Cypress Village

Overview

Overview: Cypress Village is a master-planned, upscale neighborhood located on the east side of Irvine, California. This new neighborhood dates back to 2013. New construction has continued over the years.

Surrounded by other desirable Irvine neighborhoods, Cypress Village offers easy access to major thoroughfares, with the Santa Ana Freeway running alongside the neighborhood and Highway 133 bisecting the Village, providing quick access to such destinations as Irvine Medical and Science Complex and Irvine Spectrum Center.

With much tech industry located in the area, Cypress Village is populated largely by white collar workers with a median household income of $90,000 to $100,000. It is a family-friendly and dog-friendly suburban area with sidewalks and plenty of easy parking. The area is quiet and well-lit. The Village is populated with nice homes and is split on average between homeowners and renters. Along with several wonderful schools, there’s an abundance of retail, recreation and entertainment in the Cypress Village area.

Neighborhood Highlights

Beautiful Modern Homes
Abundance of Retail and Entertainment
Family-friendly
Centrally Located for Quick Access to Major Highways
Excellent Schools
Wonderful Parks

Location: Cypress Village is located in the eastern region of the city of Irvine, California, on the east side of the Santa Ana Freeway (Interstate 5) off Sand Canyon Road. It’s bordered to the north by Jeffrey Road, to the east by Trabuco Road, to the west by the Santa Ana Freeway and to the south by Ridge Valley Road. The El Camino Real neighborhood is nearby to the northwest, with Northwood to the north. Woodbury is to the northeast. To the southwest is Orange Tree, and East Irvine lies south. Also nearby and to the southwest are the Irvine Medical and Science Complex and Irvine Spectrum Center.

Commutes: Cypress Village is situated optimally to provide easy access to surrounding areas via major roadways. The Santa Ana Freeway runs along the west side of Cypress Village and provides a direct commute to Santa Ana. The Highway 133 Eastern Transportation Corridor runs east to west through the neighborhood and connects with the Santa Ana Freeway and Interstate 405 to the southeast, which provides direct access eastward to South Coast Metro. I-405 connects to Highway 55 for access southward to Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. Highway 133 connects to Highway 241 for access to Limestone Canyon Regional Park or Rancho Santa Margarita.

Culture: Cypress Village is a quiet, family-friendly residential neighborhood, a vibrant Irvine village with excellent educational opportunities and fantastic recreation. Home to many young, growing families, Cypress Village is a safe, well-lit neighborhood that’s dog friendly and conducive to neighborly socializing. Many residents are white collar workers who make well over $100,000 per year.

The Village is dotted with parks and recreation areas that offer swimming, tennis, baseball, volleyball, picnicking and spas. Also in the area are walking and biking trails for use by Cypress Village residents. For the convenience of Village residents, there are many shopping, dining and entertainment destinations nearby.

Schools

Overview: There are six public schools that serve Cypress Village: three within the Saddleback Valley Unified School District and three within the highly-rated Irvine Unified School District. Irvine Unified presides over Cypress Village Elementary School, Jeffrey Trail Middle School and Irvine High School. Saddleback Valley Unified School District, headquartered in Mission Viejo, includes Rancho Canada Elementary School, Serrano Intermediate School and El Toro High School.

Three excellent schools are inside the geographical boundaries of Cypress Village. Cypress Elementary School empowers students to become responsible and respectful citizens. Jeffrey Trail Middle School is focused on imbuing students with creativity, critical thinking and a sense of community service. Irvine High School seeks to provide a high quality education to enable students to become empowered with skills, knowledge and values for life in a changing world. Schools outside the geographical bounds of Cypress Village that Cypress Village students attend are Rancho Canada Elementary, Serrano Intermediate School and El Toro High School.

Schools

Elementary Schools

Cypress Village Elementary School

Cypress Village Elementary School is a top-rated school with 939 students in Kindergarten through 6th grade. This school has a student to teacher ratio of 30 to one, with 73% of students proficient in mathematics and 75% proficient in reading. Cypress Elementary ranks at 143 out of 5,881 best public elementary schools in California.

Rancho Canada Elementary School

Rancho Canada Elementary School, also highly rated, is located in Lake Forest. The school serves 714 students in grades Kindergarten through 6th. The student/teacher ratio is 27 to one. Based on state assessments, 53% of students are proficient in math, and 63% are proficient in reading. Rancho Canada ranks at 811 of 5,881 best public elementary schools in California.

Middle Schools

Jeffrey Trail Middle School

Jeffrey Trail Middle School serves 999 students in 7th and 8th grades. With one teacher for every 28 students, this school ranks at 23 of 2,534 best public middle schools in California. Eighty-two of 100 students are proficient in math, with 83% proficient in reading. Jeffrey Trail encourages students to take academic risks and to work collaboratively.

Serrano Intermediate School

Serrano Intermediate School is located in Lake Forest. It has 1,253 students in 7th and 8th grades with a student/teacher ratio of 25 to one. According to state test scores, 49% of students are proficient in math and 70% in reading. Serrano Intermediate School has a strong Career Technical Education program.

High Schools

Irvine High School

Irvine High School is a top-rated school with 2,031 9th to 12th grade students. Sixty-five percent of students are proficient in math and 77% in reading. The student/teacher ratio is 27 to one. Irvine High School ranks at 49 out of 1,334 best public high schools in California. Irvine High holds to the IHS acronym—Integrity, Honor and Social Responsibility.

El Toro High School

El Toro High School in Lake Forest serves 2,518 students in 9th through 12th grades with a student/teacher ratio of 25 to one. Forty-five percent of students are proficient in mathematics and 68% in reading. This school ranks at 183 of 1,334 best public high schools in California. El Toro offers a wide selection of academics, pathways and extra-curricular programs.

Private Schools

St. Michael the Archangel Academy

St. Michael the Archangel Academy is an alternative Catholic school with 116 students in grades Kindergarten through 12th. The student to teacher ratio is two to one. Fifty percent of St. Michael students go on to attend a four-year college after graduation.

Pacific Academy

Pacific Academy has 122 students in 7th to 12th grades with a student to teacher ratio of eight to one. Pacific Academy students have scored an average of 1230 on the SAT. After graduating, 94% of students from Pacific Academy go on to attend a four-year college.

LePort Montessori Irvine Spectrum

LePort Montessori School, in the Irvine Spectrum Center area, has 146 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 8th. There is one teacher for every student. The school emphasizes the relationship between academically challenging classroom experiences and experiences outside the classroom to help students understand the world around them and develop a strong personal identity.

Housing

Overview: Housing in Cypress Village was master planned to produce a quality neighborhood with open space, recreation, employment and retail centers, as well as pathways and roads to put desirable destinations within walking distance. Cypress Village dates back to 2013 and features mostly high-value midsize homes that sit on average size lots. The community has continued to develop over the years and has new homes being built in its unique neighborhoods.

Seven neighborhoods are found within Cypress Village. The Acacia neighborhood is comprised of two-story townhouses priced at $474,345 to $528,580. Caserta features two and three-bedroom townhouses priced in the low $500,000 range. Jade Court is a condo community with two and three-bedroom units in the low $600,000 range. Laurel offers four-bedroom single-family homes in the high $900,000s. Magnolia has three and four-bedroom single-family homes for between $925,749 and $1,180,000. The Marigold neighborhood has townhouses in the mid $800,000 range. Mulberry has single-family homes in the low $1.1 million range.

Housing options

Single Family Homes

Three of the neighborhoods in Cypress Village are comprised of single-family homes. These are the Laurel, Magnolia and Mulberry neighborhoods. Homes in Laurel are four-bedroom homes that list in the high $900,000 range. One of the more expensive neighborhoods in Cypress Village, Magnolia has three to four-bedroom homes that sell for $925,749 to $1,180,000. Mulberry homes list around $1.1 million.

New Construction

Established in 2013, Cypress Village homes are all relatively new. However, new construction continues in the Village, much of it carried out by California Pacific Homes. An example of new construction in the Village is the Tristania collection of townhomes that include up to three bedrooms, great rooms, master suites and two-car garages, selling from the low to high $800,000s.

High Rises

Although there are no residential high rises within the geographical boundaries of Cypress Village, there are several notable high rises nearby, including Astoria at Central Park West and Skyline at MacArthur Place. Astoria offers a mix of hotel-inspired amenities with one to three-bedroom units. Skyline offers a variety of units with a health club, bar and Olympic-size pool.

Apartments

Cypress Village offers many excellent options for apartment living. There are at least 25 apartment complexes in or near the Village. A few outstanding apartment buildings include The Village at Irvine Spectrum, offering uptown living near Spectrum Center, Avella Apartment Homes, with one to two-bedrooms in a pet-friendly building, and Cypress Village Apartment Homes, Mediterranean-inspired townhomes with direct-access garages.

If you’re interested in buying a home in this area, check out currently available Cypress Village homes for sale. You can also browse through the entire database of all the available Irvine homes for sale.

Real Estate

Overview: Cypress Village offers a variety of housing types, including condominiums, single-family homes and attached options in a variety of styles. Square footage of homes is on average 1,122 to 3,000. Homes have up to five bedrooms and four bathrooms with garages and driveways as the main provisions for parking.

Generally, Cypress Village homes list between $590,000 and $1,490,000, with the median sale price at $978,250. The median sale price per square foot is $456. Homes in the Magnolia area are the most expensive, ranging from $925,749 to $1,180,000. There are currently 35 homes for sale in Cypress Village.

The median list price for Cypress Village homes in January 2016 was $878,136. In December 2018, the median list price was $863,238. The median list price has remained consistent during this period, except for a dip to $749,800 in August 2016. As indicated by price trends over the past three years, the housing market in Cypress Village remains a seller’s market.

Things to Do

Overview: Cypress Village offers a coveted lifestyle that is enriched by natural open spaces and parks brimming with family activity. Two beautiful parks within the Village are Cypress Community Park and Garden Center Park, where residents can enjoy hours of swimming or playing tennis, soccer, baseball or basketball. The Jeffrey Open Space Trail and Irvine Regional Park are also available for walking, biking and horseback riding.

A wide array of shopping and dining are also available within a short distance of Cypress Village. The Cypress Village Shopping Center and Woodbury Town Center are both gorgeous shopping malls with everything from dental, optical and medical services to banking, dining and local and national retailers. The Irvine Spectrum Center is a favorite destination throughout Orange County for shopping, dining and thrill rides like the Giant Wheel or Lucky Climber. Favorite Cypress Village dining destinations are Olive Oil Mediterranean Grill and Hive & Honey Rooftop Bar.

Retail & Entertainment

Irvine Spectrum Center

The Irvine Spectrum Center is an outstanding retail, dining and recreation destination in Orange County. Just south of Cypress Village, the center offers more than 130 retail stores, restaurants and entertainment venues. Shopping includes Brandy Melville, Cali Blue and Claire’s Collectibles. Diners’ favorites are Dave & Busters and Del Frisco’s Grille. Rides include the Giant Wheel and Lucky Climber.

Cypress Village Shopping Center

Another great shopping center within Cypress Village is the Cypress Village Shopping Center. The center is a beautiful shopping mall with a wonderfully landscaped, palm tree-lined exterior. Businesses within the center include dentistry, optical, hair styling, a Wells-Fargo bank and a UPS store. Many fine eateries in the center include Honey Pig BBQ and Da Luau Hawaiian Grill.

Woodbury Town Center

Woodbury Town Center is a popular, gorgeous mall bisected by a palm-lined city street. Businesses include banks, orthodontics, fitness centers, optometry, a medical group and a Montessori school. Retailers within the center include Home Depot, General Nutrition Center and Trader Joe’s. Some dining establishments in the center are Niko Niko Sushi, The Flame Broiler and First Class Pizza.

UC Irvine Arboretum

University of California Irvine Arboretum acquaints visitors with Irvine’s natural environment. This amazing nature preserve highlights all the indigenous plants making up Irvine’s landscape. Offering a wide variety of unique flowers and plants from California to South Africa, the preserve encompasses 12.5 acres of botanical gardens. The arboretum focuses on cultivating threatened and endangered plants for reintroduction into natural habitats.

Jeffrey Open Space Trail

The Jeffrey Open Space Trail is an open space corridor that links conservation and open space lands within Irvine, offering hiking, biking and a nature preserve. The Jeffrey Trail also provides a linkage that extends from the Pacific Ocean to the Santa Ana Mountains to the Cleveland National forest. The trail will ultimately travel five miles through Irvine.

Cypress Community Park

Cypress Community Park offers hours of recreation for Cypress Village residents. Amenities included in the park are a community center, lighted baseball field, lighted soccer field with soccer field overlay, lighted tennis courts, basketball court, barbeque and picnic areas and a children’s play area.

Garden Center Park

Garden Center Park offers swimming for all ages with its junior Olympic pool and wading pool. Also found at the park are a club room, spa and children’s playground. Shade structures and barbeque and picnic areas are available. The park has a lush lawn that’s perfect for playing Frisbee or dog walking.

Horseback Riding at Irvine Regional Park

The Irvine Regional Park has miles of trails to enjoy on horseback. The Country Trails & Riding School provides riding lessons, horseback tours, kid-friendly pony rides and group activities. The tours offer a family-friendly opportunity to see Irvine’s impressive landscape. Horseback riding is available to guests from eight years old, but younger children can ride ponies within the park’s corral.

Hive & Honey Rooftop Bar

For adults wanting a night out, the Hive & Honey Rooftop Bar is great destination. Located at the top of a Marriott Hotel, Honey & Hive is good for a group gathering or intimate affair. Food at Honey & Hive is delectable. Favorite dishes include the Buffalo Turkey Meatballs, Hummus of the Day and Fire-roasted Parmesan Flatbread.

Olive Oil Mediterranean Grill

Olive Oil Mediterranean Grill is another local favorite. This restaurant brings the zest of the Middle East together with the healthy ingredients that come with the Mediterranean diet. All items are freshly baked or grilled and are made from top-quality fresh ingredients. Delicious meals such as Hummus, Musabaha or Mutabal are available at affordable prices.