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Pros and Cons of Living in Irvine - 9/13/2012
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Todd
Irvine, CA

I've lived in Irvine for almost 5 years. I've ultimately decided to move out of the area for several reasons (see my opinion of the negative aspects below). I'll start with the positives:

1. "Cultural" which generally means good Asian and Middle Eastern/Arabic restaurants.

2. Conveniently located (basically in center of Orange County, close to major freeways, only about 15 min from pretty beaches).

3. Plenty of things to do in the surrounding areas (but not Irvine itself)

4. Good shopping centers such as the Irvine Spectrum

Negative aspects of living in Irvine:

1. TOO EXPENSIVE! Irvine's top priority is making money by building homes and apartment complexes. Therefore there is very little greenery left. Plus, most of your salary will be devoted to housing as homes and rentals are double that of the rest of the country (apartments average at least $1500 per month for 1-bedroom and $2000 for a 2-bedroom, and this price increases the closer you are to the beach). Insurance, tax, utility bills are extremely high as well!

2. VERY FAKE- Materialistic people and overall Irvine vibe

3. TOO MANY ASIANS! The population consists at at least 30% Asian (Chinese) which means that people are quite rude, unfriendly toward people outside their culture, and rarely speak English. There are plenty of Middle Easterners as well (Persian, Indian). It seems like almost everyone is angry, and I have witnessed several road rage incidents.

4. NO JOBS! You basically have to sit in traffic for hours commuting toward Los Angeles or San Diego.

While I have made the decision to move out of Irvine, I will let you decide for yourself. If you want to relocate to Orange County, there is certainly better places to live. Based on my experiences, I would not recommend living here. Good luck in your relocation search :)

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Ryan
Southlake, TX

Wiki - 9/17/2014

We lived in Irvine for 16 years. The overcrowding and overpopulation by Asians (who won't talk to you unless you are Asian) were the main reasons we left. I think too many people drink the, "kool-aid" when is comes to the school system. There are other places with schools that are just as good with smaller class sizes and much better funding. We were so disappointed to see how Irvine developed. For a planned community is appears that they planned to just cram as many people in as possible. It is a well kept city but it feels like a rat race. What a shame that "white flight" has kicked in and it is becoming another Garden Grove with good schools!

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Ben
Irvine, CA

Too many apartments in Irvine now! - 6/20/2014

When I first moved to Irvine in 1996 I loved it! Many wide open spaces, greenery & a good balance of SFR's, Condo/town homes & apartments. During the boom from 2000-2006 we decided to buy in Aliso Viejo because we could get more bang for the buck & still be relatively close to Irvine & all the freeways. Since the financial collapse of 2007-2008 we sold our condo & are now renting an SFR back in Irvine to be closer to work & wait for a good time to buy again. However, many cities & I guess Irvine is no exception had to generate revenue & I guess that means building more apartment complexes. I don't mind this when they're the 2 story 4 unit types & the whole complex is between 100-250 units total but these greedy builders are now building these 5-6 story mega urban style apartments cramming 400-600 units in every vacant land they can find. That's placing way too much stress & demand on this city to accommodate these new tenants. Now they're going cram another 2000 + units in the Tustin Legacy area (The District)! STOP!!!! I also don't like how Irvine is purposely advertising to certain cultures mainly Korean's & Chinese. From what i've heard they're directly advertising in Korea & Hong Kong. Now before you start saying "racist" I AM Asian (Japanese) but the city is becoming too lopsided. I prefer a nice mixture & balance but this is getting ridiculous! UCI is or will be soon predominately Asian, most of the shopping & restaurants now are becoming predominately Asian. The major is Asian. It's like we're lemmings just following each other. There's other safe, clean cities to setup shop guys, spread out!! The city of Irvine is probably rationalizing this by saying, "Well they bring in liquid revenue, low crime & high GPA's, so it's a win win for everyone"! NO it's not because you're driving other cultures away! It's just a fancier, newer & cleaner Garden Grove. The District was a parking, entrance/exist nightmare & who ever designed the parking, entrance/exit for the Jamboree Diamond should be hung. And who are these high rise apartment complexes geared towards I ask you? Of course Chinese, look at Hong Kong everything is a skyscraper.

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Elizabeth
Irvine, CA

Quality of Life - 4/29/2013

We have lived in Irvine for the last 22 years and have enjoyed an excellent quality of life. The city is clean, well-laid out, and virtually free of crime. Our children received a top-rated education at public expense and attended Ivy League universities. There is no shortage of events and activities for children and families, most of which are sponsored by the city or by the community (football, softball, baseball, soccer, art, etc.). Last, the city is extremely culturally diverse, providing everyone with a world-experience of life. I highly recommend this city to anyone who is seeking a community in which to raise a family.

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Todd
Irvine, CA

Honest Review about Living in Irvine - 9/14/2012

I've lived in Irvine for almost 5 years. I've ultimately decided to move out of the area for several reasons (see my opinion of the negative aspects below). I'll start with the positives: 1. "Cultural" which generally means good variety of Asian and Middle Eastern/Arabic restaurants. 2. Conveniently located (basically in center of Orange County, close to major freeways, only about 15 min from pretty beaches). 3. Plenty of things to do in the surrounding areas (but not Irvine itself) 4. Good shopping centers such as the Irvine Spectrum Negative aspects of living in Irvine: 1. TOO EXPENSIVE! Irvine's top priority is making money by building homes and apartment complexes. Therefore there is very little greenery left. Plus, most of your salary will be devoted to housing as homes and rentals are double that of the rest of the country (apartments average at least $1500 per month for 1-bedroom and $2000 for a 2-bedroom, and this price increases the closer you are to the beach). Insurance, tax, utility bills are extremely high as well! 2. VERY FAKE- Materialistic people and overall fakeness of Irvine 3. TOO MANY ASIANS! The population consists at at least 30% Asian (Chinese, Korean, Japanese) which means that people are quite rude, unfriendly toward people outside their culture, and rarely speak English. There are plenty of Middle Easterners (Persian, Indian) that this applies to as well. It seems like almost everyone is angry, and I have witnessed several road rage incidents. There are also plenty of inconsiderate wealthy people of all nationalities (including White) that feel that they are entitled to everything! 4. NO JOBS! You basically have to sit in traffic for hours commuting toward Los Angeles or San Diego. While I have made the decision to move out of Irvine, I will let you decide for yourself. If you want to relocate to Orange County, there are certainly better places to live. Based on my experiences, I would not recommend living in Irvine. Good luck in your relocation search :)

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Todd
Irvine, CA

Life in Irvine: Pros and Cons - 9/13/2012

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Todd
Irvine, CA

Irvine: Pros and Cons - 9/13/2012

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Todd
Irvine, CA

Pros and Cons of Living in Irvine - 9/13/2012

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Todd
Irvine, CA

Pros and Cons of Living in Irvine - 9/13/2012

I've lived in Irvine for almost 5 years. I've ultimately decided to move out of the area for several reasons (see my opinion of the negative aspects below). I'll start with the positives: 1. "Cultural" which generally means good Asian and Middle Eastern/Arabic restaurants. 2. Conveniently located (basically in center of Orange County, close to major freeways, only about 15 min from pretty beaches). 3. Plenty of things to do in the surrounding areas (but not Irvine itself) 4. Good shopping centers such as the Irvine Spectrum Negative aspects of living in Irvine: 1. TOO EXPENSIVE! Irvine's top priority is making money by building homes and apartment complexes. Therefore there is very little greenery left. Plus, most of your salary will be devoted to housing as homes and rentals are double that of the rest of the country (apartments average at least $1500 per month for 1-bedroom and $2000 for a 2-bedroom, and this price increases the closer you are to the beach). Insurance, tax, utility bills are extremely high as well! 2. VERY FAKE- Materialistic people and overall Irvine vibe 3. TOO MANY ASIANS! The population consists at at least 30% Asian (Chinese) which means that people are quite rude, unfriendly toward people outside their culture, and rarely speak English. There are plenty of Middle Easterners as well (Persian, Indian). It seems like almost everyone is angry, and I have witnessed several road rage incidents. 4. NO JOBS! You basically have to sit in traffic for hours commuting toward Los Angeles or San Diego. While I have made the decision to move out of Irvine, I will let you decide for yourself. If you want to relocate to Orange County, there is certainly better places to live. Based on my experiences, I would not recommend living here. Good luck in your relocation search :)

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Todd
Irvine, CA

HONEST REVIEW OF IRVINE - 9/13/2012

I've lived in Irvine for almost 5 years. I've ultimately decided to move out of the area for several reasons (see my opinion of the negative aspects below). I'll start with the positives: 1. "Cultural" which generally means good Asian and Middle Eastern/Arabic restaurants. 2. Conveniently located (basically in center of Orange County, close to major freeways, only about 15 min from pretty beaches). 3. Plenty of things to do in the surrounding areas (but not Irvine itself) 4. Good shopping centers such as the Irvine Spectrum Negative aspects of living in Irvine: 1. TOO EXPENSIVE! Irvine's top priority is making money by building homes and apartment complexes. Therefore there is very little greenery left. Plus, most of your salary will be devoted to housing as homes and rentals are double that of the rest of the country (apartments average at least $1500 per month for 1-bedroom and $2000 for a 2-bedroom, and this price increases the closer you are to the beach). Insurance, tax, utility bills are extremely high as well! 2. VERY FAKE- Materialistic people and overall Irvine vibe 3. TOO MANY ASIANS! The population consists at at least 30% Asian (Chinese) which means that people are quite rude, unfriendly toward people outside their culture, and rarely speak English. There are plenty of Middle Easterners as well (Persian, Indian). It seems like almost everyone is angry, and I have witnessed several road rage incidents. 4. NO JOBS! You basically have to sit in traffic for hours commuting toward Los Angeles or San Diego. While I have made the decision to move out of Irvine, I will let you decide for yourself. If you want to relocate to Orange County, there is certainly better places to live. Based on my experiences, I would not recommend living here. Good luck in your relocation search :)

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Todd
Irvine, CA

HONEST REVIEW OF IRVINE - 9/13/2012

I've lived in Irvine for almost 5 years. I've ultimately decided to move out of the area for several reasons (see my opinion of the negative aspects below). I'll start with the positives: 1. "Cultural" which generally means good Asian and Middle Eastern/Arabic restaurants. 2. Conveniently located (basically in center of Orange County, close to major freeways, only about 15 min from pretty beaches). 3. Plenty of things to do in the surrounding areas (but not Irvine itself) 4. Good shopping centers such as the Irvine Spectrum Negative aspects of living in Irvine: 1. TOO EXPENSIVE! Irvine's top priority is making money by building homes and apartment complexes. Therefore there is very little greenery left. Plus, most of your salary will be devoted to housing as homes and rentals are double that of the rest of the country (apartments average at least $1500 per month for 1-bedroom and $2000 for a 2-bedroom, and this price increases the closer you are to the beach). Insurance, tax, utility bills are extremely high as well! 2. VERY FAKE- Materialistic people and overall Irvine vibe 3. TOO MANY ASIANS! The population consists at at least 30% Asian (Chinese) which means that people are quite rude, unfriendly toward people outside their culture, and rarely speak English. There are plenty of Middle Easterners as well (Persian, Indian). It seems like almost everyone is angry, and I have witnessed several road rage incidents. 4. NO JOBS! You basically have to sit in traffic for hours commuting toward Los Angeles or San Diego. While I have made the decision to move out of Irvine, I will let you decide for yourself. If you want to relocate to Orange County, there is certainly better places to live. Based on my experiences, I would not recommend living here. Good luck in your relocation search :)

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chris
Irvine, CA

Irvine, Ca.- Don't belive the Propaganda /Irvine i - 10/31/2011

We moved to Irvine, Ca from Birmingham, Mi back in 2004 due to better economic opportunities. I am a third generation American and my wife is second generation American. We grew up in a very Mid-western lifestyle with a diverse group of cultures- mostly European, Indian, Asian, etc. However, the BIG DIFFERENCE back in Michigan was that all of the other cultures like our own actually assimilated into America by learning to speak English and accepting/being part of the American Community. We always had a lot of REAL friends and a great social/support network back in Michigan. Weekend BBQ's were a lot of fun with the neighbors. We finally decided to take the plunge and moved to Irvine, Ca. into a small apartment for $1850/month. At first, we were pretty impressed and culture shocked with Irvine. It's Damn Expensive! $3.50 for an iced tea at Cheesecake Factory? WTF? Our first three years we had a good time, traveled California, ate great food, had lots to do, enjoyed the great weather but we started noticing a lot of disturbing things. Flash forward 7 years, we are still living in Irvine, California because we have done very well financially, however, we feel like total OUTSIDERS and cannot wait to move/live in a REAL American Community. It seems like a lot of our good diverse "friends" have moved out of California to better places with more economic opportunities. In our opinion, Irvine, Ca. is NOT a great place to make REAL LONG TERM FRIENDSHIPS, raise a family or be part of a REAL community UNLESS you are Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese or Persian and speak those languages FLUENTLY. Too much diversity without any assimilation is not a good thing. Excessive diversity can make you feel LOCKED OUT of REAL FRIENDSHIPS due to Language & Cultural Barriers. You can feel like an outsider living in a foreign land because you ARE an outsider. Try going into a Vietnamese restaurant where everyone is Vietnamese and you are the only non-asian in the place. Lots of weird looks like-what the hell are you doing here? Facts- My wife and I have concluded that it is very difficult to Make REAL Friends in Irvine, California. There is too much cultural diversity and Financial Stress. We don't even know our neighbors. We have tried to introduce ourselves or invite them to dinner but they are too busy for us. It seems like most people you meet here are trying to sell you something and are not interested in getting to know you first. It's very EXPENSIVE to live in California and most people are just trying to survive and become self-absorbed with money first/friendship mentality. No matter how much money you make in California, it seems that your bank account is very low. We make over six figures a year and we almost went into debt trying to keep up with the California "Lifestyle". We recently had an AH-HA Moment-Life is not all about how much money you make, it's about making REAL FRIENDSHIPS and helping others. Most people in Irvine, Ca. are too self-absorbed/selfish. Showing off and driving German/Japanese Sports Cars BMW's Mercedes Lexus and keeping up with the Jones's. #1 A majority %85 of Californians are on some kind of legal or illegal mind-altering drugs due to FINANCIAL STRESS. They are either pill poppers vicodin, oxy or pot heads or coke heads. It blew us away how many "normal" Californian's hide their drug addictions. #2 You waste a lot of time driving your car getting around, nothing is close by. Wanna go to the Irvine Spectrum? Good luck finding parking. Would you like to wait one hour plus to eat your dinner? How about sitting next to someone that doesn't speak English? It happens all of the time in Irvine, Ca. #3 Unless you own your own business or have highly specialized skills forget about working for a job in Irvine, Ca. California has one of the Highest Unemployment Rates in the US. #4 California is #1 on the 10 states in the worst financial health and highest financially stressed residents according to the Pew Center on the States. #1 being the worst. #5 Since 90% of California residents are stressed, they have the Dog eat Dog mentality, which makes them some of the most Rude, Unfriendly, Flakey, Materialistic, Stressed out/Fake people ever seen in one area. #6 Californians are not interested in being involved in a true community. Money First-Friendship Last mentality. Californians are too worried about their finances and too high on their drugs to care about you. Money First/Friendship Last State. #7 Horrible place to raise a Family due to Bad Influences. 2 out of 3 high school students use drugs. California has a 75.54% DIVORCE RATE one of the highest in the USA. #8 Too much cultural diversity/diversity sucks. Thousand of foreigners/immigrants from screwed up countries that don’t care to assimilate into US culture or speak English. Most immigrants are in California to milk the socialist liberal system and to make as much money as they can, wire it back home and eventually leave California. #9 Highest taxes in the USA and HIGHEST FINANCIAL STRESS . #10 Everything is Super-Expensive/No value for your money. Costly Housing, real estate taxes, expensive food ($3.50 for an Iced Tea!) and highest gas prices because State of California taxes the crap out of everything they can get their greedy hands on! #11 If you’re not earning at least $160,000/year in California you are eternally forced to rent a small/expensive crappy apartment from rich foreign landlords. #12 Over 23% of homeowners are underwater on their homes, Foreclosures Everywhere. #13 A nasty over-crowded Suburban Sprawl nightmare with insane traffic jams. #14 Worst state to own a business since it’s an Anti-business environment with tons of Red Tape and stupid regulations. Thousands of good companies have left California for better Pro-Business States due to excessive taxes and endless fees. #15 California has largest “lawsuit climate” meaning every idiot who thinks you are rich is going to try to sue you for money. Scum bag lawyers love California. #16 California is Broke for $25 Billion. Governor Brown will find a way to get your hard earned money by raising taxes/fees. #17 California has many corrupt mafia style unions (teachers, police, firefighters) that control California’s government/economy via lobbyists. They suck all of the state's tax dollars dry. Union Fire Fighters can make more than a Doctor with their over-time pay! #18 Since California has so many illegals, they help their fellow Illegal immigrants to take advantage of every stupid Liberal Law such as the illegal/unfair Dream Act. #19 California rewards those who are lazy with their welfare system which stinks(20% of LA County Residents get public aid welfare!) #20 1 of 3 Californians has NO HEALTH INSURANCE #21 California is home to millions of scary Liberals. #22 California has the worst gun laws in the US/weakest 2nd Amendment Rights almost impossible to get a CCW unless you are a corrupt cop/prison guard(criminals don’t need licenses or waste money on stupid CA fees to get guns in California!).Criminals have access to all kinds of illegal cheaper guns while the honest, law-abiding California residents cannot have access to guns to protect their families. Think about it, in California, if some violent criminal breaks into your house and murders your Family, he will just get life in prison which is a slap on the wrist joke. If you shoot and kill this criminal his family will turn around and sue you for millions and probably win 70% of the time. #23 If you're single it is an extremely difficult environment to find a suitable mate/Partner due to high transient levels. People are always moving to and from California. #24 The Irvine Police care more about writing you a revenue generating traffic ticket that protecting you from criminals, #25 California has the Third Highest Income Tax Rate in the US. #26 Earthquakes and Fires. #27 Dirtiest Air Pollution in the USA. Stinks like crap and you’re breathing it in everyday in Ca #28 Anti-Business Liberal minded state run by a corrupt career politician Jerry Brown who screwed up BIG TIME back in 1983. The idiotic liberal majority in California voted failure Jerry Brown back into office again for another round of anti-business punishment! #29 California prisons are a JOKE and career criminals love it. Prisoners don’t have to work. They can get their college degrees, watch cable and buy drugs/cell phones from corrupt prison guards. #30 If you get Divorced in California and you make more money than your Spouse in California, the California Divorce Courts will take 50% of your assets plus a large monthly alimony for many years. If you are a Super Rich Flaming Liberal or part of a tight knit immigrant community, then Irvine, California is for you!

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GSky
Irvine, CA

Master planned everything - 5/31/2010

Irvine is a wonderful place to live and work. The city was master planned to the T by a famous city planner. The schools are absolutely top notch, dozens of parks in every neighborhood and is landscaped really nicely. The weather is UNBEATABLE. Cool breeze at night, even on hot summer nights. You can get to the beach by driving 15 minutes west, and see the mountains from your house in the other direction. One drawback is that it is so master crafted as a community that they don't approve hardly any unique shops or restaurants. If you want some really authentic food, you'll have to drive elsewhere or an hour north to Los Angeles to get it. Con: Very expensive real estate. Homes are 5 times more expensive than a nice suburban neighborhood in Texas, just for reference. Especially with the newer homes, even a $1 million home doesn't buy you a decent backyard. You're lucky if you get one that can accommodate a dog.

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Cris
Irvine, CA

Irvine is Wonderful - 4/12/2010

Irvine is a fantastic place to raise children. Children can safely play outside or ride their bikes on the many greenbelts. The city is packed with parks and bike trails. The schools are very good and there is no shortage of fun things to do in the community. The weather is gorgeous with mild summer and winter temperatures. Irvine is a planned community so everything is well thought out and beautifully landscaped - a visual feast for the eyes. Yet there are plenty of untouched open spaces as well, some of which are open to the public for hiking and exploring. Most people I have met in Irvine are friendly and easy going. Our city has an amazing cultural diversity. We have people from many different parts of the world right on our street, and they are all very nice, neighborly folks. The only challenging part about Irvine is the cost of living. It does cost a little more to live here than in the neighboring towns, but if you can make it work, it is well worth the effort. I was raised in Irvine. After marrying and moving away, it took 15 years before I was financially able to move back and raise my children here. I highly recommend Irvine to anyone who wants a beautiful, low crime, family fun oriented area with lots of employment opportunities.

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Robert
Overland Park, KS

Pretty Nice Place - 9/28/2009

I moved to Irvine with my girlfriend about two years ago. I'd say so far we really like it. The cost of living is quite steep, but we knew that would be the case when we moved to California. Luckily, we both have jobs, so that helps out a lot. I couldn't imagine how hard it would be to live here if you were unemployed/only working part time. It's clean and new everywhere, so you really don't have to worry about getting into the wrong area or what not. There are many businesses here, both small start ups and big name companies. Short 10-15 minute drive to get to the beach. Many museums, Disneyland, water parks, pro sports and great shopping all within a 20 minute or less drive. L.A. is an hour away and San Diego about 90 minutes away. Terrfic schools. And the weather needs no explanation. Don't know if we'll stay out here forever, but for now we do enjoy it a lot.

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Steve
Irvine, CA

Another Day In Paradise - 9/12/2009

Having lived in Irvine for 40 of my 47 years in Orange County, I've seen the quality of life increase greatly and then decrease as it has become too developed, too urban, too populated. At one time it was spacious and horizontal; now it's becoming vertical. Once there were numerous companies with jobs; now, aside from the current economic downturn, there are few large, growing industries. We've become L.A. This is a mature area now, somewhat stodgy and stable, not growing. While the weather is great, though monotonous, living expenses are high for beginning workers and for retirees (like me). If I were a retiree or young high school or college graduate, I believe I would continue searching for a more accomodating location. Steve Moore 9-9-12

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Dana
Woodland Hills, CA

MASSIVE AMOUNT OF TOXIC CONTAMINATION UNDER IRVINE - 9/10/2009

WARNING!!!!!!!!!!! THIS MUST BE DISCLOSED • DEADLY TOXIC CHEMICALS from El Toro Marine Base AFFECT Woodbridge in IRVINE • MASSIVE AMOUNT OF TOXIC CONTAMINATION UNDER IRVINE • New investigation reveals EVEN MORE CONTAMINATION TROUBLE FOR IRVINE residents I highly recommend you read the articles written by Tim King at salem-news.com and visit the site www.eltoronow.com … the OC Register has also written several articles about this issue! We were happily planning to move to Irvine to raise our child, and for a better quality of life – thank G*D I found this information before we purchased our home!!!!!!!! Living in Irvine is NOT worth DYING for!!!

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Abhd
Irvine, CA

Air Quality - 6/25/2009

Smog is a problem, particularly when the weather heats up. Mountains surround the greater LA basin (including Orange County and Irvine), trapping the pollutants.

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B.
Irvine, CA

Residents Value Education in Irvine - 4/30/2009

Most residents in Irvine value education as one of their priorities in living here. The public and private schools are top-notch, with UCI leading the way. This could be due to several reasons, including the importance that the parents place on education as well as the support and effort by students and their parents. It tends to keep the real estate values high as well, which makes it unaffordable for many.

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Abhd
Ladera Ranch, CA

So True....So Safe....So Expensive and SOOOOOO ASI - 2/20/2009

Ok. Lived in Irvine for 13 years. Great BUBBLE to raise a family. Talk about SAFE...OMG Irvine PD will respond to you in 3 minutes with three cars for a traffic ticket!!! BUT...get used to FOTB folks who have their own "play dates" and such a BIG city any more...not quiet not friendly. Very diverse...yet not diversly spread. Have fun looking...dont pay too much for irvine...move to colorado :)

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Todd
Irvine, CA

Open Air Venues - 9/19/2008

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (AKA Irvine Meadows) is a great concert and festival venue. There is talk about the City not renewing its lease. It would be a shame to all concertgoers in Orange County. I hope music lovers do something to change the City's mind.

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