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Owning a home at LUX could be easier than you think

Learn about Wells Fargo Home Mortgage’s special financing for jumbo loans.

It’s time to quit worrying about how much you have saved for a down payment. With Wells Fargo Home Mortgage’s special financing for jumbo mortgages, owning a home at LUX could be easier than you think. Available for jumbo loans from $484,350 to $1,250,000, this new financing option includes a down payment as low as 10.01% with no added mortgage insurance requirement—significantly less than the typical 20% down payment required for the cost of mortgage insurance to be waived. Mortgage options are available for primary residences only and include fixed-rate and 7/1 and 10/1 adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) products.

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With favorable interest rates and several quick move-in homes coming soon at LUX, now is a great time to make your new home ownership dreams a reality. Start today by contacting Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Consultant Erica Buehler DeFoe at (858) 922-2405 or erica.c.defoe@wellsfargo.com for more information.

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The LUX List

The OC’s most luxe places to go and things to do, mere minutes from LUX Irvine.

At LUX Irvine, luxury is about more than contemporary design, sleek lines, and upscale finishes. It’s about convenient access to some of Orange County’s most coveted places to shop, eat, drink, play, move and more. From concierge-service shopping to critically-acclaimed dining to private members club amenities, if it’s stylish, luxurious and exclusive, chances are it’s just minutes from LUX.

 

The LUX List

SHOP

South Coast Plaza

As the largest shopping center in the West Coast of the U.S., South Coast Plaza has more than sheer size to offer LUX shoppers. It also boasts the who’s who of international luxury brands including flashships from Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Dior, and upscale department stores such as Nordstroms and Bloomingdales.

South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Minutes from LUX: 8

 

FLY

JetsuiteX

If semi-private flying at not-so-private fares sounds like music to your jetsetting ears, then you’ll love flying JetsuiteX out of John Wayne International Airport. Enjoy a revolutionary new way to fly–arriving just 20 minutes before departure and avoiding lines, waiting, cattle calls and baggage carousels–with the scheduled service, affordable price and by-the-seat booking of commercial air travel. With regularly scheduled flights to Las Vegas, Oakland and Concord, and seasonal flights to Mammoth, you can be at all of your favorite destinations in no time and arrive in first-class style.

JetSuiteX
19301 Campus Drive, Suite 152
Santa Ana, CA 92707

Minutes from LUX: 7

 

EAT

North Italia

For a fresh Italian fare in a rustic farmhouse atmosphere, head to North Italia at Irvine’s Park Place center. In addition to wood-fired pizzas, housemade pastas and a killer salted caramel budino, what North serves up in spades is a conviviality best experienced at the large indoor/outdoor bar. Aperol spritz for two? Coming right up at North Italia!

North Italia
2957 Michelson Dr.
Irvine, CA 92612

Minutes from LUX: 8

 

SLURP

Din Tai Fung

Heralded as maker of “the world’s greatest dumplings” by Forbes, Din Tai Fung is the OC outpost of the Taiwanese-based chain famous for xiaolongbaos (a.k.a. Juicy pork dumplings). Shanghainese in origin, but perfected in Taiwan by Din Tai Fung’s founders, the bite-sized, soup-filled purses of pork are handmade with military precision behind a glass partition for all to ooh and aww as they wait to be seated at this South Coast Plaza culinary hotspot.

Din Tai Fung
3333 Bristol St #2071

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Minutes from LUX: 10

 

SIP

Bosscat Kitchen and Libations

Located across the street from John Wayne Airport, Bosscat Kitchen has one of the area’s most robust compendiums of whiskeys spanning flavor profiles, distillery techniques and regions from around the world.

Bosscat Kitchen and Libations
4647 MacArthur Boulevard
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Minutes from LUX: 6

 

PERK

Portola Coffee Roasters

Get caffeinated at Portola Coffee, the roastery that brought true coffee culture to the OC. Located inside the Union Market, the Portola outlet at The District in Tustin offers a full menu of specialty coffee drinks as well as a selection of pastries and a daily-changing donut menu.

Portola Coffee at Union Market, Tustin
2493 Park Ave
Tustin, CA  92782

Minutes from LUX: 8

 

PLAY

Segerstrom Center for the Arts

Home to the Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Pacific Chorale, Segerstrom Center for the Arts is Orange County’s premier venue for classical music and theatrical productions.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Minutes from LUX: 8

 

SWEAT

Equinox

The sprawling Equinox Sports Club Orange County boasts a full-size basketball gym, an outdoor six-lane swimming and sun deck, yoga studio, a rooftop training center equipped with a full-sized running track and executive lockers, which feature amenities such as a steam room and sauna, make for a luxurious haven for health and relaxation.

Sports Club Orange County
1980 Main Street
Irvine, CA 92614

Minutes from LUX: 2

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In A Class Of Its Own

A central Orange County location, short commutes to work, and an endless list of places at which to shop, dine and play are just some of the perks of living in Uptown Irvine. But for many residents of LUX, there’s one benefit in a class of its own. Located within the prestigious Irvine Unified School District, LUX’s youngest residents will attend award-winning Irvine Unified School District schools, Culverdale Elementary (K-6), Westpark Elementary (K-6), South Lake Middle School (7-8), and University High School (9-12). Rated as some of the top in California, these schools will ensure that LUX students are on the fast track to academic achievement and personal enrichment.

The top 10 reasons that the Irvine Unified School District is in a class of its own:

  • IUSD high schools have been consistently ranked top in the nation by Newsweek’s “List of America’s Top High Schools.”
  • Named top 5 district in the nation for student achievement by the nonprofit Education Cities in 2016.
  • Consistently recognized nationally as a “Best Community for Music Education” by the highly regarded National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation.
  • IUSD schools have received the National Blue Ribbon Award 15 times since 1982.
  • Under new state testing, IUSD has ranked among the highest performing school districts in California in Math and English Language Arts/Literacy, outperforming both Orange County and State score averages.
  • IUSD schools have been awarded the California Distinguished Schools/Gold Ribbon designation 70 times since 1986.
  • High school SAT scores consistently rank top in Orange County and in the state.
  • IUSD students continue to receive top honors at the annual Orange County Science & Engineering Fair, sending the most students to the state competition.
  • More than half of the Youth Ensemble Pacific Symphony musicians are IUSD students (152 of 220 musicians), more than any district in the state.
  • In 2016, IUSD sent the most students to the California National History Day Competition with several teams advancing and placing at the national competition.

And as a bonus, IUSD campuses are consistently named among the Orange County’s best in the OC Register’s annual evaluation of elementary, middle and high schools. So it’s clear that when it comes to delivering the right balance of a vibrant, urban lifestyle and a safe, academically rigorous school district in which kids thrive, LUX gets straight A’s.

Smart Investing

LUX Living Means Smart Investing

There’s a reason real estate-savvy homebuyers are moving to the Irvine Business Complex (IBC). For those in the know, the tea leaves show it’s an optimal time to make the move to Uptown Irvine, the IBC’s residential side.

High rises and global HQs might be what the area is best known for, but change is afoot in this pocket of Irvine. An exciting, amenity-rich lifestyle is taking hold as a new wave of approved residential developments open their doors to O.C. urbanites who want to live the high life and see their property values soar.

The City of Irvine’s IBC Vision Plan allows for 15,000 residential units in the IBC. Approximately 2,600 of those remain to be developed, including both for-sale residences and multi-family apartments. As one of the first for-sale housing developments in the IBC in years, LUX represents a unique and limited opportunity to get in early on the next phase of major public and private sector real estate investment in central Orange County.

Uptown Irvine already offers thriving retail centers such as Diamond Jamboree and Park Place, not to mention The District at Tustin Legacy just a short drive away. With more retail, entertainment, mixed-use and residential development approved and underway, the sense of community in Orange County’s cosmopolitan heart will only heighten over the next few years.

Reasons to Buy in Uptown Irvine

Bang meet buck.

Early adopters buying in Uptown Irvine will be rewarded with the lowest prices and biggest potential financial upsides in this burgeoning residential hot spot.

Cut the commute.

How does a 10 or 15-minute commute to work sound like to you? Live close to thousands of thriving businesses, not to mention some of the most powerful HQs in the world. If it’s career progression you’re after, it’s all happening in Uptown Irvine.

Lock and leave with ease.

Skip town in the blink of an eye. LUX is a lock-and-leave community less than five minutes from John Wayne Airport and 10 minutes from nearby Metrolink stations which can take you to the business hubs of Downtown LA and Downtown San Diego in less time than you can drive in rush hour.

Ace it.

Send your kids to award-winning Irvine Unified schools and live close to one of the country’s best institutions for higher learning, University of California, Irvine.

Irvine Art Center

4 Unique Ways to Spend a Weekend in Irvine

Irvine is one of California’s most well-rounded destinations, with a prime geographic setting and charming local haunts. While the sunshine, location and safety ratings are obvious draws, we want to share lesser-known activities that make it an awesome place to spend your weekends.

1. The Great Park

Forget the image in your head of a standard grassy lot with trees and park benches–because that does not even begin to compare to the Orange County Great Park. Totaling 688 acres, this incredible public park focuses on bringing the surrounding community together through sports, agriculture, the arts and architecture. The park is full of adventure and fun activities–we have listed some fan favorites to help plan your day at the Great Park.

  • Great Park Balloon. The park features a tethered balloon attraction that takes visitors 500 feet above ground for a panoramic view of the park and what lies beyond.
  • Farming and Food. Families, friends and singles alike can visit the verified farmers market and participate the Farm+Food Lab. Every Sunday the farmers market is hustling and bustling with fresh vegetables, artist trinkets, music and food trucks. The Farm+Food Lab collaborative gardening experience allows visitors of all ages to learn about horticulture and farming hands-on. There’s no better cure for Sunday scaries than shopping for fresh produce, enjoying live entertainment and getting free health and wellness services to help prepare for the work week ahead.
  • Sports Galore. Tire out your kids and get into shape at the Great Park. The first phase of development includes a 194-acre Sports Park that features two sand volleyball courts, six soccer fields, a rock climbing wall, two lawns and a fitness complex. 25 tennis courts and a whimsical playground have also recently opened, leaving parents feeling just as playful as their little ones.
  • Get Artsy. The Palm Courts Arts complex also finds its home at the Great Park. This space features the Hangar event center, an outdoor entertainment area, and the Palm Court’s refurbished military World War II-era buildings. The Great Park Gallery is open Thursday through Sunday and has free admission.

2. Get Your Groove On.

Locals have access to Orange County’s most popular dance studio right in their backyard. Many dabble in the world of salsa dance through lessons, group events or even fun date nights. Whether you are a beginner or regularly show off your Dirty Dancing moves, The ATOMIC Ballroom offers salsa, swing, tango and ballroom classes seven days a week. The studio is home to world-renowned instructors and offers classes for couples, singles and even communal social dance gatherings. Classes and events cater to all ages so there is no excuse not to join in on the fun.

3. Vroom Vroom.

If you were an avid Mario Kart player as a kid, we have found your heaven. Irvine is home to K1 Speed Racing, a premier karting facility that will bring your video-game fantasies to life. K1 offers top quality and environmentally friendly karts for racing. Not only do visitors come to unwind and drive, but many people take advantage of the space as a venue for corporate events, birthday parties, or any special occasion. Event spaces feature racing memorabilia, pool tables, and meeting rooms so occupants are bound to have a great time.

4. Nature is Neat.

More and more research suggests that nature offers a therapeutic escape from the busy and stressful day-to-day grind. Irvine is home to a range of scenic retreats that encourage visitors to brush off the day, be in the moment and enjoy the view.

    • The San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. Located in the heart of Orange County, the sanctuary spans 300 acres of coastal water wetlands. Visitors can walk, hike up to 12 miles of trails or observe over 200 different species of birds. Reading and picnicking are welcome, but bikes and animals are not permitted to preserve the grounds. The sanctuary is intended to be an educational library for visitors, so educational tours and programs are available to the public.
    • Bommer Canyon Trails. An Irvine Ranch National Landmark, the Bommer Canyon Trails lure hikers, equestrians, and nature-lovers alike. Many trails are open from dawn until dusk, while certain areas can only be accessed by permitted individuals through guided programs. Bikers and hikers are given full access to explore the trails at their leisure several days each month and a full list of upcoming activities can be found here.
  • Adventure Playground. Yes, this place is as intriguing as it sounds. Irvine’s Adventure Playgroundwill give parents a much-needed break as its perks entertain kids for hours. The playground features a treehouse, sensory garden, climbing areas, slides, an art zone, kids fort, as well as a meadow and several natural play areas.

 

We hope some of these activities spark your interest for your next Sunday Funday or plan-free weekend, but we urge you to go check out all of the entertainment, wellness and cultural activities Irvine has to offer. Happy exploring!

Living In Irvine

5 Reasons Irvine is a Great Place to Live

Choosing the place where you are going to settle down or make your forever home is a big decision. Whether you are a newbie or an oldie, a party of one or many, running hard after your career or downshifting to a more sustainable pace of life, Irvine is a place that checks off many boxes. Read below to see how Orange County’s fastest growing city will win over your heart.

1. Clap if you’re happy.

In a recent study by WalletHub, Irvine was ranked the third happiest city amongst 150 of the largest in the U.S. As the old saying goes, happiness is a state-of-mind, and experts recognize that your location is certainly an undeniable influencer. Irvine is just a quick drive or bike ride away from the beach, houses a state-of-the-art new park facility and is a mere hour and a half from the desert or snow–the possibilities for future weekend plans are endless. Not to mention that community involvement and environmentally conscious initiatives are at the forefront of residents’ minds. Su casa es mi casa.

2. Job market is hot.

And we’re talking sizzling. Irvine was named the 10th Best City to Find a Job in 2018 by CNBC. This exciting statistic comes during an era where finding a job can prove to be no easy feat. Irvine has one of the lowest unemployment rates, maintains relatively low work commutes, exhibits high scores for family friendliness and a welcoming dating atmosphere. Touché.

3. Uptown funk.

Billed as “Uptown Irvine” by some, the residential side of the Irvine Business Complex offers thriving retail centers such as Diamond Jamboree and Park Place, not to mention The District at Tustin Legacy just a short drive away. With more retail, entertainment, mixed-use and residential development approved and underway, the sense of community in Orange County’s cosmopolitan heart is growing and provides a true slice of city life in paradise. Now is the time to invest in this corner of Irvine on the rise.

4. School is Cool.

Irvine is home to the 9th best public university in the U.S., the University of California Irvine. While it is well known for its national and international honors and is among the nation’s best hospitals, recently UCI is in the spotlight for a new merit: the most popular choice for Latino applicants. The LA Times recognized the university’s federal recognition for serving Latinos in a recent article.

Not only are universities above par, but elementary and high schools follow suit. Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) was named among the Best in Music Education for the fifth time; an award only given to 4% of districts in the U.S. If any critics still need convincing, Niche ranked Irvine the Best School District in Orange County and 11th in California. Over the years, many Irvine-based schools have been praised for the development of STEM skills–science, technology, engineering and math. Already this year, University High School took the top spot at the regional Science Bowl Competition. IUSD has also been recognized for student’s test scores and is consistently ranked amongst the top in the nation by Newsweek.

5. Playin’ it Safe.

Whether you are riding solo, starting a family, or starring in your own remake of the Brady Bunch, a safe community is a top priority for most of us. Niche named Irvine the second safest city to live in America largely based on low crime ratings, a great family environment and award-winning public schools. Irvine was also ranked as America’s safest city of its size, marking the 12th consecutive year city leaders and citizens alike were awarded for their safety efforts.

Night owls, don’t think we forgot about you—nightlife was high on the list and outdoor activities were ranked the 4th best in America.