Nestled along the Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course, the Rancho San Joaquin is a golf lover’s dream. It is one of the smallest neighborhoods in Irvine. Conveniently located to the 405 Freeway, Rancho San Joaquin is close to the diverse shopping centers, open-space parks, entertainment and dining venues of Irvine.
There are two condo communities in Rancho San Joaquin, RSJ Villas and RSJ Townhomes. These condos were constructed during the 1970s and reflect a Mediterranean style. Living space ranges from 1,300 to 2,000 square feet with two to three bedrooms, one to two bathrooms and one to two car-garages. Currently, the prices of these residences range from the low $400,000s to the low $600,000s. These well-planned communities have tennis courts, pools and a heated spa with beautiful vistas of the golf course.
During the 1800s, Rancho San Joaquin was a combination of the Rancho Cienega de las Ranas and the Rancho Bolsa de San Joaquin. The 48.803 acre property encompassed the San Joaquin Hills and present day Irvine. The area was a Mexican land grant given to Jose Sepulveda by the Mexican Alta California governor in 1837. After the Mexican American War, Sepulveda was allowed to keep the land under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Following the drought in 1864, Sepulveda sold Rancho San Joaquin to Llewellyn Bixby, Thomas Flint and James Irvine. The land eventually became part of the Irvine Ranch.
For over 150 years, the Irvine Company has maintained the vision of James Irvine for the Irvine Ranch.
Irvine’s vision included a balanced master plan for development of the land. Keeping preserved spaces in addition to shopping centers, housing developments and generous recreation spaces was the focus of his plan. Today, Rancho San Joaquin is a reflection of Irvine’s early vision.
Residents at Rancho San Joaquin enjoy all the benefits and amenities that the fine city of Irvine has to offer. Rated as America’s Safest Big City for six years running, residents enjoy the safe streets and are serviced by the well-acclaimed schools of the Irvine Unified School District. With Highway 55 and Interstate 5, Irvine is a convenient gateway to some of California’s most famed attractions, including Knott’s Berry Farm, Disneyland Theme Park and Laguna Beach.
A favorite of the late James Irvine, the Irvine Regional Park is a hotspot for the locals. Picturesque, this popular park features over 160 acres of rolling foothills dotted with sycamore and oak trees. There are shaded picnic areas with barbeques and grassy knoll areas for relaxation. Trails lead throughout the park around the Santiago Creek and are ideal for mountain biking, hiking and leisurely strolls.
The Orange County Great Park with its signature 72-foot orange sphere is another popular hangout. This park sponsors festivals throughout the year with firework displays, aerial shows and cultural parades. Its farmer’s market is an attractive marketplace for organic produce among the vegans. The market also has antiques, handcrafted items and a wide choice of ethic veggies. There is a Farm Lab for kids and a tot’s rock cave for exploration. Visitors can even take a free balloon ride that rises 400 feet high for a beautiful cityscape view. It’s a great venue to shop, be entertained or just plain have fun.
Less than a half-hour drive to Orange County’s stunning beaches, residents at Rancho San Joaquin can take in the beautiful seaside villages of Laguna Beach, Corona Del Mar, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach. Popular watersports include surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, boating, fishing and much more.
The community of Rancho San Joaquin offers a casual lifestyle set in the scenic hills of Irvine. It’s a picture perfect and fun place to be.