Irvine, California 

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Irvine - 11/3/2019
If you want a good honest review about Irvine read this.(AS OF 2019)
I lived there between 2017-2018. Here’s the most in-depth review about the entire city since I studied every inch of it let’s go through all the pros and cons first about it keep in mind I am not going to be polictally correct at all I am going to be honest so please keep your leftist agendas to yourself.

Pro 1. It’s a very clean city and it’s very visually appealing. Every square inch of the city is well maintained and organized not one part of the city out of place the whole city is constantly updating and the city always looks new. To be honest the beautiful neighborhoods and parks in Irvine alone I think personally are a tourist attraction

2. Some of Best schools in the country these schools are award winning well funded and competitive. Very beautiful schools and it’s a lot to offer if your children are dedicated they will flourish.

3. So many food options due to Read More

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Irvine appears nice, but under the surface....... - 4/26/2019
Lived in Irvine off and on for 25 years. Density and traffic have become as undesirable as LA was in the 90s. The city times the traffic lights so drivers hit almost all red lights, no matter what street or time of day.

Much is said about how Asian it is, but that is too much of a generalization. There are a substantial number of Chinese-born residents, students, and workers. Especially since UCI has courted that demographic since the early 80s. The honest observation is that many (not all) Chinese-born residents are not very friendly, drive/walk slow, will cut in lines in front of others, speak little English, and are known to cheat in school regularly. Numerous birther houses in Irvine. Some of the driving is truly atrocious. Many work loosely or more formally for the Chinese Communist party to disclose information about Americans, tech, etc. Stealing and deception are accepted priorities in their culture.

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It was a safe/affluent/good place, and still is - 4/17/2019
I've lived in Irvine since 2007. To be completely honest, Irvine is basically Asian central. Tons of Asians, that's definitely true. Recently, we've been having crime leaking over from Santa Ana, but I've yet to really see any terrible crimes redundantly occurring. All in all, Irvine is basically a bubble; the city is still really safe, people here are affluent, and people here also are affluent/safe to a point where they aren't really aware of what goes on outside. The schools here are great and prestigious too, teachers are really nice, schools are really well funded, and students learn a lot which also naturally makes the school environment here more competitive here. Don't listen to the people commenting and saying "too many Asians", "unsafe, not the same 50 years ago", or in general making very xenophobic, anti-immigrant comments; most of them are exaggerated beyond belief, with only a grain of truth. Do be aware though, drivers here are pretty bad.

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Great place to live in S. CA - 12/2/2017
Local farmer's markets, easy access to beaches, plenty of events, top rated schools and universities located nearby make this a great place to live for young and old alike.
Convenient to freeways and John Wayne International airport, there are many top hotels and attractions in this area.
There are a lot of undeveloped open spaces as well as hiking, biking, and parks for the outdoorsy types/families.
It's fun to see the fireworks from Knott's Berry Farm along with the stars in the sky each night!
There is a strong sense of community among residents here.
We have been fortunate to have met many kind and wonderful international friends as well as many happy long time Irvine residents.
Would highly recommend Irvine as a place to live or to visit. There is truly something here for everyone.
Housing costs are expensive
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The Melted Pot? - 9/9/2017
Full of angry, old, middle age, white people and slowly being taken over by rich Asians. Also crime is increasing due to the poor Black and Mexican gangbangers and criminals who drive up from Compton and try to break into peoples house and steal packages off their porches. Used to be a kind of nice place to live - fifty years ago. Then again, that's all of California for you. That's basically Read More

Done after 10 + years - 11/6/2016
Thank you baby Jesus for the housing market stabilizing! I'm sure Irvine was a great city 10-30 years ago. I can only imagine what it was like before the multi cultural burst that seems never ending. Don't get me wrong, I went to UCI so I am very familiar with the multi cultural dynamic of the city, but this place is just out of control. Anyone look at airbnb lately for Irvine? I feel like I'm literally living in a motel like environment with all the listings for Irvine on airbnb. Supposedly city council is going to make a decision about it but look at what they did with the political signs. They adopted a new rule/regulation and yet the streets are covered with signage. I had family visit us from out of town and they even commented "what is going on with all the political signs"? Such a waste of money, paper, and resources.

Driving here; make sure you drive below the speed limit because it isn't safe to walk or drive with the lack of driver skill in this Read More

So Cal- LA & the OC from a real native years born - 1/30/2016
Beaches & Sun - YES - But that is not all- Traffic no matter where you are going, if not between 10am and 2pm then after 9pm, do not leave your house. Example: Irvine to LAX in the morning is less that 35 miles and will take you from 1.5 to 2 hours. If raising a family you will need to live in the South Bay (Manhattan Beach) or Newport Beach in the OC or Santa Barbara for a good clean quality of life, and before you head there know you should be making a combined income of $500,000.00 or more. Highest sales tax LA/OC combined in the US, and crime is on the rise in all of SoCal. Bottom line is that if your quality of life is more important than beaches and sun year round don't move... Life is more than beaches and sun- 30 years ago i might of had a different view. 50 years ago a very different view. Read More

Great was....and might be again - 8/30/2015
Southern California has been a great place. Lots to do, great weather.  Read More

Irvine CA - 8/21/2015
I'm moving. 10 years and I'm done. Too many Asians and Middle Eastern's.  Read More

Big changes, and not for the better - 7/25/2015
The Irvine City Council and the county government go ahead and slightly approve more and more new housing. It is very dense housing. This is in spite of the current drought (and probable more of same in the future), the negative impact on traffic, other resources and is producing a general decline in the quality of life. It's a shame.
The older residential areas have well-built and designed homes and neighborhood amenities, but the demand is pricing them too high for the majority of buyers. There is great competition from affluent immigrant families seeking the excellent schools for their children,
Others driving the market are overseas investors seeking to buy larger homes and convert them into boarding houses for overseas community college and university students. Neighborhood Home Owners' Associations (who are so picky about house colors, maintaining greenery, etc., seem impotent to do anything about this assault on the single-family neighborhoods who are now Read More

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