Turtle Ridge is the southern-most neighborhood in Irvine. It is adjacent to the 73 Freeway, University of California-Irvine, the Turtle Rock and Shady Canyon areas, and the huge (735-acre) Bommer Canyon Nature Reserve.
Turtle Ridge consists of 14 separate communities with a total of just over 1,600 homes, most of which are in private, guard-gated HOAs, making it one of the more exclusive (and expensive) neighborhoods in Irvine.
The first Turtle Ridge homes were built in 2002, and like all of Irvine's newer housing developments, there are ample amenities available. Turtle Ridge's amenities include:
Private Summit Park - accessible to residents of Turtle Ridge Summit HOA, which includes:
- 3 parks that are accessible to all residents
- Several pools, including an adults-only pool, an Olympic sized pool, cabanas, and hot tubs.
- Two clubhouses - one of which includes a full movie theater
- A full fitness center with a personal trainer available
The neighborhood is absolutely gorgeous, being crisscrossed with bike paths and walkways and having access to stunning trails throughout the Canyon via Vista Point.
Aside from the amenities, Turtle Ridge is in a great location for commuters. Lying along the 73 toll road, it is a quick shot to either North or South Orange County, and provides faster access to Newport Beach than any city other than Newport Beach itself.
Also, like any neighborhood you can pick in Irvine, the area is very family-oriented. You will not find a lot of singles living nearby. As such, if you are concerned about schooling, your children will attend some of the very best schools in the state. They will be attending school with students whose parents really care about school - a significant percentage of classmates will have children of UCI professors as classmates.
High school aged children in the area attend University High, which was ranked as the number one best high school in California and number eight in the nation by Newsweek Magazine.