Huntington Beach, CA Real Estate News

By Mike Stankewich, MBA, e-PRO - ZipRealty, Inc.
(ZipRealty, Inc.)
Newland House Museum in Huntington Beach, California About 50 years after Mexico ceded what is now California to the United States, William T. and Mary Newland purchased 500 acreas of swampland, which is now part of Huntington Beach. The pioneering farm family bought the land for $50 an acre.  In 1898 they spent $1500 to build a home on the property.  They were the only inhabitant for miles and raised a family of 10 children on the farm.The Newland farm extended from what is now Magnolia Street to Beach Boulevard and from Atlanta Avenue to Yorktown Avenue.  The origional property contained part of the old Stanta Ana River which was known back then as Gospel Swamp.  They drained off the water and cleared the brush.  The fertile soil that they uncovered created a very productive farm.  Th...
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By Mike Stankewich, MBA, e-PRO - ZipRealty, Inc.
(ZipRealty, Inc.)
SeaCliff on the Greens SeaCliff on the Greens is a guard-gated neighborhood located just east of Seapoint and north of Palm Avenue adjacent to SeaCliff Country Club. It offers homes in Mediterranean, English Tudor and French Chateau architectural stylings and was developed by Cayman Development in 1987.SeaCliff on the Greens is a beautiful community and is known for the builder's use of broad, frequently-placed greenbelt areas, landscaped with lush, mature trees and occasional waterscapes. It features beautifully lush lagoon areas with calming waterfalls and ducks.  Bridges, winding trails and greenbelts further enhance this well maintained community. Many of the homes abut or have views of nearby SeaCliff Country Club. The overall effect is a park-like atmosphere that is both peaceful ...
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By Wayne McMullan, Quinte Real Estate
(Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty)
Huntington Beach California is a great coastal city which is internationally known as Surf City USA. It is home to over 200,000 people and offers some of the longest uninterrupted beachfront on the west coast. It's terrific place to live and Mike Stankewich is your real estate expert in Huntington Beach.As a real estate agent Mike can help you find the home that's right for you. If it's a new home that you are looking for, Mike can provide you with builder information for the different areas of Huntington Beach. If it real estate information you need, Mike Stankewich can provide it to you through links to numerous web-sites, some written by Mike while others written by experts in their fields.It's easy to contact Mike, either by phone at 714-697-0038 or through his web-site: www.surfcit...
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By Rita Taylor, Sanford NC Real Estate - Homes for Sale in Sanford North Carolina
(None)
Mike Stankewich knows all the listings in the MLSMike Stankewich knows the homes in the Huntington Beach MLS.   Mike's extensive knowledge of Huntington Beach and the surrounding markets have allowed him to author numerous articles in the LA Times and OC Register.  Mike first became involved in real estate when he bought his first home in 1972.  Mike used his MBA to rise to the level of Vice President in a major international company before committing himself full time to real estate.  Mike is dedicated to bringing his clients a high level of personal and professional service.  Mike has assembled a full team of professionals to handle every aspect of your real estate needs in Huntington Beach and the surrounding area. Mike specializes in the Seabridge, SeaCliff, SeaGate, and Huntington...
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By Mike Stankewich, MBA, e-PRO - ZipRealty, Inc.
(ZipRealty, Inc.)
Get pre-approved for your home loan. This means, fill out a loan application and go through the process of securing financing. That way, when you're ready to seriously evaluate real estate, you'll know exactly how much home you can afford. And you can prove to a seller that your offer is sincere. Explore creative financing options. During the home loan pre-approval process, ask about ways to get creative with your financing. Low down payment options, first and second mortgage combinations and first time buyer programs might help you afford more funding. Many lenders are now offering interest-only home mortgages; just make sure you thoroughly evaluate the terms for this type of home loan. Down payment grants are also available in some instances and might be worth investigating or discuss...
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By Mike Stankewich, MBA, e-PRO - ZipRealty, Inc.
(ZipRealty, Inc.)
Huntington Beach, CA March 2007 MLS UpdateHere are the latest real estate market statistics* for Huntington Beach, CA. These numbers represent single family (SFR) homes and condos. The number of homes on the market where the asking price has been reduced *: 40.0% AverageFebruary 2007March 2007% ChangeAsking Price$736,984$752,5292.1%Sales Price$715,986$734,9182.6%% of Asking Price97%98%1.0%$/SQFT$427$4546.3%Days on Market10995-12.8%Total Transactions9311018.3%Search for homes in Huntington Beach, CA. Read more about Huntington Beach, CA.All numbers are from the MLS and are deemed reliable but not guaranteed. * Market numbers as of 4/18/2007: 838 properties on the market with 335 showing price reductions. Days on market reflect number of days between listing date on MLS and close of escro...
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By Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate
(Missy Caulk TEAM)
Mike Stankewich is a great choice if moving to Huntington Beach or Orange County California. Mike is a active member of his community leading him to be a expert in Huntington Beach and surrounding area's of Corona del Mar, Garden Grove, Newport Coast, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Fountain Valley and Westminster.Mike is e-Pro certified, which has given him extra training in the technology end of realestate. Mike also holds a engineering degree and a MBA, he has been a full time realtor for the last 7 years. Mike is a licensed realtor with Zip Realty.Mike is a active contributor to the Activerain Community of Realestate Bloggers. Contributing timely articles, addressing the needs of the activerain community.Mike's satisfied clients are his best resource for new business. Here is what one sa...
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By Mike Stankewich, MBA, e-PRO - ZipRealty, Inc.
(ZipRealty, Inc.)
As a potential first time home buyer, your first home purchase can be very confusing. Since a home purchase is usually the single largest purchase an individual or family can make, there are a lot of factors to consider before jumping into the home ownership club.I have put together a list of questions that all first time home buyers should ask themselves before they make the commitment to purchase a home.1. How much will it cost to work with a real estate agent?As a buyer, you won't pay anything to have me work for you. In a residential real estate transaction, the seller pays the real estate commission. As an added bonus to working with me, I will give you 20% of the commission we receive from the seller. As a full service residential real estate brokerage, our company provides full M...
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By Mike Stankewich, MBA, e-PRO - ZipRealty, Inc.
(ZipRealty, Inc.)
 There is a multitude of places to shop in Huntington Beach including the shops along Main Street, pictured here. Beach Blvd. and Warner Avenue also have a number of mini-malls and shopping centers.Here is a link to a Google Map of shopping centers in Huntington Beach, California. Huntington Beach Shopping CentersMike Stankewich, Realtor, Huntington Beach, orange County, CaliforniaZipRealtyHuntington Beach Real Estate
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By Mike Stankewich, MBA, e-PRO - ZipRealty, Inc.
(ZipRealty, Inc.)
Every Tuesday Evening, From 5 to 9PM Huntington Beach has a Downtown Surf City Street Fair with many fun activities.  The lower part of Main Street near the Huntington Beach Pier is closed to vehicle traffic.  Sorry, Daddy took the T-Bird away.You can stroll along Main Street, browse, taste samples, and shop the Farmer's Market, and listen to the various musical groups.  There are train rides and other amusements for children. There are street performers dancing or performing various acts.  Many restaurants provide free samplings of their appertizers.Of course the merchants have their shops open till 9PM, so you can visit and shop the various stores, including the surf shops.  Restaurant row is open for your dining pleasure including outdoor cafes. You can grab a bite at the famous "Sug...
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By Mike Stankewich, MBA, e-PRO - ZipRealty, Inc.
(ZipRealty, Inc.)
 Peaceful and Picturesque Open Air Shopping, Exquisite Dining, Theaters, and Much More! At the corner of Beach Blvd. and Edinger, near the 405 in Huntington Beach is Bella Terra, a remodeled center for dining, entertainment, and shopping.Bella Terra is a unique mix of dining, entertainment, and shopping.  You can stroll the Tuscan-themed village to indulge your cravings at incredible restaurants and yield to the shopping temptations at the boutiques.  You can view the latest movies at the Bella Terra theaters and bask in the sunshine of the amphitheater.  There are over 70 shops and services, including more than 20 restaurants and eateries.  Often there are special events and musical performances. For amphitheater events and free public concerts, click on the Bella Terra link below.Bell...
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By Mike Stankewich, MBA, e-PRO - ZipRealty, Inc.
(ZipRealty, Inc.)
Huntington Beach, California is home to a great photographer, Debbie Stock.  No, that is not one of her pictures above, it is one of mine taken at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street, across from the Huntington Beach Pier.  I included it to give you a flavor of our beach town.  Debbie's photos are copywrited and she does not allow them to be used on other sites.To see her work go to http://www.stockteam.com/ and http://www.huntingtonbeachphotos.com/ I am sure that you will be impressed with her exceptional photography. I wish I could be half as good. Browse her pictures to review her photographic techniques and to see the great sites in Huntington Beach, CAIn addition to Huntington Beach, she has done photo spreads on several other California beachs.  I am sure my fellow...
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By Mike Stankewich, MBA, e-PRO - ZipRealty, Inc.
(ZipRealty, Inc.)
SeaCliff and Huntington Harbour are the two most prestigious areas in Huntington Beach.The SeaCliff area of Huntington Beach is comprised of luxury homes that surround the focal point of SeaCliff Country Club.  SeaCliff Country Club is a private club that offers championship golf, tennis, a pool and a spa, and clubhouse facilities including restaurants. The SeaCliff area extends from Pacific Coast Highway on the South, Seapoint St. and Edwards St. on the West, Ellis Ave on the North, and Goldenwest St to Yorktown Ave. to Main St to Huntington St. on the East. It is in close proximity to Huntington Beach Central Park and has the equestrian center, SeaCliff Village shopping center and the Huntington Beach city beach adjoining or within the area.Neighborhoods include the Peninsula with Wes...
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By Justin Kurth
(First Horizon Home Loans)
Well Hello,     So sorry for being gone for such a long time, Im sure no one even noticed that I disappeared, but I was gone for good reason.  As you all know, my wife Joanna, has a few issues with her endocrine system, well she has been real sick lately.  As in hospital sick.  She had some issues recently with her body's ability to regulate her adrineline along with glucon in her blood.  Needless to say this was very stressful for her and also for me.  She is doing well now, she is home and up and walking.  So now its back to work.
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By Mike Stankewich, MBA, e-PRO - ZipRealty, Inc.
(ZipRealty, Inc.)
Huntington Harbour and SeaCliff are the two most prestigious areas Huntington Beach. Huntington Harbour is comprised of five man-made islands with several channels bor boating enthusists. Multi-million dollar homes with private boat docks are on the perimeter of the islands and also on the channels near the mainland.The Harbour extends from Pacific Coast Highway on the South, the Main Channel going out to the Pacific Ocean on the West, Edinger Ave. on the Notth, and Saybrook Lane to Heil Ave. to Algonquin St. to Warner Ave. on the East. It is comprised of Mainland properties and the five islands known as Admiralty Island, Gilbert Island, Davenport Island, Humboldt Island, and Trinidad Island.As well as the single family homes on the islands, there are several condominium and townhouse c...
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By Mike Stankewich, MBA, e-PRO - ZipRealty, Inc.
(ZipRealty, Inc.)
Seabrige is a moderately priced resort style community in Huntington Beach located souty of Adams Ave. and east of Beach Blvd.  It is a guard gated community with entrances on both Adams and Beach.It consists of the Seabridge Villas made up of studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom condominiums with subterranean parking and the Seabridge Townhomes which generally are larger one level two bedroom units with a private garage. They have the garage on the lower level and the units are above the garage on either the first or second level.The area has lush greenbelt areas with ponds and streams.  Many of the condominiums have patios or decks overlooking the streams and ponds.  Often there are ducks frolicking around.Recreation is the major emphasis in Seabridge.  There are several pools and spa...
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By Mike Stankewich, MBA, e-PRO - ZipRealty, Inc.
(ZipRealty, Inc.)
Huntington Beach, CA MLS Update for February 2007Here are the latest real estate market statistics* for Huntington Beach, CA. These numbers represent single family (SFR) homes and condos. The number of homes on the market where the asking price has been reduced *: 37.4% AverageJanuary 2007February 2007% ChangeAsking Price$820,648$736,642-10.2%Sales Price$790,860$715,723-9.5%% of Asking Price96%97%1.0%$/SQFT$459$430-6.3%Days on Market110109-0.9%Total Transactions8884-4.5%Search for homes in Huntington Beach, CA. Read more about neighborhoods in the Huntington Beach, CA area.All numbers are from the MLS and are deemed reliable but not guaranteed. * Market numbers as of 3/8/2007: 711 properties on the market with 266 showing price reductions. Days on market reflect number of days between l...
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By Mike Stankewich, MBA, e-PRO - ZipRealty, Inc.
(ZipRealty, Inc.)
I just want to share with you the beauty of spring. There is color in the fresh air. These pictures were taken near my home in "SeaCliff on the Greens" in Huntington Beach, California. We have a treat for you at the end of this blog. And now for the treat.My dog, Callie, fooling around.  This is the reason why we cannot buy the larger Milk Bones.All photographs were taken with a Canon 20D DSLR with a Canon EFS 17-85mm IS Macro lens.  All are photos as taken by the camera.  The picture of Callie was cropped in Photoshop to remove my finger that was in part of the photograph.
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By Mike Stankewich, MBA, e-PRO - ZipRealty, Inc.
(ZipRealty, Inc.)
Every year the California Department of Education issues an "Academic Performance Index" for all California schools.  Schools are rated on a scale if 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest score.Huntington Beach High School at Main Street and Yorktown AvenueSchool districts in Huntington Beach are a bit confusing as we have the Huntington Beach Union High School District which administers the four Huntington Beach high schools along with the schools in the adjoining cities of Fountain Valley and Westminister.There are four separate school districts that administer the elementary and middle schools and some of these cross over city boundaries.  These are the Westminster School District, the Fountain Valley School District, The Huntington Beach City School District, and the Ocean View School ...
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By Mike Stankewich, MBA, e-PRO - ZipRealty, Inc.
(ZipRealty, Inc.)
These days when you walk along Main Street and the Pier you see many odd and interesting sites, especially when people watching.  I wish to share some of them with you.  These pictures were taken on March 8, 2007, thus we were still in our winter months in Huntington Beach, California.  Daytime highs along the shore are generally around 60 degrees.Tourists come to Huntington Beach year round, although the surge is usually during the summer.  It is interesting how people are dressed.  To Californians this is still winter, so we wear jackets or sweatshirts.  You can identify the tourists from cold areas of the United States or whatever country they came from.  They are wearing t-shirts and shorts.  Some men and boys are shirtless.  Some women and girls are in bikinis or short shorts.  It ...
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