Welcome to Irvine
A bustling and diverse Orange County community
Nestled within Orange County, Irvine has some lofty neighbors — but it is a destination in its own right. The streets of Irvine are both exciting and welcoming, making it a perfect destination for families.
Connected by major roads, such as Jamboree Road and only twenty-five minutes from the beach, Irvine’s location earns the city yet another gold star. Famously the largest urban planned community, Irvine’s famous for its numerous neighborhoods each of which lay claim to a distinct architectural vibe. One thing they all have in common, however, is Irvine’s quality lifestyles.
Throughout Irvine’s communities, you can find no end to attractive homes and appealing neighborhoods. With so much variety, it’s easy to ensure the perfect home. From the Spanish Mission, Tuscan, Craftsman, modern, Italian Riviera, California modern, and more, the home styles of Irvine are plentiful. Residents flock to Irvine for its peaceful streets, family-friendly opportunities, and incredible natural vistas.
Things to Love
Irvine has quite a lot going for it in terms of family-friendly atmosphere and emphasis on education. Beyond that, Irvine has a unique futuristic approach to traffic. By using modern technology to anticipate and shift traffic patterns, roadways are wider and easier than ever to navigate. Putting an emphasis on family, education, security, and fun is a no-brainer in this upscale, urban-yet-suburban area. This is a perfect place to grow your career and raise a family.
Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment
With international cuisine of the highest order on every street and upscale, convenient shopping opportunities throughout the city, Irvine’s retail, and restaurant scenes are not to be trifled with. Locals love cozying up with their laptops at a great cafe or taking a loved one to dinner at one of Irvine’s many fine-dining destinations.
The upbeat plaza of Diamond Jamboree Shopping Center is ideal for houses numerous hot spots for grabbing quick drinks or indulging in a three-course meal. For delectable treats that melt in your mouth, there’s nowhere better than 85 Degree Bakery. Forget coffee shop chains because grabbing a perfectly brewed coffee with a pastry here is about to become your new routine. The sizzling steaks of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse’s Irvine location are second to none. Paired with a wine from the establishment’s excellent list, it’s an experience that can’t be beaten. Originally hailing from Italy, Il Fornaio offers an upscale, elegant experience complete with top-tier Italian gastronomy.
Things to Do
While Irvine might be bursting with dining and retail options, it’s no stranger to community festivals and the great outdoors. With some incredible access to nature, there’s always something new to see in Irvine.
Considered Orange County’s premier multicultural event, the Irvine Global Village Festival is an entire day filled with community, food, fun, and cultural celebrations of Irvine’s diverse and welcoming community. Of course, what better way to spend an afternoon with the kids than by broadening their horizons and having fun at the same time? By planning a trip to Pretend City Children’s Museum, you can do just that!
The beckoning expanse of nature is one of Irvine’s biggest treasures. Visit Great Park Balloon for some lovely green spaces complete with an antique carousel and hot air balloon rides, while Irvine Barclay Theater holds first place as Irvine’s most engaging and creative theater space. No matter which park you go to, the opportunities to appreciate natural beauty are endless.
Irvine is home to Irvine Unified School District, a highly-educated public school district that’s been awarded the National Blue Ribbon over a dozen times. Other top educational opportunities include:
- The University of California Irvine, one of the nation’s best universities