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CELEBRATING 150 YEARS

“Since its founding more than a century ago, the Irvine Company has been guided by a unique vision that continues to this day.”

RAY WATSON
Irvine Company’s first architect and planner

“Today the public has access to these thousands of acres, representing an important chapter of land conservation and preservation.”

Since the beginning, a deep and abiding respect for the land has guided virtually every step on The Irvine Ranch®.

Honoring the land and embracing a long-term view—these ideals began in 1864 with James Irvine and have been handed down through the decades, fostering and guiding the Irvine Company’s legacy and commitment to the land.

This commitment led the Irvine Company to eventually set aside approximately sixty percent of the 93,000-acre Irvine Ranch as parks and Open Space land areas; one of the largest urban open space land areas in the United States.

Today the public has access to these thousands of acres, representing an important chapter of land conservation and preservation.

“As a centerpiece to the plan, the Company contributed 1,000 acres to the University of California system, which would later become the University of California, Irvine.”

Perhaps the best testament and example of Irvine Company’s established history as master planners and builders is the story and success of City of Irvine itself.

Not since World War II would one company have the opportunity to influence, plan and build an entire city. The plan for this modern city would be carefully thought, reflecting a balance of uses and housing types and establishing the highest standards of care for the land and the people who lived there.

As a centerpiece to the plan, the Company contributed 1,000 acres to the University of California system, which would later become the University of California, Irvine, a nationally acclaimed university and the city’s greatest asset.

Starting with a blank canvas of land enabled Irvine Company to powerfully demonstrate its unique attention to detail, planning acumen, and long-term commitment—an example that celebrates the last 150 years, and one of Irvine Company’s greatest achievements. This is the Irvine we know today.

Historical Timeline

  • 1864
  • 1900
  • 1950
  • 1960
  • 1970
  • 1980
  • 1990
  • 2000
  • 2010
  • 2014...

“Much has taken place during the 150-year history of The Irvine Company. Since its 1864 incorporation, the Company has not only shaped the geographic landscape but continues to influence the quality and consistency of life in and beyond The Irvine Ranch.”

Communities that work seamlessly. Apartments that feel like homes. Offices that offer innovative workspaces and extensive amenities. Resorts that refresh the mind and soul. Open space that’s protected forever. These are examples of how long-range vision can bring balance, opportunity and bring inspiration and meaning to people’s lives.

Much has taken place during the 150-year history of The Irvine Company. Since 1864, the Company has not only shaped the geographic landscape but continues to influence the quality and consistency of life in and beyond The Irvine Ranch.

As we move forward, we thank our community, our partners, and all those who participated in the story, yesterday, today and tomorrow. Let the next 150 years begin.

Stories

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  • Enriching Children’s Lives… One Ripple at a Time

    Irvine Company’s Commitment to Art, Music and Science In a very real sense, the art, music and science lessons that Irvine elementary school students receive are like the proverbial pebble tossed into a pond: The impact causes a ripple effect in the lives of the children who are exposed to them. Unlike pond ripples, however,…

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  • A Legacy of Excellence in Education

    You need only glance at the two photos on this page to realize that the children and schoolhouses they show are separated by more than 100 years. In 1899, the Irvine Company built the modest brick-and-clapboard Public School for children of tenant farmers on The Irvine Ranch® – Irvine’s very first school. Fast-forward 114 years…

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  • Irvine Spectrum: The Ultimate Live Work Shop Play Experience

    When the City of Irvine and the Irvine Company collaborated on the vision for Irvine Spectrum® in the early 1980s, planners aimed for the stars. They were confident the 5,000-acre, master-planned business and lifestyle center would become one of America’s leading hubs of diversified commerce and residential communities — home to national and international firms…

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  • Villages of Irvine Masterfully Planned and Globally Admired

    Before Irvine became a city, Irvine Company planners made several bold predictions about the extraordinary quality of life it would offer residents. In an early planning document from the late 1960s, they wrote the following: “The City of Irvine is planned so that it will improve with age, rather than deteriorate.” And: “Irvine residents will live in…

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  • Jeffrey Open Space Trail Connects Vast North Irvine Trail System

    Soon, Irvine residents and visitors will be able to enjoy what promises to be one of the city’s most distinctive recreational amenities ever: the Jeffrey Open Space Trail. The wide, beautiful, meandering trail was a major amenity envisioned as part of the City of Irvine’s Open Space Initiative, a landmark agreement approved by city voters…

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  • Turtle Rock A Village With A View

    The second village to appear on the Irvine landscape was designed to blend into it. Instead of altering the natural topography of the hillside, the village of Turtle Rock and its neighborhoods of terraced homes were created to become part of the San Joaquin Hills, not to compete with them. The result was a village…

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  • A Place Called Home: University Park Was The First Expression Of Irvine’s Master-Plan Concept

    University Park is a place of firsts. Not only was it the first village built in what would later become the city of Irvine, it had the first library, the first high school and the first retail shopping center. But for the families that moved into the original University Park neighborhoods, it was the first…

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  • Irvine Was Biggest ‘New Town’ Experiment

    In 1960, architect William Pereira was presented with an unprecedented opportunity. Not only had he been assigned to design a major university, but to master-plan the community that would surround it. The concept of the New Town, a residential environment that contained all of the elements needed for its citizens, had been tried before with…

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  • Planner Had A Vision For The City

    Irvine’s journey from agricultural ranch to thriving urban community was not an accidental one. It was the result of an intentional master plan that was developed and defined long before a shovel met soil. The New Town of Irvine required an optimistic vision for the future and a creative master plan for how to get…

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  • The Greatest Story Never Told? The Irvine Company turns 150.

    The Irvine Company turns 150 this year in typical low-key and modest fashion that befits a real estate power whose name is on only one building in its massive real estate portfolio – its Newport Beach headquarters overlooking Fashion Island. Its corporate culture is proud, professional, all business – sophisticated, at that – and not…

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  • Pelican Hill: Relentless Innovation at its Finest

    For many of us long associated with the Irvine Company, the Pelican Hill Resort is considered the Crown Jewel — the most difficult, complex, and consequential project ever undertaken by the company.

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  • Visionary Dreamers Created a Modern City for Dreamers

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Land. Legacy. Life.