Irvine, California began as the property of a Scottish Irish immigrant, James Irvine. In the mid 1800's, James Irvine came to California to be a gold miner. He soon learned he could make more money selling goods to the miners. He became a merchant and eventually moved into real estate. He purchased 125,000 acres that stretched from the Pacific Ocean to the San Bernardino County line. James died in 1889 and his son, James Harvey, started the Irvine Company to manage the Irvine farm. A town began to grow around the farm providing residences for the workers and support facilities. In the 1900s, one thousand acres were donated to the University of California and 500 acres were purchased by the state of California from the Irvine Company. It was originally proposed that the new city of 50,000 residents would surround the University. It would have residential zones with recreational areas, commercial centers, industrial zones, and greenbelts. From the very beginning, Irvine's design was based on a master plan. The city continues to grow with that same forethought. Irvine currently has 200,000 residents and 63 square miles in area.
Irvine, California sits in the heart of Orange County and is one of the best places to live in the United States. It is Southern California's Technology Coast, providing the corporate home to many medical device manufacturers, biomedical companies, computer software companies, hardware companies, and automotive design companies. The Irvine, CA business directory will list companies such as Bio-Medical Devices and Krista Ma Hoskins. The technology industry benefits from its close proximity to a new pool of talent represented by Irvine's student body. Irvine boasts an excellent school system with students earning the highest SAT scores in Orange County and 90 % of high school graduates attending college. Irvine is also a center for college education with several major educational institutions located there. If one used the Irvine, CA yellow pages they would see Pepperdine University, the University of California at Irvine, and the California State University, Fullerton were all located in Irvine. In addition to being a great city for education, the city is uniquely designed to include the Irvine National Ranch Landmark. Fifty thousand acres preserve unusual geological formations and natural habitats. The area has large concentrations of different species and is praised for its biodiversity. Eagles, badgers, mountain lions, tecate cypress trees, rare species of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and plants are safely protected in this biological hot spot.
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