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Half Moon Bay Review

of the San Mateo County Coastside

a look into 22 neighborhoods that make up the coastside INSIDE:

Neighborhood profiles Boosting your home's value Map of the neighborhoods Moving tips Real Estate listings

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city, a town, a county is really a collection of neighborhoods. Sometimes they meld into one another so seamlessly that a passerby can’t really recognize one from another. Other times, each neighborhood is a distinct entity, separated from others by the ethnicity of its people, the geography of its boundaries or some quirk of development. Half Moon Bay and the unincorporated Coastside is one such collection of neighborhoods. Its residents are connected by a love of the land, surely. People don’t necessarily move to oceanside neighborhoods for convenience. They don’t nestle themselves into the sides of mountains because it will make for an easy commute. They do so because the pay off — sweeping vistas, contemplative ocean scenes, dramatic weather patterns, beautiful scenery — overwhelms the downside. But the Coastside’s neighborhoods, while surely connected in important ways, also hold subtle distinctions. Cañada Cove is right across the street from Ocean Colony, but they are worlds apart in terms of the feel of the communities. Miramar can feel a lot like other “suburban” Half Moon Bay neighborhoods, but its residents don’t vote in city elections. And is there any place quite like Seal Cove or Moss Beach? The list of neighborhoods is by no means definitive, but we hope the pages that follow will look familiar to many Coastside residents and will give newcombers and those that are considering a coastal move a bit more information about our cherished community. We want to lift the “hood” on many neighborhoods to reveal the neighbors inside. We hope to reflect the things that make each neighborhood unique and, in so doing, explain why people call each place home. — Clay Lambert, Half Moon Bay Review editor

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riminal defense attorney Bill Johnston has plenty of evidence to back up his assertion that Montara is, in a word, “eclectic.” “When I came here in 1978 there wasn’t a paved street in town except Fourth Street and Main Street,” he said. And now, “there are probably as many dogs as people it’s not uncommon to look out the window and see someone riding by on a horse, and I live across the street from a herd of alpacas.” Nestled at the southernmost tip of the infamous “Devil’s Slide” that connects the Coastside to Pacifica and San Francisco, Montara exudes a feeling of colorful residential gentility that is close to the land. It was home to an artists’ colony in the early 20th century and to a destination hotel of which the old front porch steps are still hidden in the brush. Its genteel structures from the past have been retranslated to meet today’s needs: its old grammar school now houses a ballet school where young dancers pirouette in rooms defined by historical architecture. The former Ocean Shore Railroad crossing at Second and Main streets is now a residence. Its back streets are dominated by open space where Johnston’s children played in the summertime. Residents range from seniors on retirement budgets to dot-commers. And those residents are hardy. In the past three decades the slide has closed in bad winter weather, cutting Montara off from the northern Bay Area for up to seven months. But Coastside residents focused on finding a solution that would work well with their environment. A tunnel project is now nearly complete And the community enjoys that camaraderie: Each year, on Halloween, several blocks close to traffic so that residents can celebrate spooky fun with costumes, candy, jack-o-lanterns and the famous “witches’ house.” The Point Montara Light Station deserves mention. Established in 1875, it houses a multibeveled lens that used to illuminate the waves neiGHBorHood facts to warn approaching WHERE? seafarers of jagged rocks The northern-most Coastside hamlet lurking just below the sits under Montara Mountain along water west of Montara. Highway 1. A few houses dot the hills “There’s a sense of and valleys behind the town and a few history about the place,” grip to the cliffs above the ocean. Johnston said.

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CURVY ROAD AHEAD Montara has become synonymous with “Devil’s Slide,” an infamous, and beautiful stretch of road that will soon be bypassed by a 4,200 tunnel. TRICKS AND TREATS Montara has become famous for the resident’s enthusiasm for Halloween. Locals close off the streets for a multistreet block party for all ages.

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WHERE? Moss Beach straddles Highway 1 just north of the Half Moon Bay Airport. SETTING IT APART The hills on the east side of the highway provide sweeping views and magical sunsets for some lucky residents. LOCAL TREASURE The very popular Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is the gem of Moss Beach. At low tide, the area becomes a magnet for those wanting to explore our coastal marine life. The modest, but tasty, El Gran Amigo Taqueria is a gathering spot for hungry locals.

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itting in his front-yard patio, Dan Blick sipped his tea and watched a hummingbird flutter around hunting for nectar in his garden. It was a perfect morning in Moss Beach — warm weather, no clouds and no planes from Half Moon Bay Airport blaring through the sky. “This is one of those rare days when there’s sunshine and no air traffic,” he said. “Miramar and El Granada are in the sun belt. We have fog here. I think that’s just something that’s accepted here.” Aside from the regular gray skies, Blick describes his tucked away neighborhood as a hidden gem of the coast. A consultant for Silicon Valley hard-drive companies, he has been a leader of the homeowners association, making him well-acquainted with all the neighbors on the close-knit Arbor Lane. The small cul-de-sac community on the oceanside of Highway 1 has about 20 families who have an annual Fourth of July block party and share ownership of a grassy bluff at the end of the street. With Fitzgerald Marine Reserve just to the southwest and farmland directly to the southeast, Moss Beach residents are proud of the rural atmosphere of their hamlet. Blick’s wife, Jennifer, works as a docent at the marine reserve, and their sons grew up learning about nature firsthand at the tide pools down the street. “We feel incredibly connected to it,” he said. “My older son knows his nudibranchs and his dorids well enough to be a docent also.” Being in a rural area does involve some sacrifices, he points out. His family does have to drive a distance to get to many stores, and he really wishes Moss Beach had some kind of bakery nearby. But the tradeoff is more than worth it. “I treasure the rural nature of the coast far more than a bagel or a Home Depot,” he said.

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acific Palisades and Laguna Beach might come to mind upon thinking of oceanfront living. However, Seal Cove — right on Ocean Boulevard in southern Moss Beach — has all the perks of sea breeze and rolling waves but without the pretension. “We’re not trying to be anything we’re not,” says Seal Cove resident Cid Young. In fact, a pair of goats greets neighbors in Young’s front yard. Take a few steps through Young’s edible garden and you’ll find Matilda and Myrtle hoping for a bucket of food scraps the neighbors are known to drop off for them. Seal Cove encompasses the homes south of Cypress Avenue, bordering Airport Street and Ocean Boulevard. The lots are spread out enough that residents don’t live “cheek to jowl,” Young explained. Indeed, you’ll find no cookie-cutter houses here. Those living in Seal Cove get the space to express themselves. One resident has built out his front yard landscaping with an eccentric sprawl of found materials. Down the road, a vacant lot is fenced in to oddly resemble a cemetery. Seal Cove faces geological problems with sinking roads, erosion and runoff swale. After struggling with poorly maintained county roads, the community has banded together to repave some of its roads. Over the years, homes have been moved from teetering points on the bluffs west of Ocean Boulevard to safety east of the road. Between the neighborhood bobcat and the barking seals heard during the winter, Matilda and Myrtle the goats may have some competition for the Seal Cove community mascot.

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WHERE? Part of Moss Beach and just south of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. OF NOTE The Historic Moss Beach Distillery has been standing guard above the cove since 1927. The protected lagoon is said to have been a popular drop-off spot for illegal rum-runners. NATURE RULES The power of erosion has turned Ocean Boulevard in to a undulating walking path. Foundations of past homes set too close to the bluffs can be seen in the crumbling cliffs.

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t 7 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday nights at Pillar Ridge Manufactured Home Community, residents fill the clubhouse for Zumba and other aerobics classes. On Wednesday afternoons, the younger residents flock to the recreation center for a homework club. On Monday’s it’s arts and crafts. The last few years have brought tremendous changes for the manufactured home community settled on 22 acres just west of Half Moon Bay Airport. After community-fueled action to stabilize rent in 2004, a nonprofit organization called Millennium Housing purchased the park. “Residents have input now,” said resident Lisa Ketcham. “We got to pick a new name and make new rules.” Ketcham recalled the day when the park changed hands. The park’s pool neiGHBorHood facts opened right away and a playground was built soon afWHERE? ter. “People were smiling at each On the west side of the airport, other in the streets,” she said. just over the hill from Mavericks. “People think it’s a trailer park home, but really it’s not beGREATEST ASSET cause the homes are manufacResidents have front-row seats tured and have been here a long to the annual Dream Machines time,” said Pillar Ridge Resishow at the airport and have the dent Manager Paul Bowman. bluffs above Ross's Cove in their backyard. Bowman and his wife, Lenore, are raising their children in a NEIGHBORHOOD NOTE home in the community. The One of two manufactured home park is home to roughly 850 communities on the Coastside. residents, made up of mostly working families and seniors. The roads that weave through Pillar Ridge are swept clean and the cars are all tucked away in car parks on the individual lots. Some homes still have the car port awnings the defunct manager had required of the residents. While some of the manufactured homes are new models with porches and bay windows, most of the homes are meticulously wellkept reminders from the last century. “We’re a close-knit community because of the size of the lots,” said Lenore Bowman.

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hen a fire erupted from hot coals left in a Clipper Ridge garage several years ago, Frank Navin ran from his home across the street to extinguish the fire with a garden hose. “I watch out for everyone,” said Navin, a retired fireman with the slightest remnant of an Irish accent. That’s just the way it is here. Whether it’s watching after an out-of-town neighbor’s dog or hauling out garbage someone forgot to leave on the curb for trash day, some in the Clipper Ridge community see Navin as makeshift neighborhood mayor. Clipper Ridge is made up of more than 200 homes northeast of Highway 1 just north of El Granada. Windswept eucalyptus trees tower over the homes on the bordering Coral Reef Avenue, like a curtain drawn to afford neiGHBorHood facts Clipper Ridge privacy from its southern El Granada WHERE? neighbors. On the east side of Highway A short walk to Pillar Point 1, just north of El Granada. Harbor, Clipper Ridge has the perks of beachfront living but TAKE A HIKE with the sidewalks, streetlights Clipper Ridge borders the and green front yards characRancho Corral de Tierra, teristic of a classic American the newly minted national neighborhood. recreation area. In the 1970s, several deNEIGHBORHOOD NOTE velopers built a series of tract Neighborhood kids enjoy home developments in what the well-mainained Clipper was meant to be a much larger Ridge Park and playground. resort town with a shopping mall, a school and a golf course. Those aspirations never took root and the land remains undeveloped. In fact, some of it has been protected as Rancho Corral de Tierra. When neighborhood kids tire of playing in Clipper Ridge Park — a fine park maintained by the homeowners’ association — they can romp around on the federal parkland. Neighborhoods 9

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rinceton-by-the-Sea, or simply Princeton, is a world of its own: braced on a colorful past and tinted by local color, seafood and innovation. Prohibition defined Princeton in the 1920s, as opportunists capitalized on its isolated seaside location to land contraband. The doomed Ocean Shore Railroad brought passengers enthralled by its Coney Island-like haven of restaurants, hotels and dance floors. Among the famous faces you might spot there over time were Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio dining at Hazel’s restaurant, “Tennessee” Ernie Ford visiting Ida’s Seafood Grotto, redhaired madam Maymie running her successful bordello or Janis Joplin or Allen Ginsberg greeting fellow artists and displaced San Francisco beatniks at the Abalone Factory. The rusting hulls of fishing boats could be seen from the village’s streets named after tony universities like Stanford and Yale. It looks different now, but the color and the spirit haven’t changed. Upscale businesses and high-tech havens thrive where rumrunners once ducked authorities. Young artists’ groups continue to channel the enclave’s color and undercurrent of creativity. Commercial fishers, whale-watchers, pleasure yachters and kayakers alike take to the open ocean from the eastern-seaboard-style harbor. Shoppers visit Harbor Village, where they sip wine or seek bargains while glancing from windows to piles of crab pots, backed by a shining sea. The Fourth of July is hailed by members of the American Legion Post 474, and a warehouse is closed in November and December to make room for Christmas gift-wrapping for Coastside Hope’s Adopt-a-Family effort. Just offshore, surfing aficionados gather for the world-renowned Mavericks surfing contest when the giant wave just outside the harbor hits 30- to 50-foot heights. “It’s a cool place,” said longtime Legion commander Russell Bissonnette. “Hard-working people and artists and craftspeople and fishermen. Kind of the common people.”

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WHERE? Adjacent to Pillar Point Harbor west of Harbor Village. SETTING IT APART One part commercial, one part residential and two parts eclectic. This gateway to Mavericks is home to artists, boat-builders and fishermen alike. NEIGHBORHOOD NOTE Thirsty? Princeton has a highest concentration of watering holes within walking distance including the highclass Oceano Bar, the comfortable Mezza Luna, the tasty Brewing Company and the lively OPL.

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rom her perch at the El Granada Post Office, window clerk Judy Larson has watched families grow up as a town evolves. “Like most communities, it has gone from very rural, where kids played outside, to now when, I’m afraid, you don’t see kids playing outside any more,” she said. She’s seen it change from dirt streets that were “mostly empty lots, trees and fields” to sidewalks and mostly comfortable family homes. From the post office window, she looks out to the one-block “thriving downtown.” She can almost see to Pillar Point Harbor, where commercial boats and residential yachts bob in the gentle swell, seafood restaurants run a brisk business and the cries of gulls fill the air. And those paved streets wind like ribbons, sometimes confusingly, up into the eastern hills, from which the comfortable houses command sweeping views of the ocean stretching away into obscure fogbanks. If you prefer to hike, Quarry Park trails snake through trees and up hills, offering challenges that are rewarded with breathtaking views. Alongside those contemporary homes are one-story bungalow houses with redwood roofs, built in the Craftsman style of the early 20th century circa 1910 to 1925. Those were days when the town was known as “Granada” and mail was received in a hotel before the arrival of a new post office changed things. “That’s why we have such an odd name,” Larson said. They recall days before non-native eucalyptus trees invaded, took root and now, towering over houses, shade many of the streets. From the post office window, Larson sees it all. “Halfway between Silicon Valley and San Francisco, we’re still one of the closest places to the country,” she said.

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WHERE? East of Highway 1, between Capistrano Road and Coronado Road. OF NOTE El Granada’s unusual concentric-circular street layout was designed by the influential architect and city planner Daniel Burnham. POPULATION At about 5,500 residents, El Granada is the largest of the Coastside’s communities after Half Moon Bay. SURF’S UP The hilly community overlooks popular Surfer’s Beach, one of the most consistent surf breaks on the Coastside.

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n 1942, Layton Van Etten came to Miramar as part of a U.S. Army artillery brigade. Now 70 years later, he’s still living in the area, and he’s watched the coastal town change from a farmland filled with more than 5,000 soldiers to being a quiet little residential community. Today he lives right next to the same house where his wife grew up. “She was actually born right in this house,” he said, indicating a small yellow cottage at the end of Alcatraz Avenue. “I like the water here, I like living so close to the ocean. I like the fresh air.” Miramar — not quite the Midcoast, not quite Half Moon Bay — has been an anomaly on the Coastside. Tucked along the shoreline and mostly imperceptible to the driveby traffic, Miramar today is a mixture of old farmhouses of Miramar standing right next to million-dollar dream homes. The beachfront community could have been entirely different. Back in the 1950s, Highway 1 used to navigate right along the coastline of Miramar, before winding its way back inland at Mirada Road. The tourist traffic streaming into Miramar along the highway was a staple for local eateries such as the Miramar Beach Restaurant. But when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers installed breakwater at Pillar Point Harbor, the coastal erosion along Miramar accelerated. Parts of the old highway ended up collapsing into the sea, severing the main artery for the tiny community. Living in a two-story home he built himself, Van Etten says the mixture of old-timers and newcomers makes the area a friendly place that continues to evolve.

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WHERE? Both sides of Highway 1, just south of Pillar Point Harbor. SETTING IT APART The historic Miramar Beach Restaurant and the internationally known Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society are the cornerstone businesses. The Cypress Inn provides popular on-the-water lodging..

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renchmans Creek residents bubble over when talking about their home. “There’s a sense of neighborhood,” said Bonnie Dunham, who had lived all around the Coastside before her marriage brought her here, where she is content. “When you walk around, people say hello. There’s neighborliness and friendliness.” “Everyone knows you by name,” said Straw Hat Pizza owner and Frenchmans Creek resident Kia Vakili, pausing during an evening stroll with his wife, Aki. “The neighbors are very nice to each other. There are no problems whatsoever.” This small but contented enclave of homes consists of a network of small winding neiGHBorHood facts streets, without sidewalks. DeWHERE? signers wanted to emulate an Tucked on the east side of intimate European feeling. Highway 1, just south of The homes are vaguely Miramar at Ruisseau ranch-style, comfortable without Francais Avenue. being immoderately sized, and surrounded by lush green lawns KNOWN FOR and blooming flowers. Come Frenchmans Creek the holidays — Christmastime Community Park provides or Halloween, a much-loved a respite for residents with holiday in Half Moon Bay — walking path, playground and those homes sparkle with light, a clean running creek. jack-o-lanterns and other imaginative and creative décor for the particular holiday. The enclave was built beginning in the early 1970s, and includes a day park featuring a playground with kids’ play equipment and lawn space for picnics, built under the auspices of Ocean Colony with help from residents. Among its better-known residents was noted local artist Galen Wolf, who made his home in the hills behind the houses. But the biggest feature of this neighborhood is the creek that curls around it on the south side, sparkling with fresh and clean water. Dunham sighs with delight as she contemplates the creek. “Ah, the creek!” she said rapturously. “It’s like looking out on another world and being immersed in a part of nature.”

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Trom Zach Boewer’s viewpoint, the best thing about living in the Seahaven neighborhood is the people. Oh, the houses with the nice front yards give the neighborhood a nice look. However, it’s the neighbors that bring Boewer the greatest joy. “I help my neighbors, and they help me,” Boewer said. It’s the little things. Everyone is willing to check on a neighbor’s house; everyone looks out for neiGHBorHood facts each other. “It’s a very quiet neighborWHERE? hood,” Boewer said. “Everyone is Spindrift Way, just south of respectful.” Frenchmans Creek. East of Highway 1, the neighborhood focuses on Spindrift Way GREATEST ASSET with sweeping circular drives on Surrounded on three sides by Spinnaker and Mizzan lanes. flower fields and open space. Just about every weekend finds NEIGHBORHOOD NOTE neighbors out in their yards. MaThis neighborhood's street ria Silveria, who lives around the names, like Keel, Spinaker corner from Spindrift Way, enjoys and Jib, give it a nautical the quiet life that the neighborfeel. hood has to offer. “That is very important to us,” she said, while doing some yardwork with her husband and grandson. “We have very good neighbors.” The neighborhood has stayed the same even though the rest of the Half Moon Bay community has grown. “It’s still a wonderful place,” said Jean Burch, who has lived in Seahaven for more than 30 years. “We love the churches, the camaraderie and the feeling of safety.” She and her husband are retired. Though they think about moving, they are determined to stay in Half Moon Bay. “Look at the weather for the past few days,” she said during a recent second straight fog-free day. “We are in a very good spot,” Boewer said. Neighborhoods 15

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WHERE? West of Highway 1, between Kehoe and Wave Avenues.

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he original neighborhood children who buzzed about, playing on Kehoe Avenue and the streets that make up the Casa del Mar neighborhood during the 1970s and ’80s, have long grown up. The block parties of the 1970s stopped around the time the kids left home. Yet a new generation of young families has moved into the Kehoe area. Their presence is rekindling an era of lemonade stands and neighborhood games of tag. Known to many simply as Kehoe Avenue, the neighborhood west of Highway 1, just north of Farmer John’s Pumpkin Farm, is a hodgepodge of about five tract house developments. It’s a classic California neighborhood perhaps best known for the verdant ditch along Kehoe Avenue that’s attracted attention from city officials over the years. You can see the ditch as nothing more than a drainage corridor, but it’s also a peaceful place where animals migrate. Sue Heckman moved to the neighborhood in 1969, when a handful of developers were busy punching out rows of cookie-cutter homes. While some homeowners have remodeled the original molds to their more modern sensibilities, in many of the homes there remains the spirit of those simpler days. For about 25 years, the neighborhood gathered in Heckman’s garage twice yearly to cast their voting ballots. It was a time for everyone to gather together, Heckman recalled. “I was always proud of my neighbors, whether Democratic or Republican, because we had very high voter turnout in this precinct,” she said. “Why do you think we had that kind of turn out?” Kehoe Avenue resident Margaret Harris asked of her neighbor Heckman on a stroll down the neighborhood’s wide asphalt roads. The women couldn’t quite decide what it was about their neighborhood that made them such good voters but they agreed Kehoe was a “very solid and stable place.”

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he Grandview Boulevard neighborhood, on the north end of Half Moon Bay, can be considered a world onto itself. The main drag, with four side streets, comes to life during Christmas season and that is just one of the occasions when the neighborhood comes together. “I know about six houses put up lights,” said neighbor John Smith. “We have some people neiGHBorHood facts who drive by to see the lights.” Perhaps that sets the tone for WHERE? the rest of the year. East of Highway 1, between “We have a lot of block parSeahaven and Highland Park ties,” Smith said. “Of course, evat Grandview Blvd.. erything depends on the weather.” There are also plenty of birthday GREATEST ASSET parties. Like the other neighborhoods nearby, Grandview residents The biggest kick Smith gets out enjoy open space on three of his neighborhood is what’s to sides and easy access to hikbe found at the end of the street. ing trails. With undeveloped land on the horizon, many in the neighborhood walk down to the end of the street for a quick neighborhood hike. “It’s a great neighborhood,” Smith said. “Everyone here is very close.” Smith has seen lots of changes in the neighborhood since moving to the Coastside from San Francisco 34 years ago. “It was very quiet back then,” Smith said. “Now, a lot of tourists come by.” But, Smith adds, “We are very happy to be living here.”

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red Whelen remembers when Terrace Avenue was a dirt road and the Highland Park neighborhood a work in progress. Locals called the road something different after steady winter

rains. “We called it Hogwalla,” he said. The road was paved in the mid1980s, following the passage of a bond measure. For Whelen, it neiGHBorHood facts was an easy vote to cast. “We were all sick of the WHERE? mud,” he said. East of Highway 1, just north One incident that stands out is of Half Moon Bay High the day his son stood in the mud, School. wearing his rubber boots for so long that, when he tried to get out, CONVENIENT SPOT he was stuck. He fell into the mud, High schoolers have the luxury of walking a little trail face first. right to campus. No need to Much has changed since those fight the local commute. days. More houses have been built, but the neighborhood continues to have a family feel to it. His neighbors include his brotherin-law in one house and daughter in another. “We look after each other,” Whelen said. “We get to know everyone here. It’s like a little community.” For the families with high school-aged children, the neighborhood is perfect, as it’s adjacent to Half Moon Bay High School. The kids end up on Highland Park, walk through a little trail and enter the high school grounds by the baseball field. There’s no need to drive them to school, fighting the traffic to get onto Highway 1. “I just love that location,” said Christine Olivero, who has lived with her husband and children in the Highland Park neighborhood since 1993. “We love being very close to the high school.” “I like our neighbors,” Olivero said. “There are a lot of families here.”

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ome call it “downtown” Half Moon Bay. Some call the folks that live there “townies.” But by whatever name, the people who live in the comfortable, attractively maintained houses east of Main Street between the bridge over the creek at the north end of town and the fire station at the town’s south end, form the living heart of the town. Many have been here for generations. Take architect John Evans, who lives just a block off Main Street. He’s married to the art teacher at the local high school. They’ve seen their children reach adulthood in that house. And they know that when they venture out to Cunha Country Grocery for groceries, or the local theater to take in a play, or any of several denominations of churches in town, or Main Street to take in joyous holiday festivities on Fourth of July or during October’s Pumpkin Festival, it’s only a matter of a few steps to each and a few minutes before they find familiar faces. “We don’t need a car,” says Evans. “(My wife) Larkin and I never drive.” They live in a comfortable suburban house that is relatively new, having been built in the 1940s, but John doesn’t have to ponder too long to think of neighboring families who have

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occupied the same house for generations. He estimates that at least a quarter of the families in the neighborhood have lived in their homes for a couple of generations. The Evanses have a truly varied slice of life within only a few steps of their front door. Just a block to the west the Pumpkin Festival provides an extravaganza of autumnal revelry and Halloween fun every October. There’s a carnival at the I.D.E.S. Hall every year during the Portuguese Pentecost Festival. At Christmastime, Half Moon Bay lights up with sparkling holiday cheer. Every weekend in the spring and summer there is a local farmers market where growers bring fresh produce. And during the quieter times of the year, there are restaurants, shops and the local library. Surrounding the area to the north and south are verdant fields planted with crops, and, just a little further to the west, the Pacific Ocean keeps the temperature moderate and the air fresh. And friends are everywhere. “It’s impossible to walk around without running into someone you know. There’s that neighborhood feeling,” said Evans. “You can’t walk to town and not find someone you know to visit with.”

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WHERE? Both sides of Main Street, Half Moon Bay, from the bridge to Poplar Avenue. WHY IT'S COOL Though hardly city living, residents enjoy being where the action is. From festivals, to shopping, to dining, it's always a frontrow seat downtown. RICH WITH HISTORY Though sometimes overlooked, many of the buildings downtown have served residents for over 100 years. Take a look at the history section on Page 30.

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WHERE? West of Highway 1, between Kelly Avenue and Granelli Street near Francis State Beach. GREATEST ASSET The Coastal Trail skirts the beautiful and often uncrowded beach between Kelly and Poplar.

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orreas Street resident Judy Rodrigues remembers when the Alsace Lorraine neighborhood consisted of her house and little else. The woman of Portuguese descent now has a full block of neighbors who regularly chat on the sidewalk on sunny days, trading stories along with the harvest of their backyard gardens. “I love it here,” Rodrigues said, quoting a Portuguese saying for why neighbors should remain extra friendly: “You have to be nice on your way up or you’ll need help on the way down.” Having a dog is practically a necessity in this oceanside neighborhood. Valdez Avenue resident Lyndie Tanklage says walking dogs at the nearby Coastal Trail is the first step to interacting with the folks down the street. “Often we’ll see someone, but, if they don’t have their dog, we won’t recognize them,” she said. “My neighbors are happy to take care of my dogs, and I can take care of theirs. It’s a very workable community.” The nearby beach is a boon for pets of all sizes. In what other neighborhood in Half Moon Bay, Tanklage asks, can she take her dog for a walk in the morning and ride her horse in the afternoon? Along with a nearby public beach, the neighborhood also has Ocean View Park, where any day of the week, the large playgrounds draw crowds of children and their parents. Locals pride themselves on living in one of the safest areas of the Coastside. “I can’t imagine living anywhere else,” Tanklage said.

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ids just home from school zip on scooters along the wide streets that make up Arleta Park. Many of the front yards have colorful flowers that pop out against the ocean fog creeping over the neighborhood. “I come back from work and it’s quiet — we respect each other’s privacy,” said Lupe Mendez, who moved from downtown to Grove Street two years ago. Sandwiched between the Highway 1 and the California Coastal Trail, Arleta Park is a sizable, but noticeably quiet, neighborhood made up of about 500 houses. Tall cypress trees are peppered throughout the grid of homes from Seymour Street north to the Alsace Lorraine neighborhood. Right before Arleta Park meets the coastal bluffs is a yellow, two-story home building that used to be Arleta Park station of the Ocean Shore Railroad. Tony Faial grew up in a house on Magnolia Street in Arleta Park. He had been there since his family moved from the Azores when he was a boy. Now he lives across the street in one of the neighborhood’s classic ranch-style homes. The family came because the coastal climate is similar to his native Portugal. He’s stayed put in the sleepy neighborhood for its proximity to the beach and because he loves the Coastal Trail. On sunny weekends, when tourists flock to the coast looking for a thoroughfare to the beach, Faial must regularly redirect them several blocks from his home to Poplar Street. The traffic has decreased, he said, since Arleta Park’s southernmost Seymour Street was recently extended east to connect with Highway 1.

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WHERE? West of Highway 1 between Granelli and Seymour streets. Bordered on the west by Poplar Beach. HIT THE BEACH Head west to the beautiful meadows above Poplar Beach and easy access to the Coastal Trail. NEIGHBORHOOD NOTE Have little-leaguers? A beautiful path leads to Smith Field from the south side of the neighborhood.

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WHERE? West of Highway 1, at Fairway Drive, south of downtown Half Moon Bay. OF NOTE From two-story townhouses to 6,000-square-foot, golf course front homes, the ‘OC’ is the Coastside’s toniest neighborhood. RESORT LIVING The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, has become the exlcamation point in this well-to-do gated community.

aren and Steve Bacich remember their initial thoughts when they moved to Ocean Colony 14 years ago. They had two children and they worried that their kids would have trouble finding playmates in the gated community. That turned out to be no worry at all. The Bacich children grew up with other kids in the neighborhood, riding bikes and skateboards or trying to catch bullfrogs. “We were told this was not a kid-friendly place,” Karen Bacich said. “The kids can ride their bikes or go skateboarding and we don’t have to worry about them.” For families with younger children, three small parks are located on the grounds, complete with all the necessary swings and slides. Adjacent to the Half Moon Bay Golf Links, some kids also have become young entrepreneurs as well. Some fish golf balls out of the lakes and sell them; others have set up a lemonade stand on holes near their homes. The adults don’t have a problem finding things to do either. In addition to playing golf, residents can play tennis, swim or just walk around the neighborhood. Being members of the Colony Club gives them access to the tennis court and swimming pool. Walking around the neighborhood is probably the best activity going. It’s during those times when neighbors see each other. They stop their walks and share family news. There are plenty of activities scheduled throughout the year, depending on the holiday. Some of the best activities are the unplanned variety. It all starts with a good walk. “You can either walk along the golf course, toward the beach or toward the duck pond,” Steve Bacich said. “At the duck pond, you can feed the ducks.” It’s quiet … but not too quiet. “It’s a pretty vibrant area,” Steve Bacich said. “There’s a lot of interaction between the neighbors.”

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añada Cove may be a retirement community, but it may also be the most dynamic spot on the Coastside. The neighborhood spawned radio station (Neighborhood Radio AM 1710, which can now be heard throughout Half Moon Bay), a monthly magazine and a local public safety committee. The 360 households at the mobile-home park are among the most engaged on the Coastside, with many residents neiGHBorHood facts regularly attending local government meetings and chiming in on WHERE? local issues. West of Highway 1, and Located off Miramontes Point south of Miramontes Point Road at the south side of Half Road near Ocean Colony. Moon Bay, Cañada Cove is described by its residents as a little city GREATEST ASSET unto itself. People go out of their This mobile home park has views of the beautiful Half way to be friendly and look out for Moon Bay Golf Links ocean each other, said Ester Hunter. course and is a short walk to “If a neighbor needs something, the Ritz-Carlton. 14 people will help out,” she said. Hunter originally moved to NEIGHBORHOOD NOTE Cañada Cove three years ago to The most southern neighlive closer to her great-grandson. borhood in Half Moon Bay Every morning she heads to the hosts bingo parties, quilting community center to grab a cup groups and excercise classes. of coffee and talk with whomever also comes by. Residents have plenty of activities to keep them busy. On most days of the week, people gather at the community hall tables to play games of bridges, mah jong, poker and pedro, along with weekly clubs for quilting, reading and sharing stories. Most popular of all, the weekly bingo game on Wednesday nights draws as many as 40 people, including folks from Ocean Colony and as far away as Pacifica. The community is active in civic affairs; residents can often seen at City Council meetings and at public safety meetings.

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t’s nearly impossible for Rowena Manos to pick just one reason why she likes living at Lesley Gardens. There are too many to count. “It’s clean and well kept,” Manos said. “We have gardeners who do a great job.” Located on Arnold Way in Half Moon Bay, the facility opened for residents 62 and older in 2004. It provides a sense of community to its residents. “It’s a very positive attitude,” said Manos, who moved into neiGHBorHood facts one of the single-bedroom apartments when it opened. WHERE? “Morale is always high here. That In the southern part means a lot to us. We are treated of downtown Half Moon with respect.” Bay at Arnold Way Residents making up to $37,650 a year are eligible to live MORE INFO there. They pay 30 percent of the This senior community with 63 apartments was opened in rent, with the U.S. Department of 2004. Housing and Urban Development picking up the rest. Residents pay for their utilities. If it wasn’t for Lesley Gardens, Manos says she wouldn’t be able to afford to live anywhere on the Coastside. “I feel blessed to live here,” Manos said. “I couldn’t ask for anything better.” The sense of community is noticeable upon entry. The main social area is wide enough for people to walk in. It’s warm and comfortable, as are the people. Everyone is friendly. One of the regular highlights is a luncheon the center hosts once a month. “I’m not sure why they do it,” Manos said. “They just want to do it.” The apartments are a stone’s throw away from Sea Crest School. Manos, at first, was worried that the tranquility of the residence would suffer during the school year. That turned out to be no problem at all. And the school provides a scenic backdrop for her. “Every morning, I see the sunrise over Sea Crest and the hills,” Manos said. “It’s beautiful.”

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WHERE? About 15 miles south of Half Moon Bay and two miles inland from Highway 1. SCHOOLS Pescadero is home to thriving elementary, middle and high schools and the Vikings play a variety of sports against schools located across the area. LOCAL TREASURE The merging of the Butano and Pescadero creeks makes for a perfect habitat for many migratory birds.

heir town largely frozen in time and spared from the growth that has affected other historic communities on the coast, Pescadero residents take pride in the fact that the more things change around the world, the more they stay the same close to home. “Take a look around. It’s been like this since I can remember,” said 55-year-old Mike Benedetti. Born and raised in Pescadero, Benedetti’s family founded and still owns one of the town’s oldest businesses, Arcangeli Grocery Company – popularly known as Norm’s Market. As evidence of the stability of the business community, Benedetti points to one of his neighbors. “Duarte’s Tavern has been here since 1894,” he said, referring to the landmark restaurant and bar located down the street. Established in 1929 by Benedetti’s great grandfather, Sante Arcangeli, Norm’s Market greets its customers and those passing by with the delectable smell of garlic and artichoke bread, baked fresh in the bakery located at the back of the store. The store carries much of Pescadero’s local treats, from fresh fruits and vegetables to specialty honey and mouth-watering preserves. “You don’t find communities like Pescadero anymore,” he said. “Sonoma, Napa and even Santa Cruz used to be like us but they are all commercialized now.” For residents and local business owners, Pescadero stands out from other communities on the Coastside because of the quiet rural lifestyle it offers as well as the strong sense of community among locals. “There is no traffic here,” said Ronald Duarte, owner of Duarte’s Tavern. Though only two miles away, it seems far removed from the traffic on Highway 1. And the town is surrounded by agriculture. Benedetti recalled the 1989 earthquake, when his shop was badly damaged. “I was at the World Series (San Francisco) Giants game, but when I got back, my employees and other community members were already cleaning up inside.” That kind of thing is rare nowadays, he said. Although Benedetti moved with his family to Santa Cruz when he was in high school due to the rising cost of living, he spends most of the week in Pescadero. Recognizing that the town has little to offer its youth, Benedetti maintains that many young adults return to the community after college because of the comfort it provides.

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hough the housing market might not be booming, there are still buyers out there looking for a place to call their own. Some potential sellers might prefer a patient approach to selling their homes, choosing to do so when the market rebounds and homes regain some of their lost value. Other sellers might not have a choice and must make due with selling in a lackluster market. Regardless of which category you're in, there are easy ways to boost your home's value. Making minor changes to a home can add to your asking price, whether you're putting your home on the market this week or waiting for the market to rebound. The following tasks might not take much effort, but they pay dividends. Work on the yard. An appealing lawn is still a great way to catch a prospective buyer's eye. When a home boasts a lush lawn and well-manicured trees, it's hard to ignore that For Sale sign out front. Upgrade appliances. Prospective buyers won't be thrilled if they walk into a home and see outdated appliances. Some might begin to wonder if there are any additional areas that might have been neglected around the house. Paint the home. A fresh coat of paint or new siding is always attractive to prospective buyers. Many buyers judge a book by its cover, and sellers want their home's exterior to be as attractive as possible. Clean up around the house. A cluttered house will almost certainly repel buyers. Buyers want a home that's roomy and well kept, but clutter creates the opposite impression. The less clutter a home has, the more spacious it will appear and the more money sellers can likely demand for the home.

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a Honda was supposed to be a temporary home for Robert White and Laila Selk. But when the big-city couple moved to the backwoods town, they were awestruck. Their first week in town, they didn’t have to meet the neighbors — instead, the neighborhood came to them. Locals dropped by to welcome them to town; two people immediately invited them over for dinner. The couple, now in their 19th year living here, said they quickly learned that behind La Honda’s solitude and serenity is actually a town built on a vibrant little community. “I grew up in the suburbs, where no one knew each other,” White said. “I was astounded that there were communities that have remained this way.” A long drive from any large shopping area, many La Hondans say they adapt by planning ahead and relying heavily on each other. More than other towns, locals here depend on asking each other for the occasional cup of sugar, tool or piece of machinery. White, a professional physical therapist, said he gives free treatment to one neighbor in exchange for help repairing his truck. He gives the same deal to another fellow down the

street for helping out with plumbing problems around the house. With one son now in his teens, Selk and White say they’ve never had to actually hire a babysitter. They’ve just asked friends down the road for a favor. Originally a lumber and ranch community, La Honda in recent years has drawn many top professionals from Silicon Valley and academic institutions. The town has among the best recreational facilities in the area, which makes it a draw for horse-riders, cyclists, bikers and hikers. Since its founding in the 1930s, the local homeowners’ association, the Cuesta La Honda Guild, has devoted about a quarter of its revenues toward recreation. Today the area has its own playground, basketball, tennis courts, horse ring, community center and the largest public pool on the Coastside. Selk says she is still amazed that she never really noticed La Honda when she was younger and would head over Highway 84 to the beach. “I drove here countless times not knowing this little slice of heaven was here,” she said.

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WHERE? Tucked in amongst the redwoods along Highway 84. Half way between skyline and the beach at San Gregorio. WHY IT'S COOL Independent and self-reliant, La Honda residents are proud of their home among the trees. High tech entrepreneurs mix with artists, musicians and tye-die enthusiasts. FOCAL POINTS Many know La Honda from Apple Jack’s bar and restaurant. Patrons gather in the redwoods for live music and to talk about their Harley-Davidsons. The hidden gem is the community swimming pool, where many more coastal residents go to seek some sun in the summer fog.

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WHERE? Amongst the majestic redwoods on Skyline Boulevard about seven miles south of Highway 92. WHY IT'S COOL Certainly the sunniest weather of any of our Coastside communities, but the tall redwoods provide plenty of shade. CLAIM TO FAME Once a year, in September thousands flock to the neighborhood for the famous King’s Mountain Art Fair. Next year will mark its 50th anniversary. OPEN SPACE The community is surrounded by protected lands. The San Francisco watershed is to the north, to the east is Huddart County Park, and to the west and south is Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District land.

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f you drive along Skyline Boulevard, about seven miles south of Highway 92, you may notice the Mountain House restaurant with its folksy ambiance, or the more sophisticated Bella Vista that regularly welcomes Stanford University alums to dine. You would probably spot the Kings Mountain Community Center, the hub of the signature annual Kings Mountain Art Fair. The event is among the state’s top five art fairs, showcasing the creations of scores of professional Western artists, with a Mountain Folk section for mountain artists. In 49 years, it’s raised funds to build that community center, fill it with state-of-the-art fire vehicles, and support the successful and respected Kings Mountain Elementary School. Driving through Kings Mountain, you see mostly groves of stately redwoods that adorn challenging hiking trails or line the narrow roads that plunge into the mountains and are dotted with houses occupied by families. Kings Mountain developed through a rich history of grizzlies and “Costanoan” Indians, the first residents. There were loggers, ox teams and mills, dairies, Prohibitionera characters sipping contraband in speakeasies and brothels, and the historic Norwegian community. Today there are roughly 400-plus families who seek out the mountain peace and quiet, desire to raise their children in the respected school, enjoy getting along with wildlife, and the privacy of mountain life. “People who have some heart are drawn here,” said Ardyth “Ardy” Woodruff, who has lived on the mountain for 50 years in a house built the year she was born. “If you need anything, the whole community is here for you. There’s a special thread that runs through the people who live here.” Woodruff shares her home with some of the wildlife that thrive on the mountain — raccoons, foxes, skunks, coyotes. Once she was asked if she was scared by all the wildlife around. “No,” she said. “I’m involved with them.” Neighborhoods 29

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hen visitors stroll through downtown Half Moon Bay and look upon the buildings and structures that gracefully trim its streets, they are really walking in the shoes of natives, Spaniards, Mexican settlers and gold seekers. Much of the architecture from old Spanishtown remains unchanged. “The history of Half Moon Bay represents the history of California as a whole,” said David Cresson, president of the Half Moon Bay History Association. In his book, “The Treasures of Half Moon Bay,” Cresson provides a map and guide for historic buildings in Half Moon Bay, many of which have not changed in close to 100 years. Here are some of the structural highlights from a century passed. — Saman Ghani Khan The Treasures of Half Moon Bay

Much of the information in this story comes from “The Treasures of Half Moon Bay,” a book noting aspects of the city’s past. It is available for purchase at the Zaballa House.

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ooking at the sheer luxury of this building fired up my understanding of how grand the dream was for Half Moon Bay residents in those days,” Cresson said. The site is now occupied by a State Farm insurance office. But thanks to a photograph preserved for over a century, the luxurious history of the hotel is not lost. Built in 1867 and before it burnt down in 1894, the Occidental boasted

three floors of impressive terraces and verandas that drew visitors seeking upscale recreation. Its grandeur was taken down a few notches after a fire when a more ‘modest’ building took its place. During World War II, it served as a barracks for any soldier who was posted in the area. Since it was torn down following the war, the site was home to a post office for nearly 30 years. “We can estimate that the picture was taken before the 1894 fire because the building in the picture has three floors, and the horse carriage parked in the front shows that automobiles were probably not widely used on the Coastside yet,” he said.

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he site for the old Tin Palace is currently occupied by the popular eatery, Pasta Moon and adjoining retailers. Few patrons would guess that this building has served Half Moon Bay residents and tourists in many capacities, including buggy repair, shipbuilding, as a machine shop and clothing retailer. “The design used 2-by-4 feet sheets of corrugated steel and the major renovation that took place in the 1970s used this skeleton and worked with it instead of tearing it down,” Cresson said.

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Spanish immigrant and Half Moon Bay’s first planner, Estanislao Zaballa, came to California searching for gold. He married the local land-grant owner’s daughter and built a house for himself and his new bride. A “Greek Revival” style building, Zaballa’s house stood as the best the area had to offer. Built around 1855 with redwood, the two-story house did not incur heavy damage in the 1906 earthquake. The brick building surrounding the house were not so lucky. Today’s visitors can stay at the Zaballa House Bed and Breakfast. The History Association maintains a diorama of old Half Moon Bay -- or Spanishtown as it was called 150 years ago -on display at the Zaballa House. While the bed and breakfast is missing the original building’s front porch, balcony and chimneys, it remains a one-stop-shop for visitors interested in the town’s rich history.

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ertain tasks in life are synonymous with stress. Moving is one of those tasks. For those moving themselves, there are ways to reduce that stress and make the process easier. Forty million people, or roughly 1 in 4 adults, in

the United States move every year. On average, a person moves 11 times in his or her lifetime. Many people choose to pack and move themselves rather than hire a moving service to save money. To make the most of the DIY move, follow these nine tips for success. 1. Start to gather boxes. Rather than purchase moving boxes, visit local businesses to collect boxes that are being discarded. Save boxes that have been shipped to the house from items ordered online. The more boxes collected in advance, the earlier the packing process can start. Getting a decent head start helps eliminate some of the scheduling stress that comes with moving. 2. Get estimates from rental agencies. Call truck rental companies and list the dimension of the truck and features desired, such as a lift gate. Compare the different prices and offers to determine which company provides the best deal. 3. Rent the largest truck available. It's better to have room leftover in the truck than not enough room for everything. For those moving out of state or a great distance, rent a car trailer at the same time so the car can be towed behind the moving truck.

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4. Consider one of the storage/moving businesses. Today there are companies that will drop off a storage unit at the house and then store it at their warehouse. This enables homeowners to pack items not regularly used, store them for a few months, then have the storage unit shipped to the new home when it's time to unpack. 6. Move off-season. June and July are the most popular times of the year to move. Choosing a different month may save some money. 7. Keep boxes light. It's better to have more boxes that are lighter weight than fewer that are much too heavy. Heavy boxes make moving difficult and reduce the number of potential helpers. Think about packing clothing and other "soft" items in large zipper-close bags, which stack easily. 8. Pack boxes securely. Reinforce the bottom of boxes with packing tape to prevent items from falling out. Fit boxes in the moving truck snugly to prevent items from shifting during transit. 9. Use a labeling system. Label each box with what's inside and where the box should go in the new house to make it easier to unpack. Pack room-by-room and keep similar items together.

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