A vibrant neighborhood grew out of a heap of garbage. Now the developer of the “Pufferland” community wants to help clean up the Huntington Beach, California, trash dump.
Vacation homes have been selling in droves in Pufferland over the past couple of years. The neighborhood sits in what was once an unincorporated portion of Huntington Beach in south Orange County.
According to the Orange County Register, the neighborhood was initially made up of landfills and even sewage pits that operated from 1950 to the 1990s. Now the trailer home park features 143 houses. Some of the homes cost $300,000 and up.
“There are acres of trash down here,” said Meghan Hecker, president of the Pufferland Board of Directors. “We are working hard to clean it up.”
Hecker and others are not just concerned about the trash but how it could affect the climate. With the median home value for Huntington Beach at $1.3 million, Hecker told the Register that turning “Pufferland” into a beachfront community could make it more of a tourist destination.
The remaining 16 units of the trailer park are rented.
The City of Huntington Beach, which serves as the real estate agent for the deal, had purchased the dump site in 1993. The land has since been cleaned up and sold to homeowners and homebuilder Pier Cities Homes. The developer plans to develop two contiguous parcels.
Mayor Lionel Avila wants to make sure that “it is a neighborhood that people walk on the streets and play in the parks,” he told the Register.
The Pufferland Board of Directors also want to improve the center of the neighborhood with community gardens and a playground. Hecker, who used to work at Disneyland, said that families in the neighborhood have been known to participate in community cleanups and suggested that they organize them to maintain the area.
No matter what Pufferland does, there are residents that don’t want the trash dumping. Others are happy to see it gone.
“We are a family here. We like to keep the neighborhood clean,” Hecker said.
Hecker said that there are several schools within walking distance of the community and that a playground could be helpful to students who live nearby.
The Huntington Beach Post reported that the Board of Directors is opening up rental agreements for residents and plans to have a cleaning crew work at the area several times a week.