A windrow of heritage eucalyptus trees line the entrance to Eastwood Village, leading to an 80-foot silk floss tree in Grand Trellis Park.

Village Profile: Eastwood

by TOM BERG

More than 15,000 trees were planted in Eastwood Village, but one in particular stands out.

It’s an 80-foot silk floss at the entrance.

The tree, preserved from the Irvine Ranch, greets residents as they arrive – and anchors a series of parks, playgrounds and paths that radiate out in all directions.

 

Behind it is a new elementary school where students program robots, practice yoga, and produce a weekly news show in a green-screen studio.

“We try to give kids access and experiences that are only available in our state-of-the-art classrooms,” says Eastwood Elementary Principal Aaron Jetzer. “Teachers here are outside-the-box thinkers who bring opportunities to the kids and build excitement.”

Nearby homes were the first in California to offer Apple’s “HomeKit” and other smart home technologies, allowing residents to adjust the lights, locks or blinds from anywhere with a phone.

 

Nearby paths connect to more than 57,500 acres of open space, while passing several windrows of preserved eucalyptus trees.

“These trees are part of the land,” says Irvine Company Vice President of Landscape Architecture Richard Roy, who helped design the village. “We preserve them because they’re part of our heritage — and because it is the right thing to do.”


A PLACE TO CALL HOME

Eastwood Village has neighborhoods connected to parks, connected to a school, surrounded by shopping and trails to natural open space.

1. Homes- Six neighborhoods feature townhomes and single-family detached homes.


2. Shopping- Shop and dine at nearby Woodbury Town Center.


3. Parks- Enjoy pools, spas, tot lots, athletic fields, sports courts and more.


4. Open Space- An easy walk to Jeffrey Open Space Trail and Irvine’s northern open space preserve.


5. Schools- The kids walk to acclaimed elementary, middle and high schools.