The seaside city of Huntington Beach is situated in Orange County. The Southern California city has a population of over 190,000 residents, and an 8 ½ mile long sandy beach. With its mild climate year-round, it provides the optimal conditions for beach culture and surfing.
Surrounded by Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Fountain Valley and Westminster, Huntington Beach meets the Pacific Ocean to the south, and Seal Beach to the northwest. With a total footprint of just over 32 square miles, the city is ranked sixteenth in the state, and fourth in the county in size.
First settled in 1784, through a Spanish land grant, it was originally incorporated in 1909. Originally developed for agriculture, Huntington Beach produced sugar beets and celery. The city was home to a large sugar processing plant. Years later the structures were all converted into an oil refinery.
Known for its Mediterranean climate, Huntington Beach is typically dry and cool on traditional sunny days, which become excessively damp in the evenings. Strong breezes are often present during the morning and evening times with cold ocean water temperatures averaging in a range of 55°F to 65°F (13°C – 18°C). Averaging approximately 14 inches of rain annually, most of the wet weather arrives during the winter months. Frost is a rare occurrence, appearing only on the coldest nights of winter. The late spring months of May and June often produce overcast and foggy conditions. All said Huntington Beach Real Estate offers very nice weather for California real estate living.
Situated on a natural fault structure, Huntington Beach has had years of access to tremendous amounts of oil. Though the oil fields are now mostly depleted, extraction is still performed at a much slower rate, while still providing local income. The Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) travels through the middle of town, making easy access to restaurant and shopping areas. Huntington Beach is home to a satellite installation of the Boeing Company, and the HQ of the Cambro Manufacturing Company.
Huntington Beach is known as one of the surfing capitals of the world. The tourism of the downtown district entices visitors with its colorful shopping district, art center, and the International Surfing Museum. With fine dining, nighttime entertainment and the Huntington Beach Pier, tourism is a mainstay income resource for the community.
Rich in sports, arts and culture, Huntington Beach real estate with its beaches and surfing opportunities, provides a variety of outdoor activities and entertainment for every member of the family. Many famous celebrities reside within the city limits.
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