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Best Outdoor Shopping in Orange County

By February 19, 2019January 27th, 2020Orange County

Like New York City, Paris and Rome, California has also turned shopping into an art form. Whether you’re hunting for unique boutique finds, high end luxury brands or eclectic furnishings, California has everything from expansive malls to beach-side mom and pop shops. Want to sample fresh cheeses? Peruse one of the many farmers’ markets. Looking for rustic accent pieces? Check out one of the many small, artisan stores dotting the coastline.

The perfect complement to any apartment community is the convenience of nearby  thoughtfully-planned shopping districts. Irvine Company Apartment communities offer residents unique Orange County shopping opportunities, often within a stone’s throw.

Fashion Island

Fashion Island

At Newport Beach, delight in upscale shopping at its finest at Fashion Island. Here, with the ocean glittering in the distance, you can stroll through Mediterranean-inspired paseos to pursue the latest designer wear at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and more. Fashion Island is home to renowned fashion labels situated beside some of the best dining options in California, including FIG & OLIVE, Red O by Rick Bayless and CUCINA enoteca.

Apartments nearby:
Villas Fashion Island


Irvine Spectrum

Irvine Spectrum Center

If you like your shopping with a splash of entertainment, visit Irvine’s Spectrum Center, where a towering Ferris wheel and whimsical carousel, afford a fairground feel among an eclectic array of shops. The Spectrum also hosts a vibrant nightlife, with movie theaters, Irvine Improv Comedy Club, Dave & Buster’s and everything from casual fare, to fine dining.  

Apartments nearby: 
Los Olivos
The Park at Irvine Spectrum
The Village at Irvine Spectrum


The Market Place

The Market Place

For a more laid-back experience, The Market Place in Tustin literally has it all– from furnishings to electronics, sporting goods, grocery and restaurants. Covering an expanse of 165 acres, this retail conglomerate includes over 120 stores, restaurants, cafes and theaters, with anchor retailers including Best Buy, The Home Depot, Target and Edwards Theatres. 

Apartments nearby:
Rancho Alisal
Rancho Maderas
Rancho Mariposa
Rancho Monterey
Rancho Santa Fe
Rancho Tierra
Sierra Vista

The Irvine Company strives to bring back the “market place,” with inspiration drawn from cobble-stoned European villages. It’s here that people take a moment to enjoy a café latte beneath the shade of an oak tree before strolling through the village square to marvel the handmade products of local artisans. The Irvine Company wants to give you more moments like these—moments when you wander through your community’s outdoor retail center and enjoy the wealth of everyday luxuries