In the heart of Irvine there are a number of small neighborhoods that are less well known than Woodbridge or Turtle Rock or some of the other larger or newer communities. These neighborhoods are no less interesting or well planned than their more famous brethren. One of these hidden gems is the community of Deerfield.
Deerfield is north of Woodbridge bounded by Irvine Center Drive, Culver Drive, Yale Avenue and the rail line which bisects Irvine. Deerfield Avenue is the main collector street moving traffic throughout the community. There is an apartment complex at the corner of Irvine Center and Culver, and there is other high-density housing north of Deerfield Avenue near the railroad tracks. The remaining housing is a mixture of one and two story dwellings. Deerfield was one of the earlier communities developed. It’s buildout was complete in 1976.
Life in Deerfield revolves around the large community park. This park together with an elementary and middle school comprise a large central greenspace. There are a series of pathways linking three satellite parks to the community park. This is a great master plan which allows children to walk or bike to school or the park without crossing busy streets.
Deerfield Community Park has great play areas. Notice the high, double-corkscrew slide — great fun for the young at heart.
There is another tot lot for smaller children with safety swings.
Another Frisbee golf course, apparently a popular feature for parks in the 60’s and 70’s.
Frisbee golf is still played today…
The community park has a building staffed year round.
There are also volley ball courts and tennis courts.
The north end of the central greenspace is occupied by Venado Middle School and
The trails link the central park to satellite parks. As you can see, these are used by the locals.
Northern Park (pool not shown).
Eastern park with children at play.
Western park and pool.
There are apartments and high density condominiums in Deerfield. The density is lower than the adjacent Windwood community behind Culver Plaza, and it is higher than the adjacent community The Ranch.
There are attractive single-story homes.
Many show pride of ownership.
Landscaping you only find in mature communities.
There is also a mixture of two-story homes.
Plenty of pretty flowers…
The varied architecture and mature landscaping makes for an attractive street scene.
The sub-neighborhoods have landscaped entries, but there is no names to give further identity.
A Lamborghini is going to stand out no matter where you park it, but it seems out-of-character with the modest, working-class homes in Deerfield. So what do you think? HELOC? Visitor? Car rich and house poor? Recent lottery winner?
Deerfield is a nice neighborhood to live and raise children. The central park gets plenty of use, and it provides a unifying element where neighbors meet neighbors and children play together outside. It doesn’t have the fame of Irvine’s other neighborhoods, but it is no less desirable as a place to call home.
Irvine’s Deerfield: a great place to live.