The Birch Street Center is close to the 405 freeway in the heart of the Orange County business district and only minutes from the John Wayne Airport. It has good access to the city of Newport Beach - one of the wealthiest communities in California and the city of Irvine. Tourism is important to the former with some of its beaches renowned for good surfing and Newport Harbor being the largest recreational boat harbor on the US west coast. However, Hoag Memorial hospital is one of the biggest single local employers. In Irvine, there are great opportunities for start-up businesses, but the many established international corporates that have their headquarters here include conglomerate Toshiba. There are dozens of other corporates in Irvine with the technology, medical and education/research sectors among the major employers in the city.