Irvine is a mastered planned city located in Orange County, California. Irvine is bordered by Tustin, Santa Ana, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. The city is 36 miles south of Los Angeles and 76 miles north of San Diego. This 66 square mile city is made-up of mostly flat valley land situated between the Loma Ridge and San Joaquin Hills. In the southernmost and northernmost areas of the city, there are hills, canyons and plateaus. The city was designed by the Irvine Company, as a completely master planned city in the 1960’s. Irvine was incorporated in 1971. The city is made-up of different sectors called villages, each with similarly designed homes, condos and townhomes, commercial areas, schools and churches. Currently, there are 34 separate villages. The villages are separated by six-lane streets. 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.
Irvine has 34 unique villages, with each village being up made-up of several individual neighborhoods. Each village has its own architectural styles, commercial areas, schools and churches. For information on each village and/or the neighborhoods within a specific village, click on the village name on the right hand side of your screen. Home prices in Irvine range from $250,000 to fifteen million dollars plus. Home values are dependent on location, home size, home type, neighborhood amenities and views. Views from Irvine homes include the Pacific Ocean, green belt, city night lights, golf course views, surrounding hills and canyons and gorgeous sunsets. There are both guard gated and non-guard gated neighborhood options in Irvine. With so many options available throughout Irvine, let local real estate experts, The Franco Team, guide you through all the different choices.
Two school districts, serve students living in Irvine. The majority of the city is part of the Irvine Unified School District. Tustin Unified School District serves students living in the northwest portion of Irvine. The Irvine School District has 22 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 2 high schools and 1 continuation high school. The Tustin School District has 17 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 2 high schools and 1 continuation high school. In addition, there are 29 private schools in Irvine, which serve approximately 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 a large number of colleges and universities 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.
Irivne has a Mediterranean type climate, giving the city gorgeous year round weather. Irvine has miles of trails throughout the city. Each village has open green space and trails that residents use for hiking, biking and walking. The Irvine Regional Park has hundreds of acres of trees and trails for horseback riding, biking, walking and hiking. There are extensive picnic areas throughout the park. There are aquacycle rentals available at the lake and the Irvine Park Railroad for train rides. Irvine residents are within a short drive distance of many local beaches.
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