Shell Beach is one of the most beautiful, unique communities on the Central Coast of California. You find quaint little cottages that look like they were built in the 1940s right next to 2000 something mansions. I wondered if I about the history of the town.
From my friend Google I discovered that “Floyd Calvert bought and developed much of the land in 1926. He paid $45,OOO for 41 acres between the ocean and the highways. When Calvert first visited Shell Beach, there were about 50 residents in the area. Calvert sold lots in the area for as little as $195.” http://www.classiccalifornia.com/history.htm. Just like now the San Joaquin Valley supplied most of the buyers in the 1920s.
By the 1940s buyers began living in Shell Beach full-time, so my guess was correct.
Shell Beach growth is limited by the mountains on the east and the cliffs bordering the ocean on the west. The strip of houses illustrate the creativity of each owner.
If you walk to the north end of Shell Beach you come to a little park named Dinosaur Park. That’s another story.
My friends and I stayed in a delightful cottage that has two bedrooms and 2 baths and rented for $175 per night. The kitchen counter is faded red linoleum, the furniture is mid 1980s blue, and the floor is linoleum that looks clean when it really needs to be swept. (I like that). You bring your own towels and sheets, and settle in and pretend it is your own cottage on looking out on the ocean.
The large yard gave us a lot of privacy, so we could sing at the top of our lungs, dance with abandon the silly dances we learned as children or made up right there on the spot. We barbecued and roasted marshmallows. (There I admit it! I’m a marshmallow addict!)
The interesting thing about Shell Beach is that every house is different, and just about anything goes.
So if you don’t have a beach house in Shell Beach, don’t worry. You might find one to rent. If not, you can just walk around the uncrowded, friendly small town streets and enjoy
NOT making payments on a $700,000, 1,000 square foot cottage built in 1940. I’ll pay $175 to rent this ambiance any day of the week.