Huntington Harbour, Huntington Beach, California

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Huntington Harbour is a community of about 3,500 people located in the northwestern section of Huntington Beach in Orange County, California. Huntington Harbour is a residential development of 680 acres (280 ha) which includes five man-made islands with waterways varying from 15 to 20 feet (4.6 to 6.1 m) in depth used for boating. The five man-made islands in Huntington Harbour include: Admiralty, Davenport, Gilbert, Humboldt, and Trinidad.

History[edit]

Huntington Harbour from the air with Sunset Beach in foreground.

Huntington Harbour construction began in 1963[1] at a cost of $200 million.[2] 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.[3]

Huntington Harbour is bracketed to the south by the 1,200 acre Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve and to the north by the 5,256 acre Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach.

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.[4]

Islands[edit]

Admiralty Island: This development contains 90 single-family residences, nearly all with water frontage. Access is via Pacific Coast Highway at Admiralty Drive.[5]

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 is the southern border of Huntington Harbour Mall.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

Trinidad Island: This is considered the most luxurious of the islands.[9]

Arts and culture[edit]

Huntington Harbour kayakers

There are five public "Mother's beaches" in Huntington Harbour where local families bring their children to play in the sand and swim in the shallow water by shore. Kayakers and paddle boarders also use these beaches as access points to the wonderful harbor as well as swimmers who can enjoy long-distance swims undisturbed by waves and currents. Because of the relative shallowness of Huntington Harbour, 15–20 feet (4.6–6.1 m) when compared to the ocean, the harbor is generally three to four degrees warmer than the ocean in summer and, conversely, three to four degrees cooler in winter.[citation needed] Boat traffic is limited to a five MPH no wake. The harbor is patrolled by the Orange County Sheriff's Department Huntington Harbour Patrol and Huntington Beach Marine Fire Rescue.[10]

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. Coordinates: 33°43′16″N 118°03′51″W / 33.72111°N 118.06417°W / 33.72111; -118.06417[11]

During December, a boat parade takes place through the waterways. Also during this time the "Cruise of Lights" occurs in which tour boats go around the channels viewing the decorated homes as a fundraiser.[12]

Economy[edit]

The majority of the homes were built in the 1960's to late 1970's and feature three to six bedrooms that range from 2,090 to 6,739 square feet of living space. Although Huntington Harbour is primarily residential, with most homes varying from one to nearly five million dollars, 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, a UPS store, and several restaurants including Rita's Italian Ice, the Harbour Rackhouse bar and grill, Red Table Restaurant, VegiLicious Vegan Restaurant, A Slice of New York, and AoSa Coffee.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.stockteam.com/trinidad.html
  2. ^ Santiago, Joseph D. (2009). Ebb & Flow: 100 Years of Huntington Beach. Historic Resources Board of Huntington Beach. p. 37. 
  3. ^ Carlberg, David M. (2009). Bolsa Chica: Its History from Prehistoric Times to the Present. Amigos de Bolsa Chica. p. 71. ISBN 978-1-934379-92-9. 
  4. ^ Connelly, Laylan (November 13, 2014). "Yacht Club Celebrates 50 Years". Huntington Beach Wave. p. 11. 
  5. ^ http://www.beachcalifornia.com/admiralty_hb.html
  6. ^ http://www.beachcalifornia.com/daven.html
  7. ^ http://www.beachcalifornia.com/gilbisle.html
  8. ^ http://www.beachcalifornia.com/daven.html
  9. ^ http://www.beachcalifornia.com/trinidad.html
  10. ^ Huntington Beach Marine Fire Rescue
  11. ^ "Huntington Harbour". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  12. ^ Fliedner, Colleen (December 15, 2006). "Holidays at Huntington Harbour: A two-part Christmas festival". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 

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