A Look Back: Irvine’s second-oldest village turns 50

Did you know that you could buy a Turtle Rock home for $27,000 in 1967? Irvine’s first hillside village, which turns 50 this year, once overlooked pastures stretching a mile to the new UC Irvine campus. In this shot, Turtle Rock Drive runs across the center and intersects with Campus Drive on the right. The village was named for a rock atop the hills that juts 20 feet out of ground and runs 60 feet across. More than 200 years ago, Native Americans named it for what it resembled: Turtle Rock. (Photo courtesy of the Irvine Historical Society.)