The planned community of Irvine celebrated it's 40th birthday in 2011. Located in the heart of Orange County, it was originally used for agriculture, ranching and citrus grooves, which continued even after developers began building homes in the 70's.
The city has grown over the years and now has a major airport, which was recently renovated and expanded; one of the top Universities in Southern California; 44 miles of off-road bicycle trails; over 280 miles of bike lanes; a network of more than 50 parks; a wilflife sanctuary; a real working farm; and the new Orange County Great Parks, which is being built in the area where the former El Toro Marine Base once stood.
Rounding out the community are residential homes, shopping areas such as the ';Spectrum', and neighborhood parks, taking over where the orange grooves used to be. Along with many fine dining establishments featuring contemporary cuisine, eastern Mediterranean influences, European style bistros selling wine and cheese, and restaurants serving american favorites, Irvine has grown to be one of Southern California's top cities.