining. Did you know 40 percent of Irvine’s population is Asian? Chow down on delicacies from China, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam and other distant shores, without even leaving the O.C.
♦ Discover the great outdoors. Irvine boasts the most open space in all of Orange County offering 54 miles of off-street bikeways, along with endless hiking trails.
From hot air balloons and improv shows to down-and-dirty wipe out runs, there’s never a dull moment in Irvine!
See the city from a different vantage point by booking a ride on the Great Park Balloon. This giant orange orb is 72 feet in diameter and offers a tethered ride to passengers every Thursday to Sunday. Get your funny bone on at the Irvine Improv, voted the Best Comedy Club in O.C. If you’re feeling adventurous, embrace the world, no passport required, at the Irvine Global Village Festival, a popular event held at Bill Barber Park every September. Film buffs will enjoy the annual Irvine International Film Festival, while would-be athletes can strut their stuff at the yearly Wipeout Run. The event takes place over a 5km course featuring wrecking balls, slides, monkey bars and other obstacles to keep thing interesting.
Not sure if Irvine is right for you and your family? Here are some stats that might help you decide:
♦ Irvine residents have the shortest average commute in Orange County.
♦ The city’s Open Space Initiative ensures the permanent protection of more than 16,500 acres.
♦ Irvine Unified School District has four of O.C.’s top ten high schools.
♦ The Villages of Irvine have been honored with more architecture and planning awards than any other master planned community.
♦ Irvine ranked #6 in Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live
Want to learn a new skill or hone a new hobby? The Inside Irvine Activities Guide offers a wealth of options. From culinary workshops and Flamenco dance lessons to yoga, tennis and wildlife photography, there are offerings for kids, teens and adults.
♦ 90s rap-metal band Rage Against The Machine lead singer Zach de la Rocha, is an Irvine native.
♦ Irvine has been on the FBI’s safest city list since 2005.
♦ In-N-Out Burger is headquartered in Irvine.
♦ The city has 81 athletic fields, 3 gold courses, 19 community parks and over 70,000 trees.
♦ The movie Jerry Maguire was filmed here in 1996.
Visiting from out of town?
With 3,790 hotel rooms to choose from, finding somethign to meet your needs should be no problem.
meet your needs should be no problem.
Pay Your Respects
The Northwood Gratitude & Honor Memorial is the first permanent memorial to honor every American service member who died in Afghanistan and Iraq. Northwoodmemorial.com
But is it Affordable?
According to realtor.com, the median closing price for Irvine single family homes is $790K (approximately $435 per square foot). Want to try before you buy? As of November 2016, average apartment rent within the city of Irvine is $2302