Azalea Hills is a Neighborhood East of McKinleyville
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Azalea Hill neighborhood, or sub-division, is located five minutes east of McKinleyville two miles down North Bank Road, followed by a left up Azalea Ave. where you will first see the Azalea State Natural Reserve as you drive into the residential areas. More specifically we pulled this description from the McKinleyville master plan.
Perimeter Boundaries Defining the "Azalea Hill Area"
According to the McKinleyville General Plan the Neighborhood know as Azalea Hill is:
"That area within the McKinleyville Community Plan Area located on the crest and flanks of the landform known as 'Azalea' or 'McCluski' Hill. roughly bounded by Central Avenue on the west, Bartow Road on the north, North Bank Road on the south and extending eastwardly to the Planning Area boundary. "
If you continued on North Bank Road instead of turning, you'd get to farming neighborhood of Essex, and the entrance to Hwy 299. If you head west into the mountains from there, you'll be passing Blue Lake in about five minutes, followed by Titlow Hill 30 minutes, or all the way to Willow Creek, in 44 minutes. Willow Creek is the sunniest towns in Humboldt County, after Willow Creek, you'll reach Salyer in another 15 minutes of driving. Technically, Salyer is in Trinity County, but it sits right on the county line and Humboldt Realtors are more active here than Trinity Realtors, so typically people in Salyer will list with a Humboldt County real estate agent. Willow Creek has the pleasure of being on the river, and is a popular getaway spot for people who live in McKinleyville and Azalea Hill Area, its wonderful to change from the coastal climates, to a hot Mediterranean climate every so often, and only a 45 minute drive from Azalea Hill.
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Houses tend to be custom built and some of them are extremely nice, with redwood trees and sitka spruce predominantly. If you had gone further down North Bank Road you would have come to Highway 299 at Glendale and in another five minutes or so traveling east, you'd be in Blue Lake, while Hwy 299 west would bring you back to Arcata or McKinleyville by another route. It's an interesting location, close to McKinleyville, but with an escape towards the mountains, including Titlow Hill area and a bit further to Sunny Willow Creek.
The general area in terms of real estate is known for custom built homes, nice views and big yards, or even small acreage. The setting is rural and forested with large open spaces. It is a mix between a country-like setting but backed up to nice trees and forested pockets. Many properties have nice sized coastal redwoods and sitka spruce trees growing on them. It's a popular neighborhood to live in, and typically you won't find a huge amount listed in Azalea Hills as well, much of the real estate just gets listed in McKinleyville which has more traffic and attention making it easier to sell. If you do a map search and use the polygon tool, look at the top of the results and you'll see "Save Search" - clicking that would setup a property alert that emails you whenever them market changes (new listings, or a listing sells, or even price changes), its a good trick to know, regardless of where you are looking for property.
McKinleyville is the closest place to shopping or for restaurants, services, entertainment and public schools, however, Arcata is very close as well. The main feature here is that the homes are surrounding the beautiful Azalea State Natural Reserve for western azaleas to grow in. It' only a 30 acre state park, but its an excellent feature for a neighborhood to have. Read more about the park in the box below with the images in it.
To get to the Azalea Hills neighborhood, you'd leave McKinleyville going south on Central Avenue and taking North Bank Road approximately two miles down, and make a left on Azalea Ave. which takes you right by the park before the you get into the residential neighborhood of Azalea Hills. It's only a few minutes from McKinleyville and there are other less direct ways to get into Azalea Hills. Most real estate agents simply list Azalea Hills as McKinleyville, even though its has its own "sub-area" in the MLS. The best way to look for properties in the area is probably by using the real estate map.
This page will be more about the neighborhood because there is not a lot of real estate action here, inventory is often low. Keep your eyes out for these roads to find property here:
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We are giving it its own special spot in our real estate directory if only for a neighborhood guide. If there are listings in the area though you'll find them here. If you find a property you'd like to see we'd be honored to show it you. Just give a a call, or use our contact form to <a href="/member/contact/" class="popup ulink">schedule a showing You can skip to see if there are any properties for sale in Azalea Hills. Or try the real estate map so you can familiarize yourself with the area while browsing the listings. There are not many houses, and It's a very popular area to live. So keep watching this space for listings to show up.
Azalea Hills real estate is just minutes from downtown McKinleyville. This quiet neighborhood is well known having some luxury custom homes, large yards, and its distinct country mixed with forested feel. Lots of properties back up to coastal redwoods trees and sitka spruce as well. The forest in the Azalea State Natural Reserves Park is primarily a sitka spruce forest.
Of course there are all sorts of other types of houses here. Included in what we'd call Azalea Hills would be parts of North Bank Rd, Azalea Hill Avenue, Chapel Hill Road, Leona Drive, Sunnygrove Avenue, Gewitt Road, and Hunts Road. But no matter what you call it's just the area east of McKinleyville near the Azalea State Natural Reserve. because you're in town in only a few minutes. Even real estate agents list most of the houses here as McKinleyville, among other roads. It's basically McKinleyville, literally minutes due west, and to the east you have the area known as Essex before you run into Highway 299 where you can go back to Arcata or McKinleyville west, or head to Blue Lake if you go east.
If you're not familiar with the area, try using the map search to learn.
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Azalea State Natural Reserve
Azalea State Natural Reserve Trail: There are two loop trails that could be considered one in the form of a figure 8 with a total distance of .9 miles and it takes about 20 minutes to walk. The trails offers a unique perspective on the park's natural beauty and is a must-see for anyone who lives in McKinleyville and likes nature and the outdoors. While 30 acres is relatively small for a state park, its king size for a neighborhood. To be in your neighborhood if you are lucky enough to buy a house here makes it spectacular. The trails are nicely maintained and the forest enchanted. The trails wind their way through the forested hills above the Mad River providing great views providing a stunning backdrop for a relaxing day in nature.
Park Hours & General Rules: You can contact the park at 707-488-2041. It is a day use only and open from sunrise to sunset. Dogs are not allowed on the trail system and must be on a leas even in the parking area. Exception for service dogs.
Access: Turn left after driving two miles east on North Bank Road when you leave McKinleyville.
Photos of Azalea State Natural Reserve, were provided courtesy of California State Parks, 2019
The Azalea State Natural Reserve: The nicest thing about Azalea Hills neighborhood in McKinleyville is definitely the Azalea State Natural Reserve - how lucky to have a park like this in your backyard. According to the California Department of Parks & Recreation, the park is 30 acres in size and is a rare natural reserve where Native western azaleas (Rhododendron occidentale) grow and bloom in early summer, filling the air with a wonderful smell. If you're curious, you can learn more from this management plan produced at HSU in 2019. However we have other Natural Reserves in Humboldt County, where these same western azalea are also being protected. Stagecoach Hill Azaleas Management Area between Big Lagoon and Stone Lagoon by Kane Road is another State Reserve and protected area, similarly in a sitka spruce forest.
"The trail starts in a Sitka spruce forest with disappointingly sparse sword fern and salmonberry. That quickly leads to a sunny slope overlooking the ocean that’s covered with 10-foot-tall azaleas. In May and June it’s solid pink, white, and red. The trail is flat, a bit overgrown. But who can complain about an abundance of blossoms? "It's not the only State Park with Azalea The have the pink and white blossoms and produce a wonderful scent while you hike the trail. The nature reserve host a variety of flora and fauna that are unique to the area and the reserve is also home to several rare species of plants, including the western azaleas.