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Hollywood Beach History

Located approximately halfway between Malibu and Santa Barbara on Southern California’s “gold coast,” Hollywood Beach is one of three beach communities within Western Ventura County’s Oxnard area. The other beaches are known as Mandalay Shores or Oxnard Shores (these are two names for the same beach) and Silver Strand Beach.

Real estate in Hollywood Beach, CA has drawn savvy buyers for decades. The community is named Hollywood Beach due to it being a location used for the entertainment industry beginning in the 1910s. The sand dunes, naturally occurring on what is now known as Hollywood Beach, helped Hollywood producers and set designers create vistas that appeared to be egyptian deserts, and kept travel costs to a minimum. In 1921, Italian entertainer Rudolph Valentino starred in the motion picture The Sheik, which was filmed on the beach in this Oxnard community. Following the success of The Sheik, local landowners and Los Angeles developers partnered to enter into the real estate business in Hollywood Beach, CA, by selling beach front and beach area lots and marketing them to communities throughout Greater Los Angeles. In homage to the area being used for location filming and the developers’ goal of attracting both entertainment industry executives and film fans who might want to live alongside famed locales, the streets that run perpendicular to Ocean Drive were named for communities in and around Los Angeles.

 

Hollywood Beach Today

A peninsula with the Pacific Ocean on its West and the Channel Islands Harbor on its East, the Hollywood Beach community is comprised of residential homes, an elementary school, and one retail block that offers dining, a hair salon, a financial brokerage, a worship center and real estate services in Hollywood Beach, CA, including sales, vacation rental and property management offices. Real estate in Hollywood Beach, CA includes approximately 480 single family homes and about 300  condominium and duplex units. Hollywood Beach Elementary School is an award-winning school for kindergarten through sixth grade, and it is in the Hueneme School District. The Hollywood Beach Café opened in 2016 offering breakfast, lunch and afternoon appetizers and cocktails, replacing the famed Mrs. Olson’s Coffee Hut, an area staple, which moved about a quarter mile away into the  Channel Islands Harbor.

Hollywood Beach is an idyllic beach community, where residents and visitors bicycle down Ocean Drive or walk their dogs along the beach. Collecting sea glass, surfing and watching the sunset are popular past times here.

The beach itself is deep, offering a wide sandy beach area between the oceanfront homes and the shoreline. Lifeguards are stationed on the beach from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Sunsets are gorgeous year round, but are known to be especially spectacular and colorful in the autumn months. On Sundays, many residents walk across Harbor Boulevard to the Channel Islands Farmers’ Market, open weekly from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The Market has organic offerings, fruit, vegetables, flowers, art, gifts and fresh seafood. There is often live entertainment.

Real estate in Hollywood Beach, CA continues to draw buyers from the Greater Los Angeles area who are seeking a nearby getaway from their city life that is still accessible, especially on a Friday afternoon or evening! Many weekenders arrive in time for dinner, park their cars, and don’t drive a motor vehicle again until they return to their primary residences on Sunday evening. Hollywood Beach is a walkable community that drives people to be outside and enjoy the beach and harbor lifestyle.

Ariel & Karen, REALTORS with Coldwell Banker Global Luxury, have been offering real estate services in Hollywood Beach, CA since 2005. They are extremely familiar with the beach area and with available real estate.