Residents across the Villages of Irvine® – Cypress Village, the Village of Portola Springs®, the Village of Stonegate and the Village of Woodbury™ – are enjoying the outstanding lifestyle produced by years of thoughtful planning by the Irvine Company.
This unique, comprehensive approach to providing thriving, balanced communities has created a nationally-recognized school district where student performance is well-above state and national comparisons – with renowned schools within walking distance of your front door; the safest city in America for nine consecutive years, according to the FBI; an abundance of open space and recreation opportunities permanently protected throughout the city; world-class dining, shopping and entertainment, as well as commercial and employment centers strategically located close to villages to minimize travel time between destination and home.
Money magazine, which ranked Irvine sixth on its’ “Best Places to Live” list, noted: “Thanks to smart planning, this big city can feel surprisingly small.”
The Orange County Business Journal reported earlier this year that Irvine’s jobs-to-population ration leads the nation’s 100 largest cities at 94.8%, and California Employment Development Department findings that local unemployment numbers are at 4.9% — below last year’s 6.1% and well below the U.S. and state’s unemployment rate. Also in August, Accounting Principals, a national recruiter for accounting and finance professionals, ranked Irvine as the fourth best city in the U.S. to find a finance job. The city’s economic environment was one of the factors used in formulating the rankings. Finally, Irvine ranked third in 24/7 Wall Street’s listing of the Best-Run Cities in America, based on local economy, fiscal management and quality of life measures.
None of this is by accident. Some of the key planning principles that have guided the building of the Villages of Irvine include:
• Shopping centers planned and built in three levels. Neighborhood centers are the smallest and are built as an integral part of each village so that they can serve the daily needs of the residents. Community centers are slightly bigger than neighborhood centers. Regional retail centers are located within commercial and employment districts. Because of their close proximity to freeways, they attract from all over Orange County. The shopping centers serve as public gathering spaces, as well as high-quality pedestrian environments.
• Educational facilities, including major universities, local community colleges, elementary and high schools are located throughout the Villages of Irvine. Elementary schools are the most prevalent; almost every village has one. Secondary schools are larger and high schools serve citywide functions and usually are located close to residential villages. Colleges are located throughout the city, with the largest being the University of California, Irvine.
• Access to well-maintained recreation areas and vast open spaces are a hallmark of the Villages of Irvine. Local parks help define neighborhoods, while community parks identify villages. These parks provide large-scale active recreation and parkways and trails link villages to open space across the city, and region. Permanently protected open space provides even more opportunities for recreation.
• Infrastructure across the Villages of Irvine was carefully planned so that it could eventually accommodate the build-out of the villages. Systems have been designed so that they can be enhanced and phased as necessary. Highlights of this system include a hierarchical circulation system and an extensive reclaimed water system.
New homebuyers have numerous opportunities across the Villages of Irvine, including Cypress Village, the Village of Portola Springs, the Village of Stonegate and the Village of Woodbury.
Cypress Village offers residents everything families want and need to thrive now and in the years to come. Offering the next generation in new home designs, Cypress Village provides residents with resort-style recreation for the young and young at heart, a convenient setting near your favorite places and acres of parks for fun in the sun, and is conveniently located just moments away from the region’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment. Students will attend the future Cypress Village Elementary School (scheduled to open fall 2014) and Jeffrey Trail Middle School, which opened this September; both schools are conveniently located within the Village and are part of the heralded Irvine Unified School District.
The Village of Portola Springs® offers residents a community unlike any other, with sweeping views of Loma Ridge and vast expanses of protected open space. Close to a variety of amenities designed to make the most of the pristine natural environment, Portola Springs features beautiful homes in an array of inspired architectural styles that are just minutes from the region’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment.
The Village of Stonegate offers residents a distinctive and charming lifestyle which includes intimate neighborhood enclaves unlike any the region. Families enjoy four different parks – with two additional parks scheduled to open this year — that include a Junior Olympic pool with a spa and wading pool, a softball/youth baseball field with soccer overlay, basketball courts, sand volleyball, tot lot, barbecues and picnic tables. Close to the region’s premier shopping, dining and entertainment, these homes are also within walking distance to Stonegate Park, the Jeffrey Open Space Trail and Woodbury™ Town Center.
The award-winning Village of Woodbury™ was inspired by classic American small towns and villages of the past. A traditional grid design encompasses unique “districts” of residential homes, highlighted by 16 neighborhood parks positioned around “The Commons” — a 30-acre central gathering place with athletic fields, a tot lot, recreation center and swimming pools close to miles of open space trails and paseos, award-winning schools, diverse shopping and dining, and much more.
For more information about the new homes available throughout the Villages of Irvine, including office hours for the Sales Galleries, visit www.VillagesofIrvine.com.