Huntington Beach, Ca – Surf City USA


Huntington Beach is a fairly safe and quiet city. During summer months, downtown gets very busy with tourists, beach goers, night life, bon fires at the beach. Huntington Beach offers lots of summer activities, such as the US Open Surf competition, 4th of July parade and celebration, free summer concerts, and lots of other beach activities – this is typically May through September. On the flip side, many Huntington Beach locals tend to enjoy the solitude and are avid beach goers from September to May!

Huntington Beach, Ca

Area 14 – South HB


the south end of downtown area (South HB and West HB are divided by our main street – Beach Blvd/Hwy39


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Area 15 – West HB


the west end of downtown area

Huntington Beach, Ca

Area 16 – Fountain Valley/North East HB


Fountain Valley is a bordering city that blends into HB, this line blurs for schools in that area – an HB resident could end up going to a FV school depending on address – FV is a great city too! They also get wonderful ocean breezes, have great schools, and is really just an extension of HB!


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Area 17 – North/West HB


also referred to as Huntington Harbour or the Harbor


All areas in HB are water close, however, you will be within walking distance to the ocean while in the downtown area (area 14 & 15 on MLS listings).


The Harbor area is just that – the harbor, we have water access, but it isn’t the open ocean. There are several small alcove beach areas and marinas that people swim, boat and kayak in. The Harbor is within an easy 1.5 – 2 mile walk or bike ride to the open ocean. The Harbor is where you will also find our beautiful wetlands! Acres of wetlands and untouched nature with walking paths, which is on the inland side of Pacific Coast Highway (with the ocean being on the other side of the highway).

Huntington Beach Schools

Our schools in Huntington Beach are very good schools – they are all strong in academics – most if not all are “Blue Ribbon Schools”, having earned top state recognition for teaching standards, test scores, and passing rates. Huntington Beach is a Mid-high income area, homeowners pay higher property taxes, but we do have some lower income spots as do all cities. Because of the high property taxes, and smaller low income areas, those area schools tend to get more funding first and foremost. You can run a quick search here at the California Department of Education for more information and school ratings.

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    School Info

    Our newest elementary school is Seacliff Elementary

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    Mesa View Middle School is known for their Gate program

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    Edison High school is known for their athletics

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    Marina High School is known for their academics

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    Ocean View High School has been rebuilt in the recent years and resembles a small college campus!

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    Our high schools offer surf as a PE choice/sport, but we also have all the regular choices as well!

Huntington Beach is a fairly safe and quiet city. Downtown gets very busy with tourists, beach goers, night life, bon fires at the beach and lots of summer activities, such as the US Open Surf competition, 4th of July parade and celebration, free summer concerts, and lots of other beach activities – this is typically May through September. On the flip side, Huntington Beach locals tend to enjoy the solitude and are avid beach goers from September to May! Downtown Huntington Beach has a younger vibe to it, it once used to be a cheap place to live by the beach, but many of those places have been built up with large homes called the ‘tall and skinnys’ because that is exactly what they are – tall skinny houses built on narrow plots of land. They couldn’t build out, so they built up, 2 and 3 stories. The NorthEast end of HB that includes Fountain Valley is a nice area too. It is not bothered by the summer activities of downtown either. But there are 2 freeways (405 and 55) that border the area and therefore there is more traffic, but also makes is easier for freeway access and that morning drive!

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Our “downtown” tourist area is Main St. but many of the homes close to Main street also get to deal with the tourists – parking issues, noises, trash left behind on the streets….There is a new shopping center being built just off of PCH & Beach Blvd. that will host some swanky, upscale restaurants and shops. The Hyatt and Hilton Waterfront are just off of PCH and Beach Blvd. On Main street, there are tons of small mom and pop stores, bars, and restaurants, along with big name surf stores. It is a great place to experience our city and hang out. Huntington Harbor – I might be partial to the Harbor area, having been a resident here for 15 years – I like our little ‘nook’ of the city. We don’t have much to do over here and are off to the side of downtown – so we don’t get much traffic, even during summer. We don’t have a freeway close to this end of town, it is a 5 mile drive to get to the freeway, which also cuts down on our traffic here. The Harbor area still gives a feel of small town after our city has grown so much over the years. We have big open spaces that will never be built on (The Wetlands). I love being apart from downtown – it is just a bike ride or quick drive, but we aren’t too close to be bothered by all the summer activities and visitors, just close enough to enjoy it all!