Update on Orchard Hills Neighborhood 4
Early construction has begun on the final neighborhood of Orchard Hills. This is the first step of a multiphase process. This website is a resource for North Irvine residents to learn more about this future community, its timing and what to expect during construction. Those with additional questions can contact us directly, as well.
Where is Neighborhood 4?
The approximately 250-acre site is located generally on the northeast corner of Portola Parkway and Jeffrey Road in Orchard Hills Village.
What is being built?
Consistent with the approved Master Plan for North Irvine, this final neighborhood of Orchard Hills will feature 520 single-family, detached homes that will be, on average, 3,000-4,000 square feet. The unique feature of this community will be its terraced streets, providing lots with views across the city and to the Pacific Ocean.
What is the timing?
Construction began in early December 2021. First homes will likely become available in early 2024.
What can current residents expect during construction?
Construction activities will largely be contained to the site and will be managed in accordance with the plan approved by the city of Irvine and regulated by regional agencies. Activities will generally include site preparation, grading, infrastructure (road, water, sewer, etc.) work and home construction.
Neighborhood 4 and avocado groves
As part of the long-term master-planning for the area, residents of North Irvine will notice changes to the avocado grove that currently occupies portions of the Neighborhood 4 site. Residents may also notice the planting of new trees in the area in the coming months.
Here’s what’s happening:
As part of the Neighborhood 4 construction, crews are currently removing this grove. This particular grove has been underproductive for more than a decade and does not have long-term viability. These new avocado trees will maintain and enhance the area’s agricultural and aesthetic charm.
Irvine Company remains committed to sustainable farming and planning in North Irvine. And in the next one to two years, almost 10,000 new avocado trees will be planted in more viable areas in the area. Additionally, about 3,000 new trees will be planted as part of this new Orchard Hills neighborhood. Overall, there will be an increase of trees within the city as part of this process.
North Irvine avocado tree facts
- Total trees: about 85,000 (2021)
- Type of avocados: Hass
- Production: approximately 100-140 avocados per tree, annually
- Sustainability: recycled water, organic treatment, weed control by hand
- Fun Fact: Irvine’s avocado groves are among the most productive in the nation.