People from around the world visit Del Norte County every year to experience the tranquility of a towering redwood grove, the peaceful grazing of an elk in a golden prairie, birding along the beautiful coastline, hiking along miles of trails and generally to get away from the stress and high density of city life. Now more and more buy second homes in the area, a way to secure a still affordable getaway for themselves and their families.
Concurrent with a recent real estate upsurge that has also brought in retired baby boomers and investors from as far away as San Diego, Crescent City has seen some remarkable changes to those of us fairly new to the area. Commercial businesses have sprung up such as Home Depot. Several restaurants and boutique specialty shops have opened worthy of such areas as Carmel and Palo Alto. And, a milestone, there are now two daily scheduled flights to San Francisco from the Crescent City Airport.
Historic and scenic Crescent City with its small working harbor, is the county seat and major business center of Del Norte County. Most photographed is the Battery Point Lighthouse, the West Coast's longest continually occupied lighthouse. A short footpath allows low-tide access to the scenic structure, which looks out upon the city harbor and several offshore rocks.
Less publicized, but also greatly rewarding, is the scenic northern coast. The coastline is brilliant with sun shining through the clear air onto white surf and blue water. Pelicans fly soberly in single file above the surf and cormorants in black clusters cry from offshore islands. You will sight sea lions at many places during the fall and winter months, and in spring the coast is resplendent with its array of rhododendrons, azaleas, iris and hundreds of other less showy wildflowers. Spring, too, is the best time to visit the beaches to search for driftwood, shells, and semi-precious stones carried in by the violence of the winter storms.
Best of all, because Crescent City has been a secret of nature lovers, the real estate market has not taken a hard look at its possibilities. Especially oceanfront property with views worthy of Big Sur, is still reasonably priced.Consider the possibilities: Pebble Beach Drive along the beautiful Pacific Ocean in Northern California.
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