Voted one of “America’s Safest Big City” by the FBI, Irvine is perfect for families who want to be close to nature and close to the cultural epicenter of a thriving city.
Parks and sport complexes will please the outdoor lovers as well as the sport fans and athletes. The Orange County Great Park’s Sports Complex is home to a championship soccer stadium, 25 tennis court, and hundreds of yards of lit grass fields for training and games. Sporting tournaments are held year-round at this impressive stadium.
The city’s easy access to major business and corporate centers make it a hub of economic activity and an area prime for jobs in the tech and financial industries. Residents enjoy easy access to major highways and John Wayne Airport which is a stone’s throw away.
More than 100 global corporations and residents who speak more than 70 languages call Irvine home. The words diversity and innovation can best describe this friendly fun city located in the center of Orange County.
Irvine’s commitment to nature preservation and sports is evident in its more than 16,000 acres of parks and sports fields. This is the largest in Orange County. Wildlands with miles of biking trails and hiking allow residents to get back to nature while still being in the heart of a large city.
Irvine’s acres of nature preserve offer a serene scenic backdrop for a morning bike ride or hike.
Bicyclers can venture as far as Balboa Island via an electric bike rental at Pedego Irvine which is a favorite among residents. The bicycles rent for between $60-$125 per day and can reach up to 25 miles per hour which comes in handy for hills. The location is at a nexus of paved off-street bike paths including the popular San Diego Trail. The electric bikes allow people to venture further than a regular bike would, so you could easily take on a 15-mile trip and still have energy at the end of your journey to enjoy the destination.
After an exhausting day of bicycling, relax at an award-winning musical production at one of Irvine’s art centers. The Barclay Theatre is known for its state-of-the-art performance facility where you can see ballet, Broadway-style theatre, and musical performances. Check out the latest art exhibits at the Irvine Fine Arts Center and the Irvine Museum Collection at UC Irvine.
Shopping and Dining
One of the most popular shopping centers in Orange County is in Irvine. The Irvine Spectrum Center combines old fashioned family fun with modern chic boutiques and specialty shops. An antique-inspired carousel and a 108-foot-tall ferris wheel with 52,000 sparkling lights entertain the youngsters while their parents peruse the 130 stores and 20 restaurants of this shopping complex.
Irvine’s multicultural food scene reflects the city’s diverse background and tastes. Urban foodies will delight in the global selection of restaurants to fit all budgets. Some favorites among residents are: Annapoorna (Indian), The Kickin' Crab (American), Stonefire Grill (American), Urban Plates (American), and Fukada (Japanese).
Neighborhoods and Schools
The schools are highly rated in this city of 250,000, and the family vibe is ideal for those in search of a place to call home. Gated communities such as Hidden Canyon or Summit at Turtle Ridge offer many neighborhood amenities and stunning luxury. Communities close to the university such as Quail Hill are also in high demand. Many other communities offer ocean, mountain, and Catalina Island views.