Promenade, which is currently pre-leasing, features a 100-seat café and market; a fitness and yoga center; four saltwater pools; and a host of outdoor kitchens, spas and gardens.

A look inside Spectrum’s newest community

Promenade, which is currently pre-leasing, features a 100-seat cafe and market a fitness center, four saltwater pools, and a host of outdoor kitchens, spas and gardens.

by TOM BERG

You want “wow” factor? It’s everywhere you turn in Promenade at Irvine Spectrum – a new resort-style apartment community just steps from the Irvine Spectrum Center.

Let’s start with the groundbreaking design.

The first thing you’re drawn to is a magnificent, 5-acre promenade of pools, paths and courtyards that evoke the feel of a Mediterranean village – with the convenience of a five-star resort.

Stroll past groves of mature Mission olive trees, and your poolside cabana awaits, equipped with Wi-Fi, Google Fiber and USB ports. And that’s not all.

This central promenade features a 100-seat café and market; a fitness and yoga center; four saltwater pools; and a host of outdoor kitchens, spas and gardens.

“It’s designed as a grand gathering space to bring the entire community together,” says General Manager David Phillips. “Promenade’s experience rivals the best resorts in the country.”

LIVE, WORK, PLAY

The apartment homes, which surround this central courtyard, offer residents keyless entry, quartz countertops and tile walk-in showers. Services include on-site electric car rentals, dry-cleaning delivery and a dog spa and park.

The 7,300-square-foot café and market offers a coffee-beer-and-wine bar, deli service, and a refrigerated wall of grab-and-go meals and beverages.

“It’s an extension of your home and community,” says Kirstie Acevedo, a senior associate at Gensler, the global architectural firm that designed it. “You can pick up a bottle of wine or an organic, locally grown salad to take home. Or you can linger and be part of the community. It’s a place you can work – or relax after work.”

The café and market also feature two outdoor patios overlooking the pools, creating a strong indoor- outdoor connection, and elevating the live-work-play lifestyle that Irvine is known for.

The 7,300-square-foot Promenade café and market offer a coffee-beer-and-wine bar, deli and a refrigerated wall of grab-and-go meals and beverages.

PART OF THE MASTER PLAN

Promenade, which is currently pre-leasing, with the first occupants arriving in November, was designed to bring a proper housing-to-jobs balance in the city.

It complements Irvine’s high-tech job market, which features over 900 firms. And its placement in the Irvine Spectrum District means that residents can walk, bike or shuttle (for free) to work, shopping and entertainment.

Irvine’s Master Plan calls for placing homes near shops and jobs to reduce traffic, and that has earned Irvine the distinction of having the shortest commute times in Orange County.

Many Irvine Spectrum residents, like Blizzard video-game animator Carin Huurnick, don’t even own cars.

“It’s easy to bike to work here,” she says. “And I love the scenery.”

Future Promenade residents will be just steps from the San Diego Creek Trail, Los Olivos Marketplace, and the new Los Olivos Community Park. The sandy beaches of Laguna’s Main Beach are a 10-minute drive away.

WALKWAY BY THE WATER

The community is welcome to tour new models – either with a leasing representative or a self-guided tour (another unique concept at this apartment community).

If you go, be sure to walk the grounds.

The community took its name from an 18th-century definition of “promenade,” meaning a walkway

by the water. The pools intentionally were placed together and lowered in the ground to resemble a small lake – so that no matter where you walk in the central courtyard, you’ll be sure to see them.

For more information: promenadeatspectrum.com