ABOUT Edwards Hill
This Orange County neighborhood is a high-end address for people with a high net worth who wish to keep a low profile. The quiet, winding streets hint at a love for all things equestrian, with names like Derby, Steeplechase, and Preakness. With riding trails threaded throughout the neighborhood, and boarding facilities right across Ellis Avenue in Central Park, Edwards Hill is a home for horse lovers.
For people who want perhaps a toned-down version of the beach lifestyle, this neighborhood is perfect, with large homes that include outdoor living and entertaining spaces, large, open interior rooms, and luxurious details. Edwards Hill offers easy access to major highways, including State Route 39, Interstate 409, and State Route 1 – the famed Pacific Coast Highway. Also nearby are multiple highly rated schools and numerous parks and green spaces. Most of the best of Huntington Beach is no more than a mile or two away from Edwards Hill.
Just over 8,000 people live in Edwards Hill. They are 80% white, mostly in their mid to late 40’s, and live an average of three residents per household. Three fourths of those households are married couples, both are working, and about a third of them have children. Almost half of the residents are California natives, but over a quarter of them are foreign-born.
About one fifth of them have Bachelor’s degrees, about one fifth have Master’s degrees, and about one fifth have less than a high school diploma. Most residents are employed in management, healthcare, and sales and office occupations. Crime rates here are extremely low.
TOP Edwards Hill HIGHLIGHTS
Due to the neighborhood’s location next to the Pacific Coast, this neighborhood is routinely and unsurprisingly subjected to flooding. High surf and heavy precipitation largely contribute to critical conditions.
For context, serious flood events account for around 30% of recorded weather extremes that hit the area between 1950 and 2010. From there, high winds, hail storms, and supercell thunderstorms account for another large percentage of damaging natural disasters.
Another concern that few Californians are unfamiliar with relates to seismic activity. The local earthquake index is roughly four times California’s estimated index, which means that this area of the U.S. sees more earthquake activity than the majority of locations nationally.
This neighborhood offers easy access to shopping, dining, and entertainment, as well as a variety of natural and public spaces. One mile east of Edwards Hill is State Route 39, which leads north toward eastern suburbs of Los Angeles. SR 39 also takes travelers to Interstate 405 – the San Diego Freeway – a major route north to Inglewood and south to Irvine.
One mile southwest of the neighborhood, State Route 1 – the iconic Pacific Coast Highway – winds north through Sunset Beach and Seal Beach before turning inland and toward the airport in Long Beach. The southern stretch of SR 1 passes through Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.
This neighborhood’s reported total violent crime rate falls 45% below the national average. For reference, Edwards Hill has an associated assault rate per 100K residents of 117.5, which ranks lower than the national rate of 282.7. This part of California also has a lower murder, rape, and robbery rate per 100K residents than national rates.
Meanwhile, Edwards Hill residents also benefit from comparably low property crime rates. The burglary crime rate per 100K residents is 258.1, which is almost half of the national rate. Likewise, theft and vehicular theft rates also fall below the country’s averages. Overall, local property crime rates track 11% under the country’s average.
SCHOOLS IN Edwards Hill
The Huntington Beach City Elementary School District and the Huntington Beach Union High School District serve the Edwards Hill neighborhood. Residents can choose from a number of private school options for all levels, or a public charter school for elementary and middle school students, in addition to the regular public schools. The district also has alternative and independent study campuses for high school and an affiliated adult school.
Schools in this area rank highly compared to other California schools in areas including standardized test scores and college readiness. Some schools here score far above the state average. These schools take measures to ensure the academic success for students with economic disadvantages and minority students, earning high scores for diversity and equality. Fountain Valley, on the other side of SR 39, and Ocean View, which lies to the north, are the nearest school districts.
Edwards Hill Housing 2020
The median list price of homes in Edwards Hill typically stays level year-over-year. However, that median rose about 25% between November and December of 2018. Homes in this neighborhood usually sell for very near the list price.
In December 2018, Edwards Hill was a balanced market – there was little difference between the number of people looking for homes to buy and the number of homes available. Homes in this area typically stay on the market around 120 days. In the summer of 2017 these homes stayed on the market a median of 72 days, but that number rose steeply over the next year, peaking at 177 days in September 2018.
Edwards Hill Homes for Sale
Edwards Hill is an upscale address, and it shows in every detail. This is a community of homeowners, and only single family homes are to be found here, many of them sprawling estate homes. Custom homes in this neighborhood come in a variety of architectural styles, including Spanish and Mediterranean. Lot sizes vary widely, from just a little larger than the house that sits on it to sprawling mini-estates.
Some homes include pools, private office spaces, smart home security systems, designer interiors, professional or gourmet kitchens, or outdoor kitchens. A private backyard oasis featuring a koi pond or waterfall is not an uncommon feature, and lush tropical landscaping is common.
Homes here sit in the middle of the Edwards Hill equestrian community, surrounded by riding trails, and are close enough to walk to the acclaimed Seacliff Elementary School, the Huntington Beach Public Library, Central Park and the Equestrian Center, the beach, parks, shopping, and dining.