Hermosa Beach is one of the three Beach Cities, bordered by Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach. Extending only 15 blocks east to west and 40 blocks north to south, and with a population of 19,506, Hermosa Beach is a small city with sea breezes that can lessen high summertime temperatures to an average of 74 degrees Fahrenheit. The city’s wide flat beach is popular for sunbathing, beach volleyball, surfing, paddle boarding, and its numerous restaurants and bars.
The Strand is a paved path that runs along Hermosa Beach from Torrance Beach to the south and approximately 20 miles north up to Santa Monica. Hundreds of people a day can be seen jogging, walking, biking, or rollerblading along the path. Hermosa Beach home prices can reach up to $20,000,000 along The Strand. The Hermosa Beach real estate market is robust with median price of homes currently listed in Hermosa Beach is $2,237,000 and values have gone up 8% over the past year.
Hermosa Beach has two schools: Hermosa Valley and Hermosa View, both of which rank in the top 10% in California, with students scoring at or above 90% in the highest grade tested in reading and math. At the high school level, students can choose between Mira Costa in Manhattan Beach or Redondo Union in Redondo Beach.
Hermosa Beach has been named a “world class pedestrian city” thanks to the Hermosa Valley Greenbelt, which is a walking trail converted from a railroad that is part of the federal rails to trails network. The city has eight other public parks, along with a skate park, basketball courts, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, and a lawn bowling club.
The Hermosa Beach Sand Section is west of Pacific Coast Highway between Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach, occupying the oceanfront and beach close homes around the Hermosa Beach Pier area. The demographic is slightly younger than its neighboring cities, with primarily young families and single working people. Similar to the Manhattan Beach Sand Section, homes in this area are located within a several block radius distance to the beach. Homes on The Strand have direct views of the sand and ocean with a large boardwalk dividing homes from the beach. Homes in Hermosa Beach Sand Section range from $700,000 to $8,000,000 and prices are 10% to 15% lower than the Manhattan Beach Sand Section.
Downtown Hermosa Beach is well-known for its pier, which extends into the Pacific Ocean and the Pier Plaza which is popular for its restaurants and lively nightlife scene.
The Hermosa Beach Hill Section is east of Pacific Coast Highway, south of Artesia Blvd, and north of Anita Blvd. and 190th St. Homes in the Hill Section are less expensive on average than homes in the nearby Sand Section. Residents enjoy an easy drive to the beach and near local shops and restaurants. Homes in this area are priced between $700,000 and $1,500,000.
Hermosa Valley is located just east of the slightly more expensive Sand Section area, west of Pacific Coast Highway and east of Ardmore Ave. Therefore, this area is still in very close proximity to the beach and activities Hermosa Beach has to offer. In this area between the Sand Section and Hermosa Beach East area many homes, condos, and townhouses with prices ranging from $700,000 to $2,000,000.