As we assess the Huntington Beach real estate situation, it becomes apparent that living by the water is the optimum place to be for Californians. With the median home price at $856,717, well above the national average, Huntington Beach continues to be out of the range of your average buyer. Certainly not your typical starter homes, H.B. and the surrounding areas are for second and third-time buyers. Selling your first home and using the equity as a down payment is the best way to get into one of these abodes. Ironically, according to altosresearch.com H.B. is a buyer’s market with the average property staying on the market an average of 105 days.