McKinleyville is where I have had my office which I now co-own for 24 years, and has beautiful beaches, the Hammond Trail and other coastal trails such as the one along Widow White Creek, Azalea Park to the east, and spans north to Crannell valley and wide open plateaus overlooking the ocean, Dows Prairie. Mostly a bedroom community where there is an abundance of newer homes and new construction, in contrast to Arcata, Trinidad and Eureka where most homes are classic and older. Clam Beach, a wide open gently sloping beach, forms the northern boundary and separates McKinleyville from the rocky coastlines of Westhaven and Trinidad that start on the north edge of Moonstone Beach. (our family's favorite beach btw) The pace is a little slower, without the sort of bustle of Arcata's college students/Humboldt State University to the south, and access to the Hammond Trail system, beaches, sand dunes, the Mad River, and numerous parks like Hiller Park, are appreciated by the families that call McKinleyville home. There are lots of great neighborhoods and schools, such as acclaimed Morris Elementary with their Spanish Immersion program, McKinleyville High, Dows Prairie Elementary. Residents also appreciate the new Eureka Natural foods store, Miller Farms Nursery, Beau Pre Golf Course, and the new gym recently opened by the Big Lagoon Rancheria. These are classic neighborhoods with wide streets, newer homes, where the kids can skateboard down the street and friends can drop in. Homes here range from starter homes in the low 300's, to larger custom homes with views and manicured lots from 4-700,000. The beauty of McKinleyville, beaches, sand dunes, especially the area where the dunes meet the Mad River mouth, is astounding. This is a truly gorgeous section of coastline.
Our website features the best McKinleyville real estate search available. It is the only site you will ever need! It is easy-to-use and updated by the Humboldt Association of Realtor’s every 15 minutes. The market is very active, with some homes selling in just a few days, so I would additionally suggest signing up at Zillow for updates, and also make sure to include Azalea Hill and Dows Prairie if you are interested in those areas. Also note that some parts of what we call McKinleyville are technically in Arcata, such as Hunts Drive, so consider adding Arcata to your search.