ABOUT El Camino Real
The Village of El Camino Real is located in the northern part of Irvine, California. It was created during the first phase of the master-planned development of The Irvine Ranch®, which was founded by James Irvine more than 150 years ago. The neighborhood covers an area of approximately 1.25 square miles.
Construction on El Camino Real Village started during the 1960s. It completed by the early 1970s. The community has a nice mixture of housing, apartment complexes, and shopping centers. There are schools, churches, parks, and recreational areas to enjoy with plenty of open space.
El Camino Real is right in the center of everything, yet it feels like living in a protected, high-quality suburb. There are plenty of sidewalks to take a dog for a walk. Parents like the close proximity of good schools for the kids. Most people say they feel completely safe walking in this neighborhood at night. This is a great place to raise a family.
El Camino Real is one of the oldest, well-established neighborhoods in Irvine. This makes it a very desirable area to live in. 68% of the homes are owner-occupied. About 44% of the people who live here are families with children. The demographics of this area are 54% white, 33% Asian, 3% black, and 10% are a mixture of other races. The Asian part of the community is a mixture of Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese. Because of the diversity in this community, there are ethnic-focused grocery stores and plenty of small restaurants with international-style food dishes to enjoy.
TOP El Camino Real HIGHLIGHTS
There are no significant records of any serious recurring natural hazards specific to El Camino Real in Irvine, CA.
In the past, however, the neighborhood has reported temporary road closures due to flooding from stormy weather.
This neighborhood is easily accessible by major freeways and streets that crisscross Irvine. The main side streets, used to get across town, are Culver Drive, Yale Loop, Irvine Center Drive, Jeffrey Road, and Walnut Ave.
Many commuters use either the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) or the Santa Monica Freeway (I-405) to drive to work. The I-5 runs north/south along the eastern border of the El Camino Real Village parallel to Walnut Ave. The I-5 has on/off ramps at Jeffrey Road and Culver Drive. Going north, the I-5 freeway leads to downtown Los Angeles. Going south, it goes to San Diego. Taking the I-405 north leads to Santa Monica.
El Camino Real is among the neighborhoods in Irvine, CA, with the lowest crime rates. Overall, the total crime rate in the area is about 916 per 100,000 residents. This rate is about 64% lower than the national average.
Violent crime rate in the neighborhood is about 49 per 100,000 residents. This rate is about 87% lower than the national average. Property crimes happen more often in the area at a rate of about 867 per 100,000 residents. This rate, however, is still 61% lower than the national average.
One’s chances of becoming a victim of crime in El Camino Real is 1 in 110. The neighborhood is safer than about 93% of cities in California.
SCHOOLS IN El Camino Real
El Camino Real Village is part of the Irvine Unified School District. There are only a few public schools in this neighborhood and only one private school. Parents who want to send their children to other private schools need to send them to schools in other parts of Irvine.
The public schools are reasonably safe for children. Average test scores, which are received by the students at these schools, on the standardized California state exams, are decent. Parents who reviewed the public schools in this neighborhood, generally make positive comments about the teachers and their children’s experiences at the schools.
The schools in this neighborhood, are the first ones established in Irvine. They opened in the 1970s. During that time, the schools rapidly filled to capacity due to the influx of home buyers for the new development. More schools opened since then, in nearby subdivisions, so now the teacher-student ratio of the schools in this neighborhood is around 30.7, which is considered good.
El Camino Real Housing 2020
After the housing bubble burst in 2006 to 2008, the real estate prices were depressed for about six years. Since 2014, the housing prices picked up again. By 2016, they surpassed the valuations that existed before the real estate market collapse. The annual price increase for this neighborhood has been around 8% for each of the past three years. This upward trend of increasing valuations seems to be continuing, with possibly a little pause before another upward move depending on the time of the year that a house is sold.
Median home prices rose from $620,000 in February 2016 to $857,000 in April 2018. At the end of 2018, the median price settled down a bit to $800,000. The price per square foot in this neighborhood is around $420. Real estate property taxes average a little over $4,000 per year. Typical homeowners association fees are around $200 per month.
El Camino Real Homes for Sale
The housing in this neighborhood consists mostly of single-family homes and with a few low-rise apartment complexes. Most of the homes and apartments were constructed during the 1960s and 1970s. The housing development was part of the first phase of the master-planned development of the city of Irvine.
The housing is organized in groups of homes interspersed with small green area parks. The homes were built on streets that branch off from each other and frequently end in cul-de-sacs. This was done to reduce the through-traffic that would create noise as cars go by. It also means that kids can safely play in the streets in front of their homes.
Bike paths and walking trails connect the housing areas to the other parts of the community. Most of the single-family homes are stand-alone units, built on large lots of about one-half acre. Some of the luxury homes have huge one-acre lots with big backyards