50 Years Later, Irvine is Better than Ever
This year has celebrated 50 years since Irvine pioneered California’s green initiative. Though a commitment to creating masterfully planned communities while maintaining open spaces has been its promise for balance, Irvine has achieved this feat and so much more. Decade after decade, families continue to choose Irvine when searching for a warm climate, a beautiful landscape, and a safe community to call home. Irvine’s eco-friendly and family-oriented city is Californians top choice for urban living. Irvine was built with the community in mind and here is what makes it so unique.
Parks and Open Spaces
The preserved open space is one of Irvine’s greatest assets. Limestone Canyon in the Northern Preserve and Bommer Canyon in the Southern Preserve both showcase Irvine’s long withstanding pledge of conserving nature and its inhabitants. Irvine has been consistently successful in curating the best of both worlds for the local community. Self-guided hiking and mountain biking within Bommer Canyon and Quail Hill are available as recreational opportunities in the Open Space Preserve. In total, this well-connected city provides more than 60 miles of off-road biking trails. In Irvine, adventure and nature usefully coexist thanks to the dedicated stewardship. To learn more about the stunning landscape of the Irvine Open Space Preserve click here.
For residents wanting to enjoy nature closer to home, the award-winning Jeffrey Open Space trail was developed as a cornerstone of the community. This scenic path provides seamless access to nature and the surrounding villages. Families can enjoy numerous activities together such as hiking and bike riding all along a picturesque, 5 mile trail that travels from the Santa Ana Mountains to the Pacific Mountain. Irvine also features a number of parks that were created for the residential villages. They provide access to pools, playgrounds, basketball and volleyball courts as well as picnic areas. Each of the villages were built with luxurious, resort-style amenities that enhance daily living and the opportunity for families to spend more time together. It is an urban oasis that is truly one of a kind.
Ranks Best of the Best
The city of Irvine consistently ranks as one of the best overall cities to live in the U.S. Not only is it listed as one of the greenest cities in America, but it is also ranked as a top city to raise a family and start a business. In fact, one third of Fortune 500 companies are based in Irvine, providing jobs and bringing in talent from all over the world. From manufacturing to management, every major industry is represented in the job market. The tech space is especially growing, with many companies choosing Irvine as their startup headquarters, considering it the best of both worlds for businesses and people, collaboration and partnership.
In terms of education, families can delight in knowing that Irvine also has a great scholastic system from kindergarten all the way through college. In fact, Irvine has been listed as one of the best college towns as it is home to the University of California, Concordia University, and Irvine Valley College.
With well-lit paths for walking and biking, Irvine was built with safety in mind and has been revered as one of the safest cities for its size for 15 years, giving greater ease to Irvine and its appealing community. The carefully curated communities of Irvine were built to provide peace and comfort while also having a lasting impact on the community.
Residents are able to enjoy every masterfully planned detail Irvine has to offer including one-of-a-kind dining and shopping experiences. Because Irvine is home to an international community, residents are able to explore a host of global cuisines. For a more local experience, a farmers market is available almost every day of the week for Orange County residents to purchase fresh produce while also supporting the local farmers.
For a day of shopping and recreation, Irvine Spectrum Center is a vast, open-air shopping center with a variety of shops. The Irvine Spectrum Center also includes family-friendly activities such as the Giant Wheel, a carousel, Regal movie theater, and The Escape Game. For laughs, the Irvine Improv Comedy Club hosts weekly shows with top-notch talent.
Lastly, Irvine’s perfect location within Orange County places it in close proximity to many area attractions. Families can enjoy a full day of entertainment at Disneyland or opt for a coastal adventure at many of the beaches of Orange County. Choose from the pier at Huntington Beach, the art galleries at Laguna Beach or the quaint and charming essence of Balboa Island for a day of sightseeing and adventure.