The Quail Hill neighborhood of Irvine is located south of the 405 between Sand Canyon Avenue and Highway 133. South of Quail Hill is a nature preserve and the exclusive Shady Canyon. The primary access is from Sand Canyon and through a unique roundabout. The community increases in elevation from the entry point at Sand Canyon and the 405 to the southernmost portion of the site. The hill gets steeper as you go south, and many of the larger homes on top of the hill have spectacular views of Orange County.
Nearest the entry to the community is the main commercial center gathering place. This is another suburban plaza that functions to provide a sense of place for the community. It is the “third place” for those living in Quail Hill and Shady Canyon.
The designers used a combination of trellis work and glass enclosures to define the space and provide noise and wind buffering from the parking lot.
An attractive water feature serves as a focal point for the center, and the falling water serves to mask the noise of cars moving in the parking area.
The homes in Quail hill are attractive and varied, although some of the neighborhoods are a bit too dense, in my opinion.
The front yards are typically elaborate landscaping rather than grass.
Alderwood Basics Plus School is a California Distinguished School typical of the high quality schools in the Irvine Unified School District.
The view from of the parks and houses is wonderful; however, the north exposure in Irvine means you don’t get sunsets over the ocean, but you get city lights and distant vistas. Nice place for a picnic, wouldn’t you say?
The parks have gathering places for people of all ages.
The pools are all of the highest quality, and many offer panoramic views from your lounge chair.
The children’s tot lots are some of the best in Irvine. They play areas are well landscaped and the groundcover is either sand or a soft rubberized compound which minimizes potential for injury.
There are associated gathering areas for adults to have a small group of friends congregate around a fire.
Did I mention the view? In case you wanted to enjoy the view while your children played below…
Irvine’s Quail Hill: a great place to live.