Located in Orange County, Irvine is a thriving city. Irvine is surrounded by the communities of Santa Ana, Tustin, Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa. Irvine is 36 miles south of Los Angeles and 76 miles north of San Diego. Irvine was originally designed as complete master planned city by the Irvine Company in the 1960’s. The city was incorporated in 1971. Today this bustling city covers 66 square miles and is home to 225,000 residents. The city’s mission statement truly embraces its master plan beginnings: "to create and maintain a community where people can live, work, and play in an environment that is safe, vibrant, and aesthetically pleasing." In the last few years, Irvine has received several accolades including:
2008: CNNMoney.com ‘s fourth best city in the US to Live in.
2010: FBI’s safest places to live among cities with over 100,000 residents.
2011: Businessweek’s fifth best city to live in the US.
Irvine is divided into many smaller planned neighborhoods, called Villages. Each village is separated by six streets. Originally the villages each had its own architectural design. Today, some villages have retained having a similar architectural style throughout while others are mixed. Among the many different villages are 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 of these villages is made up smaller sub-divisions, such as Turtle Ridge, Shady Canyon, North Park, Marquee at Park Place and Smoketree. There is a large range in home values in Irvine, from a low of 250,000 to a high over 1.5 million dollars. Many factors can affect home values such as location, view, home size, lot size, neighborhood amenities, and age of home. 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. With so options available, working with the real estate professionals of the Franco Team, will ensure you have the very best results in the Irvine real estate market.
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.
Students in Irvine attend schools in either the Irvine Unified School District or the Tustin School District. The Irvine Unified School District has 22 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 4 high schools and 1 continuation high school. The Tustin Unified School District serves 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. In addition to these public schools, Irvine has 29 private schools. Irvine is also home to the University of California at Irvine, Concordia University, California State University Fullerton—Irvine, 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.