Sunset Beach is a lovely beachfront community that was formed after the discovery of oil in what is now known as the Huntington Beach Oil Field in 1920. As a neighborhood of the much larger Huntington Beach, Sunset Beach covers about a mile long stretch of land right next to the Pacific Ocean. The residents of Sunset Beach are a diverse mix of 641 housing units who enjoy taking advantage of the beachfront attractions and water activities this neighborhood is known for.
The majority of residents rent their properties, and the culture of Sunset Beach is one where civic-mindedness is a top priority. Because Sunset Beach is a small stretch of land just southeast of mainland California, nearby acclaimed schools are a ten-fifteen minute commute away. With the Pacific Coast Highway running through the neighborhood, traveling in and out of Sunset Beach is made simple. This charming, welcoming community is just as lively as it is close-knit.
The residents of Sunset Beach are greatly influenced by the abundant outdoor and beach activities available, in addition to being involved in their community’s outreach and charity connections. The demographics of Sunset Beach show that of the 970 residents, 88.9% are White, 0.4% are African American, 0.6% are Native American, 4.9% are Asian or Pacific Islander, 3.7% are multiracial, and 8.1% are Hispanic or Latino.
Only a small portion of residents have children under the age of eighteen, and 35% of residents are happily married opposite-sex couples. Statistics aside, the lifestyle of Sunset Beach consists of enthusiasm for the community’s parks, beaches, shops, and restaurants.
Living in a coastal neighborhood means Sunset Beach residents can expect high surf conditions and flooding. Weather moving in from the Pacific Ocean can give rise to other extreme conditions.
High winds and supercell thunderstorms are seasonal occurrences. For quick reference, out of around 500 weather events recorded between 1950 and 2010, about 40% of local weather extremes were thunderstorms.
Although California as a whole has a high earthquake index of 21.80, the local index is 76.51. This data shows that Sunset Beach residents experience a higher frequency of earthquake activity than not just the majority of areas in the country, but many neighborhoods in California as well.
The Pacific Coast Highway runs straight through the entirety of Sunset Beach, which gives the neighborhood easy access to exploring the Californian coast. As the southwest land border of Huntington Beach, commutes between Sunset Beach and Huntington Beach’s other neighborhoods are a quick affair thanks to the Pacific Coast Highway and Warner Avenue connecting through Sunset Beach.
Golden West College is only a fifteen minute drive away, and nearby elementary, middle, and high schools are only a ten to fifteen minute commute. The community is also fifteen minutes away from California I-405, a major Californian roadway that connects to the other cities that make up the beautiful and nationally-ranked Orange County.
Crime rates in Sunset Beach fall 23% below the statewide average and track about 16% below the national average.
The local violent crime rate per 100K residents is reportedly 211. This falls under both California’s same rate of 447 and the national rate of 381. Specifically, murder and assault rates track well below statewide averages.
Meanwhile, the property crime rate per 100K residents is 1,963. To compare, California’s rate is 2,380, and the same national rate is 2,200. Sunset Beach’s burglary, theft, and vehicular theft rates also compare favorably to statewide averages.
Reported crime in this part of the state indicates a year-over-year decrease of about 7%.
While there are no schools within Sunset Beach’s borders, Huntington Beach is home to a number of reputable educational options for children and teenagers. With only a five to fifteen minute commute from Sunset Beach, students can gain access to a range of qualified teachers, nurturing classrooms, and tailored educations that are found further inland. Huntington Beach City School District serves the neighborhoods of Huntington Beach, and each campus strives to live up to driving shared values including high academic standards, the belief children should learn to their best potential, and that collaboration is key.
As well as public schools, distinguished private schools are also within a five minute commute distance for a range of grade levels. Although a short daily commute is needed, the schools in the surrounding area of Sunset Beach are well worth the drive to ensure that each student receives the education they need to lead a successful life.
Sunset Beach largely consists of luxury, economically-sized residential homes. Because of the community’s location right next to the water and the neighborhood’s small square footage, the oceanside views and select real estate have typically been valued between $1-$3.5 million in previous years, though properties could be found up to $4.9 million in the past three years.
As a neighborhood of Huntington Beach, Sunset Beach benefits from the city’s healthy real estate market. For the past five years, the number of property sales consistently moves between 400 and 600 a month, and the median sales price has steadily grown over the last four. More specifically, for the last three years, 4 bedroom properties have averaged at an upwards of $830-$940K, while 2 bedroom properties vary between $450-$540K. Though Sunset Beach is small, its properties are highly sought-after real estate acquisitions.
Homes for Sale
Sunset Beach mostly consists of residential properties that are free standing and multi bedroom. The majority of residents rent their homes, and homes and condominiums currently on the market consist of 2-3 beds, 2-3 baths, but houses of 4 or more bedrooms and baths can also be found. Condominiums are in small number at Sunset Beach, but may still be available.
Similarly, there are a handful of economically sized, move in ready apartment options ranging from multiple bedrooms to studios located at the north, central, and south areas of Sunset Beach. Because of the community’s location right on the waterfront, the ocean can be seen from virtually any property, which increases value. As a part of Orange County, known nationally for its epic coastline and beautiful weather, residential living in this community is sure to be a sunny affair.