This Midcoast community lies in the deepest part of the “half moon” bay. Originally eyed by developer Henry Doelger to become a resort town, it emerged into a sleepy village that is now finding its own to become a desirable and close knit community. Doelger did manage to build one subdivision called Princeton-by-the-Sea (or Clipper Ridge) but the rest of his dreams never took hold here on the Coastside. These days El Granada offers a working harbor at Pillar Point Harbor, Harbor Village shopping and businesses, Oceano Hotel, and somewhere off shore, the waves known as Mavericks, and the sporadically held annual surf contest.
This neighborhood sits at the hub of the “half moon” on the midcoast. Highlights of this neighborhood are easy access to the beaches, especially Surfer’s Beach, Princeton Harbor, and “downtown” El Granada (the Hardware Store, Post Office and Police Station). Originally a planned community by developer Doelger, it never took off once the railroad was abolished and access improved. There is a mixture of older homes, cottages, contemporary and traditional styles and ranch style homes. There are lovely views from many homes and there is a mixture of flat and sloped parcels.
El Granada Highlands
Driving through El Granada, as you look into the trees toward the east, you will see the hillside dotted with homes in the “highlands”. Most homes are on sloped lots with 2 or 3 levels to maximize the views. Many homes are large, custom-built, and unique. With the hills come the views. The easiest access to the Highlands is Avenue Alhambra to Isabella to Columbus to El Granada Blvd.
Princeton-By-the-Sea or “Clipper Ridge”
Subdivision neighborhood developed in the 1970’s on mostly level lots (a few sloped lots on the upper part of Coral Reef Rd) with a great central location, nearby hiking trails, and a neighborhood park including a basketball hoop and play structure. Annual easter egg hunt every Spring. Princeton-By-The-Sea Homeowner’s Association.
Princeton and Pillar Point Harbor
The homes in this area are mixed in with commercial and industrial spaces. There are also warehouses, lofts, a fitness center, and a few wholesale businesses. Single family homes are few and far between since the area was rezoned to “commercial”. There are three different zoning areas. There are many rentals in this area.