Irvine is full of neighborhoods both big and small. One of the relatively unknown small neighborhoods of Irvine is Windwood.
The neighborhood of Windwood is bounded by Culver Drive, Irvine Center Drive, Harvard Avenue and the railroad tracks. It is really a transitional neighborhood buffering what was the Tustin air base from the residential core of Irvine. It is too small to have a wide variety or products, and its proximity to the railroad tracks and the large Culver Plaza commercial center made it an ideal location for high-density condos and apartments.
One of the apartment complexes is Windwood Glen. This complex has 1, 2 and 3 bedroom flats. There are no garages or in-unit laundry facilities.
Another complex is Windwood Knoll. This complex has 1, 2 and 3 bedroom flats and townhomes larger than Windwood Glen. There are no garages or in-unit laundry facilities.
An ownership community called Windwood Townhomes.
There is also a neighborhood of single-family detached condos.
This one is attractive and well kept.
The park facilities are very good. There were plenty of children at the park, probably due to its proximity to the apartment complexes.
Windwood even has its own tennis center.
There is one of those multi-stop exercise pathways weaving through the community.
The real hidden gem in Windwood is Flagstone Park. It is a large green, open space behind the housing against the railroad tracks.
As you can see, you can have a large open lawn all to yourself.
There is also a bike trail along the railroad tracks.
The walking trail inside the community is wide and winding.
There is an unusually sharp turn in the main collector street, Deerfield Drive. Sometimes it is sharper than drivers realize. The planners of Irvine have made mistakes.
One of the best features of Windwood is Culver Plaza.
The newly renovated food court has a selection of fast food outlets and a coffee shop (the recipe for a successful urban plaza).
The landscaping separates the eating area from the parking lot.
There is a definite Asian influence at this plaza with several of the business names reflecting a tie to the orient.
The Sam Woo Restaurant.
Windwood will probably not attain the notoriety of other neighborhoods in Irvine, but it has something unique to offer its residents. The preponderance of transitional housing will mean few people will identify with the community and consider it their “home,” but its vibrant commercial center and well-maintained facilities make for a comfortable existence.
Irvine’s Windwood: A great place to live.