view West to North West, UC Irvine campus mid-ground left to center, Newport Center on horizon to the far left is exactly 4 miles in a straight line
view West to North West, UC Irvine campus mid-ground center to right, Palos Verdes Peninsula center right
We're the hip Southern California beach town surrogate aunt and uncle in a 2 bedroom / 2 bath carriage house at the top of the hill just 1 mile East of the UCI campus, the neighborhood is known as Turtle Rock. It's a nice and comfortable place in a chic chic neighborhood. There are no house rules but one, shoes off at the front door.... We let the fully furnished junior bedroom with private bath on a casual basis and we keep it simple. No lease, no deposit. This is just perfect for contract workers who want a break from corporate housing and main campus UCI people from undergrad to post doc and visiting research students (10 minute downhill bike ride to the center of the campus), new grads and interns working in Irvine, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, med students doing rotations at the UC Irvine Medical Center (15-18 minute commute, 23 minutes door to scrub in) and as a base camp for new arrivals. We're also convenient and sympathetic for locals experiencing marital / relationship transitions otherwise known as the suddenly single or those who need to be..... so if you're planning on moving to 'Splitsville' but need to stay in the area this will work for you ....
To answer the most frequently asked questions:
#1 If you are reading this then the room is available. We will delete the post if the room is not available.
#2 One person, not two, overnight guests are welcome but not 7 days a week.
#3 We're much more interested in learning who you are than in posting photographs of our fabulous furniture on Craigslist. I've written a thorough description to go with these landscape photographs so have a read and tell us about yourself. If you're a tentative match I will provide a complete file of current photographs of us, the dog, the interior and exterior and the floor plan. In addition we have an extensive references list, our housemates have been happy and love to talk.
Here are the details...
You'll have your own room, completely furnished, and your own private full bath. .....features: hard wired high speed cable internet (plug the ethernet cable to your laptop and you're on) or wireless at your option, computer sound system (just plug the mini-jack in), a 25" television with basic cable and a DVD player (HBO/Showtime are on the living room screen), clock radio, iron and ironing board, multiple power strips, a 65" x 30" desk, a high back executive chair in leather, a director's chair which folds out of the way, two bookcases, floor and desk lamps, full length closet and a firm queen bed (with brass reading lamp and glass end table) with linens, blankets, comforter, bed spreads and the bath comes with plush towels. There is a jack for a hard line private phone if desired. All you'll need to bring is yourself, your clothes and your laptop. You'll have free run of the place and unrestricted use of the fully equipped kitchen including your own space in the fridge and pantry. BBQ on the deck. Not into cooking? there's a global selection of convenient local options. There is a jacuzzi, pool and gym. Parking is just steps from the front door.
You'll be sharing the townhouse with us - a private Eastern college and Big 10 grad couple who met on the Balboa Island Ferry . When you just want your space along with peace and quiet then that is what you'll have. When you want to be social we're available, popping a cork (or not) and watching a movie or show on the home screen, bike rides, car washing, midnight runs to In-N-Out Burger, grocery shopping, Saturday mornings at the Irvine Farmers' Market or the Irvine Spectrum cars and coffee meet, a few hours in Newport Beach at the Wedge or Laguna Beach coves and tide pools, whatever, we're even up for Las Vegas now and again.
If you smoke cigarettes....the smoking lounge is on the deck.
UCI is just 10 minutes by bicycle from home to the center of the campus by this off road bike path...
The room comes with your choice from a his and hers pair of matching late model American made hard tail mountain bikes (with optional helmet) perfect for riding the Irvine bikeway to class/lab everyday or for sport riding the open & flowing neighborhood trails
and the more rugged tracks "verging on the epic" of the Crystal Cove/Laguna Coast Wilderness and Aliso/Woods Canyon trails. Here is the link to the City of Irvine Bikeways Map PDF file http://www.ci.irvine.ca.us/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=8767 And here is the link to the off road trails http://www.trails.com/activity.aspx?area=13190
There is an available surf board and a couple boogie boards in the garage, too. You're on your own as far as a wet suit.
view Northwest, University of California at Irvine center mid-ground, Palos Verdes Peninsula on the horizon and downtown Long Beach to the far right
view North Northwest with downtown Los Angeles visible 38 miles on the horizon center, the Hollywood Sign is just to the right of Downtown and 45 miles distant,
view North, Irvine and South Coast Metro High Rises along the 405 Freeway mid-ground, Santa Monica Mountains on the horizon, left to right is Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Bel Air, Beverly Hills and the Hollywood Hills to the Cahuenga Pass at about center and continuing with the Western Ridgelines of the San Gabriel Mountains
view North East, San Gabriel Mountains, Mount Baldy the highest elevation
360 degree panorama from Chaparral Peak over looking the UCI campus
view West to Newport Center and beyond to Catalina Island
mid-ground on the right are the University Hills faculty housing developments on the Southern area of UCI campus
Panoramic Sunset view West to North, UCI center left midground (click on photos for notes)
Overview...the top of Turtle Rock which is the tres chic neighborhood on the hill just one mile to the east of the UC Irvine campus,