Huntington Beach Real Estate News  

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Huntington Beach is a very popular beach town in the coastal Orange County area that is rich in history dating back to the early 1920's when many of the original beach properties were built here.  Most of the homes are located throughout Huntington Beach with a high concentration of them situated in the Downtown area.  Every year we see about 4 or 5 of these homes come on the market each year that can really vary in size.  Some of the most affordable historic homes will be those on the smaller size that average under 1,000 square feet and are often called tiny houses.  There are also very elegant larger historic properties built in the 1920's that offer over 2,000 square feet of living space.  These tend to be the most sought after properties since they

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One of my favorite places to look for large rental properties is the Seacliff Club Series neighborhood.  First of all is located within a 24 hour guard gated community which is very impressive.  Security here is very strict so don't expect to go through this community unless you live here or a guest of one of the owners.  The properties located here are considered townhomes with multiple levels of living space.  You either love or hate having different levels as it does require a lot of steps going up and down between the different levels.  For the most part you have an attached two car garage located on the street level with a series of steps going up to the first level where you have the kitchen, living and dining room.  Up one more flight of steps and

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When I first move to the Orange County and was looking at homes the word that a lot of real estate agents would use was that the home was "turnkey."  At first I had no idea what they were talking about since it seems to be real estate lingo but quickly understood what they were talking about.  Basically, the phrase means to turn the key and enter the home without having to do any repairs, etc.  This phrase is used so much that it's the one keyword to look for if you are in the market to find a home that doesn't need any work done to it.  Huntington Beach has several homes currently on the market that are in this condition with a wide range of prices from smaller residential condos to single family homes.

Buyers in this current real estate market are

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Real Estate prices along the coast can be very expensive, especially in beach towns like Huntington Beach that has seen a spike in prices in the last 12 months.  For those looking for homes that are still priced under $200,000 then buying a manufactured home in Huntington Beach may make a lot of sense.  We did a quick search and there are currently 54 manufactured homes on the market for under $200,000.  At first glance this looks like a very affordable price point to live by the beach but there are some things you must understand when buying a manufactured home which will be explained here.

First, most manufactured homes will have a space rent or land lease fee.  What that means is that you don't own the land where the home sits on.  Space rents can

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One of the most affordable places to find long term rentals in the Huntington Beach area is the Villa Warner complex.  The location is near the cross streets of Edwards and Warner street that is ideally located approximately halfway been the beach and the 405 freeway. Rental prices are often found under $2,000 a month with the large majority of these being one bedroom units.  There are some 2 bedroom rentals that do come up on the market and tend to be closer to the $2,000 a month range while one bedroom units can often be found in the $1,700 to $1,900 price range.  All of these condos are individually owned so each property terms will be different.  For the most part these are 12 month leases that require a first months rent, security deposit and credit

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For those who are new to California than you may have not heard about properties that have Mello Roos before.  We commonly see Mello Roos associated with new construction communities where some of the extra building cost fees are passed on to the homeowner.  The easiest way to explain this extra fee is to look at the various costs when building a a brand new neighborhood.  Often times there will be a cost to put in sidewalks, pave streets, put in lamp posts above the streets, etc as those costs can really add up.  In order for the builder to avoid having to pay these costs a Mello Roos bond is often set up to pass on these costs to the new owners of the properties that will be living there.  These are typically from 25 to 30 years as it almost acts like

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One of the best places to find affordable rental prices is at the Shore Crest complex in Huntington Beach. We did a quick search to see what rental values have looked like in the past year and for the most part many of these rentals are listed below $2,000 a month which is an excellent value if you want to live by the beach.  Looking at previous listings in Shore Crest there have been leases for either one or two bedroom units.  What grabbed our attention in the last week was a newly listed one bedroom rental that is on the market for lease at $1,750 a month.  They are wanting a 12 month lease with an expected move-in date starting after 04/02/21,  As with most rentals in the area the first months rent, credit report and security deposit is required for

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Real Estate agents see a lot of the same homes come on the market with many of the homes that have come on the market several times.  What we love to see are homes that rarely come on the market.  A lot of times these homes have never been on the market for a period of 20, 30 and 40 more years and are typically family owned for a period of generations.  We did a quick search and found many homes that had never been on the market before.  These range from penthouse condos like Harbor Bay Club that offer water and sunset views to single family homes in popular neighborhoods like Bolsa Landmark, Goldenwest Estates, Lake Park and Brightwater communities.

The Huntington Beach Real Estate market in 2021 is very active so make sure you have everything ready

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If you have ever visited Huntington Beach then you have probably visited the Downtown area of Huntington Beach.  This is where you will find the Huntington Beach Pier and the the boardwalk with a lot of new retail stores and shopping to choose from.  This is also a very popular place to live as you are in the heart of everything and minutes to miles of wide beaches.  Of course, due to the high demand of people wanting to live here it's also one of the most expensive areas of Huntington Beach to buy a home besides the properties located directly on the water in the Huntington Harbour area.  The closer you are located to the beach the real estate prices tend to go higher as with any beach community.  The nice thing about this area is that there is a good

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Arguably considered one of the best neighborhoods in Huntington Beach is the Huntington Harbour area.  Located at the very north end of Huntington Beach is a collection of luxury residential homes and condos that are very much sought after no matter if you are looking to buy or lease a home.  Within the area is a collection of 5 islands with many homes offering stunning water front views.  Homes located on the water command a huge premium in price especially if the home comes with it's own private boat slip.  The inventory of these homes is currently very limited with single family homes starting at $5,800 a month with direct water front homes starting at over $15,000 a month.

Some of the key places to look for rentals include the five man made islands

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Huntington Beach is one of the few beach towns where you can still find many rental properties under the $2,500 price point.  Most of the rental properties are either one or two bedroom apartments or condos that typically average between 500 to 1,000 square feet of living space.  It's important to note that the large majority of these properties are long term leases which is normally at 12 month lease.  After the 12 month period a tenant can either re-negotiate for a longer term period or have the rental go on at a month-to-month basis.  One of the great things about Huntington Beach is that housing tends to be more affordable than surrounding beach towns like Laguna and Newport Beach and it's not impossible to find properties in this price point located

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One of the common requests we get from our clients is finding a home that comes with inside laundry.  Of course, for larger homes this a pretty much a common thing to have as many luxury homes even come with their own individual laundry room.  For smaller homes and condos this is a common question as laundry areas can be located in the garage and for residential condos you may find the laundry in the community laundry facility.  In fact, one of the first questions we get from condo buyers is regarding the laundry and having inside laundry is a huge selling feature.  You will sometimes see in condo listings that a unit comes with laundry hookups which often equates to having inside laundry as well.

Probably, the most asked question for those looking to

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One of the more popular places to rent a home in the Huntington Beach area is the Seaside Village community.  What makes this neighborhood unique is that it's located in a secure gated community with small lagoon style waters that resides just outside the homes making it feel like a true water front location.  The community itself is relatively small so there are typically not a lot of rental properties on the market at any given time.  Currently there are 3 rental homes available that are all looking for a 12 month lease as we typically don't see any short term rental properties in this neighborhood.

Rental prices currently start at $3,900 a month for a 3 bedroom home with approximately 1,705 square feet of living space.  There are also two other 3

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There is a wide variety to residential condos available for sale in Huntington Beach from the very low end to luxury ocean front units.  One of the common requests that we get from our clients is being able to find an end unit in order to maximize view and to only have one neighbor with the attached adjoining wall.   One of the things I love about finding an end unit is the amount of light that comes into the condo.  The end wall is typically filled with lots of windows where there normally would be a wall.  This allows for a lot of extra light that floods into the condo.  This also means for select condos in having an extra viewpoint whether it's looking at the water, ocean and/or trees.  

There is also another perk in buying an end unit is the

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There are certain neighborhoods throughout the country that have a commonly referred name that residents who live there go by.  There is a community In Newport Beach that is perfect example of this.  The community name is Harbor View Homes but anyone who lives there would not refer to this community in that fashion but rather call it Port Street homes.  The reason that it gets that name is that all of the homes in that community have nautical themed street names that often begin with "Port" in them.  Hence the name "Port Street Homes."  Huntington Beach also has a neighborhood like this as well.  The Landmark community is a very popular neighborhood within Huntington Beach that features one and two story homes on typically well landscaped lots.  Locals

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Nestled in the Seagate community in Huntington Beach is a popular subdivision commonly known as the Sandpiper District.  Think large scale luxury Mediterranean homes built in the late 1990's and you will come to a perfect image of what you will find in this neighborhood.  There are currently 3 homes for sale in this area with real estate prices ranging from $1,220,000 for a four bedroom, three bath home with 2,316 square feet to $1,799,900 for a four bedroom, three bth home with 3,184 square feet.  Several of these homes offer a lot of privacy with oversized lots.  The highest price home even offers it's own private pool and is located on one of the largest lots in the community.

The location of the Sandpiper neighborhoods is near the intersection of

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We get a lot of requests from clients looking for an ocean view home in the Huntington Beach area.  For the most part there are very few communities that offer an ocean view with the exception of neighborhoods like Pacific Shores, Brightwater and the homes that line Pacific Coast Highway.  What many have done in the downtown area is building three level homes that often have a roof top deck that can provide views of the Pacific Ocean.  If you have ever driven through the downtown area of Huntington Beach you will see this the case with large 3 story homes built next to each other.  

Real Estate prices for homes with roof top decks currently start at just under $1.1 million for a three bedroom home that comes with around 2,500 square feet.  Of course,

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Huntington Beach is one of the largest beach towns in Orange County with a huge selection of properties near the beach and the Huntington Harbour.  For the most part, many of these properties are located close to each other offering little privacy, especially in the backyard spaces of the home.  There are several neighborhoods that do offer homes with private and/or spacious backyard which are ideal for enjoying the beautiful coastal weather that can be found in Huntington Beach.

One of the places we like to recommend is the gated Seacliff community.  Look for homes located in neighborhoods with detached single family homes as they often are located on large sized lots.  Another gated community that we absolutely love is the Boardwalk community which

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Real Estate has always been about location as one of the primary reasons for it's value.  Homes located on a a cul-de-sac are no exception to this as this is considered to buyers one of the best locations to find a home.  Huntington Beach has a wide variety of housing from luxury bay front homes surrounding the Huntington Harbour to large estate homes like those found in the Edwards Hill neighborhood.  All of these communities offer homes on these types of locations which add an extra selling point when these properties go up for sale.

One of the main reasons for it's popularity is the added square footage that cul-de-sac homes can reside on.  Being location on a corner or pie shape lot typically allows for the lot size to be larger than other

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Home buyers love buying a home that has many upgrades found throughout the home.  Many home owners often forget to upgrade a garage as it's seen as the last thing to do to update the look.  Having a clean and modern garage can add to the value of the home, especially for those buyers who are car enthusiasts or expect everything to be modernized throughout the home.  One easy way to upgrade a garage is to add an epoxy finish to it.  Epoxy floors have a very clean look with a variety of colors that one can choose from.  Once complete, epoxy flooring can add value to any home for a minimal amount of cost.

We did a quick search for homes that are being offered with epoxy floors and found a wide range of properties.  This ranges from small condo communities