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Living in Half Moon Bay

Living in Half Moon Bay California

Half Moon Bay, California is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California.  Located approximately 25 miles (40 km) south of San Francisco, 10 miles (16 km) west of San Mateo and 45 miles (72 km) north of Santa Cruz.  It is 6.5 square miles in size with a population of approximately 11,300.  half moon bay coastline


Half Moon Bay, California is situated on a bay of the same name. Major local industries include agriculture (houseplants, floriculture, Christmas trees, pumpkins, artichokes), fishing and tourism. Historically, Half Moon Bay, California had been known as San Benito and Spanishtown, but is known today as the Coastside.

The Half Moon Bay, California and Coastside areas comfortably takes its place between the dramatic, green coastal mountain range to the east and the powerful blue-green Pacific Ocean to the west.  Because it is somewhat isolated from its major metropolitan neighbors, the area has not changed as much as it might have over the years.


The 20th century brought the greatest changes to Half Moon Bay, California and the Coastside area—especially the construction of the Ocean Shore Railroad.  From 1907 through 1920 the railroad hugged the shoreline from San Francisco to Tunitas Glen—just south of town.  Passengers marveled at the stretches of sandy beaches, perfect for picnics, kite flying, horseback riding and exploring.  The towns of Montara, Moss Beach, El Granada and other neighborhoods were laid out by developers anticipating  the influx of San Franciscans.


From the 1920s to the present, growth has been slow and steady.  Present day visitors of Half Moon Bay, California and the Coastside will see original farms dating back to the 1800s.  There are miles of unchanged, white and sandy beaches, redwood forests, beautiful state parks, and fields of wild and cultivated flowers—hiking and biking trails along ocean bluffs and among the mountains continue to make Half Moon Bay, California and the Coastside a joy for modern day explorers.


ritz carlton half moon bayHalf Moon Bay, California boasts of truly unique lodging.  The Coastside area offers quaint hill-top retreats, breathtaking Oceanside inns, sumptuous hotels, lighthouse hostels, and seaside RV camping.  All of the lodging facilities are first rate, and many are included in the work's most prestigious travel guides. 


Half Moon Bay, California dining  provides you fabulous views, and a variety of fine and casual dining experiences featuring seafood and produce.  Choose from an array of cuisines—Italian, Mediterranean, French, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Mexican, English or American; as well as a range of memorable settings—from indoor and outdoor seating with breathtaking ocean and harbor views, patios with warm firepits to gather ‘round, bakeries, whimsical gallery cafés and cozy bistros and pubs.


When it comes to fun and leisure, Half Moon Bay, California and the Coastside have it all;  fresh air, scenic country roads, ocean panoramic views, golf courses, sport fishing, whale-watching tours, recreational sailing, kayaking, surfing, horseback riding on the beach, well-known bird watching areas, day spas, historic sites, natural beauty, marvelous restaurants and superb hotels and inns.


Half Moon Bay, California and Coastside real estate range from original farms dating back to the 1800s to 6,000 square foot homes on a top-rated golf course overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  Miles of deserted white sandy beaches, redwood forests, beautiful state parks, fields of wild flowers and hiking and biking trails along ocean bluffs and mountain ridges  as well as Half Moon Bay, California and the Coastside’s proximity to Silicon Valley and San Francisco has kept the real estate market healthy.  For more real estate information, go to our website at  


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About the Author: The above info was provided by Glen Mitchell, licensed Real Estate Broker in California (#01345619) and Hawaii(#18416). Glen can be reached via email at or by phone at 650-260-4536.



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Comment balloon 0 commentsGlen A. Mitchell • June 09 2011 03:29PM