Quail Hill is a Spanish/Tuscan village in the southern part of Irvine, Orange County, California. It is one of the seven communities that belong to the University area of the City of Irvine. The village is named for the characteristic rock formation that adjoins 600 acres (2.4 km) of permanent open space. Located next to the 405 freeway, Quail Hill is close to major employment, entertainment and dining areas of the city. At the foot of Quail Hill there is the Quail Hill Loop Trail that provides public access to a natural surface trail. Shady Canyon, largely a Tuscan village, is situated in between Quail Hill and the 73 freeway is one of Southern California's newest ultra luxury gated communities. Many have flocked to this community with the allure of it's natural beauty of rolling hills and organic landscaping. Shady Canyon is an exclusive enclave of luxury homes in the Irvine hills that covers over 1,200 acres where the homes are built on generous lots with a Mediterranean and Tuscany architecture style.
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Irvine was chosen in 2008 by CNNMoney.com as the fourth-best place to live in the United States. In 2012, it was ranked sixth nationally. In September 2011, Businessweek listed Irvine as the fifth-best city in the United States. Irvine consistently ranks as the safest city in America with a population over 100,000. In 2014, Irvine was named the best-run city in the U.S. by 24/7 Wall Street. In March 2017, WalletHub listed Irvine as the third happiest place to live in the United States. In June 2017, Irvine was named tenth best City in America by Niche.com. In 2019, Irvine was named the 2nd happiest city in America by BusinessInsider, and #18 best place to live by Money magazine.
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A Southern California economic center, Irvine is a postcard destination of Orange County. Well executed city planning and diverse natural spaces provide tourists plenty of places to explore, including the Irvine Spectrum Center outdoor shopping center with a Ferris wheel. Outdoor attractions and cultural appeal collide at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, with unique park amenities in the form of sports complexes, art galleries, and a big orange balloon ride. A popular day or weekend trip from Irvine, the neighboring city of Newport Beach provides the fastest route to the ocean and a scenic coastal getaway. From Newport Beach, the charming neighborhood of Balboa Island is easily accessible, adding even more scenic seaside appeal. Under an hour's drive from Los Angeles, Irvine provides a welcome getaway from the sprawl of the city.
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