Where is the neighborhood located within Irvine?
Turtle Ridge is the westernmost neighborhood in Irvine and is located just off the 73 Freeway south of Culver Drive. While select homes have lower elevations, many pieces of Turtle Ridge real estate enjoy some of the highest locales in Irvine and central Orange County.
What’s the typical profile of residents here? Young professionals? Families? Investors?
The privacy of Turtle Ridge communities and the suburban atmosphere makes this neighborhood an ideal fit for families and first-time homebuyers looking to start in a smaller condo or townhome. The proximity to UC Irvine makes this a good location for college students, but rents tend to be a little higher in Turtle Ridge due to the higher sales prices and newer real estate options.
Is the neighborhood quiet? Safe?
Turtle Ridge is one of the most private neighborhoods in Irvine due to its elevated location, so safety and a quiet atmosphere are prevalent throughout.
What are some key amenities within the neighborhood?
Turtle Ridge real estate is built in a beautiful natural setting in the San Joaquin Hills, so outdoor lovers will be more than happy with the numerous walking and hiking trails throughout the neighborhood. Privacy and a quiet setting are huge benefits to residents looking to stay away from the crowded central Irvine area. Another perk is this is one of the closest Irvine neighborhoods to beach access. Excellent schools and parks are found throughout Turtle Ridge, and the neighborhood is close to some excellent amenities and within minutes of UC Irvine, the Irvine Business Complex, and the shops and restaurants of Fashion Island.
Are there grocery stores, shops, or restaurants within walking distance?
There are a couple of shopping centers within a few minutes of most Turtle Ridge communities, but the walkability index is not very high here due to the hill location and spread out communities. Driving down the hill into Turtle Rock will take care of your shopping needs, and the restaurants at Fashion Island and Corona Del Mar are also nearby.
Is the community mostly single-family homes or condos and townhomes?
The majority of real estate options in Turtle Ridge are single-family homes, but there are four communities featuring condos and sizable townhomes.
What is the average price of a home in this neighborhood?
Turtle Ridge homes are some of the more expensive ones in Irvine, with prices starting in the $1 million range and climbing into the $2-4 million range with homes in the La Cima Irvine tract. Condo and townhome living offers a much more reasonable price point in Turtle Ridge, with the average condo selling in the $500,000s and townhomes in the $700,000s.
How does the rental market here compare to other neighborhoods?
The rental market is not as active in Turtle Ridge as it is in other Irvine neighborhoods because of the private location, lack of amenities, and higher price points. The location is great for families, but you will definitely pay a little more in rent to call Turtle Ridge your home.
Can you describe the average floor plan for homes or condos in this neighborhood?
Turtle Ridge condos and townhomes are nicely sized, with the average being around 1,400 square feet. Turtle Ridge homes are some of the larger options you can find in Irvine, with many of the homes measuring well over 3,000 square feet. The higher location and spread out nature of the homes also means you can find some of the largest lot sizes available in Irvine.
What is the average HOA here, and what does it typically cover?
HOA dues for Turtle Ridge run anywhere from $200-400 per month depending on the community amenities and upkeep needed throughout.
Are there Mello-Roos? If so, what is the average cost and for how long?
There are Mello-Roos assessments in Turtle Ridge which moves the property tax rate from the standard 1% to approximately 1.5-1.6%.
Are there any schools in the neighborhood? What about private and Montessori schools?
There is one school directly within Turtle Ridge, Vista Verde Elementary School. Middle and high schools are not far from the neighborhood, and college-aged kids are a short distance from UC Irvine.
Aside from what’s already been listed, what makes buyers choose this neighborhood over others?
Privacy is one of the main draws of Turtle Ridge, but what really sets this neighborhood apart is that it feels very different from a typical suburban neighborhood found in Irvine. The high elevation affords many of the homes with some of the best views you can find in Irvine or this area of Orange County and select homes even have distant ocean views. People who love the outdoors will marvel at the various natural elements Turtle Ridge has to offer, and this is truly one of the most quiet and safe neighborhoods in Irvine.
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