Irvine consistently rates as one of the best places to live in America. The 1 city in the U. The Irvine master plan includes focus on education with a major university at its core and outstanding, award winning public schools. One-third of the city area is forever preserved as open space - including parks! Uniquely designed as a city of villages, greenbelts and pathways connect residents to schools, libraries, parks, waling, hiking and biking trails, swimming pools, restaurants, places of worship, and shopping areas. Irvine has the highest number of home sales compared to all other Orange County cities.