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Living a Beach Lifestyle in Eureka, California

Eureka, California is a peaceful, beautiful place, enhanced by the unusual rock formations and with the added seasonal bonus of watching whales and sea lions. Humboldt Bay, Samoa Dunes Recreation Area, and College Cove are popular beach sites in Eureka.This port city on the Humboldt Bay of California’s northern coast is on the water it offers excellent beach access to its residents.

Where to Retire in Eureka and Home Prices

People who want to live in or restore an old Victorian home, either as a financial investment or for the fun of it, will have plenty of opportunities, because there are hundreds of them here.
Housing tends to be cheaper than in many parts of California. According to Zillow, the median home value was $406,316 in late 2021.

What Is Special about Eureka

Historic downtown. The Carson Mansion. Eureka Art and Culture. Urban renewal has been very successful. Victorian architecture. The Williamsburg of the West. Redwood National Park

What Is Not Special about Eureka

• It is a bit isolated • Not much infrastructure yet for active seniors •Population is declining slightly

Climate and Physical Environment

The city is on the coastal plain which quickly rises to hills to the east. Humboldt Bay is an imposing physical feature. Winters are mild and rainy, summers are temperate. There is frequent fog. Here is more information about taxes and what it is like to retire in California

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Eureka was voted as the #1 best small art town in John Villani's book "The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America." Eureka Old Town sponsors a monthly "Arts' Alive!" gala. More than 40 Eureka business as well as local galleries display local art to the public. There is live music and performance art by musicians, jugglers, fire dancers and poets. Art organizations include the Humboldt Arts Council and Morris Graves Museum of Art, Redwood Art Association, and the Eureka Art and Culture Commission. College of the Redwoods has 4000 students and contributes to the local arts scene.


Crime in Eureka is about a third higher than the national average.

Medical Facilities

Mad River Community Hospital Is About 9 Miles in Arcata, CA. Redwood Memorial Hospital Is 15 Miles Away In Fortuna.


Arcata Airport is 13 miles away

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