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Irvine Housing Overview: March/April 2014

Apr 23rd, 2014 by Sylvia Walker 

According to Altos Research, the Market Action Index (MAI) for Irvine’s single-family housing market was 38.30 on April 4, 2014. This means that the Irvine MAI moved up just a tick from where it was about this time last month. As defined by Altos, this puts the Irvine single-family housing market in the seller’s market category. (Above 30 is defined as a seller’s market; below is defined as a buyer’s market.) Altos also states that the average single-family home in Irvine has been on the market for about 105 days as of April 4th.


Overview of Irvine Real Estate Trends Provided by Redfin (redfin.com)*

  • Median List Price: $800K
  • Median Sale Price: $690K
  • Median Sale $/Sq Ft: $408
  • Median Sale / List: 98.5%
  • Average Number of Offers 3.1
  • Average Down Payment: 24.4%
  • Number of Homes Sold: 503

*These figures include the house and condo numbers combined and are calculated over the ninety days prior to April 20, 2014.


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Bicycling Trails in Irvine and Orange County

Apr 16th, 2014 by Sylvia Walker 

Last week I wrote about the Orange County Transportation Agency (OCTA) bicycling safety workshop that was to be held at Irvine City Hall. This week I am continuing the theme of bike riding in Irvine and Orange County.


Irvine has been recognized as “best” in many categories, and, at times, this has included the accolade of best bicycling city. This might be due to Irvine’s Bicycle Transportation Plan, which resulted in an extensive system of bike trails—over 300 lane miles of on-street and 54 miles of off-street bikeways.

If you like bicycle riding, you might try one of the Irvine bike trails found in the map above. You might also be interested in some other Orange County bike trails. And for the hardcore bike enthusiast, you might be interested in joining the Bicycle Club of Irvine (BCI), which is open to residents of Irvine and other areas.

You can find other information related to bike riding in Irvine and Orange County, including the City of Irvine Interactive Bikeways Map and the

OCTA Bikeways Information Page and Interactive Map, at this link


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Workshop on Bicycling Safety in Orange County—Irvine City Hall, April 14

Apr 9th, 2014 by Sylvia Walker 

“[A]cross America, biking and walking account for 12 percent of all trips but receive only 1.6 percent of federal funding.”—Jay Walljasper, Fellow of Project for Public Spaces, Senior Fellow at Augsburg College's Sabo Center, and Senior Associate at Citiscope

An Irvine Bike/Walking Trail

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Irvine Farmer Markets, National Ag Week, and a Few More Thoughts

Mar 26th, 2014 by Sylvia Walker 

In honor of National Ag Week (March 23-March 29), I previously wrote (http://www.irvinehousingblog.com/blog/comments/irvines-tanaka-farm-and-our-agriculture-past) about Irvine’s Tanaka Farm. Today, I’ll continue the theme by highlighting Irvine’s farmers markets, which are outdoor markets at which you can buy many fresh fruits and vegetables that are often organic and from local farmers. In addition, other items are frequently available.

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Irvine’s Tanaka Farm and Our Agriculture Past

Mar 19th, 2014 by Sylvia Walker 

Before the Irvine Ranch was a land development company, it had a long history in which the land was used for grazing and farming. In fact, at one time, the Irvine Ranch covered about a third of Orange County, not just Irvine.  James Irvine, who immigrated from Ireland to the U.S. in 1846 and made his money as a merchant in the San Francisco area during the California Gold Rush, bought land with partners from three southern California rancheros and became the sole owner by 1878. By 1910, the Irvine Ranch was considered California’s  most productive farm and was its largest producer of beans and barley. By 1930, the ranch's crops included beans, oranges, cauliflower, grapes, barley, and papayas as well as other crops. In the 1940’s, the Irvine Ranch started making its transition from a mostly agricultural endeavor to a mostly land development company.

In honor of Irvine’s rich agricultural past and the upcoming National Ag Week (March 23-29), following is some information on a bit of Irvine land that helps us maintain a connection to our agricultural past. This is Tanaka Farms, which is located in Irvine at 5380 3/4 University Drive 92612.

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Irvine Housing Overview: Condos and Houses—February 2014

Mar 12th, 2014 by Sylvia Walker 

According to Altos Research, the Market Action Index (MAI) for Irvine’s single-family housing market was 37.75 on February 28. As defined by Altos, this puts the Irvine single-family housing market in the seller’s market category. (Above 30 is defined as a seller’s market; below is defined as a buyer’s market.)  Altos also states that the average single-family home in Irvine has been on the market for about 108 days as of February 28, 2014.

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A Few Upcoming Open Houses in Irvine—March 5 to March 9

Mar 5th, 2014 by Sylvia Walker 

We had a lot of rain lately. Since we are in a drought, that is a good thing. However, it hasn’t been the best weather for house hunting. I don’t know what the weather might be in the coming week, but, in case it doesn’t rain (or even if it does), here are a few open houses in Irvine that you might want to take a look at.

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