8.1 out of 10

Huntington Beach

Ranked 19th best city in California
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Life’s a Beach in Surf City, USA"

With a population of almost 200,000, Huntington Beach is the largest beach city in Orange County. Residents of the city are lucky enough to enjoy a mild climate with plenty of ocean breezes and an abundance of recreational opportunities. Besides hanging out at the beach and surfing, there are miles of bike trails along the beach and next to the Santa Ana River. Boats can launched from a public boat ramp in Huntington Harbour and many boating residents of the Harbour are lucky enough to have a private dock.

Huntington Beach is a legendary city due to its role in the history of professional surfing. It even has a Surf Museum where you can lean all about the growth of the sport in the 20th century. There are 8.5 miles of wide sandy beaches within the city limits. The surf conditions are enhanced by the presence of sandbars and by the fact that the beach faces to the southwest.

The majority of the neighborhoods in Huntington Beach are built around small parks and enclosed by brick walls. This detracts from the scenic nature of many of the major streets, but provides residents with increased safety and quiet. In the center of the city is Central Park, one of the hidden treasures of the city. The 350-acre park, located on two sides of Golden West Street, includes a sports complex, Central Library, the Huntington Beach Playhouse, Shipley’s Nature Center, a Frisbee golf course, a stocked lake, an amphitheater, two casual restaurants and several miles of trails for walking and bike riding. Community events and concerts are held in Central Park throughout the year.

No description of Huntington Beach would be complete without mentioning the Huntington Beach Pier and Main Street area. Known by locals as “downtown,” Main Street is a magnet for tourists during the summer. It has been transformed in the past two decades from a rundown street with funky surf shops to a more family-friendly destination with trendy bars, shops and restaurants. The pier, originally built in 1909 and then rebuilt in 1992 after its destruction by high surf, is an iconic symbol of the spirit of Huntington Beach.

Mix in a great school system, plenty of local shopping, a low unemployment rate and easy access to the 405 freeway and it’s no wonder that many people consider Huntington Beach to be one of the best places to live in Orange County. I grew up 30 miles inland and came to Huntington Beach as a teenager. Now I’m lucky enough to call it home.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Surf City of Orange County"

Fondly known as the Surf City, Huntington Beach is a city by the seaside in Orange County, California. Well known for its lovely beach and weather, Huntington Beach is a well-known hot spot for fun water activities such as surfing.

Bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the Southwest, Huntington Beach is very well known for its 8.5 mile long beach that creates very unique waves which occur as a result of them diffracting off the Catalina Islands.

Orange County Register readers have recognized Huntington Beach as the “Best City to Live in Orange County”. The residents of Huntington Beach enjoy many types of housing facilities, great weather, good jobs, a stable economy and good health care. Their children also enjoy studying in an outstanding educational system. Huntington Beach has several elementary schools and 5 high schools. Also their residents can pursue higher education at nearby locations like the Golden West College, the University of California (Irvine) and even at some California State Universities. Amongst cities with a population over 100 000, FBI has ranked Huntington Beach with the eight lowest crime rate and has consistently been regarded as a safe city. This great Orange County city is well regarded as the ideal place to live in the Orange County.

Residents and visitors can also enjoy the numerous boat marinas and parks. Along with surfing, Huntington Beach offers many kinds of outdoor activities like sailing, beach volleyball, fishing, tennis and golf. There is something for everyone to enjoy. One can find many ways to have fun shopping, dining and entertainment. You could choose from casual dining to fine dining and shop at the local stores, boutiques and national chains and also enjoy shopping in their open air malls.

Huntington Beach is also a great spot for those who appreciate the arts arena. One could enjoy musical shows like the Smooth Jazz Concert Series and the Pier Plaza Presents Concert Series at theaters such as the Huntington Beach Playhouse.

Huntington Beach is also greatly known as one of the best regions for a nice vacation. Huntington Beach houses one of the biggest recreational piers in the world that comes with riding stables, parks, marina, wildlife preserve and many other recreational hotspots. This great city is also near many of the prominent places of interests within the Orange County and is located near three airports – the Los Angeles International, John Wayne and Long Beach Airports.
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Like a permanent vacation, but with lots of tourists"

Huntington Beach is just like any other city, until you get down by Main Street – that is where the beach and all the action are. In addition to the surf and sand, Main Street has plenty of surf shops, bars and great restaurants. The whole vibe of this area is very casual and flip flops and shorts are allowed every where. However, if you are ever looking for a semi-fancy place to take someone for dinner, Sparks and Cucina Alessa will do, but, if you want something a little more high class, you’re better off going to Newport.

If you live near Main St., the numbered streets, due to their proximity to the beach, has the most transient portion of the population – there are a lot of rental properties there and a lot of partiers. Sometimes that works out though, as you might be the one making the noise – no one will call the cops on you. In the summer, parking is a nightmare, unless you have an assigned parking space or make it to the parking structure on Main before it fills up. The area south of Main Street is a bit more subdued, but, it doesn’t have the easy access to the beach.

There are plenty of grocery stores around Main Street, but, commuting from there is a pain. Beach Boulevard is always jam packed with traffic and that’s the main way to get to the nearest freeway (the 405).

Lately, due to the popularity of UFC, going out to the bars at night has gotten to be a bit sketchy and Huntington has taken a turn for the worse. One of my friends got punched for no reason by a UFC wanna be because he accidentally bumped into him at the bar. If you want to avoid that crowd, Perqs and Fred’s are good choices. Other than that, Huntington Beach is very safe and you’ll feel like you’re on a permanent vacation!
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"The street where everything comes together"

Living in Huntington Beach I would have to say that Main Street is where everything comes together. There is alot to do on Main Street, from resturaunts to nightclubs, to so many stores to choose from that even the pickiest shopper would be happy. If you are on Main street and happen to be close to the beach you never know who you may see. Ive been on Main street and while standing in line to get a coffee in walked Jesse James. Now thats kewl
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