When I moved to Orange County at the start of the spring semester to take a research job at the University of California, Irvine, I immediately went in search of a luxury apartment for rent in Irvine that was environmentally sustainable AND near my creature comfort, pho.

To my immense pleasure, I found both in Main Street Village, a luxury apartment community that is LEED-NCv2.2 (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction) certified. Living in luxury doesn’t mean I have to be a conspicuous consumer, right? I particularly love the community garden and the LEV/FEV parking for my incredibly fuel-efficient Prius hybrid.

Main Street Village is only 3 miles from my campus office, and it’s located near my bank, the John Wayne Airport and the 5, 405 and 55 freeways.

But I might be more excited about the oddly-situated BB Pho Jamboree, which is tucked into a food court a mile and a half from the thoughtful luxury of Main Street Village. Their bahn mi is excellent, but their pho is incredible – and their BBQ pork bowl made me feel like I was back home on the gulf coast. (Pro-tip: you can place your order online and pick it up on your way home.)

I work long hours, but feel grateful for the amenities that make Main Street Village feel like home – and let’s be honest, the proximity to the perfect bowl of pho. Looking for a luxury apartment to rent in Irvine? Look no further than Main Street Village.

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