Specializing in Huntington Beach real estate sales as well as long term rentals, Woody brings to the table over 25 years of experience in the real estate industry. His strong lending background helps his buyers to navigate through the difficult home loan process. His area of expertise includes Huntington Beach and the surrounding beach towns. Woody's goal as a professional, full-time real estate broker is to provide you with the most detailed service and guidance in buying your home. Woody is truly a "people person" and strives to make the home search process an enjoyable experience for his clients! If you are in the market to buy or lease a home in Huntington Beach make sure your first call is to Woody.
Huntington Beach, Orange County is also known as Surf City USA. This beach community is located in sun drenched Southern California a hop, skip, and jump from the Mexican border, between the huge cities of Los Angeles and San Diego. Apart from its own considerable attractions, Huntington is centrally located and within easy access of all major Orange County attractions too! It is close to the Disney Resorts, the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, and the Orange County Performing Arts Center and Repertory Theater. Less than a half hour from Los Angeles, and an hour or so from San Diego, Huntington Beach is conveniently close to three major airports -- The John Wayne/Orange County Airport, the Long Beach Airport, and LAX. It is located in an area surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, Seal Beach, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Westminster, and Fountain Valley.
Although Huntington Beach has long been a bedroom community and residential destination, it has only recently transformed into the modern surf destination and tourist center on the beach. Droves of visitors are attracted by the miles of clean, pristine white beaches, year round clement weather, warm welcoming people, and a range of entertainment and recreation options. As many as 11 million people visit Surf City USA every year to enjoy the abundant beaches, sunny climate, surfing, casual lifestyle, and the perfect vacation experience. The young as well as the older visitors can enjoy the many outdoor activities the recreational pier, the public parks, the many riding stables and horse riding trails, the marina, the wildlife preserve, biking, skating, and walking trails, and more.
Huntington Beach also hosts nationally known events such as the U.S Open of Surfing, and AVP Pro Beach Volleyball. Dining options include hundreds of classy restaurants with everything on the menu from casual fare to fine dining delicacies, and Huntington Beach is a paradise for shoppers too, with everything from charming local shops, and quaint boutiques, to mega chain stores. Not surprisingly, Huntington Beach is consistently ranked as one of the best among American vacation spots. In 2004, it was named the Number One Family Surf Beach in the U.S. by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, and ranked as One of the Top Five Destinations for Teenagers and Their Parents by the New York Post.
Historically, the Tongva people were the original inhabitants of the Huntington Beach area. European settlement came much later, with the Spanish in 1784, when Manuel Nieto, a soldier, who received Spanish land grant encompassing 300,000 acres. The Beach Boulevard, the current main thoroughfare of the city, was part of the cattle route for the Rancho. Since those days, Huntington Beach has seen many changes; it has had many names, from Shell Beach to the town of Smeltzer, to Gospel Swamp to Fairview to Pacific City. The city incorporated as Huntington Beach in 1909, developed by the Huntington Beach Company. The city was primarily agriculture based in the early years until oil was discovered under many city plots and the oil refinery industry became an important part of the economy. After some of the smaller oil deposits were depleted, in the recent past, the old oil rigs were cleared from the oil fields, and extractions operations were consolidated to enable alternative land use.
The current focus of the city is rejuvenating and redevelopment of the original commercial district, and to preserve its historic significance. Huntington Beach today is among the foremost industrial and commercial centers in the area. The city has a business friendly atmosphere and is focused on attracting new businesses and retaining existing ones. It is the fourth largest city in Orange County and has more than 60,000 employees working for more than 10,000 different businesses, which represents something like 10% of the entire working population of Orange County.