Huntington Harbour

Overview

Overview: Huntington Harbour is a small coastal neighborhood located in the city of Huntington Beach in Orange County, California. Characterized by the scenic harbor that lattices much of its landmass, Huntington Harbour is home to a large concentration of large, high-end homes. The neighborhood itself has a distinctly residential feel, especially along the harbor, though it is also home to upscale shopping centers, eateries, and other entertainment venues. Populated by both young professionals and families, Huntington Harbour has some of the best public and private schools in California, including nearby California State University Long Beach and UC Irvine. Huntington Harbor is 1.403 square miles in size, though a sizeable portion of this area is water. Due to this, the neighborhood has a relatively high population density (around 40% higher than Huntington Beach’s as a whole), though its population is just over 7,000 people. Some of the most famous and frequented destinations in Huntington Harbor include the harbor itself, the neighborhood’s many public parks, the region’s nearby beaches, including Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, and Newport Beach.

Neighborhood Highlights

Waterfront Harbor Properties
Large, High-End Housing
Several Scenic Public Parks
Upscale Shopping, Eating, and Entertainment
Highly-Rated Schools
Quiet Residential Atmosphere

Location: Huntington Harbour is located on the northwest corner of Huntington Beach County and is just under 1.5 square miles in size. Situated in close proximity to the Pacific Coast, Huntington Harbor is bordered to the north by the Bolsa Chica Channel, to the south by Warner Avenue, to the east by Bolsa Chica Street, and to the west by California State Highway 1 (also known as the Pacific Coast Highway). Populated primarily by waterfront homes, Huntington Harbor has a distinctly residential character, though there is some urban development on the mainland east of the harbor. As one of the higher-end neighborhoods in Southern California, Huntington Harbor is known for its luxury waterfront homes, safe and quiet streets, excellent education options, and selection of upscale shops, eateries, and other entertainment venues.

Commutes: Commuting to and from Huntington Harbour is relatively simple, though thoroughfares in the neighborhood are somewhat limited. Huntington Harbour is located in a transit corner of sorts, bordered to the north by the Bolsa Chica Channel and the large Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge. Those looking to exit or enter must travel east into Huntington Beach or west or south to CA-1. the neighborhood is roughly 45 minutes from downtown Los Angeles.

Culture: Huntington Harbour is a family friendly neighborhood with well-educated, and wealthy residents for the most part. The neighborhood leans slightly liberal, with a spread of families, young professionals and retirees compromising the bulk of its population. 34.9% of households in Huntington Harbour are family households. Though Huntington Harbour has a relatively high population density, much of its area is actually water, so the neighborhood is not as built-up as the numbers indicate. Indeed, much of Huntington Harbour is known for its large properties, upscale homes, and quiet, safe streets. Contributing to the quietness of Huntington Harbour is the neighborhood’s proximity to the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, a large swath of protected land entirely untouched by residential or commercial development. The median household income in Huntington Harbour is $102,380, and just under half of the neighborhood’s residents own their homes.

Schools

Overview: Huntington Harbor is served by some of Southern California’s top-rated schools. The neighborhood itself is home to a small selection of highly-ranked public and private schools and located a short drive away from a myriad of excellent institutions. Most notable among these are California State University Long Beach and UC Irvine—both are nationally-recognized universities. The public and private schools serving Huntington Harbour have earned their excellent reputations thanks to their high-performing educators, top-notch facilities, diverse and successful student bodies, and strong student-teacher ratios. The bulk of the schools in Huntington Harbour and nearby areas hold an A or A+ from Niche. Top schools serving Huntington Harbour include Harbour View Elementary School, Marine View Middle School, and Marina High School.

Schools

Elementary Schools

Harbour View Elementary School

Located in the center of Huntington Harbour, Harbour View Elementary is a highly-rated elementary school offering K-5 education to students in the area. With 774 students and a student-teacher ratio of 28 to 1, Harbour View Elementary is distinguished by its excellent educators and high-performing student body. State test scores report that 66% of students are at least proficient in reading and 62% are proficient in math.

Village View Elementary School

Village View Elementary School is a public school located east of Huntington Harbour in Huntington Beach’s Bolsa Chica-Heil neighborhood. Village View Elementary School has 553 students in grades K-5 and an excellent student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. State test scores report that 70% of students are at least proficient in reading and 62% are proficient in math. The school regularly schedules field trips to many of the area’s nearby natural wonders.

J.H. Elementary School

Just up the coast from Huntington Harbour in Seal Beach, CA, J.H. McGaugh Elementary School is well-reviewed elementary school serving students in grades K-5. The school’s enthusiastic educators have earned it an excellent reputation, frequently prompting parents from nearby areas to enroll their kids. J.H. McGaugh Elementary School has 840 students and a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. State test scores report that 72% of students are at least proficient in reading and 72% are proficient in math.

Middle Schools

Marine View Middle School

The closest middle school to Huntington Harbour, Marine View Middle School is located at the southern intersection of Huntington Beach’s Bolsa Chica-Heil and Goldenwest neighborhoods. Marine View Middle School has 796 students in grades 6-8 and a solid student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. State test scores report that 65% of students are at least proficient in reading and 49% are proficient in math. The school is known for its diverse student body and supportive atmosphere.

Mesa View Middle School

Offering students an excellent education and an excellent view of Huntington Central Park and the region’s nearby mountains, Mesa View Middle School is a well-rated public school in Calimesa, CA roughly 15 minutes from Huntington Harbour. Mesa View Middle School has 853 students in grades 6-8 and a good student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. State test scores report that 52% of students are at least proficient in reading and 37% are proficient in math.

Warner Middle School

Located east of Huntington Harbour in Westminster, CA, Warner Middle School is a highly-rated middle school serving grades 6-8. It has 1,102 students and a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. State test scores report that 55% of students are at least proficient in reading and 49% are proficient in math. In 2018, Warner Middle School was awarded a Silver Recognition Award through California’s Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program.

High Schools

Marina High School

Nearest to Huntington Harbour is Marina High School, a top-rated public school in Huntington Beach’s Bolsa Chica-Heil neighborhood. State test scores show that students at Marina High School outperform students at most other high schools in the region, with 73% of students at least proficient in reading and 58% at least proficient in math. Marina High School serves grades 9-12 and has a student body of 2,408 with a student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1.

Ocean View High School

Located east of Huntington Harbour on Warner Avenue in Huntington Beach’s Goldenwest neighborhood, Ocean View High School is a highly-rated public high school serving Huntington Harbour and surrounding areas. The school holds an overall A- rating from Niche, thanks to its well-received educators, good facilities and diverse, successful student body. Ocean View High School has 1,498 students in grades 9-12 and a student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1. State test scores report that 57% of students are at least proficient in reading 28% are proficient in math.

Westminster High School

Westminster High School is a top-rated public school in Westminster, CA just 15 minutes east of Huntington Harbour. This magnet school has 2,622 students in grades 9-12 and a good student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1. State test scores report that 71% of students are at least proficient in reading and 43% are proficient in math. In 2017, the school was awarded the Gold Ribbon Award by the state of California for its advances and performance in subjects including math, English language arts, and the sciences.

Private Schools

Bethany Christian Academy

Bethany Christian Academy is a small private Christian school located just east of Huntington Harbour in Westminster, CA. The school has 110 students in grades K-8 and a strong student-teacher ratio of 10 to 1. The school emphasizes comprehensive education with Christian values to help students become better scholars and individuals.

Fusion Academy Huntington Beach

Fusion Academy Huntington Beach is a private alternative learning 6-12 institution located to the southeast of Huntington Harbor in Huntington Beach’s Washington neighborhood near Bella Terra. The school has 35 students and an excellent student-teacher ratio of 2 to 1. Current tuition is $21,525 for the highest grade offered. The school has a strong reputation for providing personalized learning for those who may struggle in traditional academic settings.

Brethren Christian School

Located in Huntington Beach roughly 30 minutes south of Huntington Harbour, Brethren Christian School is a highly-rated private Christian school serving grades 6-12. It has 322 students and a strong student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1. The school is known for its rigorous academics and foundational Christian teachings. After graduation, a reported 75% of students from Brethren Christian School go on to attend a 4-year college.

Housing

Overview: Huntington Harbour offers a selection of upscale living options for families, couples, and individual residents. The neighborhood dates back to 1965 and offers a collection of properties from the midcentury all the way up to the present day. As a general rule, properties touching the water tend to be on the luxury side, while the more economical options are found on the mainlaind east of the harbor. Huntington Harbour is populated mostly by single-family homes ranging in size and style, though the neighborhood also harbors a selection of apartments, condos, and townhomes. Property prices in Huntington Harbor range from $720,000 – $5,775,000, with the average dwelling having four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The most common types of vehicle parking in Huntington Harbour are driveways, single-car garages, and 2-car garages.

Housing options

Single Family Homes

The most common type of dwelling in Huntington Harbour is the single family home. These homes vary widely in size and style, with some showcasing distinctly southwest features and others adopting a more east-coast waterfront aesthetic. Most of the single-family homes in Huntington Harbour are higher-end, outfitted with modern amenities and the region’s finest construction.

New Construction

Speaking of construction: land may be at a premium in Huntington Harbour, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some construction taking place. Most new construction occurs on the mainland east of the harbor, though occasionally some of the neighborhood’s older homes along the water will be torn down and replaced with newer buildings.

Apartments

Apartments are generally uncommon in Huntington Harbour; however, the city does feature a few high-end options nearby for those looking to rent. Apartments in Huntington Beach include the Las Brisas del Mar Apartments, The Bridgeport, the Marina Palms Apartments, and the Hoskins Apartments.

Townhomes

Townhomes and condos can also be found in Huntington Harbour, with the bulk of these properties located along the water near Sunset Beach or on the mainland east of the harbor. Townhomes and condos in Huntington Harbor tend to be on the newer side, featuring modern amenities and contemporary designs.

If you’re interested in buying a home in this area, check out currently available Huntington Harbour homes for sale. You can also browse through the entire database of all the available Huntington Beach homes for sale.

Real Estate

Overview: As a coastal neighborhood with a wealth of upscale dwellings in close proximity to the water, Huntington Harbour is home to some of the most sought-after real estate in all of Southern California. Trulia reports that real estate sales prices in Huntington Harbour have risen steadily over the last 5 years, with the median price sitting at $1,240,000 (up 7% from 2017). Rent prices in Huntington Harbour have stabilized over the past few years, with the median rent currently sitting at $3,400. Huntington Harbour is home to a relatively large number of luxury properties with spacious interiors, upscale design features, and modern amenities. Starting prices for luxury homes in Huntington Harbor typically sit around $1 to $2 million. Huntington Harbour also offers a selection of luxury apartments and condos, with rent starting between $3,000 and $4,000. Home to an incredible selection of waterfront property situated in close proximity to the Pacific Ocean and many of Southern California’s hotspots, Huntington Harbour has one of the region’s hottest real estate markets. Explore the next section to learn more about the hotspots that make this area so special.

Things to Do

Overview: The 1.4 square-mile area that comprises Huntington Harbour is latticed with beautiful bodies of water, public parks, and a number of shopping centers, eateries, and other destinations. Residents will find no shortage of things to do at neighborhood hotspots such as Sunset Gondola (a local hub for harbor tours) and J. King Neptune’s Restaurant (a local seafood eatery). Those in search of outdoor entertainment can take in the neighborhood’s scenic views at one of its many parks, including Humboldt Beach Park, Davenport Beach Park, Trinidad Park, and Seabridge Park. Residents and visitors can also explore the harbor itself on gondolas, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, or charter boats. Huntington Harbour is also located in close proximity to a number of Southern California’s most sought-after destinations. Traveling on CA-1 in either direction will take you to world-renowned beaches like Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, and Newport Beach. Other popular destinations near Huntington Harbour include Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve, Huntington Central Park, and the Bella Terra shopping and dining center. Learn more about the many things to do in Huntington Harbour and nearby areas in the list below.

Retail & Entertainment

Explore Huntington Harbour

Huntington Harbour’s most famous attraction is the harbor itself, which crisscrosses through the neighborhood like a network of streets. Book a gondola or charter boat ride to explore the harbor in luxury, or rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard to take on the exploration yourself.

Hit Huntington Beach and other nearby beaches

Huntington Harbour is located just minutes from Southern California’s most iconic beaches. The closest is Huntington Beach, which is only a few minutes away by bike or boat. Other nearby beaches include Newport Beach, Sunset Beach, and Laguna Beach, each just a several-minute drive north or south on CA-1.

Take a stroll to some of Huntington Harbour’s neighborhood parks

Want to get outside without leaving Huntington Harbor? Within the neighborhood itself, there are a number of beautiful parks to explore, each with trees, large grassy areas, and views of the harbor. Parks in Huntington Harbor include Humboldt Beach Park, Davenport Beach Park, Trinidad Park, and Seabridge Park.

Spend a day at the International Surfing Museum

Just minutes away from Huntington Harbour is Huntington Beach, one of the birthplaces of surfing in North America. There, you’ll find the International Surfing Museum, a shrine to local surfing legends and an informative display of the sport’s history.

Explore Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge

Just beyond the Bolsa Chica Channel bordering Huntington Harbour to the north is the expansive Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge. This large piece of protected land is home to a myriad of native flora and fauna, as well as scenic vistas and a host of waterways and trails to explore.

Shop and eat at Bella Terra

Located in the heart of Huntington Beach just a short drive south of Huntington Harbor, the new Bella Terra is an upscale shopping center with a distinct beach vibe. Spend the day perusing shops, eateries, and entertainment venues, and relax in Bella Terra’s outdoor gardens and fountain-filled spaces.

Attend a Huntington Beach Symphonic Orchestra concert

Love live music? Check out the world-renowned Huntington Beach Symphonic Orchestra, which plays shows seasonally around Southern California. This award-winning ensemble plays music from every genre, and many shows feature a youth choir as well.

Visit Huntington Central Park

Just south of Huntington Harbour in Huntington Beach is the spacious and beautiful Huntington Central Park. At 300 acres in size, it’s the largest park in the entire Orange County region. Play sports in the park’s large grassy expanses, or take a walk on its many trails through gardens and shaded areas.

Check out the Huntington Library

Founded by Henry E. Huntington in 1919, the Huntington Library is no mere library. It’s an architectural marvel, art collection, and botanical garden all in one. Check out books and enjoy unparalleled beauty of natural and human-made variety at this one-of-a-kind library in San Marino, only a half an hour from Huntington Harbour.

Adventure on the coast at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

Rounding out our list of things to do in Huntington Harbour is another protected natural area: the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Located along the coast just south of Huntington Harbour, this protected coastal estuary and bird habitat is home to stunning wildlife and the pristine Bolsa Chica State Beach.