Sometimes the “Best” Place to Live Is Also the Best Place to Do Business

Everyone knows the story of the Irvine Company. The family  who owned 93,000 acres in what is now Orange County, and the company directors that followed, took a long view of this land and its place in the evolution of the area. They adopted a powerful proposition that the land, and all those who would live and work on it, would be best served by a Master Plan that fostered the highest quality of life through preservation of “nonrenewable” assets and resources. This core value drove the vision that now defines Irvine and its enviable and sustainable environment.

Relocation

The Irvine Chamber is proud to offer a confidential community orientation and tour for compananies who are considering relocation to Irvine.

In addition, the Chamber can provide the following support:

  • Coordination of visitation itineraries Interview with existing employers
  • Site & building inventory
  • Current data on workforce
  • Information on required permits and licenses

For more information contact the Irvine Chamber Economic Development Department at 949-660-9112.

Healthcare

Access to great healthcare is something Irvine is proud to provide. There are several major hospitals to serve Irvine residents; Hoag Hospital Irvine, and Kaiser Permanente Medical Care. Hoag Hospital Irvine provides comprehensive care for inpatients and outpatients, as well as a fully staffed emergency room. Kaiser Permanente has a large and modern hospital, as well as two other locations within Irvine. They offer high-quality care that includes doctors from family physicians to specialists. Additionally, there are other nearby healthcare options for residents: UCI Medical Center, Hoag Memorial Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

Recreation

Irvine is very popular with outdoor enthusiasts for good reason; it has more green “open space” than any other city in Orange County. A remarkable 30% of the city’s footprint is permanently declared open space to allow for enjoyment of the outdoors and protection of the environment. Those who love to hike, bike and ride horseback can explore the 44 miles of trails Irvine offers. For those who would rather enjoy the outdoors without such exertion can take in the local wildlife and migratory birds at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. The Orange County Great Park, still in its infancy, will one day be twice the size of Central Park in New York City and today offers rides in its giant, iconic orange balloon — a great way to see Irvine from 400 feet in the air. Golfers have access to several 18-hold golf courses in and around Irvine. Athletes have more than 40 athletic fields to chose from and an aquatics complex that regularly hosts national swim meets and water polo tournaments. Families can enjoy any of the 18 community parks, 37 neighborhood parks, or the nearby 15 miles of beaches and coastline that Orange County is so famous for. Laguna Beach is adjacent to the West, with Newport Harbor just to the North and Dana Point to the South.

Housing

As one of the first and largest master planned communities, Irvine has ample housing for both singles and families. The apartment, condominium and single family dwellings (85,582 units) encompass more than 65 square miles with a median home vaue is $622,500 and median rent at $1,832. The city is divided into numerous villages that foster community and provide easy access to amenities, from neighborhood parks to grocery stores. The housing prices in Irvine have held their value more than many other cities in Orange County. With amenities, access and unparalleled safety, Irvine is an ideal place to live and raise a family.

Shopping

Irvine is known for its outdoor shopping areas with great atmosphere. In particular, the Irvine Spectrum Center, The Irvine Marketplace, & The District at Tustin Legacy. The Irvine Spectrum Center is one of the most popular attractions. With more than 130 retail outlets, it’s a shopper’s paradise. More than shopping, however, the Spectrum offers dining and entertainment. Numerous restaurants offer an array of dining options and adults can enjoy some laughs at the Comedy Club. Families are often drawn to the Spectrum because of the large Ferris wheel, carousel, and fountains. The Irvine Marketplace serves the more focused shopper, with less emphasis on entertainment, and the retailers are much larger stores—mostly nationally known chain stores. The District is one of the newer shopping and entertainment meccas, ideal for adults and older teens. From swanky bowling lanes, to sushi bars and irish pubs, the District has quickly become a local favorite for relaxation and fun. For more information about shopping in Irvine, please visit http://www.destinationirvine.com.

Climate

Southern California is known world over for its mild, Mediterranean climate that allows enjoyment of the outdoors all year long. As Irvine is located centrally, in the Southern California, the summers are warm to sometimes hot, the average temperature in August is 90 degrees. It does cool off during the winter, with an average of 68 degrees, and be categorized as cool to warm. The temperature rarely drops below freezing. Most of the rainfall that Irvine receives comes during the winter months; the average is 10-13 inches annually.

Public Safety

Public safety is a great source of pride for the city of Irvine. For the 11 years in a row, the FBI has reported that Irvine has the lowest crime rate of any other city in the United States with a population of more than 100,000. This is often cited as a top reason that companies choose to locate in Irvine; it’s especially attractive to their employees and their families. This is accomplished by a close relationship that the law enforcement and fire authority maintains with the community. The Irvine Police Department is a professional, values-based organization where community policing is a way of life. Community policing is the foundation that the police department has been building upon since it began in 1975. We hope you will benefit from the information that has been compiled about crime and our prevention efforts in our City.

Culture

The city of Irvine was planned to help residents maintain a balance between their work life and home life. An essential part of that includes opportunities for cultural events, experiences and entertainment. Whether you enjoy a stroll through a museum, watching a theatrical performance, or cheering loudly at a rock concert, Irvine has much to offer. Some highlights include: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Irvine: a 16,085-capacity amphitheater that hosts top-name music attractions and serves as the summer home for the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. The Irvine Museum: dedicated to the preservation and display of California art from the Impressionist Period (1890 to 1930). Irvine’s Pretend City Children’s Museum: helps children meaningfully connect with and expand their world through whole body learning experiences, educational programs and over 15 permanent exhibits Irvine Barclay Theatre: an intimate venue that attracts world-renowned performers in dance, theatre and music as well as educational forums The Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 and IMAX theaters offer a state-of-the-art movie-going experience.