What’s It Like to Be a Local?

Its placement on the California North Coast is indisputably beautiful. The area, often shrouded in fog and very definitely behind the Redwood Curtain, is very different from the rest of California.

Huntington Beach spiritual leaders bless the ocean
Father Christian Mondor, 92, of Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church in Huntington Beach arrives to conduct the annual Blessing of the Waves on Sunday at the Huntington Beach Pier.

 

O.K. I’m biased.

I get to live in the South Coast of California.

Before I moved here I wondered, “What’s like living in such a beautiful place?”

  • Most travel stories focus on where to find a B&B for a weekend.
  • Or which restaurant to reserve a table overlooking the beach sunset.
  • But, those are just extended weekends.
  • Or at best about how to cram as much in as you can in one week.

But, what is it really like to become a local?

And, not just in Southern California.

But in unique communities beginning in Humboldt County and traveling south to San Diego.

Check them out to get a flavor.

Eureka. Humboldt County. Old Town Eureka

Old Town Eureka

“Old Town is the thriving, cultural heart of Eureka, California and the region. The area is an attraction for visitors and locals alike. Its placement on the California North Coast is indisputably beautiful. The area, often shrouded in fog and very definitely behind the Redwood Curtain, is very different from the rest of California. The vibrant art scene that has grown up there in the final decades of the 20th century led to the declaration that the city was one of the 100 best art towns in America.”

Sonoma Coast. 33rd Annual International Coastal Cleanup Day!

Sonoma Coast Coastal Cleanup Day!

“California Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday September 16th, 2017. It is one of the country’s largest volunteer events of the year and many of the clean-up efforts will be occurring right here on the Sonoma Coast.”

Fort Bragg. Mendocino Coast. Secret Beach Entrances.

You Have to Wait for Low Tide

“At low tide you can find the entrance to a tunnel through a rock wall that provides access to this interesting spot. The wall is at the north end of Seaside Creek Beach at an approximate address of 30000 Shoreline Highway, Fort Bragg.

Belvedere. North Bay Region. Unbuilt Marin House Seeks Record Sale with $65 Million Listing

FILE – In this March 29, 2016, file photo, (Photo by Brian Ach/Invision/AP, File)

Interior rendering for 135 Belvedere Avenue in Belvedere. The site is for sale for $65 million, which includes the completed structure and the whole property. (Courtesy David Kotzebue Architecture)

San Francisco Region. An Earthquake Expert Says There’s One Neighborhood in San Francisco She’d Never Buy a House (San Francisco’s eastern shoreline).

San Francisco’s eastern shoreline

The potential impacts of this quake on San Francisco are severe. Heavy, dense apartments built above cavernous garages (also known as soft-story housing), will buckle as the marshy soil beneath them — added in the latter half of the 19th century by zealous developers wanting to extend the peninsula’s real estate — behaves like a liquid.

Half Moon Bay. Peninsula Region. Commission Warns of Legal Action.

Martin’s Beach – HB Review

Martin’s Beach is a beloved spot by many throughout the Coastside. Now, the California Coastal Commission says it will step up efforts to reopen it to visitors.”

Santa Cruz. Central Coast. Santa Cruz County Median Home Price $815,000 in July.

Four-bedroom solar-powered geodesic dome home

“The seller is asking $998,000 for this four-bedroom solar-powered geodesic dome home on 3.3 acres at 235 Dorrance Road in Boulder Creek. List price in June was $1.08 million.”

Pacific Grove. Central Coast. Pacific Grove’s Butterfly Parade and Chautauqua Days to branch out.

Pacific Grove’s Butterfly Parade and Chautauqua Days

“The local pageant and accompanying activities, part of the traditionally two-day event that have taken place since 1939 (excluding during World War II), are getting a makeover thanks to The Heritage Society of Pacific Grove’s board member Dixie Layne. Layne was responsible last year for putting together the new 90-minute bus tour featuring the Pacific Grove landmarks from the lives of Monterey Peninsula residents John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts.”

Cambria. Central Coast. Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve ~ Experience the Ranch

Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

We also help manage the property for the public by organizing volunteers to remove invasive plants, maintain trails and plant native species to help Mother Nature replenish her bounty.

Santa Barbara County. Central Coast. Chumash Tribe still willing to negotiate into land-into-trust agreement with county.

Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

“The House Committee on Natural Resources passed H.R.1491, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Land Affirmation Act, at a markup session last month. The bill ratifies a Bureau of Indian Affairs decision to place the land, known as Camp 4, in trust.”

Ventura. South Coast Region. Check Out This Crazy Drone Footage of a Humpback Whale Trapped in Ventura Harbor.

A 35-foot Humpback Whale

A 35-foot Humpback Whale was trapped in Southern California’s Ventura Harbor and was lured to freedom by wildlife officials using an underwater microphone to broadcast whale calls

South Bay. South Coast Region. Lottery to open for hikers who want to trek all 67 miles of Santa Monica Mountain’s Backbone Trail.

Santa Monica Mountain’s Backbone Trail

“Guided hikes begin Jan. 13 on the trail’s western edge in Pt. Mugu State Park near the L.A.-Ventura county line and end April 28 at Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades.”

Orange County Beach Towns. South Coast Region. Huntington Beach spiritual leaders bless the ocean at annual service

Huntington Beach spiritual leaders bless the ocean

“Father Christian Mondor, 92, of Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church in Huntington Beach arrives to conduct the annual Blessing of the Waves on Sunday at the Huntington Beach Pier. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley)”

San Diego. South Coast Region. Gray whale makes a pit stop in Carlsbad lagoon

A young California gray whale in Tamarack Beach

“A young California gray whale swimming near Tamarack Beach Monday afternoon slowed traffic and drew more than 300 spectators before it disappeared in the waves a few hours later.”

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