The city of Irvine was formerly known as Irvine Ranch under a Spanish land grant. This planned community is named after a family that came into prominence for their highly desired ranches and meadows which the Irvine family developed as growth overtook Orange County during the 20th century. Today, the city which runs along both sides of the San Diego 405 Freeway, includes a world class university with a performing arts center, Irvine Meadows Amphitheater and Wild Rivers Waterpark. With Orange County’s John Wayne/ Santa Ana Airport directly across the street from the city limit and cities of Newport Beach and Tustin nearby, many residents enjoy living near their jobs, either at the University of California Irvine, or at offices surrounding the airport.

The newest draw to the city is the enlarged Irvine Spectrum entertainment area pictured. California’s 27th largest city has no beaches though its next door neighbor, Newport Beach, offers islands, harbors, a peninsula and scenic beaches with two piers. Minus a beach, Irvine offers many activities in a large recreational center, an amusement park with skateboarding and miniature golf, plus several golf courses.

Popular locations are South Coast Plaza, the Performing Arts enter, the Newport Beach wetlands and an ecological reserve, Fashion Island which is an Irvine Company-managed property and the Santa Ana 5 Freeway which runs directly into the heart of Los Angeles and into San Diego, as well.

The Irvine Spectrum Center has 37 entertainment venues, shops and a 21-screen Edwards Theatre and a 6 1/2 story Imax 3-D theatre. The Spanish motif inspired by 13th century architecture is carried in fountains, archways and light fixtures which all reflect a unique design seldom seen in the United States. Dave and Buster’s offers upscale American dining and adult entertainment with world class pocket billiards and hundreds of interactive games under one roof. Another restaurant, Sing Sing, features live entertainment with dueling pianists. It’s guaranteed your senses will be awakened with a visit to the colorful Spectrum.

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  1. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,366 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,500 sqft
    Year built: 1978
    Days on market: 2
  2. 4 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,500 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,863 sqft
    Year built: 2016
    Days on market: 2
  3. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,270 sq ft
    Lot size: 3,831 sqft
    Year built: 1965
    Days on market: 3
  4. $970,000 : 93 Canopy, Irvine
    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,073 sq ft
    Lot size: 2,999 sqft
    Year built: 2003
    Days on market: 3
  5. 2 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,176 sq ft
    Year built: 1984
    Days on market: 3
  6. 1 bed, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,175 sq ft
    Year built: 2007
    Days on market: 3
  7. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,631 sq ft
    Lot size: 849 sqft
    Year built: 2008
    Days on market: 3
  8. 5 beds, 5 baths
    Home size: 4,209 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,272 sqft
    Year built: 2008
    Days on market: 3
  9. $1,229,900 : 25 Sangallo, Irvine
    4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,662 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,627 sqft
    Year built: 1987
    Days on market: 3
  10. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,580 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,800 sqft
    Year built: 1976
    Days on market: 3
  11. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,471 sq ft
    Year built: 1977
    Days on market: 4
  12. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,534 sq ft
    Year built: 2004
    Days on market: 4

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