Irvine is a master planned community of more than 180,000 people, located in Orange County and only eight miles from the Pacific Ocean. Home to the University of California campus, Irvine is a combination of residential communities and headquarters for many growing technology companies. While it has been rated as one of the best cities in California in which to do business, Irvine has also been rated by Parents Magazine as one of the best cities in America to raise a family. The FBI has also rated it one of the safest cities in the nation. Housing development is booming in Irvine and the surrounding south Orange County area, with a full range of options for all needs. Home prices now range between $450,000 for a condominium to over $7,000,000 for a custom residence in Shady Canyon. In addition to the UCI campus, Irvine Valley College and the Irvine Unified School district offer highly ranked educational opportunities. Nature preserves, wilderness parks, and bike trails cover over 20 square miles, and there is a 433 acre system of community and neighborhood parks. Centrally located in Orange County, Irvine now attracts many high-tech businesses and forms the spill of Orange County's economic engine.
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The City of Newport Beach is one of the most diverse and most popular Coastal Communities in Orange County. With the annexation of Newport Coast, more than 100,000 people now call Newport Beach their home. For many, Balboa Island and Corona del Mar are a vacation destination, and Fashion Island is a popular outdoors shopping "village". With quality schools and coastal access, Newport Beach is the envy of many. Newport Beach boasts 258 acres of parks, 237 acres of beaches and 6.1 miles ocean front. The Newport Back Bay provides bike trails and a nature preserve, and for recreational activities 4,553 acres of open space are available to the residents. Newport Beach was incorporated in 1906 and has a rich Californian history. A wide range of lifestyles is possible from the vast Harbor area to the Mediterranean atmosphere with Tuscan and Provence architectures in the hills of Newport Coast.
For more information visit the City of Newport Beach.