Manhattan Beach is an affluent suburb in southwest LA, neighboring El Segundo and Hermosa Beach. Manhattan Beach is the second most educated city in LA County and the fifth most educated city in California, according to US Census data.
Known for its clean, wide beaches, Manhattan Beach attracts more than 3.8 million visitors annually. Various paths for walking and biking include The Strand, Greenbelt, and a concrete bikeway along the beach that extends from Palos Verdes north to Santa Monica. Restrooms and showers are provided adjacent to The Strand paths to wash up after beach volleyball, bodyboarding, surfing, or swimming.
The Manhattan Beach Unified School District was ranked sixth best in the United States by Forbes and has test scores ranked third best in California, according to California Department of Education statistics. Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach is nationally ranked in the top 1% of high schools.
Forbes has named Manhattan Beach one of America’s most expensive areas. The Manhattan Beach real estate market outprices the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim metro average per square foot by almost 300%. The median price of homes currently listed in Manhattan Beach is $2,599,000 and values have gone up 10.2% over the past year.
Among Manhattan Beach’s many public parks, Polliwog Park is the largest and most frequented and has a small lake, open-air concert amphitheater for community events, playground equipment, picnic tables, and a fenced dog exercise area. Marine Avenue Park and Live Oak Park have several lighted ball fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, and an indoor racquetball facility.
Manhattan Beach is commonly featured in pop culture, such as in The Beach Boys’ “Surfin’ U.S.A.” and in TV shows like Weeds, Hannah Montana, and The O.C.
Downtown Manhattan Beach is a popular, high-energy destination. There are always people walking around the neighborhood streets, whose blue tile designs give the area extra character and charm. Downtown has a vibrant shopping and restaurant scene, which deserves special mention for the number of top-rated chefs who have recently opened restaurants in the area. The downtown area is also close to the beach, the historic pier, and Live Oak Park.
The Manhattan Beach Sand Section is legendary for its oceanfront and walk street homes along The Strand. The Sand Section stretches from North Hermosa Beach to El Segundo all along the coastline. Real estate in the area is a hot commodity, often commanding high prices since homes are within walking distance to the beach and Downtown Manhattan Beach, famous for amazing restaurants, coffee shops, and local businesses.
The Hill Section is known for its homes with large open floor plans and views overlooking the ocean and both Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach. This sub-community within Manhattan Beach is the premier area for outdoor living space and panoramic views of the South Bay. Hill Section homes tend to be lower priced compared to the Sand Section, ranging from $2,000,000 to $10,000,000 depending on views, lot size, and proximity to the ocean.
The Tree Section of Manhattan Beach is made up of quaint neighborhoods with a small-town feel and is a highly desirable area, especially for homeowners who prefer larger homes with outdoor spaces. The streets are tree-lined and the city has passed ordinances to protect the trees from removal. Tree Section homes vary in size from 1,200 to 4,000 square feet, and prices range from $1,000,000 for a bungalow to $3,400,000 for a newly built home.
East Manhattan Beach Village
The Beach Village is a gated community that was master planned and includes 400 townhomes and condos plus 122 single-family residences. Located near the intersection of Marine and Sepulveda, the Beach Village community is highly attractive to an elderly community that wants an active lifestyle. Residents of the Manhattan Beach Village enjoy amenities within the community, including a pool, five spas, and numerous fountains.