The Huntington in Pacific Palisades is a neighborhood located on the east side of the Potrero Canyon Park just up from Highway one. It has one of the most unique histories of any community in Pacific Palisades.
In 1887, Abbott Kinney purchased 247 acres of land on the Bluffs north of Santa Monica Canyon. It was originally designed to be Santa Monica Heights. Kinney laid out streets in a grid fashion and gave them such names as Breeze, Pacific, and Kinney, which are now used in the neighboring town of Venice. Kinney planted eucalyptus from Australia and wanted to re-create an Australian-style neighborhood but eucalyptus was poor building lumber and unsuitable for a lot of construction so, in 1888, Kinney sold the entire property to call us Huntington, uncle of Henry Huntington, a major donator of the Southern Pacific railroad network. Huntington made plans to establish private estates on the Bluffs and built a wharf extending over’s 4700 feet out into the ocean, able to accommodate more than 300 muscles during the first years of operation in the port.
In 1926, Huntington sold the property to Robert Gillis, president of the Santa Monica Land and Water Company. Gillis name the suburb Huntington Palisades and broken up into individual lots. Gillis established restrictions that prohibited property owners from using lots other than residential purposes and all homes must not be any more than two stories, hedges no more than 5 feet, and homes must be regulated to the setback borderlines. Underground utilities were installed and ornamental light fixtures provided throughout the neighborhoods and the streets were named by the project engineer WW Williams, naming them after famous places in Mexico where he had spent much of his time. The first home was constructed in 1926, which was a beautiful 12 room colonial home and is still standing today. Of course, Huntington Palisades now is filled with gorgeous estates, beautiful homes, and luxury properties overlooking the Santa Monica Canyon. [Source]
Both the Bluffs and Huntington Palisades border the village area proper to the south of Sunset Boulevard overlooking the ocean. Both neighborhoods are within walking distance to the Village and sit on the high bluffs overlooking the ocean. Huntington is home to the largest park in Pacific Palisades. Eight 117 acre park featuring four baseball diamonds, eight tennis courts, to indoor basketball courts, a hockey rink, playgrounds, and a dog park.
There are approximately 500 properties in Huntington Palisades and has an active homeowners association providing a number of services for residents. Huntington Palisades offers larger homes on oversized lots and is considered one of the best areas in Pacific Palisades for oceanfront and oceanview homes. These homes are also some of the more expensive properties with real estate starting at $2.5 million. Most homes are still within a homeowners association but be sure to check with current listings on exact fees and dues associated with homes in The Huntington Palisades. Properties date back to 1926 as well as new construction going on today. Most of the new homes have been constructed on lots from an older teardown property.
Residents are part of the Los Angeles Unified School District and students are assigned to the Marquez Charter school, the Paul Revere middle school, and the Palisades Charter high school.. All schools receive excellent reviews and ratings by great schools.org for their academics and educational programs.
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