Irvine : California


What It Is Like to Retire in Irvine

Irvine, California is a planned community of about 200,000 in Orange County, California. Because of its housing, good schools, and jobs, Irvine was chosen in 2008 by as the fourth best place to live in America. In 2010, the FBI stated that it was the community with the lowest crime rate of towns with populations over 100,000.

Irvine is also an exciting college town: The University of California, Irvine and Pepperdine College - some of the most beautiful campuses in the country - are located here, among many others.
A number of corporations are also located here in Irvine. Photo of Fountain at Irvine Spectrum Center, the center and its surrounding areas constitute a significant part of Irvine's economy, courtesy of Wikipedia. (public domain).


Where to Retire in Irvine and Home Prices

There are a number of active adult communities in Irvine (see link at top left). Zillow reports the median home value was $963,053, in mid-2021.


What Is Special about Irvine

Crime here is incredibly low.

What Is Not Special about Irvine

Real estate here is relatively high, since Irvine is such an affluent community.

Who Will Like Retirement in Irvine

Those who like an affluent lifestyle and an active college-oriented culture scene will love retiring in Irvine.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Irvine flourishes due to tourism; it also benefits from some large corporations in the area, like Gateway and Broadcom.

Climate and Physical Environment

Irvine, like most of Southern California, has a pleasant mediterranean climate.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

All of the colleges in the area means there are plenty of cultural options, from youthful bars and restaurants to many theater and dance venues.


Crime in Irvine is incredibly low for a bigger community.

Medical Facilities

Kaiser Foundation Hospital Anaheim is four miles away.



Orange County has John Wayne Orange County Airport within 30 minutes of Irvine. An International Airport, it is large, clean, and a much better alternative to Los Angeles Airport, the next large International Airport in the area. An hour's drive from Irvine, LAX is extremely busy, the surrounding area is crime ridden, and the drive is tortuous.


Valuable Links

City of Irvine

Irvine on Wikipedia


What people are saying about Irvine

One of Orange County\'s finest master planned communities
I watched Irvine grow from orange groves into the most beautifully laid out master planned community in Orange County. It is also one of the most expensive. There are major freeways serving the area, and every amenity in a well planned community. There is nothing one cannot find. From the start it was designed to be a walking, biking community. It is a bedroom community for the major high technology companies that surround it. Traffic on the interstates is always congested in Southern CA so leave plenty of time to get to your destination.
Posted by Deb727 on October 17, 2013

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