Irvine Real Estate Blog

Michael Franco specializes in luxury homes in Orange County, California. Irvine is a large city with a diverse groups of communities and neighborhoods.  Subscribe and we will keep you up-to-date and informed on the Irvine real estate market with frequently updated homes for sale and current events.

Jan. 26, 2023

UCI Performance and Master Class

On Friday, January 27th join in a Fortepiano performance and master class at Winifred Smith Concert Hall. Daniel Adam Maltz will be performing classical fortepiano pieces, this will be followed by a masterclass on the fortepiano. Topics covered will be piano evolution, technical aspects of fortepianos, performances practices during the classical era and historical tuning. Practice will be done on modern piano while instruction is given on a fortepiano. The event begins at 1:00 pm and concludes at 2:50pm.  For more information, see their website at: https://www.arts.uci.edu/event/daniel-adam-maltz-classical-fortepiano.

 

Corona del Mar is part of the city of Newport Beach. Corona del Mar is known locally as the CDM and is Spanish for “Crown of the Sea.” Located at 3542 Daffodil Avenue, this 1,800 square foot condo unit is part of the Terraces. This two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo was built in 1986. The chef’s kitchen features a center island, built-in refrigerator, and double ovens. This is a single level unit with views of the Pacific Ocean, city night lights and amazing sunsets. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a large deck. Unit 10 is within walking distance to the clubhouse. Terraces is a 55 plus community in the Spyglass area.  Among the many amenities offered in The Terraces are a swimming pool, spa, clubhouse, and monthly get togethers. Residents are within walking distance to the Oasis Senior Center. 

 

Irvine is a large master planned city in Orange County. This 66 square mile city was designed by the Irvine Company in the 1960’s and was incorporated in the 1971. Located at 72 Purple Jasmine, this 2,500 square foot home is part of the Magnolia development in Cypress Village. This four-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built in 2014. The gourmet kitchen features granite countertops, large center island and stainless-steel appliances. The home sits on a 3,300 square foot piece of property, with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a professionally landscaped yard. Magnolia is configured in a California Court style, with four homes per court. Magnolia was built by the Irvine Pacific Company.  Cypress Village is in East Irvine. Among the many amenities in Cypress Village are a junior Olympic swimming pool, spa, several parks, and an outdoor barbeque area

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Nov. 29, 2022

Canadian Brass at Irvine Barclay Theatre

The Canadian Brass is performing at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on Monday, December 19th. Canadian Brass is an internationally acclaimed band. Come out and celebrate the holiday with their performance of seasonal music, brass standards and holiday classics.  Brass standards range from Baroque to Dixieland, original compositions and always a little banter and humor. Tickets range in price from $42.00 to $103.00. For more information or to purchase tickets, see their website at: https://www.thebarclay.org/buy-tickets/2022-2023-events/12-19-22-canadian-brass.html.

 

Lido Isle is a residential only island in Newport Harbor and is part of the city of Newport Beach. Lido Isle is one of the oldest master planned communities in California, having been started in the 1920’s. There are approximately 850 homes and one yacht club on Lido Isle. Located at 214 Via Graziana, this 1,900 square foot home has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. This home was built in 1952 and has been updated. The home can be lived in as a single level home. Attention to detail can be seen in pitched-beam ceilings, custom built-ins, and brick fireplace. The upper level has a large family room with second fireplace. The gourmet kitchen features granite countertops, counter level, bar seating and new appliances. The home sits on a 3,100 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy beautiful landscaping, two patios and water features. Among the many amenities on Lido Isle are tennis courts, a private dock, beach, and clubhouse. 

 

Irvine is a large master planned city in Orange County, ideally situated between Los Angeles and San Diego. Irvine was designed by Irvine Company in the 1960’s and incorporated in 1971. Located at 8 Hibiscus, this 3,700 square foot home is part of theSomerton development in the Northwood Pointe Village. This five-bedroom, five-bathroom home was built in 2000. One bedroom and bath are on the first floor. The chef’s kitchen features granite countertops, a large center island, stainless steel appliances and a Wolf range. This home sits on a 6,900 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. Among the many amenities offered in Somerton are a swimming pool, basketball court and a nearby tennis club. Residents are within walking distance to Canyon View Elementary School and Northwood High School. This home does not have Mello Roos fees. Somerton is a 24-hour guard gated neighborhood. Northwood Pointe is in East Irvine. Northwood Pointe was designed and developed by the Irvine Company in the 1990’s.

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Nov. 2, 2022

UCI Symphony Orchestra at The Barclay

The University of California at Irvine, Symphony Orchestra will be performing at The Barclay on Tuesday, November 22nd.  The UCI Symphony Orchestra will be performing classic orchestral pieces under the direction of conductor Dr. Geoffrey Pope. UCI Symphony Orchestra is one of the premier large scale performance ensembles in Orange County. The orchestra is open to music majors, non-majors, faculty, and other community members. Presented by the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts, this performance will begin at 8pm. For more information, or to purchase tickets, see their website at: https://www.thebarclay.org/buy-tickets/2022-2023-events/11-22-22-uci-symphony-orchestra.html.

 

Lido Isle is a residential only island in Newport Harbor and is part of the city of Newport beach. There are approximately 850 homes and one yacht club on Lido Isle. Located at 214 Via Graziana, this 1,900 square foot home has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. This home was built in 1952. Attention to detail can be seen in the custom built-ins, beamed ceilings and brick fireplace. This home sits on a 3,100 square foot piece of property which is 35-foot lot.Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy two patios and oversized two-car garage with built-in storage. Via Graziana is situated off of the central Piazza. Among the many amenities offered on Lido Isle are a clubhouse, two parks, tennis courts, a private beach and a dock. Lido marina Village is in close proximity to this residence.

 

Irvine is a large mastered planned community which is bordered by Tustin, Santa Ana, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Costa Mesa, and Newport Beach. This is a 66 square mile city made-up of mostly flat land between Loma Ridge and San Joaquin Hills. Located at 1 Red Rock, this 1,900 square foot home is part of the Deerfield Park development in the El Camino Real Village. This three-bedroom, two-bathroom home was built in 1975. This is a single level home with high-volume ceilings, new windows, and new doors. The gourmet kitchen features stainless steel appliances and a wine cooler. This home sits on a 6,000 square foot piece of property. The back yard has fruit trees. El Camino Real has 21 different home tracts, including Deerfield Park. Deerfield Park has 380 detached single-family residences built by Century Homes. Among the many amenities offered in Deerfield Park are a swimming pool, spa, and park areas. Blue-Ribbon award-winning Deerfield Elementary School is within walking distance.

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Sept. 30, 2022

21st Annual Irvine Global Village Festival

The 21st Annual Irvine Global Village Festival is taking place on Saturday, October 8th.  The festival gets underway at 10am and continues until 6pm. There will be live music, an international marketplace, a Kids Village, demonstrations, food, and drink vendors. As part of the International Market Place there will be a local artists showcase. Live music will include country, rock n’ roll, Top 40 and global music. The demonstration stage will feature martial arts and karate. The Kids Village will have a petting zoo, inflatables, face painting and a bubble zone. For more information about festival, see their website at: https://www.cityofirvine.org/irvine-global-village-festival/things-do.

 

Newport Coast is situated in the southern part of the city of Newport Beach, just north of Laguna Beach. Newport Coast is home to Pelican Hill, Crystal Cove, and the Crystal Cove State Park and Beach. Located at 33 Sea Terrace, this 3,400 square foot home is part of the Newport Ridge Estates community. This five-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built in 1994. This is an Estate 2 model. Attention to detail can be seen in the double entry doors, high-volume ceilings, and grand staircase. The chef’s kitchen features professional grade appliances coffee bar and breakfast nook. This home sits on a 7,800 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a built-in barbeque, pergola, and mature landscaping. Newport Ridge is surrounded by Buck Gully and Coyote Canyon. There are just 33 homes in Newport Coast.

 

Irvine is a large master planned city in Orange County. Irvine was designed by the Irvine Company in the 1960’s and was incorporated in 1971. The city is made-up of 34 individual villages. Located at 50 Dunmore, this 6,000 square foot home is part of the Stonegate Village. This five-bedroom, seven-bathroom home was built in 2017. This three-story home has a second kitchen, media room, and bedroom suite in the basement, perfect for multi-generational living.This home sits on an 8,500 square foot piece of property, with a corner lot setting. Stonegate was developed by the Irvine Company in 2011. Among the many amenities offered in Stonegate are swimming pools, spas, tennis courts, and several parks. Residents are within a short distance to the Irvine Spectrum Center, The District and South Coast Plaza.

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Aug. 29, 2022

Marconi Automotive Museum and Foundation for Kids

The Marconi Automotive Museum and Foundation for Kids is an Irvine original. The Marconi has been voted Southern California’s favorite museum. The Marconi is in the heart of Orange County. There are over 100 vehicles on display, an eclectic mix of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, muscle cars, race cars, motorcycles, and other auto memorabilia. The Marconi hosts two fundraisers annually for at-risk children’s charity and food, toy and back to school drives, all aimed at kids in Orange County. For more information about visiting The Marconi Museum, see their website at: https://marconimuseum.org/.

 

Newport Beach is an Orange County city which is just north of Laguna Beach. Newport Beach was incorporated in 1906 and has a population of 85,000 residents. Located at 17 Palazzo, this 4,000 square foot home is part of the Lucera development. This five-bedroom, five-bathroom home was built in 1999. The home has recently been renovated. Attention to detail can be seen in the use of reclaimed oak beams, Manzanita tree art installation and imported coral stone wall.  The gourmet kitchen features professional grade appliances, custom cabinetry, and Neolith countertops. This home sits on a 6,500 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a spa, outdoor fireplace, and built-in barbeque area. In one section of the garage, there is a professional quality golf simulator, for the golf enthusiast. Lucera is a 24-hour guard gated community in the East Bluff – Harbor View neighborhood of Bonita Canyon. Among the many amenities offered in Lucera are a community pool, playground, tennis court and walking trails. 

 

Irvine is a large master planned city in Orange County.  This 66 square mile city is made-up of 34 individual villages.  Each village has residential developments, shopping and dining options, churches, schools, and recreational areas. Located at 14941 Athel Avenue, this 2,200 square foot home is part of the College Park development in Walnut Village. This four-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built in 1973. Attention to detail can be seen in the high-volume ceilings, plantation shutters, and recessed lighting. The gourmet kitchen features dual ovens, chestnut cabinets, and granite countertops. This home sits on a 5,000 square foot piece of property. The backyard has many fruit trees including lemon, avocado, guava, banana, and blueberries. Residents are within walking distance of the elementary school, shopping, and dining options. Students living in Walnut attend College Park Elementary, Venado Middle School and Irvine High School. The Village of Walnut is made-up of 11 residential housing tracts, with approximately 400 attached townhomes and 1,200 single family homes.

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Aug. 1, 2022

Skylight in HD at Irvine Barclay Theatre

The Irvine Barclay Theatre is hosting a video performance of Skylight. Skylight features performances by Bill Nighy (from Love Actually) and Carey Milligan (from The Great Gatsby), on Wednesday, August 3rd. Follow along on a bitter cold London evening, as Mulligan playing, Kyra Hollis receives a surprise visit from her former lover. Tom Sergeant, played by Nighy, is a successful and charismatic restaurateur who recently lost his wife. Follow as they try to rekindle their relationship with opposing ideologies and mutual desires. Stephen Daldry directed this production. This production was staged at the West End by National Theatre Live and will be screened in HD. For more information or to purchase tickets, see their website at: https://ci.ovationtix.com/35720/production/1125487?performanceId=11092759

 

Newport Beach is one of Orange County’s oldest cities, having been incorporated in 1906.  The population of Newport Beach is approximately 85,000 residents. Located at 17 Palazzo, this 4,000 square foot home is part of the Lucera development. This five-bedroom, five-bathroom home was built in 1999. Attention to detail can be found in the Manzanita tree art installation, use of an oak beam and a coral stone wall. The gourmet kitchen features professional quality appliances, quartzite crystal backsplash, and Neolith countertops. This home sits on a 6,500 square foot piece of property. A portion of the tandem garage has been converted to a golf simulator room. Residents are within walking distance to the park. Lucera is in the East-Bluff Harbor View.  Lucera is a 24-hour guard gated neighborhood. Among the many amenities offered Lucera are an Olympic size swimming pool, spa, playground, and tennis courts. 

 

Irvine is a large master planned community in Orange County. Irvine is bordered by Tustin, Santa Ana, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Costa Mesa, and Newport Beach. Irvine was designed in 1960’s by the Irvine Company and incorporated in 1971. Located at 36 Millgrove, this 2,200 square foot home is part of the Sheridan Placedevelopment in the West Irvine Village. This four-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built in 2000, this home is currently being remodeled. The updated kitchen features new cabinetry, and quartz countertops. As part of the model, almost every room has a ceiling fan, plantation shutters have been added and the home has been repainted with custom paint. This home sits on a 6,700 square foot piece of property with a corner lot setting. West Irvine is the north part of the city. Students leaving in West Irvine attend Mayford Elementary School and Tustin High School. Sheridan Place is a gated community. Sheridan Place was built by Greystone Homes.

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July 19, 2022

Irvine Historical Museum

The Irvine Historical Museum operated by the Irvine Historical Society’s, mission is to preserve the heritage of Irvine Ranch. The museum and society are headquartered in the oldest standing building in the boundaries of the Ranch. This building was the originally commissioned by James Irvine I as a home and was built for a coast of $1,300. It was then known as the San Joaquin Ranch house. It was the first wooden house between Anaheim and San Diego. The Irvine Family set-up residency in the house in 1870. The Irvine Historical Museum is located at 4 San Joaquin in Irvine.  For more information about either the museum or the historical society, see their website at: https://irvinehistory.org/.

 

Newport Coast is part of the Newport Beach proper and is situated at the southernmost tip of Newport Beach and just north of Laguna Beach. With its high bluff setting, Newport Coast is home to some of the best views properties in Orange County. Located at 73 Bridgeport, this 3,300 square foot home is part of the Pointe community.  This four-bedroom, five-bathroom home was built in 1995. Attention to detail can be seen in the high-volume ceilings, formal foyer space and first floor bedroom suite.  This home sits on a 6,600 square foot piece of property, with a corner lot setting. The Pointe community is within a short distance of The Pelican Hill Resort, Spa and Golf Courses. Students living in the Pointe attend Newport Coast Elementary School and Corona del Mar Intermediate and High School. 

 

Irvine is one of largest master planned cities in California. This 66 square mile city is made-up of flat valley land between the Loma Ridge and San Joaquin Hills. The city was begun by the Irvine Company in the 1960’s and incorporated in 1971. Located at 28 Dreamlight, this 5,200 square foot home is part of the Vicara development in the  Quail Hill Village. This six-bedroom, six-bathroom home was built in 2005 and completely remodeled in 2020. Attention to detail can be seen in the Parisian wall paneling, oak flooring and floor to ceiling windows. The chef’s kitchen features marble countertops, a large center island and Miele, Wolf, and Sub-Zero appliances. The home has views of the city night lights, and the Disneyland fireworks. This home sits on a 7,400 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy, a covered patio, built-in barbeque, and fire pit. Vicara was built by Richmond American Homes. Quail Hill is west of the 405 off of San Canyon Road. Among the many amenities in Quail Hill are three Olympic size swimming pool, tennis courts, a fitness center and 600 acres of open green space.

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July 1, 2022

Music of Queen by the Pacific Symphony

The Irvine Fourth of July Spectacular will include a performance by the Pacific Symphony.  The performance will be Music of Queen coordinated with the city of Irvine’s Fireworks Spectacular. The Pacific Symphony will be performing the classic hits of Queen including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are the Champions,” “Killer Queen,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” and Another One Bites the Dust.” High Energy Band and Windborne will be joining the Pacific Symphony with vocal performances. The performance with fireworks will be held at the Five Point Amphitheatre in Irvine. The event gets underway at 8pm. For more information, see their website at: https://www.pacificsymphony.org/.

 

Lido Isle is part of the City of Newport Beach. This is a residential only island, with 850 residences and one yacht club. Located at 106 Via Cordova, this 1,200 square foot home has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. This home was built in 1954. Attention to detail can be seen in the French doors, fireplace, and cedar lined closets. The living room opens onto a brick patio courtyard with a water fountain. This home sits on a 2,700 square foot piece of property, located near the park. Lido Isle is connected to the mainland by a bridge. Among the many amenities on Lido Isle are tennis courts, a private beach, security, parks, and a yacht club. Lido Village is just a short walk away. 

 

Irvine is one of the largest master planned communities in California. Irvine is bordered by Tustin, Santa Ana, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Costa Mesa and Newport beach.This 66 square mile city was designed by Irvine Company. Located at 8 Hollinwood, this 3,300 square foot home is part of the Autumn Glen development in Oak Creek Village. This five-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built in 2000. Attention to detail can be seen in the Travertine flooring, hardwood flooring and vaulted ceilings. The gourmet kitchen features granite countertops, maple cabinetry and a walk-in pantry. The home has views of the greenbelt and park. This home sits on a 5,800 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a custom water fountain, outdoor fireplace, professional landscaping, and hardscaping. Residents are within walking distance to Valley Oak Park. There are just 78 detached single-family homes in Autumn Glen. Oak Creek is home to 17 housing tracts with a mix of condos, townhomes, and single-family houses. Among the many amenities in Oak Creek are a swimming pool, spa, clubhouse, tennis courts and a barbeque area.

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June 15, 2022

Shared Light at the OC Great Park Gallery

The OC Great Park Gallery’s current exhibition is Shared Light by Phillip K. Smith III.  Smith creates light based works that “draws upon ideas of space, color, environment and change.” His large scale public installations have been exhibited internationally. Smith’s studio is located in the southern California dessert. The current exhibition runs through August 28th. The OC Great Park Gallery is open Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 4pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm. Admission to the Great Park Gallery is free. For more information, see their website at: https://www.cityofirvine.org/great-park/exhibitions?qt-great_park_palm_courts_arts_comp=1#qt-great_park_palm_courts_arts_comp.

https://www.crystalcovehomes.com/.

 

Crystal Cove is a group of exclusive developments in the Newport Coast section of Newport Beach. Crystal Cove is also home to the Crystal Cove State Park and Beach, which has over 18 miles of trails, 3.2 miles of coastline, 400 acres of bluffs and is home to the Crystal Cove Historical District. Located at 32 Wharfside Drive, this 3,100 square foot home is part of the Coral Crest development. This four-bedroom, four-bathroom home was built in 2000. This single level home is filled with designer touches. This home sits on a large 11,500 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a swimming pool, spa, waterfalls, and mature palm trees. Coral Crest is a 24-hour guard gated community with just 27 luxury homes. Coral Crest residents, like all Crystal Cove residents, are invited to join in all the resort style activities offered at the Canyon Club Recreational Center, which acts as the social hub for the area. 

 

Irvine is a large master planned community in Orange County, which is surrounded by Tustin, Santa Ana, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Costa Mesa, and Newport Beach.This 66 square mile city is designed by the Irvine Company in the 1960’s and incorporated in 1971. Located at 36 Sunlight, this 1,900 square foot home is part of the Ridge Irvine Pacific development in theTurtle Rock Village. This three-bedroom, two-bathroom home was built in 1981. This home is the Atherton model. This one level home features high-volume ceilings, French doors, and new luxury vinyl flooring throughout. The chef’s kitchen has stainless steel and black appliances, a breakfast nook and white shaker cabinets. This home sits on a 6,000 square foot piece of property. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a spa, large patio, and mature trees. Students living in this area attend Bonita Canyon Elementary School, Rancho San Joaquin Middle School, and University High School. Turtle Rock is bordered by Ridgeline Drive, Campus Drive and Culver Drive.

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June 1, 2022

Irvine Barclay Theater Presents The Wooden Floor

The Irvine Barclay Theater is presenting a dance performance by The Wooden Floor: Hope Abounds. There will be three performances, Thursday, June 2nd and Saturday, June 4th, taking place at 8pm and on Friday, June 3rd, at 6:45pm. On Friday, enjoy a pre-performance talk with choreographers Falon Baltzell, Kendra Portier and Christina Robson and the cast. The performance will feature the nation’s top dances, designers and choreographers working with low-income community youth to produce groundbreaking dance pieces.  For more information about this production or to purchase tickets, see their website at: https://www.thebarclay.org/buy-tickets/2021-2022-season-events/6-2-4-22-the-wooden-floor.htmlWooden Floor: Hope Abounds.  

Costa Mesa is an Orange County city which ideally situated 37 mils south of Los Angeles and 88 miles north of San Diego. This 16 square mile city was incorporated in 1953 and has a population of 110,000 residents. Located at 1024 Palmetto Way, this 2,250 square foot home is part of the Mesa Del Mar neighborhood in Central Costa Mesa community. This three-bedroom, three-bathroom home was built in 2012. Attention to detail can be seen in the engineered wood flooring, custom paint and upgraded carpeting. The chef’s kitchen features granite countertops, double ovens, and GE Profile stainless steel appliances. This home sits on a 3,500 square foot piece of property with a cul-de-sac setting. Outdoors, homeowners will enjoy a gated backyard with a new grass, trees, and a patio area. Central Costa Mesa is bordered by Baker Street, Wilson Boulevard, the 55 Freeway and Harbor Boulevard. Central Costa Mesa is home to Tewinkle Park which is adjacent to the Costa Mesa Fairgrounds and is home to the Costa Mesa Tennis Center. The Grove at Mesa Del Mar has just 24 homes. 

Irvine is a large master planned city in Orange County. Irvine is bordered by Tustin, Santa Ana, Lake Forest, Laguna Hills, Costa Mesa, and Newport Beach. This is a 66 square mile city. Between the Loma Ridge and the San Joaquin Hills. Located at 59 Eider Run, this 4,400 square foot home is part of the Altair neighborhood in the Lambert Ranch Village. This six-bedroom, seven-bathroom home was built in 2018 by Toll Brothers Homes.Attention to detail can be seen in the high-volume ceilings. The home has two kitchens, one with a 60-inch Sub-Zero refrigerator, six burner Wolf range and an oversized island. This home sits on a 5,600 square foot piece of property. There are two California rooms for the homeowners to enjoy. Lambert Ranch is in the Portola Springs section of Irvine. Lambert Ranch is 50-acre community just off of the 133 Toll Road. Among the many amenities offered in Lambert Ranch are swimming pools, spas, an outdoor kitchen area and a clubhouse.

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