Irvine Real Estate

irvine real estateThe City of Irvine was incorporated on December 28th 1971 and has been mainly developed by the Irvine Company.  The city was mapped out and planned mostly by William Pereira and Raymond Watson in the 1960's and 1970's.  The vision then and now was to create a community where people could work, live and play in a safe and aesthetically pleasing environment.  Apparently they succeeded as Irvine real estate constantly ranks among the top in the country.  In September of 2014 CNN Money put out the top 50 places to live in the US and Irvine was at number 14 nationally and the number 1 city in California.  

Irvine real estate is located in the center of Orange County California surrounded by Tustin to the east, Santa Ana to the north, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa to the west, and Lake Forest to the south.  Irvine occupies 66 square miles of land and as of 2013 the estimated population was near 250,000.  The average age for someone living in Irvine is 33.6 years old with an average income of $96,000 per year.  Ethnically Irvine is somewhat diverse.  As of the 2012 census they cultural makeup was 42% white, 40% Asian, 11% Hispanic, 4% two or more races and 2% African American.

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Irvine, California Homes

When living in Irvine, California homes, there's plenty to choose from.  There are large estates priced well into the 7 and 8 figures in Shady Canyon.  There are nice older (1970's single family homes with small yards in the Woodbridge and Westpark areas.  There are small condos for the college student or first time home buyers near UCI and in the Rancho San Joaquin areas.  There are also plenty of apartments (mostly owned by the Irvine Company) for those who would like to just rent.

Irvine homes can be priced a little more on the expensive side compared to a lot of other communities in the area.  After all it is a very desirable place to live so the demand is always high.  If you able to afford living in Irvine and you have a family Irvine Homes will probably be at the top of your list. Over 65% of all Irvine homes are families and the average number of people per household is 2.6.

Part of the reason there is such a high number of households with children are the schools in Irvine.  The Irvine Unified School District is rated a perfect 10/10 on greatschools.org and boasts some of the best public education in the state.  There are 25 elementary schools, 6 middle schools and 6 high schools. In addition there is the University of California, Irvine, Concordia University and Irvine Valley College.  These schools offer a great education while staying in the community.  

Pros and Cons of living in Irvine

As with any city there are things that you may like and things that you may dislike.  Its common that we will hear these will looking at Irvine homes for sale so we figured its worth a mention.  Some of the pros to living in Irvine are:

  • Culturally diverse community with everything from restaurants to events representing a lot of American, Asian and Latino cultures.
  • Centrally located in the middle of Orange County.  You are within 10 minutes of South Coast Plaza, Fashion Island, Angels Stadium, the Honda Center, Laguna or Newport Beach and Disneyland just to name a few.
  • There are lots of good shopping options in Irvine.  Most places in Irvine will have everything you need (grocery store, gas station, restaurants, etc) within a mile or two of your home so you never need to go far.
  • Safety first.  Irvine crime rates are so low that for a city the size of Irvine, this is one of the safest in the country!

As with any area there might be things that some people don't like about it.  

  • Cost- Its not cheap to live in Irvine.  Weather you are looking to rent or buy it might not be affordable for some.  As of September 2014 the median price for a home was over $650,000 so its not for everyone.
  • Lots of people live in Irvine.  Some parts of Irvine can get very crowded, especially during rush hours everyday.  Sometimes it will take quite a while to get from one side of Irvine to the other if you go at the wrong time of day.  If you are a looking for a small town feel this probably wouldn't be the place for you.
  • There are a large number of apartments in Irvine now.  To most people this is a non issue but to some it matters.  Because Irvine has become such a desirable place to live many apartments have been built over the last 10 years.

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Activities in Irvine

Living in Irvine has a lot of perks.  One of those is there is never a shortage of activities to keep you busy.  If you like to stay active there are many bikeways and walking paths throughout most of the city.  In addition if you like to golf you are in luck.  Most of the course in Irvine are public courses and top of the local favorites are Oak Creek and Strawberry Farms and both are very well maintained and challenging.  

No page talking about Irvine would be complete without mentioning the Irvine Spectrum.  The Irvine Spectrum is an outdoor mall and entertainment center.  If you like to shop you will find a plethora of store to choose from including Nordstrom's and Macy's.  If you like to enjoy a nice meal out there are some amazing restaurants such as: Del Frisco's Grille, CUCINA enoteca and Javier's.  There is also a Edwards 21 theater megaplex and Imax if you want to catch something on a really big screen.  

Also in Irvine there is the Orange County Great Park.  Taking up nearly 1300 acres (twice the size of central park in NYC) lies this large scale park.  There are always plenty events and things to do in the park such as Story Time in the Garden (reading stories for kids), a local farmers market, and dancing classes jus to name a few.  

Should I live in Irvine?

Should you live in Irvine or not.  Ultimately that is a question that you have to answer on your own, but here are a couple of things to consider.  

There are lots of jobs in the area.  Over 100 large business have their headquarters in Irvine, Ca covering a large scope of industries from pharmaceuticals to semiconductors and computer gaming companies to telecommunications.  So if you are looking for a job, there is a decent chance you will find a number of options up your alley in Irvine.

As mentioned earlier in this post Irvine is extremely safe and very family friendly but its not cheap.  If you are single and looking for a lively town this might not be the best spot for you.  However if you are raising a family or like a very suburban community you will really like Irvine.

There are a large number of different and distinct communities in Irvine and it might be a little overwhelming if you aren't familiar with the city.  For more information on buying or selling a home in Irvine please contact one of our Irvine REALTORS® today!

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