Here’s the crazy ones…in Huntington Beach

This is a post for the crazy ones, the odd balls, and the ones who don’t fit in. I’m talking about houses, of course! This home caught my eye from the first picture. But it’s when you dive-in that you realize what an awesome opportunity this is. It’s located within walking distance of Main St and a short bike ride to Pacific City (haven’t been there yet? You have to try the fish tacos at Simmzy’s). Oh yeah, and there’s an ocean view from the balcony off the master bedroom and the whole kit and caboodle is located just 2 blocks off PCH. It’s workable square footage, too. 

So let’s talk about the gigantic, angular, wood-toned elephant in the room: This house isn’t exactly living up to its aesthetic potential. Sadly, it looks to be in great, well-maintained shape — but it needs a makeover. On these kinds of homes I like to start with the positives: Good layout, the shape is very striking, and it has super cool ceilings downstairs. Let’s keep those and work with them. What this house needs is a rethink on the details, colors, and the feel. One of the big bugaboos with contemporary homes is that they can feel cold and sterile. With the wood ceilings, I don’t see that happening. But there are some things that definitely need to be rethought. It’s too much like a cabin. The exterior could benefit from some metal work (perhaps on the railings on the balcony) and painted wood. 

Moving to the interior…keep the ceilings and ditch the rest. The stairs are good, but the right railings would take the open treads from 70s-chic to post-urban cool. And that’s the right needle to thread on a home like this. You want contemporary, but still contextual with elements of the beach. A contemporary beach bungalow. At the list price, and with another $100k in work, this house could be amazing place to call home. 

Would you like to take a look? We’d love to represent you as a buyer on this wonderful property and give you our thoughts in person. Contact us. 

209 9th Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 (MLS # OC17010009)

(all data current as of 6/25/2019)
Price $1,012,000
Beds 3
Baths 2 baths
Home size 1,561 sq ft
Lot Size n/a
Days on Market 39
Status Sold
Location, location, Location! This cozy beach cottage is one block and 2 houses from the ocean. You can see the water from the upstairs balcony & the front yard. Remodeled kitchen with granite counters and breakfast bar, gas stove. Recessed lighting in living room and kitchen. Rustic wood accents including wood ceiling and beams. Built-in China cabinet. Mostly tile floors in the main areas of the 1st floor. Additionally, on the first floor is a bedroom with vaulted ceilings and a sliding patio door that leads to the backyard and patio. There is also 3/4 bathroom located on the first floor which has been remodeled with granite counters and a custom shower. Upstairs there are two larger bedrooms with vaulted ceilings and a Jack and Jill bathroom offering a solatube-type lighting, with double sinks, storage galore plus a bathtub. The master bedroom has two closets plus a balcony with an ocean view. Both bedrooms have vaulted ceilings. Downstairs there is a laundry room. The backyard has grass and a patio between the house and the two car detached garage which offers 2nd floor storage, too. Don't forget you'll be just 5 blocks to Main street and all the action and eateries located there. A fabulous paradise!

Property Type(s): Single Family

Last Updated 2/24/2017 Tract Downtown Area (DOWN)
Year Built 1975 Community 15 - West Huntington Beach
Garage Spaces n/a County Orange
Total Parking n/a

Price History

Prior to Jan 31, '17 $1,000,000
Jan 31, '17 - Feb 24, '17 $1,015,000
Feb 24, '17 - Today $1,012,000


Elementary School Dwyer
Jr. High School Smith

Additional Details

Area 15 - West Huntington Beach HOA Dues 0
Parking Spaces: 2.00 Pool Description None
Stories 2 Subdivision Downtown Area (DOWN)
Utilities Public; View Description Ocean,Peek-A-Boo
Water Public


Air None
Appliances Dishwasher, Garbage Disposal, Gas Oven, Gas Stove
Construction Stucco, Wood Siding
Garage Garage, Garage - Front Entry
Heat Central Furnace, Natural Gas
Interior Cathedral-Vaulted Ceilings, Granite Counters, Recessed Lighting
Lot Description Back Yard, Front Yard, Park Nearby
Style Bungalow
View Yes


Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

Listing provided by : Kristina Lightman, Star Real Estate

(view all details for MLS #OC17010009)

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