Welcome to Irvington
Irvington is a neighborhood in the southern part of Fremont, California. In 1956 five individual townships – Irvington, Mission San Jose, Centerville, Niles and Warm Springs – came together to form The City of Fremont. Irvington is one of the oldest and most historic areas of the city, with a mix of residential and commercial development. Clark's Hall at the corner of Fremont Blvd and Grimmer Blvd has the distinction of being the oldest documented commercial building in Fremont.
Ask any Fremont Realtor where the best places to eat in Fremont are and you’ll get a variety of answers. Ask Anthony Marinelli with the Marinelli Real Estate Team where to eat in Irvington and you’ll get a nostalgic dissertation about beloved Pearl’s Cafe that operated from 1985 to 2006. But the history of Irvington dates much farther back. In the mid-1800s the area was originally settled by farmers and ranchers. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the area began to develop into a small town, with the construction of several schools, churches, and commercial buildings.
In 1884, local inhabitants selected the name of Irving chosen in honor of Judge Irving, the local traveling circuit judge of the time. Later, when the railroad came through the area, the published train schedule pamphlets erroneously listed the Irving train depot as "Irvington." The town petitioned the railroad about the error. The railroad company notified the town that it was too costly for them to replace the train schedule pamphlets and in 1887, the people of Irving changed the town name to Irvington.
Today, the Irvington neighborhood is home to a mix of historic buildings and modern development. The neighborhood is known for its charming downtown area, which features a variety of shops, restaurants, and community events. Not to mention, The Bean Scene Cafe (downstairs) and Broadway West Theater (upstairs) at The Clark’s Hall building.
The Irvington neighborhood is also home to several historic sites such as Irvington Plaza. The over 100 year old Irvington Monument still standing at 5 Corners is an iconic Fremont landmark. The neighborhood is served by the Fremont Unified School District, which operates several schools in the surrounding area, including John M. Horner Junior High and Irvington High Schools as well as Hirsch Elementary and Harvey Green Elementary Schools
Beside just a great place to live, Nicole Herrmann, Realtor with the Marinelli Real Estate Team, has found that the Irvington High magnet program attracts parents to the neighborhood and offers students in the neighborhood, across Fremont, and from other neighboring cities the opportunity to critically think, communicate, be creative, and collaborate in meaningful ways in and out of performing arts class and the 150 seat Theater. Magnet programs are designed to attract students of different racial/ethnic backgrounds to the area for the purpose of reducing, preventing, or eliminating racial isolation; and/or to provide an academic or social focus on a particular theme.
Chuck Herrmann, Realtor with the Marinelli Real Estate Team, has found that the Irvington High magnet school program for performing arts, gifted/talented students attracts parents to the neighborhood. Magnet programs are designed to attract students of different racial/ethnic backgrounds to the area for the purpose of reducing, preventing, or eliminating racial isolation; and/or to provide an academic or social focus on a particular theme.
Built on 840 acres of the legendary Fremont Dragstrip/Baylands Raceway Park, Pacific Commons an expansive retail and mixed use development was an important addition to the Irvington area supplying a growing population with restaurants, movie theaters, clothing and shoe stores as well as big box stores. (The dragstrip was in operation from 1959 until the end of 1988. Even Evil Kenevil performed here).
The Irvington neighborhood is located near several major transportation corridors, including the I-680 and I-880 freeways, as well as the Fremont BART station, which provides easy access to other parts of the Bay Area.
Overall, the Irvington neighborhood is a vibrant and historic community, offering a mix of residential, commercial, and cultural opportunities. Its charming downtown area, historic sites, and convenient location make it a popular destination for future residents and visitors alike. Needless to say, Irvington Homes are highly desirable.
- Elementary: Hersch
- Junior High: Horner
- High School: Irvington