Silver Strand Beach embodies the quintessential Southern California beach lifestyle! It is located in an unincorporated secluded beach neighborhood on the California coast approximately 45 minutes south of Santa Barbara and 45 Minutes north of Malibu. Hollywood by the Sea is adjacent to Silver Strand but is considered part of Silver Strand and is flanked by the Naval Base and the wide sandy mile-long beach.
There are approximately 1050 single family residences in Silver Strand and Hollywood by the Sea consisting of a charming eclectic blend of beach cottages built as early as 1928 and newer contemporary ocean front 2 and 3 story homes. Many properties have partial or full ocean views from front or rooftop decks. Beach property at Silver Strand is a true bargain compared to other coastal communities to the North and South.
Silverstrand, Hollywood by the Sea, Hollywood Beach in Oxnard CA, have a Hollywood connection. Back in 1924 real estate developers to establish the Hollywood Beach subdivision just north of Lehmann's Ranch and the Silverstrand ("silver screen") tract just south of it in 1925. And so it's hardly surprising that Lehmann himself soon capitalized on the connection. In 1926, he sold his 80-acre ranch to developer Fred J. Cutting, who leveled the dunes, carved out 100 individual lots, and christened the site Hollywood-by-the-Sea.
Atop the flattened dunes, Cutting platted a tiny street grid that honored both of Hollywood-by-the-Sea's namesakes. Streets nearest the ocean bore the names of the Channel Islands: Catalina Avenue, Anacapa Avenue, Santa Rosa Avenue, and so on. Further inland, street names recalled the thoroughfares of Hollywood: Sunset Drive, Laurel Court, Cahuenga Drive. To maximize waterfront property, Cutting placed a five-acre lake, its sandy shores planted with iceplant, a few hundred feet from shore.
Visitors could buy their own housing lot for a vacation home, but they could also stay in a 40-room hotel or simply camp on the beach. Perhaps drawn by memories of Valentino, a crowd of several thousand flocked to Hollywood-by-the-Sea on its first Fourth of July in 1927.
The scene has changed. Houses eventually rose on vacant lots, and Hollywood-by-the-Sea, Hollywood Beach, and Silver Strand are now billed as a more affordable version of Malibu -- the "un-Malibu" is what the New York Times called the area in 2007. Furthermore, construction of the Channel Islands Harbor in the 1960s inserted a waterway and jetties directly through Hollywood-by-the-Sea, splitting the community in two.
But one thing remains the same: the aura of silver-screen fame. Clark Gable supposedly lived in at least two houses on Oxnard's beaches. Local lore recalls Charlie Chaplin and Greta Garbo vacationing there. And travel guidebooks dutifully report that the Latin Lover, Rudolph Valentino -- who likely never returned after "The Sheik" wrapped -- later bought a vacation house atop the leveled sand dunes of Hollywood-by-the-Sea.
This lovely beach community has a moderate temperature all year round. Silver Strand is an idyllic setting for the beach enthusiasts and has a genuine sense of community where neighbors commonly get together and enjoy beach activities. Walk or ride your bike to one of several eateries within the community, surf, fish, kayak or take a yoga class at the local yoga studio. Enjoy the beach lifestyle you have always dreamed of!

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