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Delta Airlines Service to Humboldt County California Begins June 5th!

Posted on October 25, 2008. Filed under: 2 The North Coast, Community | Tags: , |

Delta Airlines is starting up their new flight service to and from Humboldt County California, starting June 5th.

What does this mean for folks in Humboldt County, those thinking about visiting or even moving to our area?

Better Access!

We currently have 2 other airlines servicing our area: United and Horizon(Alaska Airlines).  So I’m looking forward to adding a third one, because the more airlines servicing our area the more options we have and hopefully all this competition makes for a more affordable roundtrip flight.

For flight schedules visit Delta.

I have several friends who live in Humboldt County, because it is one of the last affordable Coastal Communities available in California.  Our average price range is around $320,000.  Yet they don’t work here.  They commute to San Francisco, LA and some travel nationally for their out of area company.  So increased airline competition will probably make flying more affordable and possibly decrease traveling time depending on where they are traveling to for the week. Trinidad California Coast

For the those of us who have family in the Midwest or East Coast, Delta really opens up some options for us. Why?  Less hassle, less stops and a shorter overall traveling time.  So for those of you who have family far away Delta may make it easier to visit them or for your family to visit you.

Speaking of Better Access, What Humboldt County is working on to attact you to live here:

  1. Airport Expansion Project – to expand one of our runways and the airport itself.
  2. Adding Second Fiber Optic Cable – There’s been lots of discussion on this.  We have 1 fiber optic cable all ready, but adding a second one would ensure consistant broadband access to the rest of the world.
  3. Confusion Hill Highway 101 Realignment Project with CalTrans – Over the years this section of Highway 101 was very unstable and every winter there were massive slides that cut Humboldt County off to the Bay area.  Confusion Hill is located not to far south of Garberville or Richardson Grove State Park.  So Caltrans is building several bridges across the Eel River to completely bypass this problematic area.
  4. PG&E plan to build a larger energy plant to service a larger population.  So we are starting to build an infrastructure to attract more people to live here.

The Pink Lady, Eureka Calfornia

Many of us want to continue to build a better community for our future in Humboldt County.

Have questions about our area?  Ask me for a relocation package or just call me 707-496-5770.  I’d be happy to answer your questions about Humboldt County California and our real estate market.

Copyright 2008 Jessica Bigger.  All Rights Reserved.  *Delta Airlines Service to Humboldt County California Begins June 5th!*

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Visit www.GoHumboldtHomes.com for information about the Humboldt County Real Estate market, to learn more about how we can help you whether you’re ready to sell your current home or buying your first home.  Or just learn more about what our community has to offer if you’re considering moving to Humboldt County California.

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Being a Humboldt County Tour Guide this Labor Day – I Always Discover Something New!

Posted on October 25, 2008. Filed under: 2 The North Coast, Community | Tags: , , , , |

My brother in-law and his wife came to visit my husband and I this past Labor Day weekend and it was such a pleasure to take them around and show them some of the highlights of Humboldt County.  I can’t tell you how many times I have done this for out of town friends and family.  And I have so much fun revisiting some of the same spots that make Humboldt County so special.  Sometimes I discover something new on my tour guiding adventures.

On Saturday, we started off by visiting the Farmer’s Market on the Arcata Plaza. Both Nate and Ramona were impressed with the high quality local produce we had to offer (all organic too!).  Since we’re knee deep into the harvesting season there are some great vegetable and fruit choices out there.  We bought several heirloom tomatoes, okra, carrots and lemon cucumbers.  Plus there were some fabulous peaches and apples for sale too.

Later in the day we drove up to Trinidad to hike around Trinidad head.  It was clear out.  Not a cloud in the sky, but a bit windy.  Nate and Ramona were amazed at how beautiful Trinidad cove looks in the sunshine, with all the fishing boats docked nearby each other.

It was fun walking around and giving them information about the history of the area and the traveling highlights.  Plus we picked up some great clam chowder at the Seascape (a restaurant in Trinidad near the pier).  Nate got a kick out of trying different clam chowders from a couple of restaurants.  I think the Seascape was the clear winner.

Sunday – We headed north towards Orick to walk through the Ancient Redwood forests in Redwood National Park. Talk about discovering something new…Dave and I got to hike through some Redwood Groves and trails we had never hiked through before.  I don’t care what anybody says, but each trail and tree is different.

Ramona had never seen such big Redwood trees before so she was awe struck every step of way.  We put in a good hike too.  3 1/2 mile hike up and down some rugged terrain.  I wish I lived closer to the parks.  I’d take exercising in the Redwood forest over the gym any day.

Finally one more stop…to see Fern Canyon on our way home.  By the way, parts of Jurassic Park were filmed here.  This is a major destination for tourists, especially on Labor Day weekend.  It was jammed packed.  And believe me once you hike through here you’ll know what makes this place a major destination stop. You are walking on a creek bed through a canyon.  The walls are very tall and filled with 5-fingered ferns or what some folks call “lady finger” ferns.  They’re incredibly beautiful and you truly feel like you are walking through an enchanted forest.

Monday – Our final day with our out of town guests.  We took them on a road trip which started in “The Victorian Village of Ferndale” (known for…you guessed right…it’s high concentration of amazingly well kept Victorians).  After driving through town, we got onto the Mattole Road which took us out to a very remote and untouched part of Coastal California called “The Lost Coast.” We were lucky to have another incredible clear sun shiny day, because the views of the ocean and the coastline were stunning.

We had a picnic lunch at the Mattole Beach, which is part of The King’s Range (managed by the Bureau of Land Management – BLM) and then headed back inland towards Humboldt Redwoods State Park to see some more incredible ancient Redwood trees, which in my opinion, are way more magnificant than the ones we saw at Redwood National Park.

For those of you outdoorsy fanatics this is one amazing place to live.

Copyright 2008 Jessica Bigger.  All Rights Reserved. *Being a Humboldt County Tour Guide this Labor Day Weekend – I Always Discover Something New!*

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Eureka California Chosen as One of the “2008 Best Towns” in Outside Magazine

Posted on October 25, 2008. Filed under: 2 The North Coast, Community | Tags: , |

It’s cool to know that Eureka California had been chosen as one of the “2008 Best Towns” in Outside magazine!

Check out the article:

Eureka California 2008 Best Town to visit and move to

A few months ago I got a call from Katie Arnold, one of Outside Magazine’s writers asking me for information about the Eureka California Real Estate Market, because Eureka California was chosen as one of the best towns to live in this year and she wanted to know more about the area, the economy, the general Humboldt County California Real Estate Market and what else our community had to offer someone thinking about moving to our area.

So it was cool to finally see the article in the magazine and online.  Short and sweet.

It’s just nice to know that we to get on some national media’s radar from time to time 🙂

Vance Hotel

Carson Mansion

Copyright 2008 Jessica Bigger.  All Rights Reserved. *Eureka California Chosen as One of the “2008 Best Towns” in Outside Magazine*

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Humboldt County California A Great Travel Destination According to the New York Times

Posted on October 25, 2008. Filed under: 2 The North Coast | Tags: , , |

It’s great to see that the New York Times thinks Humboldt County California is a great place to travel to.  I love when we hit national news.  It’s just fun to see that we really aren’t as remote as people think we are.  Because as far as I’m concerned Humboldt County is one of California’s best kept secrets for affordable coastal living, and outdoor attractions:

1) Walk for miles on many of our untouched (undeveloped) beaches or get adventurous and head to some of the more rockier shores North of Eureka.

2) The great Ancient Redwoods are always inspiring.Redwood National Park Humboldt County California

3) Water sports, hiking, climbing?  You name it, we got it!

Beth Greenfield wrote the article about her travels through Humboldt County California.  Definitely check this out.  She did a great job describing her trip (it was like reading a passage from Lonely Planet or the Frommer’s Guide…very descriptive), just check out the first sentence of the article…WOW!:

“ALONG California’s mystical redwood coast, 1,000-year-old trees as much as four times the height of the Rockefeller Center Christmas spruce command rocky bluffs that overlook golden, frothy beaches.”

Land of the Giants (by Beth Greenfield of the New York Times)

Cool Historic Home in Arcata CA

Sunny Day at the Farmer's Market on the Arcata Plaza, Arcata CA

Copyright 2008  Jessica Bigger.  All Rights Reserved. *Humboldt County California A Great Travel Destination According to the New York Times*

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You Know it’s Fall in Eureka California When the Pumpkin Spiders Come Out to Play

Posted on October 25, 2008. Filed under: 2 The North Coast, Community |

I don’t know about you, but where I live there are always signs of nature that represent the changing of the seasons.  Here we are in the Fall and this is the only time of year in Eureka California that the Pumpkin Spiders come out. I think they get their nick name “Pumpkin” because of their orange brownish color and the fact that they start appearing around Halloween time.   They’re all over my yard every Fall.

Even though I’m not a huge fan of spiders, (although they are part of the eco-chain), I have to admit these are the most beautiful spiders I have ever seen in the states.  I’ve seen plenty of incredible spiders in Latin America, but never anything as amazing as the Pumpkin Spider that hangs out in my backyard.

Pumpkin Spider Eureka CA

The Pumpkin Spider’s seasonal visit to my Eureka California home is one of the many nature treats I look forward to during the year.  This is also the time of year that we start hearing large flocks of Canada Geese fly over our house.  It’s incredible to wake up early in the morning and see the sky filled with these incredible birds.  Oh, and I love the sound of their calls as they fly by.

Not to mention this is the time of year for all bird migration.  So I’m lucky to get many visitors this time of year: Cedar Waxwings, Chesnut backed Chickadees, the occasional warbler and more.

You can live right in town and still experience the great wonders of the wild, right in your own backyard here in Eureka California, just like I do every season in my own backyard.

Copyright 2008 Jessica Bigger.  All Rights Reserved. *You Know it’s Fall in Eureka California When the Pumpkin Spiders Come Out to Play*

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Posted on April 22, 2008. Filed under: 1 Market Conditions, 2 The North Coast, 3 For Buyers, 4 For Sellers, 5 For Investors, 6 For FSBOs, General | Tags: |

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