Overview: Walnut Village, also known simply as “Walnut” is a neighborhood located on the northwestern side of Irvine in Orange County, California. Walnut Village is known for its upscale residential living with a distinctly urban feel, offering residents access to a host of Southern California’s finest restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Leaning liberal and family-friendly in terms of culture, Walnut Village also has some of the best schools in the state, including nearby UC Irvine. The neighborhood is bordered to the north by Interstate 5, to the south by Edinger Drive, to the west by Culver Drive, and to the east by Myford Road just beyond California State Highway 261. At 1.229 square miles with a population of approximately 9,000 people, Walnut Village has a higher population density than the rest of the city of Irvine, which contributes to its urban feel. Some of the hottest destinations in and near Walnut Village include the Heritage Community Park and Community Center, Orange County Great Park, Irvine Spectrum Center, and Pretend City Children’s Museum.
Residential Yet Urban Feel
Diverse Housing Options
Several Beautiful Public Parks
Excellent Public and Private Schools
Nearby Shopping and Entertainment
Proximity to California Highways
Location: Walnut Village is situated on the northeast side of the city of Irvine, California and is just over 1 square mile in size. Centrally located in Orange County, Walnut Village is bordered to the north by Interstate 5, to the south by Edinger Drive, to the west by Culver Drive, and to the east by Myford Road just beyond California State Highway 261. As a central location in both Orange County and Irvine, Walnut Village has a distinctly urban feel, though it also offers a host of housing options for individual residents, couples, and families. Known as one of the best places to live in California, the area is characterized by its safe and spacious residential streets, as well as its selection of shops, eateries, and other commercial locations.
Commutes: Commuting is easy for residents of Walnut Village thanks to its close proximity to a number of California’s most-traveled highways. These include Interstate 5 to the north and California State Highway 261 to the east. Other nearby highways include California State Highway 55 (farther to the east) and Interstate 405 to the south.
Culture: Culture in Walnut Village is lively and family friendly. The neighborhood leans liberal and prides itself on excellent public and private education, with over 85% of adult residents holding a college degree. Most of Walnut Village’s residents are young urban professionals or families. 65.7% of households in Walnut Village are family households. Walnut Village’s relatively high population density contributes to its distinctly urban feel, though this density does not contribute to crime, as the neighborhood is one of the safest in Irvine. Also, the bulk of residential properties in Walnut Village are homes, giving the neighborhood a residential character within an urban atmosphere. The median household income is $103,949 and most residents own their homes.
Overview: Walnut Village is known for its highly-ranked schools. The neighborhood is located near several of the state’s top public and private institutions at every level of education. Perhaps the most notable among Walnut Village’s UC Irvine, a top-tier university located just south of the neighborhood. Walnut Village’s public and private schools have earned their reputations thanks to their experienced and well-liked educators, excellent facilities, good student-teacher ratios, and diverse student bodies. Many of the schools in the neighborhood and surrounding area hold an A rating from Niche. Some of the top schools serving Walnut Village include Deerfield Elementary School, Venado Middle School, and Arnold O. Beckman High School.
Deerfield Elementary School
Located only a few blocks to the southwest of Walnut Village, Deerfield Elementary School is one of the best-rated elementary schools in all of Orange County. This public school has 656 students in grades K-6 and a student-teacher ratio of 30 to 1. State test scores report that 79% of students are at least proficient in reading and 78% are proficient in math. Deerfield is distinguished by its great after school programs and student support services.
College Park Elementary School
College Park Elementary School is a top-rated public school located in the middle of Walnut Village. Known for its great facilities and experienced, supportive faculty, College Park Elementary School has 773 students in grades K-6 and a student-teacher ratio of 29 to 1. State test scores report that 72% of students are at least proficient in math and 69% in reading.
Greentree Elementary School
Also located in Walnut Village proper, Greentree Elementary School is a highly-rated public elementary school with a diverse student body and emphasis on teaching positive social behavior in addition to traditional coursework. Greentree Elementary has 496 students in grades K-6 and a student-teacher ratio of 27 to 1. State test scores report that 67% of students are at least proficient in reading and 61% are at least proficient in math.
Venado Middle School
A popular feeder school for Walnut Village residents, Venado Middle School is one of Orange County’s finest public middle schools. It has 642 students in grades 7-8 and a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 77% of students at Venado are at least proficient in reading and 74% are at least proficient in math. Venado is known for its high-performing student body and excellent facilities.
Orchard Hills School
Located 5-10 minutes north of Walnut Village by car, Orchard Hills School is a highly-rated, public K-8 institution with modern facilities and a wide range of student activities. Despite its rather large size (1,156 students), it has a solid student-teacher ratio of 29 to 1. According to state test scores, 83% of students are at least proficient in reading and 78% are proficient in math.
Pioneer Middle School
Rounding out the top middle schools serving Walnut Village is Pioneer Middle school, a well-reviewed public school located in Tustin, CA roughly 10 minutes north of Walnut Village by car. Pioneer Middle School has 1,286 students in grades 6-8 and a student-teacher ratio of 29 to 1. State test scores report that, 72% of students are at least proficient in reading and 67% are proficient in math. Pioneer Middle School has been redesignated twice by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform as a California and National School to Watch.
Arnold O. Beckman High School
Just north of Interstate 5 less than 5 minutes from Walnut Village is Arnold O. Beckman High School, Irvine’s highest-rated high school. The school serves grades 9-12 and currently has a student body of 2,847 students with student-teacher ratio of 27 to 1. According to state test scores, 83% of students are at least proficient in reading and 66% in math. In addition to overall excellent academic performance, Arnold O. Beckman is known for its high-performing vocal, visual, and musical arts ensembles, as well as its strong student athletic teams.
Irvine High School
Irvine High School is located minutes from Walnut Village to the northeast of Heritage Community Park. It has 2,031 students in grades 9-12 and a student-teacher ratio of 27 to 1. State test scores report that 77% of Irvine High School students are at least proficient in reading and 65% are at least proficient in math. The school is known for its diverse student body and excellent educators. It holds at overall A+ grade from Niche.
Tustin High School
Northeast of Walnut Village is nearby Tustin, CA is Tustin High School, one of the top public high schools in the region. Tustin High School has 2,287 students in grades 9-12 and a student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1. State test scores show a significant disparity between reading and math performance: 73% of students are at least proficient in reading, while only 41% are proficient in math. Tustin High School was a 2017 Civic Learning Award School and a 2016 Honor Roll School.
Fairmont Private Schools – North Tustin Campus
Located in Tustin, CA northeast of Walnut Village,
Fairmont Private Schools – North Tustin Campus is a private school that offers highly-selective education to students in pre-K, elementary and middle school learning levels. It has 300 students in grades PK, K-8 and a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. Fairmont specializes in individualized learning plans designed to help students succeed no matter their learning level.
St. Cecilia School
St. Cecilia School is a private K-8 institution located northeast of Walnut Village in Tustin, CA. St. Cecilia School offers a highly-regarded education with special emphasis in the teaching of the Catholic Church. The school’s motto is “More Than School,” and its curriculum emphasizes helping become better individuals and members of society. St. Cecilia School has 301 students in grades PK, K-8 and a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1.
Pacific Academy – Irvine Campus
Pacific Academy – Irvine Campus is a private 7-12 institution located in Irvine’s Woodbridge neighborhood approximately 5-10 minutes south of Walnut Village by car. Pacific Academy has 122 students and a student-teacher ratio of 8 to 1. After graduation, a reported 94% of students from this Pacific Academy campus go on to attend a 4-year college.
Overview: Walnut Village offers a diverse selection of living options for those in search of both urban and residential living. Dating back to 1970, the neighborhood has both new and historic construction, with options ranging from economical to luxury. Though the most common type of property in Walnut Village is the single-family home, the neighborhood also features a dense selection of apartments, townhomes, and condos. Property prices in Walnut Village range from $800,000 to $1,500,000, with the average dwelling having three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a 2-car garage.
Single Family Homes
Single family homes are the most common type of property in Walnut Village. Many of the neighborhood’s single family homes date back to its original development in the 1970s, while others are newer, with the newest having been built in the last decades. Single family dwellings in Walnut Village vary considerably in size from small and space-efficient to large and luxurious.
There are several properties currently being built in urban and residential zones across Walnut Village. Those looking to build will find a handful of empty lots available for purchase. Walnut Village’s newest construction can be found on the northern half of the neighborhood.
Those looking to take advantage of Walnut Village’s urban feel will find a number of excellent apartments around every corner of the neighborhood. Some of the most popular, modern apartments in Walnut Village include the Villa Hermosa Apartments, the Windwood Glen Apartments, and the Deerfield Apartment Homes.
Townhomes are another attractive option in Walnut Village, though they are the least common type of housing in the neighborhood. The townhomes found in Walnut Village tend to be newer, designed with spacious floor plans and outfitted with modern amenities. The neighborhood offers townhomes to fit most budgets.
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Overview: With relatively high population density, Walnut Village offers a wide range of real estate options in highly-desirable area. The neighborhood’s hot real estate market features an excellent selection of single-family homes, apartments, townhomes, and condos at prices ranging from $800,000 to $1,500,000. The median home value in Walnut Village is $696,221. The median rent is $2,832. Prices in Walnut Village are stabilizing though still rising across all types of property. The area features a host of dwellings for every income bracket, with most luxury properties found on the north side of the neighborhood. Starting prices for luxury homes in Walnut Villages typically sit around $1 million. The neighborhood also features a selection of luxury apartments, with rent starting around $3,000 per month. Home to to diverse selection of shopping, entertainment amidst newer infrastructure and safe streets, Walnut Village is considered one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Irvine and all of Orange County.The neighborhood is also only a short drive away from some of Southern California’s most scenic and sought-after destinations.
Things to Do
Overview: Sitting at just over 1 square-mile in size with a population density over 20% greater than the rest of Irvine, Walnut Village offers an excellent selection of things to do within its boundaries. Shopping, eating, and other entertainment abound, with both national and local venues showcased on each of the city’s major thoroughfares (Culver Drive and Harvard Avenue are some of the most developed). Despite its distinctly urban feel, Walnut Village also offers several large residential pockets with a host of family-friendly parks, including Harvard Community Park, Harvard Circle Park, Colony Park, and College Park. Just outside of Walnut Village’s borders, residents will find an even greater selection of things to do — including shopping, dining, outdoor recreation, and other entertainment — each just minutes from the neighborhood itself. Popular shopping destinations include the Irvine Spectrum, Irvine’s largest outdoor shopping mall, as well as Tanaka Farms, a local produce grower offering tours and great deals on delicious local foods. Other nearby destinations include several state parks, including Crystal Cove State Park and Limestone Canyon Regional Park, as well as iconic beaches like Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and Laguna Beach.
Retail & Entertainment
Take a walk around Walnut Village
One of the defining features of Walnut Village is its distinctly urban feel mixed with its safe and serene residential streets. Blocks are dotted with single family homes and coffee shops, apartments and boutique retail stores. Simply walking around, you’ll get a taste of all the neighborhood has to offer, from public parks to chain restaurants.
Enjoy shopping and more at Irvine Spectrum
Irvine Spectrum is the largest outdoor shopping center in all of Orange County. Irvine Spectrum features 130 shops, restaurants, pubs, and other retail and entertainment venues. Stop by for a day of shopping, ride the iconic the 108-foot Giant Wheel, and enjoy the Southern California weather.
Go golfing at nearby Orange County golf courses
Though not home to any golf courses itself, Walnut Creek is just a short drive away from some of Orange County’s top golf courses, including the Oak Creek Golf Club, the Tustin Ranch Golf Club, and the Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course. Improve your swing in the sunshine.
Camp and explore at Limestone Canyon Regional Park
Just a short drive to the northwest of Walnut Village is Limestone Regional Park, a breathtaking outdoor location with beautiful rock formations, camping, and a host of trails to explore. This park is also adjacent to Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park and the larger Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park.
Race go-karts at K1 Speed
Feeling fast and furious? Take family and friends to K1 Speed, an award-winning race track and go-kart center located just southwest of Walnut Village. This fun and intense speedway is perfect for birthday parties, corporate events, and more.
Explore Crystal Cove State Park
Moving southward, one of the most beautiful destinations near Walnut Village is Crystal Cove State Park, a protected park located just up the coast from Laguna Beach. Crystal Cove State Park is known for its plant and animal wildlife, breathtaking views, historic beach houses, tidepools, and inland chaparral canyons.
Find great produce at Tanaka Farms
Located south of Walnut Village just below Interstate 405, Tanaka Farms is a locally-owned grower of beautiful and delicious California produce. Schedule a tour and purchase a selection of great-tasting fruits and veggies.
Shop, relax, and ride hot air Balloons at Orange County Great Park
Once a Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, Orange County Great Park is now one of the most-visited parks in all of Orange County. Home to large grassy areas, a sports complex, onsite markets, and hot air balloon rides, this park has everything you need for a day of outdoor entertainment.
Bring the kids to the Pretend City Children’s Museum
For a family-friendly activity that parents and kids alike will enjoy, The Pretend City Children’s Museum is an excellent choice. Situated just south of Interstate 5 and Interstate 405, this nonprofit children’s museum features “pretend city” formed by 17 interconnected exhibits, perfect for a day of fun for the whole family.
Hit the beach(es)
Walnut Village may not be a beachside neighborhood per se, but it’s only a short drive away from some of Southern California’s most iconic beaches, including Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, and Laguna Beach. Make the short drive over to any of these scenic, sandy destinations and spend the day on the shore taking in the waves and Southern California sun.