Huntington Harbour, Huntington Beach, California
Huntington Harbour is a community in the north end of Huntington Beach in Orange County, California. Huntington Harbour is a residential development of 680 acres (280 ha) consisting of five manmade islands with waterways used for boating. The five manmade islands in Huntington Harbour include Trinidad, Humboldt, Davenport, Gilbert and Admiralty.
Huntington Harbour was formed in the 1960s at a cost of $200 million. The harbors and peninsulas are located on the former site of the historic Sunset Bay Estuary wetlands. They were destroyed with dredging and filling to develop the land for the new community.
The Huntington Harbour Yacht Club, with membership of about 300 people, was established in 1965. The club offers sailing lessons during the summer for disadvantaged youth.
Admiralty Island: This development contains 90 single-family residences, nearly all with water frontage. Access is via Pacific Coast Highway at Admiralty Drive.
Gilbert Island: Bounded by Admiralty Island to the west and the Main Channel to the east, it contains 100 home sites, two thirds of which are on-the-water locations.
Davenport Island: 227 home sites are evenly split between on-water and off-water locations. The southernmost island is accessed by taking Davenport Drive which the southern border of Huntington Harbour Mall.
Humboldt Island: Two-thirds of the 335 homes are on-water locations with views of Christiana Bay. Access the Island by taking Saybrook Lane to Humboldt Drive.
Trinidad Island: This is considered the most luxurious of the islands.
Arts and culture
During December a boat parade takes place through the waterways known as the "Cruise of Lights". Also during this time tour boats go around the channels viewing the decorated homes as a fundraiser.
Although Huntington Harbour is primarily residential, there is a shopping center on Algonquin Street called the Huntington Harbour Mall. A Trader Joe's grocery store opened there in 2009. There are also two banks, a medical center, several restaurants, and a post office. Rowers, ranging from middle-schoolers to Olympic gold medalists, from the Southern California Scullers Club (SoCal Scullers) train daily on the main channel of Huntington Harbour.
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