Spotlight on Huntington Beach

As you browse the MLS listing in Orange County, consider the beautiful city of Huntington Beach. In many ways, this is the quintessential Southern California town, situated along the pristine Pacific coastline with a variety of available recreational activities.

Huntington Beach offers a welcoming attitude to both visitors and new residents, allowing you to feel comfortable in your new home. In fact, the inviting atmosphere in Huntington is part of what attracts more than 11 million visitors each year. This Orange County city is often recognized by various publications for being an idyllic place to live.

In 2004, the New York Post named in One of the Top Five Destinations for Teenagers and Their Parents, and Dr. Stephen "Dr. Beach" Leatherman said it was the Number One Family Surfer Beach in the U.S. the same year. In 2003, Location Inc. placed Huntington in the Top Five Permanent Vacation Spots in America.

Huntington Beach is perhaps best known for its local surfing and casual lifestyle. Many refer to the area as Surf City, and find that it offers a more relaxed atmosphere than some of the other upscale coastal cities in the region. While residents still enjoy shopping at elegant boutiques and eating at local fine restaurants, many would agree that their favorite activities include things like exploring the wildlife preserve, biking and going to outdoor sporting events such as the U.S. Open of Surfing, held each year during the summer in Huntington.

This is a community-oriented city, making it perfect for families and children. Community events take place year round to enhance the quality of life in Huntington. These include cultural and human services initiatives as well as sports programs. Some of the most popular events held each year include the pier swim, city surf contest and family campout. The city also takes care to keep the beaches in excellent condition and safe for everyone. In 2011, 2.25 million pounds of trash were removed and Huntington was recognized by the United States Lifesaving Association for maintaining its Advanced Lifeguard Agency Certification.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the median household income in the city from 2006 to 2010 was $80,280 and the median value of owner occupied housing units was $689,400. While homes in Huntington Beach may be more than the California median value of $458,500, houses are more affordable in this city than others in the area - the Newport Beach median home value was $1,000,001 for the same time period.