Irvine Real Estate Blog

Land is a scarce commodity in the coastal area of Irvine as it is a master planned city with homes located on very small residential lots.  There are a few exceptions to this and can be found in some of the most expensive and sought after communities.  The Shady Canyon community is a perfect place to start as these are custom homes located on larger parcels of land.  Shady Canyon homes were first built in 2001 as an ultra-exclusive guard gated entrance.  The security into this community is extremely strict with a 24 hour guard gated entrance that confirms if you are a resident or a registered guest of the owner.  Once you pass the guard gates there is another set of gated entrances that you must have special permission to enter.  This means you can't

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The Groves at Orchard Hills is one of the newest gated communities in the city of Irvine, California with eight existing neighborhoods to be built.  Home builders like Taylor Morrison, KB Home, TRI Pointe Homes, Brookfield Residential and The New Company will be building the following communities Varenna, Capella, La Vita, Messina, Vicenza, Saviero, Amelia and Trevi.  What's exciting is that many of the homes are currently on the market for sale and feature homes in all various sizes.  Some of the largest homes will be found in the Trevi neighborhoods that will offer homes up to 6,937 square feet and built by The New Home Company.  There will also be smaller scale homes found in the Varenna neighborhood that will offer homes from 2,476 to 2,683 square

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The city of Irvine has a limited supply of homes that would be considered "tiny houses" since most single family residences often feature homes over 1,500 square feet.  What we consider a tiny house here in Southern California is not necessarily small in other parts of the country.  A 1,200 square foot home or less in Irvine is considering a very small house and normally will come with two bedrooms and two baths.  There are two main communities that offer these smaller single family homes and can be found in the Orangetree and Westpark area in Irvine.

The Orangetree community has a neighborhood that features "patio homes" that were built in the late 1970's and early 1980's.  These are detached one story homes that feature two bedrooms and often range

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One of the newest neighborhoods in Irvine is a community called Eastwood Village.  There will be a total of six neighborhoods that include Avalon, Helena, Petaluma, Marin, Piedmont and Belvedere.  This is a prime location that is east of the 5 freeway and north of the 133 freeway.  Surrounding communities include Northpark, Northwood, Woodbury and Stonetree.

These are attached townhouses that offer a wide range of available floor plans with current real estate prices starting at just over $630,000 and go as high as just under $1,200,000.  The homeowners association offers the following amenities:  community pool, spa, picnic area and children's playground area.  It's important to disclose that there are monthly homeowners association dues and a Mello

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Irvine is well known for it's brand new communities with a majority of the planned neighborhoods built from the 1970's.  However, homes in Irvine actually date back to the early 1920's and one such property has come up for sale in the Lambert Ranch area of Irvine.  Lambert Ranch is a small gated neighborhood in the Portola Springs area of Irvine that was originally dedicated to farm land.  The Lambert Family has owned the property at 55 Parsons Brown since the homes built in 1925.  The one level Craftsman style home features a total of three bedrooms with 1,840 square feet of living space situated on a 1.6 acre of land and listed for $2,200,000.  The home has been beautifully resorted and offers panoramic views of the Irvine valley and as far as Newport

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The most expensive Irvine homes sold in 2015 all occurred in the same neighborhood and two of the three were located on the same street!  The neighborhood known as "Shady Canyon" is by far the most expensive neighborhood in Irvine with large scale estate homes that sit on the ocean side of the freeway near the city limits of Newport Beach.  Here is the top 3 properties that sold in 2015.

44 Blue Heron, Irvine sold for $9,400,000 on 11/23/2015.  This is a true landmark property in Shady Canyon that features five bedrooms, 11,441 square feet of living space on nearly an acre of land.  The home was on the market for several years for a total of 756 days with an original list price of $13,900,000.  One of the reasons for the highest sale was the state of

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The Saviero at Camden Square neighborhood tract is ideally located in the Orchid Hills Irvine community.  This is a collection of 45 luxury homes priced in the mid $1,500,000 to $2,000,000 range and offering homes over 5,000 square feet of living space.  The floor plans are very distinctive and include a California Room, Great Room, Laundry or Crafts room and an attached 3 car garage.  The open floor plans combines the kitchen, great room and dining room into one large space that extends out to the California room.  Upstairs features a large Master bedroom with an adding Master Bath with separate shower and soaking tub as well as a walk-in closet.  These are brand new construction homes that were just completed in 2015 and are competing with several other

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Sheridan Place is a gated community located in the West Irvine area of Irvine, California.  The community was built starting in the year 1999 and features two to three bedroom townhouses.    This is a popular community due to it's prime location situated off Jamboree Road and near the 261 freeway.  Built in the Mediterranean architectural style that is often seen in the West Irvine area that was constructed by popular home builder Greystone Homes.  There vision was to create an upscale neighborhood with low maintenance yards in a secure gated environment with a community pool, spa and barbecue area.  

The townhouses are very light and bright and feature living room fireplaces, formal dining room, downstairs bedrooms and attached garages.  The Kitchens

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School is getting back in full swing and many students will be attending the University of California Irvine campus.  We have been getting many calls for students looking for housing located within a short radius to the college.  The most popular location is the University Town Center that has popular communities like Oxford Courts, Princetown Townhomes, Columbia Square and Cambridge Court.  For those looking to rent in these four communities expect rental prices to start just above $2,000 a month for a two bedroom condo that will be around 1,000 square feet of living space.  Two bedroom units will normally rent up to around $2,600 with three bedroom units in the $2,600 to $3,200 a month range.  The three bedroom condos are some of the most sought after

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The most affordable condos in Irvine, California can be found in the Orangetree and Northwood areas.  These two communities offer the lowest priced condos in all of Irvine can be currently found between $250,000 to $300,000.  The inventory in this price range is very limited with only 3 properties currently available for sale under $300,000.  Be prepared as these condos can be rather small but a great value in the expensive Irvine real estate market.

The Orangetree area has the highest concentration of condos under $300,000 and can be found in the Terraces and Orangetree Lakes and Terrace building.  Condos in this price range will typically be a one bedroom unit that offers under 1,000 square feet of living space.  The community is very nice with small

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