Huntington Beach in sunny southern California is widely known as Surf City and surfing is of course a big part of the beach scene, but that is not all that HB is about. The city has around 200,000 inhabitants and lies between Los Angeles and San Diego, there is around 8.5 miles of beautiful sandy beach and 752 acres of green parkland as well as 71 parks and facilities.
Huntington also boasts some great neighbors in Newport and Laguna beaches, as well as the lesser know Seal and Sunset beach. The difference between Huntington and these other local southern California beaches is that there is not many houses or cheap condo for sale on the beach side. Malibu or Laguna may be more famous throughout the world, but if you try and drive along them and see the beach you cannot for much of the drive. Huntington has unobstructed views practically the whole length of the beach, and you can always find somewhere to sit and sunbathe, you only need to drive a few blocks down the Pacific Coast Highway either side of the pier and you can find your own bit of beach, even on the 4th of July!
The Independence Day Parade on Main Street is something you should really experience, the locals go for it with the fantastic floats and displays, the parade is packed every year for a reason, it really is great fun. Halloween is also another must see, the local stores all get involved and dress up for the occasion, they give out treats to the kids and make it a fun experience for everyone.
The City closes off Main street for all of these events, which they also do every Tuesday evening for the farmer’s market where local businesses sell their great produce and gifts and local entertainers come out to play. There is also another great market on the beach side of Pacific Coast Highway that has some great local art and crafts, and in the summer there is a stage on the beach with local bands performing at the weekends.
Huntington is of course a place for visitors, and while fit looking surfers and beach babes may instantly spring to mind, this is a place for everyone, there is no snobbish attitude that some of the other local beach towns seem to have developed in recent years, everyone is welcome in Huntington.
The Pier at the end of Main Street is where most people head for and is usually the best place to start, but if you want something a little quieter you can easily find it a short walk down the beach where there are public bonfire pits and less of a crowd. The beach is also host to many great annual sporting events such as the Paintball World Series, X-Games events, the U.S. Open of Surfing and Pro Volleyball competitions, but more also more private events like weddings.
If shopping is your thing then Huntington has plenty of that also. You would of course expect surf and sports shops, but there are many restaurants and boutiques as well as the new “The Strand” shopping plaza and hotel. If you need a visit to the bigger chain type stores then you only have to take a short drive back down Main Street to find pretty much every shop and restaurant you have ever heard of.
If you want other things to do in the local area then there are many local Southern California attractions including Disneyland, California Adventure, Knotts Berry Farm and Soak City. There are also some big shopping malls and plazas like Fashion Island and South Coast Plaza. Catalina Island is also a great day trip everyone should go on, the closest ferry leaves from Balboa Island or Long Beach.
If you are thinking of moving to Huntington you can be assured that it is a safe place to live, a low crime rate and great Police have made this a family friendly community. The house and condo prices have come down just like the rest of the State, but even with the nationwide housing market problems, the Huntington Beach market has proven to be buoyant and has fared well compared to most other California markets.
If you are looking for a Condo or House in SoCal in a really great place to live, then now is the time to buy in Huntington Beach, with historically low mortgage rates buy a property with built in equity before the prices go back up again and you miss out.