Known for its gorgeous beaches and laid back surf culture, Huntington Beach is a dreamy place to buy a home. Located in highly sought after Orange County, this beach-centric city southwest of LA is perfect for ocean lovers looking for a place to settle down and enjoy the Pacific.

Surfing is the first love of many residents, and with miles of pristine beaches with perfect waves, it's no wonder that Huntington Beach is where they've chosen to live. Favorite surf spots include "The Cliffs" (or "Dog Beach"), which is pet-friendly, and the longboarding favorite, Bolsa Chica State Beach. Don't want to get wet? There's plenty to do on dry land, including the world-famous Huntington Beach Pier, where you can rent fishing equipment and fish right off the side. Another favorite is Adventure Playground, which is part of Huntington Central Park and offers its young adventurers access to mud pits, mudslides and plenty of plywood for fort building. Don't forget to visit the International Surfing Museum, which houses the world's largest surfboard that once carried 66 people on a wave for 12 seconds.

Foodies delight in HB's many restaurant options. Favorites include raisin bread french toast at the pre-surfing breakfast spot Sugar Shack Cafe and the Aussie meat pies at local favorite Pie Not. While California is known for wine, Huntington Beach isn't slacking in the brewery department. Check out the hops forward creations of Four Sons Brewery or enjoy your brew from home with the convenience of Riip Brewing, which delivers its brewery fresh beer to wherever you are.

Area homes are priced around $750,000, making real estate in Huntington Beach competitive but worth it especially considering residents' quality of life and resale value. Many homes offer stunning ocean views and inground pools. Most of the neighborhoods are built around a centrally located green space that encourages friendly neighborhood connections. This, along with excellent public school systems, make buying a home in Huntington Beach a superb choice for ocean lovers who want to spend their free time on their surfboards.