LoCO map of the properties on the block this year.

It’s that time again! Every spring, county government seizes and sells real estate that has been in property tax arrears for five years or more.  

This year’s online auction — which begins in early March — features some 86 properties around the county, including places in Eureka, Arcata, McKinleyville, Fieldbrook, Orick, Willow Creek, Hoopa, Orleans, Rio Dell and — of course — Shelter Cove.

(Protip: Don’t even think about buying the properties in Shelter Cove! Those are bare lots that are basically unbuildable.)

Scroll around in the map above. See something you like? Cross-check them on the Bid4Assets auction site linked below, and be sure to read the fine print about what it takes to become eligible to bid on these things. You can get some good deals if you know what you’re doing.

From the Humboldt County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office:

The Humboldt County Tax Collector will conduct a public auction of defaulted properties from March 2nd-5th 2018 through the online auction site Bid4Assets. For a current list of auctioned properties, go to:


To participate as a bidder, click “Sign Up” at the top of the page and follow the registration process to become an eligible bidder.

See the Public Auction section of the Humboldt County Tax Collector website for more detailed information.