Introduction to Irvine, California
Irvine is part of the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana metropolitan area. Irvine lies 48 miles to the southeast of Los Angeles. The center of the city is only 7 miles from the Pacific Ocean.
Around 2000 years ago, the Gabrielino Indians inhabited what is now Irvine. The first was constructed in the 1960s and more are planned. The land, once granted to individuals by the Spanish and Mexican governments, was purchased in the second half of the 1800s by James Irvine.
Irvine is comprised of several villages, each of which was master planned by the Irvine Company. It enjoys the warm and sunny weather for which Southern California is so famous. August average daily temperatures are 83 degrees. January average daily temperatures are 66 degrees.
Missions, cattle grazing, and agriculture were once the main activities in the Irvine area. Irvine is home to several Fortune 1000 companies including Standard Pacific and Broadcom.
Arts and Entertainment
Arts, entertainment and leisure attractions in Irvine include:
- The Irvine Museum.
- The Irvine Barclay Theatre.
- The Irvine Fine Arts Center.
- The Arboretum at the University of California, Irvine.
- The Irvine Ranch Land Reserve.
- Many more attractions in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.
- Numerous professional sports teams in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.