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Sun and schools: A millennial’s homebuying story

by TOM BERG

After graduating from college in Northern California, Kenny Hong was ready for sunshine and an active lifestyle. He chose the Reserve at Orchard Hills in Irvine. As a millennial, he’s part of the largest homebuying generation in the nation. Here’s his Irvine story.

What attracted you to Irvine? I came here for the sun. I was tired of the weather up north, and Irvine has an outstanding climate. I also love that it has all the benefits of urban life, but it’s not too busy. You can find excellent restaurants and shopping without the chaos of a bigger city.

What is your favorite place to go in Irvine? Omomo Tea Shoppe at Alton Square is a go-to spot for me. I go there, relax, then get other errands done at the stores in the center.

How is it living in Orchard Hills? I moved from apartments off Jamboree because I wanted more space. I’m planning my backyard now, which will be very cool when done. The neighbors are extremely nice. I take my corgis – Mixiu and Datou – on the trails, and they love it.

What’s the future like for you in Orchard Hills? I don’t have kids now, but I will someday. So the schools were a huge reason I moved here. Each school is top-rated, like No. 1 in the state. But the teachers and people are also excellent, and that’s really important to me.