Altair Irvine, a private, guard-gated community, located on the hilly eastern side of Irvine Boulevard, on the site of former marine base housing, all the little homes neat and beige on their wide culs de sac, precursors for their replacements, large beige homes, row after row, on smaller culs de sac, so as to fit more of them in behind their august gates; this is Altair, this is Orange County, curated.
First opened to the public on September 21, 2017, Altair’s ten neighborhoods boast twenty-seven model homes to immerse yourself into the atmosphere of this new world, this refinement of the Orange County ideal of big homes, big garages, expansive great rooms, loggias at every turn, and meandering, hilly, interconnecting walking paths, the perfect setting for your conspicuously health-conscious Lululemon, Nike, or Adidas attire. Paired with these amenities is a freshly opened community club house, which just celebrated its grand opening yesterday, Saturday, January 26, 2019 with much fanfare and ado, featuring multiple indoor and outdoor event spaces, a café, two pools, spas, and management offices all for the 840 homes to be completed located behind the guarded gates.
This is a far cry from the site of the community in 1999 when it was the freshly decommissioned Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, a 4,682 acre facility, which is now in the process of being transformed into the Orange County Great Park, an expansive multi-use space first conceived pre-2008 financial crisis, which is only now in 2019 regaining its lost momentum and funding opportunities. The neighboring Orange County Great Park, located just on the other side of Irvine Boulevard, upon completion, will boast more housing, a sports park, wildlife corridor connecting the coastal sage scrub communities around Laguna Beach with their inland counterparts, golf/agricultural spaces, cultural terrace, bosque, ice rink, its signature orange hot air balloon ride, and much more.
The following three homes, Toll Brothers’Ariel Elite located in Alara, Toll Brothers’ Callisto in Estrella, and Lennar’s Residence 4X in Lumiere, are examples of what lies in store for us as we visit and reflect upon each of the 10 neighborhoods located behind the gates at Altair.
Homes in Altair begin from roughly $1.3M for a 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 2,533 square foot Lennar-built Residence 1 in the Soltice neighborhood to $2.8M for a 5 bedroom, 6 bathroom, 6,613 square foot, three story Lennar-built Residence 3X in the Lumiere neighborhood, with each personalized finish or customization adding to the final purchase price from there.
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