Take that, Reston: City of Irvine lands at No. 6 on latest list of best places to live

The City of Irvine has once again been named one of the best places to live in the U.S.

This time the accolade comes from Money magazine, which has our town at No. 6 on its newly published list, just ahead of Reston, Va., but behind Redmond, Wash.

Carmel, Ind., with a population of a little more than 80,000, took the top spot. But No. 6 isn’t too shabby, and the magazine offers a pretty glowing assessment of Irvine with a bunch of interesting statistics. Here’s what it says specifically:

Irvine has all the surf, sand, and sun Southern California is known for, with 44 miles of bike trails, 20,000 acres of parks and preserves, and a beach 10 miles away.

Thanks to smart planning, this big city can feel surprisingly small. The 40-year-old community is divided into 40 “villages,” and a minimum of five acres of park space is added for every 1,000 newcomers. Home prices are high, but new development is creating more affordable options — along with new schools, bike paths, and green spaces.

Last September, Businessweek.com had Irvine at No. 5 on its list of America’s top cities, citing in part the quality of local schools.