Irvine is well-known as a remarkably desirable, safe, expertly managed, and vibrant city in southern coastal California. Condominiums are perennially popular in Irvine, with many enjoying views of the Pacific Ocean or Irvine’s palm tree-studded landscape. Whether on the beach or inland, condos in Irvine come in a variety of sizes, are highly sought after, and echo the laid-back, casual atmosphere of the city. Irvine is home to both one-bedroom structures and condos with enough space for a growing family.
Irvine is an immaculately planned community, with several dozen neighborhoods that were built to all have distinctive architectural features and design elements. While some of these villages have a uniform look and feel, others are very diverse in their appearance and variety of housing styles. Some of the neighborhoods include special amenities such as their own swimming pools, recreational centers, or community clubhouses. Among the best known of the Irvine villages are Turtle Rock, University Hills, Quail Hill, Woodbridge, Northwood, and Woodbury. Quail Hill is known for its characteristic Tuscan and Spanish elements and detailing. El Camino Real sports a neo-eclectic Spanish flair, while Northwood is known for its expert craftsmanship, and Northpark is known for structures that are built in the French or Italian Country style. University Park and West Irvine display a distinctly modern Californian aesthetic.
Irvine stands firmly on an economy that is very well supported by tourism and leisure, and it is a major regional destination for vacations and events. A number of large corporations and notable companies are headquartered in Irvine, including big names such as Broadcom Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Freedom Communications, LA Fitness, In-N-Out Burger, Meade Instruments, Paragon Software Group, Online Trading Academy, Spectrum Group International, Taco Bell, and Western Digital. The University of California Irvine employs a workforce of nearly 15,000 residents. Other major employers include Blizzard Entertainment, Irvine Unified School District, Edwards Lifesciences, Allergan, and Verizon Wireless.