Ever since the late 1880s, when George Shatto first subdivided Avalon into lots and advertised them for sale on the mainland, Catalina Island real estate has been a sought after commodity. Things have changed dramatically since then, when a lot on the flats could be had for $150; but one thing that hasn’t changed is the thrill of owning your own piece of paradise.
With a population around 4,000 and annual visitors of more than one million, the resort city of Avalon is Catalina Island’s only incorporated municipality and the only place on the island where real estate is available for private purchase. The city has its own fire, harbor, planning and public works departments and is also served by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Sheriff’s Department and Baywatch. Avalon Schools, which is operated by the Long Beach Unified School District, serves about 700 students in grades K-12. Emergency and non-emergency medical services are available through Catalina Island Medical Center, California’s smallest hospital.
Catalina Island has been a mecca for vacationers for more than a century. The island’s crystal clear water, dramatic cliffs and unparalleled natural beauty are complemented by Avalon’s small-town charm, relaxing atmosphere and fascinating history. Although it is a small town, the resort setting ensures that Avalon’s real estate market is constantly bustling. Whether your ideal home is a quaint cottage on the flats, a historic estate on the hillsides overlooking Avalon or a Mediterranean style villa at Hamilton Cove, Avalon real estate is diverse enough to offer something for everyone.
Catalina Island Vacation Rentals - A sister company of Catalina Island Real Estate, serves many of the island’s visitors by providing accommodations in Avalon vacation properties.
eCatalina.com - Catalina Island Information and Visitor's Guide
CatalinaChamber.com -Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau
CityofAvalon.com - Official website of the City of Avalon