Sunset Beach – Surfside
Sunset Beach is a beachfront community in Huntington Beach. In 2011, it was annexed by Huntington Beach and is now part of that city. Prior to, it was a census designated place with a population of 971 at the 2010 census.
Sunset Beach features one of the widest beaches in southern California. Running parallel to the beach, from the north of town to the southern edge is the Green Belt, a 14 acre park on which residents walk their dogs and celebrate Mother’s Day with the historic Sunset Beach Art Festival, sponsored by Las Damas. To the east is the bayfront community of Huntington Harbour (part of Huntington Beach). The small gated community of Surfside.
Sunset Beach does not have residential mail delivery. Instead, residents pick up their mail at post office boxes in the centrally-located post office or at private post office boxes located on 22nd Street. The main Post Office features an award winning wall mural designed and painted by local artist Katy Brack. Sunset Beach is served by the Sunset Beach Sanitary District.
This is a very ecletic place to live with homes ranging as far back as the 1920′s. There are one of a kind condos, attached houses, detached houses, and homes right on the sand. You can walk to restaurants, shops, and the beach.
Surfside (or Surfside Colony) is a small gated community with three rows of houses, lettered A, B, and C. Surfside is part of the city of Seal Beach and is located on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway, adjacent to the community of Sunset Beach. It is also near the Huntington Beach community of Huntington Harbour. The southern entrance to the Surfside Colony is easy to spot by the water tower (which was built into a house) that can be seen from Pacific Coast Highway.
The Surfside Colony is served by the Surfside Colony Community Services Tax District and the Surfside Colony Storm Water Protection Tax District. Lifeguard services are provided by the city of Seal Beach.
Surfside has approximately 255 houses, based on online housing data. Therefore this is a reasonably accurate count, though it’s considerably greater than reported in the 2000 census. Some homes are occupied seasonally or less than full-time. Some homes have been in families for as many as four generations.
The colony has a wide variety of housing styles, which contributes to its charming and laid-back ambiance. Current housing styles include everything from small beach cottages to large three-story mansions. Many of the homes are rented out by their owners.
Surfside Colony was begun in 1929 as an oceanside resort community. It was incorporated with the state of California in 1930. There were originally plans to develop both sides of Pacific Coast Highway (with D and E rows of houses on the east side), but these plans never materialized. A tunnel, which still exists though it is inaccessible, was built under Pacific Coast Highway to facilitate easy transit back and forth
The first homes in Surfside were small beach cottages. In 1929, these homes sold for as little as $700.Today, even many of the smallest homes in Surfside are valued at over $1 million because of the value of oceanfront lots. Some homes have been valued at over $5 million. In general, “A” Row houses are the most highly priced as they have unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean extending all the way to Santa Catalina Island and sit directly on the beach.
The U.S. Postal Service does not deliver mail to the houses in Surfside. However, there is a full-service post office inside of the colony. Each house has a post office box there.