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Manhattan Beach CA
Many professional athletes - Lakers, Kings, and Clippers as well as celebrity movie stars make their home in Manhattan Beach along with successful entrepreneurs, attorneys, doctors and business owners.
Manhattan Beach, located in the South Bay Beach Cities, is one of the most desirable places to live in coastal Los Angeles County. Homes are also quite expensive even by Southern CA standards and there are more $1M residential properties sold here than anywhere else in CA.
Bound on the west by the Pacific Ocean, Manhattan Beach is located south of El Segundo, north of Hermosa Beach and west of Redondo Beach CA.
There are many reasons people want to live in Manhattan Beach such as fine restaurants, shopping and the excellent school system. Mira Costa High School, has been ranked in the top 1% of all high schools nationally. There is also easy access to LAX, freeways and that great sandy beachfront. Speaking of which, every August, the city hosts the Manhattan Beach Open Volleyball Tournament and the International Surf Festival.
Downtown Manhattan Beach is considered by locals to be the heart of the city. The area runs along Manhattan Beach Boulevard and the streets perpendicular to the Manhattan Beach Pier and Valley Drive. There are many casual/fine dining restaurants, specialty boutiques and retailers that create a pedestrian friendly, mixed-use downtown center. The Shade Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel and the place to be seen, is also located here.
Manhattan Beach Neighborhoods
Manhattan Beach is divided up into a number of residential neighborhoods:
West of Sepulveda
The Manhattan Beach Sand Section is notable for its quiet walk-street neighborhoods adjacent to the ocean. Oceanfront homes stretch along the bike path and walking lane of The Strand which is some of the most expensive real estate per square foot in the United States.
The Manhattan Beach Hill Section typically has larger lots than the Sand Section. Basically think Beverly Hills at the beach. With panoramic ocean and city views. Most homes in the Hill Section are within walking distance of either downtown or the Pier.
The Manhattan Beach Tree Section is located north of Manhattan Beach Blvd and South of Rosecrans. New residents often ask if the name comes from the abundant trees found in the neighborhood or the street names such as Walnut, Oak, Pine, etc.
East of Sepulveda
Manhattan Village is a guard gated community located just east of the shopping mall of the same name and bound by Marine Ave to the south and a golf course to the north. There are 400 town and court homes. Amenities include a main pool and spa area, four additional spas within the community, and a quiet friendly atmosphere.
Liberty Village/Manhattan Heights: The Heights area is the westernmost portion of this section. It is bordered by Sepulveda Boulevard on the west, Marine Avenue on the north, Herrin Avenue on the east and Manhattan Beach Boulevard on the south. This area has gentle hills, providing city views for some homes.
Liberty Village is the easternmost portion of this section. It is bordered by Aviation Boulevard on the east, Manhattan Beach Boulevard on the south, Redondo Avenue on the west and Marine Avenue on the north. . Most of the original Liberty Village lots are about 5,000 - 5,400 square feet.
Mira Costa obviously named after the High School which is within the area. Most of the lots here are 50 feet wide by 150 feet deep. However, there are a few enclaves of exclusive homes on very large lots and a few standard lots that have been subdivided. This section is hilly, providing city views for some of the homes.
Hermosa Beach CA
Hermosa Beach is the ultimate in laid back beach living. The city is popular for sunbathing, beach volleyball, surfing, paddle boarding, people watching, restaurants and nightlife.
Hermosa Beach is bordered by Manhattan Beach to the north and Redondo Beach to the south and east.
The city is only about 15 blocks from east to west and 40 blocks from north to south making it the smallest of the three Beach Cities by far. The Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) which is not a highway just a very busy surface street is the main thoroughfare and N-S traffic conduit.
Average temperature is 70 degrees most of the year. Westerly ocean breezes lessen what can be high summertime temperatures in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the county and help keep the smog away 360 days of the year. Until a few years ago, almost no one even had A/C. Many homes have roof top decks which are great for entertaining or just taking in the views.
A paved path, called The Strand, runs along Hermosa's beach from Torrance Beach in the south approximately twenty miles north to Santa Monica and the Hermosa Beach pier is at the end of Pier Avenue, which is one of the beach community's main shopping, eating and partying areas.
Hermosa Beach Sand Section
Much of the Hermosa Beach Sand Section feels very similar to the Manhattan Beach Sand Section because it is simply an extension of the Strand and neighboring streets going south. For many years the home north of Pier Ave have been in higher demand because they are between the Piers (Manhattan and Hermosa).
With the likely, though still not entirely resolved, demise of the AES plant in South Redondo Beach there is more than a small chance that south Hermosa Beach may see a nice spike in prices.
While there are far fewer walk streets in the Hermosa Beach Sand Section than in Manhattan Beach, homes found on the ones that do exist are in high demand.
Quite possibly the best "west of PCH" value in the Beach Cities or LA County for that matter is Hermosa Valley. These homes are within walking or biking distance to the beach but sell at a discount to other similarly situated homes in other cities. At least for now.
If you are in the market for an entry level condo, there are a few buildings located just east of Valley Ardmore and north of Pier Ave that you can buy into at some of the lowest Hermosa Beach prices.
East Hermosa Beach
This neighborhood is also known as the Hermosa Hills. It is found east of PCH and bound by North Redondo on its east. Many of the homes may have partial or full ocean views with properties South of Aviation Blvd and west of Prospect Ave commanding the highest prices. Definitely still walkable to the beach from many homes the differentiating factor is the ocean views which you would not have in East Manhattan Beach at the same distance from the Strand.
Redondo Beach CA
Recently Redondo Beach was voted one of the ten best places to live in California and it is easy to understand why. With great beachfront, top ranked schools, proximity to freeways and jobs, shopping, entertainment, easy access to LAX, fine restaurants and more, Redondo Beach represents the quintessential California lifestyle.
Homes for sale in Redondo Beach are highly desirable as Redondo Beach has been one of the hottest coastal markets for the last few years.
Buyers can find properties for sale in many price ranges from entry level condos to multi million dollar ocean view luxury mansions. Sellers have seen substantial price appreciation over the past few years and many are staying in their homes creating an ongoing shortage of listings for sale.
The primary difference is that South Redondo Beach has ocean view homes and direct beach access while North Redondo does not.
North Redondo Beach is landlocked as it is bound on its western borders by Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach the other two Beach Cities. There are a limited number of homes with mountain and city views.
The dividing line between North and South Redondo Beach is 190th St with North Redondo being north of 190th and South on the other side. PCH refers to Pacific Coast Highway which is not a highway at all although it is a very busy road. Many businesses are located on PCH in South Redondo.
South Redondo Beach has a very desirable town center known as Riviera Village. Homes within walking distance to Riviera Village may sell at a premium to similar properties in other parts of town.
North Redondo really doesn't have a similar center of focus although there is a business district on Artesia Blvd as well as Aviation. The South Bay Galleria Mall is located at the eastern border of North Redondo Beach adjacent to Lawndale and Torrance. The Galleria recently lost their anchor tenant, Nordstrom's and it is rumored the property will undergo massive changes as a result that could enhance property values. Similarly the Redondo Beach waterfront in South Redondo will see revitalization over the next few years. What North and South Redondo definitely share are the cooling ocean breezes.
The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) separates Redondo Beach as follows:
North Redondo Beach Homes
(Villas North and South refer to which side of Artesia Blvd you are on.)
South Redondo Beach Homes
Playa Vista CA
Prior to the development of Playa Vista, the area was the headquarters of Hughes Aircraft Company from 1941 to 1985, and was the site of the construction of the Hughes H-4 Hercules "Spruce Goose" aircraft for those who saw the movie The Aviator.
Playa Vista 90094 is an urban master planned community in the Westside of the City of Los Angeles. It is located north of LAX, south of Marina Del Rey and Venice, west of the 405 Freeway and just east of the Westchester Bluffs. It is one of the most upscale and in demand LA neighborhoods right now and for many considered the heart of Silicon Beach.
The community has become a choice address for businesses in technology, media and entertainment and, along with Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Westchester and Venice, has recently seen rapid price appreciation. The Wall Street Journal highlighted Playa Vista as the perfect place for creative entrepreneurs working from home.
At Playa Vista you can find everything from high end rental units to attached and detached Townhomes. Prices range from under $1,000,000 for resale condos up to over $3,000,000 for new construction Single Family Residences.
There are currently both resale homes for sale as well as new construction still being built. Each building or group or homes is its own micro market with somewhat different pricing assumptions.
For resales, you may hear reference to (in no particular order) Concerto Lofts, Bridgeway Mills, The Dorian.
Some of the new homes being built are Jewel, Cleo, Mason, and the Collection.
PLAYA VISTA AMENITIES
The Resort: Resort-style amenities include a new two-level, state-of-the-art fitness center with indoor and outdoor spaces. The pool area features a deck with an outdoor fireplace, cabanas, junior Olympic pool, adult pool and spa and kids' pool and spa. An adjacent park makes The Resort a destination for everything active. Plus, the catering kitchen and chef-inspired demonstration kitchen are the perfect backdrop for many gourmet parties and events.
Centerpointe Club: Pools and a huge deck with swanky cabanas and courtyard make The CenterPointe Club the perfect afternoon getaway. Plus, the club features a fitness center, screening room, a lounge with outdoor patio, business center and conference room. The Great Room is an additional club amenity perfect for parties and community events. Access to a catering kitchen and flexible space for guests makes it the ideal venue to entertain.
Parks: Everywhere you turn leads to one of the 29 parks in the area. Beautiful sculptural landscaping and lush green spaces invite you to walk over and unwind from the city grind. Enjoy playtime with your pup in one of the dog parks, cheer on your little one during a soccer game at one of the many sports fields, or get together with friends for a pick-up game.
Community gardens and many more intimate pocket parks are little reminders that any time’s a good time to be outside enjoying Playa Vista’s beautiful coastal weather.
Venice is bounded on the northwest by the Santa Monica city line. The northern apex of the Venice neighborhood is at Walgrove Avenue and Rose Avenue abutting the Santa Monica Airport. On the east the boundary runs north-south on Walgrove Avenue to the neighborhood's eastern apex at Zanja Street, thus including the Penmar Golf Course but excluding Venice High School. The boundary runs on Lincoln Boulevard to Admiralty Way, excluding all of Marina del Rey, south to Ballona Creek.
Marina Del Rey CA
The Harbor, the Los Angeles Times said, is "perhaps the county's most valuable resource".
Marina del Rey is an unincorporated seaside community and census-designated place (CDP) in Los Angeles County, California. A Westside locale, the population was 8,866 at the 2010 census. Fisherman's Village offers a view of Marina del Rey's dominant feature, the Marina, the world's largest man-made small craft harbor with eight basins having a capacity for 5,300 boats and is home port to approximately 6,500 boats. The harbor, the Los Angeles Times said in 1997, is "perhaps the county's most valuable resource"