About The Neighborhood


The neighborhood of Henie Hills has a very interesting history. Though considered a “newer development” for Oceanside as it was built in 1939 after the Great Depression had settled down, one entrepreneur saw a beautiful coast and a good opportunity: Sonja Henie. Sonja was an Olympic skating medalist and movie star, and with her earnings she decided to purchase about 1,600 acres of prime coastal land. Though at first it was a retreat for her friends and colleagues, so much interest rose that she began developing homes and selling them. Wanting to preserve the gorgeous Pacific view, these houses were given instructions to stay as small as comfortably possible.