There’s nothing like Downtown Huntington Beach. I truly believe this is the diamond of Orange County, bringing everything that is fun, hip, and beautiful together in one central place.  The I Love OC Homes Real Estate Team thinks hands down that Main Street is possibly the coolest street in OC.  It has it all: shops, food and, drinks, and it is just steps from that pumpin’ surf!


If you are a local, you’ll probably know most of this information.  But for our investors in Los Angeles and San Diego, or across the country looking for an investment property or looking to call HB home, we are breaking down why Huntington Beach is truly Home Sweet Home.

Huntington’s History


Start with our landmark, which sits on the Natural Register of Historic Places – the world-famous Huntington Beach Pier.  Built in 1904, it’s one of the longest piers on the west coast. And legendary surfers called these waves home back in the old days of Woody cars and longboards.  Guys like George Freeth and Duke Kahanamoku carved some serious waves here.  The Beach Boys idolized our “Surf City” culture in their hit song, “Surfin’ Safari.”  In 2015, The Orange County Register dubbed Huntington Beach the “Best City to Live in Orange County” due to its ideal weather, 8.5 miles of sandy beach, and other great features.  The OC Register’s honor is just one of many accolades.

The Neighborhood


The residential area of Downtown Huntington Beach is primarily considered to be the number streets from 1st to 22nd.   The border streets around this area include PCH, Golden West, and Main Street. For the families looking to call Huntington Beach home, one of the biggest determining factors is the school system.  This area is served by the Huntington Beach City School District. The schools include Agnes L. Smith Elementary School, Ethel Dwyer Middle School, and Huntington Beach High School.  The school district has a mission to support the academic and personal development of every student so that each student becomes a responsible, well-rounded individual who achieves success and fulfillment in a global environment.

Barks and Parks


Besides having some of the best surfing in the world, Huntington Beach has something that’s almost impossible to find anywhere else: Huntington Dog Beach! That’s right; this incredible beach is one of the few places where man’s best friend can be himself and enjoy the waves and water.   Most people have to drive to this great park, but for the homeowners in Downtown HB, the dog beach is only a few steps away.  So grab your leash and your four-legged friend, and come on down. 


If you have a young family, then you’re in luck, because Huntington Beach has 78 parks that cover 758 acres. There are 190 playgrounds in the city, not to mention the 150-acre public beach, which is the biggest playground of them all!

Getting Around


Downtown Huntington Beach is very accessible by several methods of transportation.  For commuters to and from work, Beach Boulevard and Goldenwest are both good arteries to the 405-freeway.   Main street offers a good alternative to connect with Beach.   PCH, of course, is a great north-south path to get up towards Seal Beach and Long Beach or down towards Newport Beach, Irvine, or south Orange County.   If you are hitting the town and don’t want to drive, there is an abundance of Uber drivers waiting for you.   You can’t help but notice how many bicyclists there are in HB.   People here love the outdoors, and jumping on a bike is the easiest, and eco-friendliest way to get to the beach. 



One of the great things about downtown Huntington Beach is that you’re only a short walk away from some of the biggest surf brands on Main Street.   Some of the leading retailers include Vans “Off The Wall,” Jack’s Surfboards, and Havaianas.  For those who are active, a few blocks up Main Street, you will find Huntington Beach Bicycle Co. and Jax Bicycle Center. 



There are several different hot spots to enjoy happy hour, a great meal, or a late night on the town.  Huntington Beach Beer Co., The Longboard Restaurant and Pub, Baja Sharkeez, Killarney Pub and Grill, Hurricanes, and Perqs are just a few of the places to grab a bite and an ice cold beer. 

Pacific City


Pacific City is a topic of its own; as it is one of the best spots in Southern California for retail and restaurants. Just a few steps south of First Street is the wildly popular outdoor mall. Filled with great restaurants, bars, and shops, this mall is the place to be day or night. Some people are known to start their morning with an Americano at Philz Coffee or the Portola Coffee Lab, and end their night with an ice cold Blood Orange Amber, Coconut Porter, or CalifornIPA at the Dude’s Brewing Company. There are also many popular Orange County foodie haunts like Pie Knot, Burnt Crumbs, Bear Flag Fish Co., and Beau Soleil Kitchen and Bar.  Even better, it’s right next to Main Street, the heart of Downtown Huntington Beach.


As you can see, Downtown Huntington Beach has it all, except you! Your choice to move here will be the best decision of your life. Check out these beautiful houses that are on the market in Downtown Huntington Beach. Find one you like and get in touch with our real estate team so we can schedule a tour! You’ll be happy to know that no one else helps our clients like the real estate team here at I Love OC Homes.