Half Moon Bay, California


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Ocean Colony

If you want to get fancy in your neighborhood living then check out Ocean Colony. Built around the Half Moon Bay Golf Links, near the Ritz Carlton, it’s a gated community with luxury homes on big lots and community-building amenities as part of the neighborhood. Residents can enjoy membership at the Colony Club which offers sauna-equipped spas, lighted tennis courts, a heated indoor pool, and fitness center with group classes. The homes have spectacular ocean views and incredible manicured lawns leading to the water. Home prices are typically north of $3m and are only occasionally available.


Westside is an area of Half Moon Bay that includes popular neighborhoods like Alsace Lorraine and Arleta Park. They’re right at the middle point of Half Moon Bay’s namesake crescent-shaped cove and as such offer walkability to downtown shops and restaurants. You also get the benefit of direct access to the oceanfront Coastal Trail, and easy access to beaches such as the spectacular Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. If you want to live in HMB and enjoy the ocean but also be near the “social scene” such as it is, then check out Westside. Arleta Park residents think of Poplar Beach as their own, since it is in their front yard and is actively managed by the city of Half Moon Bay. This area is popular with families who love the big sidewalks, tree-lined streets and interesting mix of older/smaller cottages and bigger newer construction craftsman and Victorians. Home prices are pricey at a median just north of $2m.

Pillar Point Harbor

It’s hard not to think you’re on the east coast when living in or visiting Pillar Point Harbor. The seaside hamlet is filled with fishing boats coming in and out of the docs and the waterfront restaurants serve the daily fare caught on the ocean. You get wonderful ocean views and breezes and a constant visual of beaches and surfers that gives a stronger hint of the fact you are on the west coast!

While living here gives you direct access to the commercial district of the piers you also are just off Pillar Point Beach, home to the world-famous Mavericks surf break so expect the neighborhood to have some hardcore outdoor vibes. Homes here vary wildly between old-school small surfer cottages to bigger and newer 4-5 bedroom homes. There are also some condo/apartment options for those looking to rent or buy smaller places. The median home price is just north of $1.5m so you can get into the area for less here than most of the rest of the Half Moon Bay area.