So what made Irvine what it is today? How did it come to be one of the safest cities in America? How did it become a city at all? Read more to learn the history of Irvine and why it’s America’s safest city!
Magellan Storage: Irvine Location
10025 Muirlands Boulevard
Irvine, CA 92618
Located near the Irvine Spectrum and the Irvine Industrial Complex East, with easy access to the 405 and 5 Freeways, Magellan Storage offers convenient storage opportunities in a city that was named “the Safest City in America” by the FBI in 2012, for the eighth consecutive year. With the lowest crime rate among cities with a population of more than 100,000 people for the 9th year in a row, Irvine is one of the safest places to live and store your belongings. 2012 was its safest year on record; and we are proud to offer self-storage in a community that supports its community members, with so much care.
In addition to being America’s safest city, Irvine also enjoys the perks of being in Southern California, where this is enough space to drive out on the open road. For that reason, our Irvine facilities allow customers to drive right up to their self-storage units making Irvine tenants truly happy campers!
So what made Irvine what it is today? How did it come to be one of the safest cities in America? How did it become a city at all?
A Planned City
Irvine’s design scheme and history offer some insight into the city where kids can still play in the streets at night and their parents are happy to let them do so. Divided into a number of planned “villages,” some featuring schools and resort-style recreation like pools, the largely affluent community is comprised of a demographic that is well educated, as well as family-oriented.
Families feel comfortable sending their kids to school unsupervised at a certain age and riding bikes past a certain hour is the norm. The addition of large sprawling grasslands called green belts enhanced the ability for children and adults to enjoy the land in its natural state. Green belts were created during the development of the city of Irvine in the 1970s to preserve the habitat of the land, ensuring many a bike ride for kids and adults, alike!
A Focus on Education
Approximately 96% of residents have received a high school diploma and about 66% have received a college degree. That’s an inordinately high percentage compared to the national average of about 75% of all high school students actually graduating. The education level of the neighborhood informs the activities and social culture of the people in it.
In addition to three public libraries, and the second newest campus in the UC system, according to a US Census, Irvine ranked 7th in the nation of populations of at least 100,000 for having the highest percentage of residents who are over the age of 25 with doctoral degrees. Clearly, education is an important element in the city of Irvine.
Two thousand years ago, the Gabrielino Indians moved to the Irvine area, creating dozens of villages, living in round, wooden huts. There, the Gabrielino Indians enjoyed an abundant supply of shellfish, waterfowl, and land animals and were excellent bask weavers and makers of seashell and stone jewelry. They are considered the original inhabitants of what is now known as Orange County.
In 1769, Gaspar de Portola, an early Spanish explorer interrupted the tranquil lifestyle of the Gabrielinos, taking over the land and claiming it as property of the King of Spain. Forts, missions, and herds of cattle began to overtake the land as the King of Spain began to offer lands in exchange for missions and investments from the early settlers. After gaining independence from Spain in 1831, the Mexican government divided the missions into secular groups, distributing the land to Mexican citizens who received grants.
What came next were large settlements on behalf of the Mexican government as parceled out to the wealthy Mexican citizens. These grants made up the land that later became the Irvine Ranch: Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana, Rancho San Joaquin and Rancho Lomas de Santiago. The Mexican Independence from Spain meant that Alta California, (the original name of California as a Mexican territory) was entirely a Mexican property for at least twenty-five years. After years of Mexican landowners running their large estates, the Mexican-American War found a defeated Mexico and the Treaty of Guadalupe was signed. California was then annexed to the United States, becoming the 31st state of the Union.
The Congressional Act of 1851 forced landowners to reapply for their titles in order to have valid ownership over their ranchos. Families were buying, selling, and owning together, creating tension and confusion in ownership titles. One estate in particular, Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana became entangled in misappropriated titles. In 1868, an outside investor named Abel Stearns dissolved the rancho and divided the property among its four claimants: one of which was James Irvine, a successful sheep rancher, who became one of the largest landowners amongst his peers. At that time, most of the ranches were still dedicated specifically to sheep grazing; but in the 1870s, tenant farming was first allowed. In 1878, for $150,000, James Irvine acquired his partners’ interests and became landowner of 110,000 acres that stretched 23 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the Santa Ana River.
In 1886, James Irvine died, leaving his son, James Irvine, Jr. with full possession of the ranch, which he then incorporated into The Irvine Company a year later. James Irvine Jr. then began developing the ranch property into operations, which included field crops, olive, and citrus orchards. Note: Today California is one of the leading fruit and vegetable producers in the country.
After James Irvine Jr. passed at the age of 80 and his successor, his son Myford passed in 1959, the Irvine Company expanded in ways that were incredibly generous to the public. For instance, today it houses the campus of UC Irvine, a state school. The population of the City of Irvine in January 1999 was 134,000 and by the year 2020, it is expected to be about 200,000 people in an area of 46.7 square miles.
Supports Local Business
According to the City’s 2012 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top ten employers in the city starts with University of California, Irvine, at number one, in the education sector. Number five on the list is Irvine Unified School District, which has about 2,400 employees. So while education is a valued asset for its residents, it is also a viable source of revenue for the city as a whole.
In addition to being a great city, Magellan offers excellent storage opportunities for your storage needs. Self-storage doesn’t have to be a stressful endeavor. In fact, it can be fun! Our Irvine location is just one of many locations that satisfies the needs of our tenants in a fun, stress-free environment that is convenient and affordable to meet your needs!
Here are just some of the Storage Facility Features at Magellan Storage Irvine:
- All drive up units
- All ground level units
- Resident manager onsite
- Access 7 days a week
- Month to month rentals
- Boxes and moving supplies for sale on site
- Specialized, state of the art surveillance system secured by PTI
- Digital keypad access control
- Digital cameras
- Motion sensor lighting
- 24-7 digital video recording
- Outdoor RV, trailer, and boat storage
- Friendly and professional staff
- Deliveries accepted
- Senior, military and student discount
Come visit us in Irvine and swing by the Irvine Spectrum while you’re out here. Take a ride on the Ferris Wheel! We’re sure James Irvine Sr. would be proud of what’s become of this miraculous neighborhood landscape. At Magellan, we’re happy to share a piece of land in a place as special as the city of Irvine.