Huntington Beach Real Estate News  

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It seems like everyone wants to live near the beach and that means finding a place on Pacific Coast Highway or better known as "PCH."  The main concentration of condos located here are by the Huntington Beach Pier which is considered the downtown area.  The area is filled with great shopping, restaurants and night life which is all within walking distance to several condo buildings located on PCH.  We will present you with a quick guide on the best condos to find on PCH.

The Huntington Pacific condo building is located at 711 Pacific Coast and is the only condo complex located directly on the sand.  A lot of the condos will have direct ocean and Huntington Beach pier views and often priced under the $1 million dollar price point.  It's also located

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Huntington Beach offers a wide range of housing opportunities from residential homes, condos, townhouses and even manufactured homes.  Our office gets a lot of calls from renters who have the ability to buy but would like to test out the market first before making the big purchase.  They often ask about properties that are available for lease that can be purchased down the line.  This is typically called a lease option where the renter has the ability to purchase the home at a later date.  Here is a brief explanation on how this works.

First, you find a rental home in Huntington Beach where the owners are open to selling the property as well.  A lot of times owners will have their property up for sale and for rent at the same time and take whatever

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Located in the Huntington Harbor Heights area is a small condo complex called "Tiara de la Pacifica."  The community was first built in 1984 and continued to build for a two year process.  The condos are all located on one small street called "Tiara Drive" with one and two bedroom floor plans.  There is a series of two story buildings with units located on both the lower and upper levels.  Condos on the top floor will have nice vaulted ceilings, living room fireplace, private outdoor deck and interior laundry. Downstairs units are also very popular and offer outdoor fenced in patios which can be ideal for those will pets. Condos often come with one detached garage and additional assigned parking space.

The grounds of Tiara de la Pacifica are very lush

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The Galbes in Huntington Beach is a great place to find lower priced condos near the beach.  One of the reasons for these low price points is that they are located on lease land.  The lease is scheduled to become due on December 31, 2059 according to current real estate listings in the Gables.  What does this exactly mean.  Here is a quick run down of the land lease situation.

First, owners of the gables don't own the land that is underneath their home and pay a yearly fee to use the land.  This is called a land lease with is essentially a contract to use the land for a certain period of time.  The fee is paid on top of the current $316.00 a month homeowners association.  One of the current listings has the and lease fee paid annually at $8400.00 which

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Many home buyers in the Huntington Beach area often look for a neighborhood with no homeowners association dues and no Mello Roos.  The location is near the cross streets of Indianapolis Ave and Brookhurst Street which is near the city limits of Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and Irvine.  This is considered South Huntington Beach that is an easy 10 minute drive down to the beach with several neighborhood parks like Le Baird Park, Hawes Park and Burke Park located within walking distance.   What can you expect for homes in this neighborhood?  For starters, this is an ideal neighborhood for those looking for a one story home.  This is the typical floor plan of many of the older homes found throughout Huntington Beach with a three or four bedroom home with a

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One of the best places right now to find brand new short term rentals is located a the The Residences at Pacific City.  This is one of the hottest new communities in the heart of the downtown area with luxury rental homes available for month to month short term rentals ranging from one to three months.  There are several reasons for the high demand of these condos.  First, the location is ideally placed below the Huntington Beach Pier and a short walk to the downtown area and the beach.  Rental prices don't come cheap for this prime location with two bedroom rentals listed at $12,000 a month.  The condos feature 1,291 square feet and were newly built in 2017.  The floor plan includes a large living room with an outdoor balcony, plenty of closet space and

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Huntington Beach has hundreds of different neighborhoods that offer a variety of housing.  One of the very small communities where homes rarely come on the market for sale is the Villas at Huntington Beach community.  The Villas is a collection of two bedroom, two bath townhouses located near the cross streets of Atlanta Ave and Beach Blvd, just a short 5 minute drive to the beach.  The floor plans are unique and offer a split level living spaces that come with a two car attached garage.  The three levels include a living room on the lower level, mid level kitchen, dining room and bedroom while the Master suite occupies the entire penthouse level.  The master bedroom typically offers lots of square footage with a large master bath, walk-in closet and an

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The City of Huntington Beach spans over miles of flat land with a large variety of single family homes.  Many of these homes were used as small vacation properties and can be built on the small side.  Tiny houses in Huntington Beach are estimated to be under 1,0000 square feet with typically one to three bedrooms.  Here is a quick run down of what to expect when looking for a small house in the beach town of Huntington Beach.

As of today, there are seven properties offered for sale that have under 1,000 square feet of living space.  The smallest house checks in at 416 square feet and features one bedroom and one bath.  Before you say this is way too small you must consider the location where this is located.  The location is just over one block to

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Huntington Beach is mainly known for it's single family home and condo communities located within close proximity to the beach.  Many of these homes were built in the 1950's when Huntington Beach had it's biggest real estate boom.  Real Estate investors over the years have invested in these starter single family homes that even today can be bought in the mid $500,000 range.  For those looking to convert more income from their properties then duplex properties may be a good solution in Huntington Beach.  First of all, there are not a lot of duplex properties to be found in the city of Huntington Beach so inventory is always notoriously low.  Many prefer duplex properties with the ability to live in one side of duplex while renting out the other side.  This

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The Lake Park area is a small neighborhood in Huntington Beach that is located just blocks to the Pacific Ocean near the cross streets of Adams and Main Street.  The area gets it's name from the park located in the neighborhood commonly known as "Lake Park" which at one time used to be an actual lake back in the 1910's.  The area is filled with one story mid-century modern style homes along with brand new construction properties which share the boundaries with the Old Town area in Huntington Beach.  Many of the homes here were built in the late 1940's to early 1950's as small vacation home.  Real Estate prices currently range from $949,000 for a three bedroom, two bath home with 1,086 square feet of living space to $3,295,000 for a 3,762 square foot home.

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One of the newest communities being built in the downtown area of Huntington Beach is the Pacific City apartments.  These are luxury apartment style units that are currently under constructed and slated for occupancy in 2017.  For those not familiar with the Huntington Beach area, Pacific City is currently a luxury retail strip mall that features great stores and restaurants located right on Pacific Coast Highway with many of them offering views of the Pacific Ocean and the Huntington Beach Pier area.  The apartments will be within walking distance to the mall and the beach and just blocks to the heart of the downtown area.  

Some of the features will include gourmet kitchens with custom cabinetry and modern finishes.  The community itself will offer a

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One of the newest trends in buying real estate in the Huntington Beach area is buying a home that comes fully furnished or with select items available for sale.  The trend started several years ago as a way to for buyers to wrap the cost of buying furniture items for the house into the monthly mortgage payment.  This is a cleaver idea that saves out of pocket expenses as long as the home is furnished to your tastes.  These types of homes range from some of the most expensive water front homes in Huntington Beach to smaller homes that have been professionally stated with select items that can be purchased direct from the stager.

It's important to remember a couple of things when buying a furnished home.  First, lenders typically don't like to see

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One of the big selling points for many one story properties in Huntington Beach is offering RV Parking or RV access.  Huntington Beach is a large beach town with a wide variety of architectural homes.  One of the most popular and commonly seen property is the single level ranch home that offers three to four bedrooms with an attached two car garage.  Many of these style houses were built in the mid 1950's to 1960's and is a true staple in the Huntington Beach Real Estate market.  A few select properties will be located on large of enough land to offer RV parking as well.  This is a huge selling point since many homeowners do have multiple vehicles.

The best place to looking for homes with RV parking is the central section of Huntington Beach that is

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The Harbour Vista community in Huntington Beach has been offering some of the lowest priced condos for sale in the past years.  One bedroom condos are now selling in the $190,000 range and two bedroom units start at $289,000. Sometimes when things are too good to be true there always seems to be a catch.  One of the important things to understand when buying in this community is that the homes are located on leased land.  There is also a homeowners association dues that are paid on a monthly basis and average around $421.00 a month.  What you get for the monthly due is a large community pool area, spa and outdoor barbecue area.

The land lease is a little tricky to understand.  There is a website for the Harbor Vista News that gives a breakdown of how

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The Boardwalk Lighthouse community is one of the best neighborhoods that is located very close to the beach and within a safe guard gated entrance.  The unique beach close location offers a very easy walk to the ocean that is approximately one block away.  The homes were built approximately 14 years ago and considered one of the top tracts near the downtown Huntington Beach area.  What you can expect to find here is quality construction homes that are built in the Cape Cod architectural style that often feature a covered driveway that leads to the back two car garage.  It's not uncommon to find spiral staircases, gourmet kitchens, Master baths with soaking jacuzzi tub and large outdoor entertainment backyards.  What's more is that some of these homes will

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The Crystal Island gated community In Huntington Beach is an exclusive neighborhood that offers the ultimate in privacy and security.  Situated on the very south section of the upscale Seacliff community is a gated community that is home to 7 luxury homes that were built between 2000 to 2001.  These are grand estate homes that can range over 4,000 square feet and built in the Spanish and Mediterranean architectural style.  These newer construction homes have a lot to offer that can include gourmet kitchens with granite counter tops, custom cabinetry, butlers pantry and wine cooler.  Select floor plans will include a downstairs bedroom that could be used as an office, large master suite with large walk-in closets and attached three car garages.  

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The Huntington Harbor is well know for it's man made islands that wrap around the bay with some of the most exclusive water front homes.  Within the Harbor there are several gated communities that offer an extra layer of security and are perfect for those who travel extensively or need to live in a secure and safe location.  Here is our guide to the gated communities found in the Huntington Harbor.

The most expensive gated neighborhood in the Harbour include the Faire Marin, Harbour Coves and Coral Cay communities.  The Coral Cay neighborhood is on the very south end of the Harbor and offers a 24 hour guard gate, private beach with some of the expensive homes in Huntington Beach.  These homes rarely come on the market for sale.  The Faire Marin and

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Huntington Beach is home to some of the most popular senior housing communities which normally comprise of homes located in the Huntington Landmark neighborhood. There is also a very popular senior condo community located at 18900 Delaware Street in South Huntington Beach.  The complex is located between Main and Beach Blvd and reserved for those who are older than 55 years of age.  Most of the time you need to be at least this age to purchase a property but in this community you can be of any age except the occupants who live here, whether it be owner-occupied or a tenant must be at least 55 years old.  This is a 3 story building with a private elevator, guest parking, recreational room and community laundry.

One of the unique parts of this community

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As we come to an end of the year it's good to look back to see what the most expensive homes were sold in Huntington Beach, California.  Two of the top three houses were located in the same community and on the same street.  Over the past 12 months over 1,950 homes have sold in the Huntington Beach with a few select properties selling over the $4 million dollar price point.  Here are the most expensive homes sold in 2015.

The most expensive home was located at 18305 Evening Circle located in the 24 hour guard gated community of The Bluffs.  Located on a very large lot that spanning an approximate 3/4 of an acre of land, the 7,484 square feet home sold for a record $6,300,000 on 4/30/2015.  The home was originally listed for $6,995,000 and was on the

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The Huntington Harbor is the main hub for all bay front properties in the Huntington Beach area.  The harbor channels through many different islands that all lead out to the Pacific Ocean.  Some of the original homes that were built here date back to the early 1920's and offer spectacular canal views with it's own charm and character of an older home.  Situated near Gilbert Island is a small collection of homes located on the water on Bayview Drive.  This street is well known for have some of the oldest homes in the Northwest area of Huntington Beach.  Since the properties are located in front of the bay they often include private boat docks for a small duffy or ideal for kayak storage.  

Remarkably, these homes can be currently purchased for under