Irvine is a large city in Orange County, California. Irvine is a 66 square mile city with approximately 225,000 residents. Irvine is bordered by Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Tustin and Santa Ana. Irvine was designed by the Irvine Company in the 1960’s as a fully mastered planned city. The city was incorporated in 1971. Irvine’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." Multiple times in recent years, Irvine has been chosen one of the best cities to live in, in the US. The FBI has named Irvine one of the safest cities with a population of greater 100,000 residents.
Irvine is divided into 32 Villages. Each village has several residential developments, schools, parks and green spaces and shopping areas. The Villages include 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. Among the variety of property choices are condos, downtown urban lofts, duplexes, townhouses, single family homes and custom built golf course view estates. Home prices range from $250,000 to 15 plus million dollars. Home prices are dependent on several factors including home size, location, property size, home finishes, views and neighborhood amenities. There are guard gated, gated and non-gated developments in Irvine. Views from Irvine homes include, surrounding canyons and hills, green belt, golf course, city night lights and gorgeous sunsets.
Irvine has two school districts; Irvine Unified School District and Tustin Unified School District. The majority of the city is served by the Irvine Unified School District with 22 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 4 high schools and 1 continuation high school. The Tustin Unified School District serves the northern and the western parts of the city with 17 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, 2 high schools and 1 continuation high school. Irvine also has 29 private schools serving 4,400 students. The private schools include LePort, Crean Lutheran South High School, International Academy of Irvine, Marden School and Pacific Academy. Irvine is home to many colleges and universities. This list includes 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.
Irvine has a Mediterranean like climate, giving it beautiful year round weather. There are parks throughout Irvine and in every village within Irvine. There are several large parks including Irvine Regional Park and the OC Great Park. The Irvine Regional Park has hundreds of acres. There are trails throughout the park for horseback riding, biking, walking and hiking. In addition, most villages and developments within those villages have tennis courts, swimming pools, clubhouses and gyms.