Welcome to the complete buyer’s guide for finding and purchasing Huntington Beach homes for sale. We are highlighting all the areas of Huntington Beach. We have tried to make this page as detailed as possible for you. We hope that it will provide you with a great understanding of the city of Huntington Beach and the types of homes it offers. We understand purchasing a home is one of the biggest decisions you will make in your lifetime, and we want to ensure no stone is unturned in your search for a Huntington Beach house. On this page, you will find a: Huntington Beach overview, a history of Huntington Beach and its development, detailed information about Huntington Beach and its most popular areas, a culture overview, as well as current listings of ALL Huntington Beach homes for sale.
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To start us off, let’s watch a short video highlighting all of Huntington Beach and what this great city has to offer! After that, we will go into The History of Huntington Beach.
History of Huntington Beach
The area [Huntington Beach] was originally occupied by the Tongva people. European settlement can be traced to a Spanish soldier, Manuel Nieto, who in 1784 received a Spanish land grant of 300,000 acres (1,200 km2), Rancho Los Nietos, as a reward for his military service and to encourage settlement in Alta California. Nieto’s western area was reduced in 1790 because of a dispute with the Mission San Gabriel, but he retained thousands of acres stretching from the hills north of Whittier, Fullerton, and Brea, south to the Pacific Ocean, and from today’s Los Angeles River on the west, to the Santa Ana River on the east.
The main thoroughfare of Huntington Beach, Beach Boulevard, was originally a cattle route for the main industry of the Rancho. Since its time as a parcel of the enormous Spanish land grant, Huntington Beach has undergone many incarnations. One time it was known as Shell Beach, the town of Smeltzer, and then Gospel Swamp for the revival meetings that were held in the marshland where the community college Golden West College can currently be found. Later it became known as Fairview and then Pacific City as it developed into a tourist destination. In order to secure access to the Red Car lines that used to criss-cross Los Angeles and ended in Long Beach, Pacific City ceded enormous power to railroad magnate Henry E. Huntington and thus became a city whose name has been written into corporate sponsorship, and like much of the history of Southern California, boosterism.
Huntington Beach was incorporated on February 17, 1909, during the tenure of its first mayor, Ed Manning. Its original developer was Huntington Beach Company (formerly the West Coast Land and Water Company), a real-estate development firm owned by Henry Huntington. The Huntington Beach Company is still a major land owner in the city and still owns most of the local mineral rights.
An interesting hiccup in settlement of the district occurred when an encyclopedia company gave away free parcels of land, with the purchase of a whole set for $126, in the Huntington Beach area that it had acquired cheaply. The lucky buyers got more than they had bargained for when oil was discovered in the area, and enormous development of the oil reserves followed. Though many of the old wells are empty and the price of land for housing has pushed many of the rigs off the landscape, oil pumps can still be found to dot the city.
Huntington Beach was primarily agricultural in its early years with crops such as celery and sugar beets. Holly Sugar was a major employer with a large processing plant in the city that was later converted to an oil refinery.
The city’s first high school, Huntington Beach High School, located on Main Street, was built in 1906. The school’s team, the Oilers, is named after the city’s original natural resource.
Meadowlark Airport, a small general aviation airport, existed in Huntington Beach from the 1940s until 1989.
The area really started to take off with the development of what are now the three most popular areas. The downtown area, SeaCliff, and The Harbour. In 1963 all three areas went a massive renovation project. Huntington Beach was once known as an oil town, and when you drive around, still you can still see evidence of its black gold history. But this all started to change in the mid 60’s. The developments were such a big hit people started to flock to Huntington Beach, and more and more oil rigs were removed and wells capped to make way for more home developments in the next 60 years. Fast Forward to today and we have over 200,000 residents and the biggest coastal city in Orange County.
Areas of Huntington Beach
We truly believe that once you get a taste of what Huntington Beach has to offer you’ll be moving in very shortly. We believe this because, having been residents our whole lives, we’ve seen it happen time and time again. Friends from out of town or around California come to visit, eat the food, hit the beach and go shopping then end up asking about the real estate market. Within weeks we’re walking through open houses and listing their old homes for sale.
There is something absolutely magnetic about Huntington Beach. Read on to see some of what this incredible city has to offer.
Known for its expansive stretch of sandy shores, 9.5 miles of soft sandy coastline be exact, Huntington is a pinnacle of Southern California Coastal lifestyle. Affectionately known as “Surf City USA”, Huntington Beach is nestled between Newport Beach (to the south) and Seal Beach (to the north) and is one of the largest cities in all of Orange County with an estimated population of 200,641.
Within the expanse of its city lines, Huntington Beach Real Estate is home to several unique areas and neighborhoods making its offerings diverse and affordable for a Beach City in Southern California. Some of the city’s highlights include: Huntington Harbor (the city’s own boat friendly waterfront properties), the three distinct beaches (Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington City Beach, and Huntington State Beach), and an enormous central park (the largest city owned park in Orange County with almost 350 acres), just to name a few.
We’d love to get you acquainted with the unique lifestyle Huntington has to offer, so read on as we look at 4 distinct areas in the Huntington Beach city lines.
Reminder at the end of this post there is a list of ALL Huntington Beach homes for sale.
SOUTH HUNTINGTON BEACH – Family Homes
Containing more than 60 unique neighborhoods, South Huntington Beach holds the area between Pacific Coast Highway and the 405 freeway, located north of Newport Beach, Santa Ana Heights, and Costa Mesa. You’ll find a range of properties from entry-level condos and townhome communities like Pacific Shores to gated communities like Huntington Court and Huntington Place built by luxury home builder JM Peters. This area of Huntington Beach is very family oriented. Many cul-de-sac homes and developed communities make it a safe place for kids to play in the streets with their friends and hold pool parties for those fun summer days.
This area offers some of the most affordable homes in all of HB. With affordability and still being close to the beach along with amazing schools – South Huntington Beach is probably the most popular area in Huntington Beach for young families.
WEST HUNTINGTON BEACH – SeaCliff and Downtown
Exploring the west side of Huntington, you will find quite a selection of condos, homes in gated communities, custom homes along with 100-year-old beach shacks. You have a selection of being in the heart of the hustle and bustle or in a gated community. The private communities offer many community amenities such as association pools, tennis courts, and clubhouse activities–just to name a few. West Huntington holds over 90 distinct communities, including popular townhome neighborhoods like Beachwalk, Del Way Townhomes, La Cuesta by the Sea, La Cuesta Racket Club, and Pacific Ranch Townhomes. This part of Huntington Beach gets you the closest to the ocean and “Downtown Huntington,” making the cost of Real Estate more expensive than some other areas.
The two main areas you will find in West Huntington Beach are Downtown and SeaCliff. The homes in Downtown Huntington Beach are some of the most unique you will ever find. You range from modern tall skinnies to Victorians and, of course, your beach shacks. It truly has something for everyone. SeaCliff, on the other hand, is much different. Made up of over a dozen planned communities, one has a variety of choices. You can live a block from the beach, live on the private golf course, or have a home with a barn in the back to house your horse!
Here are some videos we shot of Downtown and SeaCliff below:
NORTHWEST HUNTINGTON BEACH – The Harbour
What stands out about Northwest Huntington Beach is its unique access to both the Pacific Ocean as well as Huntington Harbor. With a plethora of homes located right along the harbor channels, waterfront homes have their own exclusive boat docks. This makes this an excellent area if you will be bringing a boat along with you. Both homes and condos are for sale in the Harbour area of Huntington Beach. Communities such as Sea Harbor contain condos with waterfront views and even some with their own private boat docks. While these homes will generally be the most expensive in Huntington, the price comes with an unbeatable and amazing island-like lifestyle.
The Huntington Beach homes for sale in this area are the most expensive. As they are waterfront. This area is perfect for those who love water sports and boating. Take a quick trip to Catalina Island and have a day fishing and lunch at the Island then come back to your private dock!
Here Are Some Videos We Shot of The Harbour
NORTHEAST HUNTINGTON BEACH – Central Park
Located north of Adams Ave. and East of Beach Blvd., this area is one of the most affordable in Huntington. Right next to Huntington Beach Central Park. This area offers a wide range of architecture and square footage options. Central Park also has the city’s largest Library. The Library is surrounded by 343 acres of public park and recreation. There are lakes, a dog park as well as a frisbee golf course, just to name a few things to do. Northeast Huntington is especially known for its single-story ranch-style homes. As with the other areas of Huntington Real Estate, there are numerous neighborhoods and styles to choose from.
To find out more about the cities Central Park visit the cities website here: Huntington Beach Central Park
Huntington Beach has something for everyone. Whether you want to live on a private golf course to the waterfront with your own private dock. That’s what makes this city so special and so unique. It has something for everyone and at various price points. You could be ultra-wealthy or middle class, there is something for you that is amazing! This is what makes Huntington Beach so special and one of the greatest places to live in the world!
Thanks for reading! We hope you have enjoyed the information above and have found it useful. If you want more information about Huntington Beach or to take a private tour of some of the homes, please call me (Malakai) at 714-655-1627. As I am the Huntington Beach expert, I will have knowledge of all the ins and outs for you. Thanks again.
Market Report For Huntington Beach Homes For Sale
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