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Manhattan Beach | Hermosa Beach | Redondo Beach
Manhattan Beach | Hermosa Beach | Redondo Beach
If you are in the market to buy a home in Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach or Manhattan Beach, here’s why it is important to understand micro markets.
The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) divides the 3 Beach Cities into 17 discrete geographical areas. This is done for a very practical reason: the pricing may differ dramatically for similar homes even within the same city depending on location.
Most real estate search sites simply display all the listings in a market either by price (high-low), days on market or other criteria that you can then filter and refine on your own.
You can do that with the search results here also, but what you will find in the curated searches on this site are pre-set results by physical or virtual micro markets.
Physical micro markets are the 17 delineated MLS areas.
Virtual micro markets are specific search criteria such as new construction or 4 bedroom homes - what you often think of as filters, that determine price and value.
On most market reports and other real estate sites, the median price of homes in a neighborhood or the average price per sq ft is usually expressed as one blended number. However, certain sub segments of that market such as new construction or view properties might perform much differently. For example, in the Beach Cities, properties that are further west are generally more expensive. The same house in the Manhattan Beach Hill Section will sell for more than in East Manhattan.
Additionally you only find certain property types in specific micro markets. Tall & Skinny SFRs are found in the Redondo Beach Golden Hills but not in the El Nido neighborhood.
The search results here will open in a separate window. Some display the most expensive first and some the least, but it is easy to re-sort or just vew the newest listings.
If you are thinking of buying a home in Redondo Beach, it is important to first decide whether you want to live in North or South Redondo. They are both great places but there are differences.
North Redondo (90278) is landlocked but closer to freeway access. Redondo (90277) has a quaint town center, homes with ocean views, and a great beach-y vibe.
Prices and lifestyle differ between the two with North Redondo usually being less expensive for similar properties.
Some of the local jargon you will hear:
Tall & Skinny: which refers to SFRs in the Golden Hills that are built on 2500 Sq Ft Lots.
Reverse Floor Plan: The living room, dining room, kitchen and master bedroom upstairs.
Golden Hills / Golden Triangle: The Golden Hills is a MLS delineated area on the Manhattan - Hermosa Border. The “triangle” refers the Golden Hills neighborhood just south of Artesia Blvd and west of Aviation Blvd.
Two on a Lot or Three on a Lot Townhome: These are specific multi level attached or detached condominiums many of which look and live like SFRs. The 2 or 3 refers to how many dwellings share the same physical lot.
MLS Area 151 Villas North is north of Artesia Blvd up to Manhattan Beach Blvd, bound on the west by Aviation Blvd and the east by Inglewood Blvd.
MLS Area 152 Villas South is south of Artesia Blvd bound by Aviation Blvd to the west, Inglewood Ave to the east and south to Ripley Ave.
MLS Area 153 El Nido is south and east of Area 152 with houses are found on both sides of Inglewood Ave down to 190th St. Properties east of the train tracks are actually in Torrance with Redondo Beach mailing addresses.
MLS Area 154 Golden Hills MLS Area 154 is the furthest west in North Redondo Beach with many properties west of Aviation Blvd and on the Manhattan - Hermosa border.
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Pier Ave is actually one of my favorite blocks in LA. You’ll find mostly local restaurants and bars. If you are coming from PCH, keep heading west (towards the ocean) and you’ll find the Hermosa Pier at the Strand.
To get the Hermosa Beach vibe, head down to Pier Ave and the Strand at the foot of the Hermosa Pier.
Or if you are on a bike, just make sure that when the light is flashing you walk it near the Pier. You will get a ticket. Really.
When the stacks from the AES power plant come down expect to see a major resurgence in this city.
While the beach front homes on the Strand are quite expensive (budget in the multiple millions to buy on the Strand), Hermosa Beach homes are usually priced lower than comparable Manhattan Beach properties. They are, however, often more expensive than Redondo Beach properties of the same size.
MLS Area 148 Sand Section is the furthest west, basically an extension of the Manhattan Beach Sand Section albeit with much fewer walk streets.
MLS Area 149 Hermosa Valley is just east of the Sand Section but still west of PCH and you can often buy there at a slight discount to the Sand Section.
MLS Area 150 is the Hermosa Hills aka East Hermosa Beach and is found east of PCH and west of Prospect Avenue.
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.
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.
There is also easy access to LAX, freeways and that great beachfront.
Do you like surfing? Head down to El Porto to catch some great waves.
Is beach volleyball your thing? You’ll find everything from starters to world class pros here and remember to check out the Manhattan Beach Open Volleyball Tournament during the summer.
Heading east of Sepulveda you’ll find a massive renovation going on at the Manhattan Village mall, more restaurants on Rosecrans and the high end food store Gelson’s now open on PCH.
The Sand Section is the furthest west. This is the strip of land with the walk street homes and the properties on the Strand. There are both single family and attached and detached Towhomes.
The Tree Section and the Hill Section are both west of Sepulveda (PCH) and found north and south of Manhattan Beach Blvd respectively. Both neighborhoods are primarily Single Family Residences (SFRs).
East of Sepulveda you find Manhattan Village which is a gated master planned community located between Marine Blvd and Rosecrans just east of the shopping area of the same name. The Village has both townhomes and SFRs. The townhomes are zoned as PUD not condo.