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Manhattan Beach

The City of Manhattan Beach was established in 1912. It is one of three beach cities within the South Bay area of Los Angeles county. Manhattan Beach is situated just 4 miles South of LAX airport, making it an ideal location for super-commuters. Because the public schools operate outside of the Los Angeles school district, the quality of education is a huge draw for home-buyers. The Manhattan Beach Unified School District is an Apple Distinguished School District and a national tech leader. Schools consistently rank in the top 1% nationally. 

The South Bay enjoys some of the best year-round weather in the world and because of this, Manhattan Beach is home to many community events that locals look forward to year after year. From the spectacular Holiday Fireworks show in December, to free summer concerts in the park, each neighborhood offers something special to be enjoyed. Traditional favorites include the Hometown Fair in the Fall and the International Surf Festival in the summer. World class sporting events such as the Manhattan Beach Open are also sponsored in annually in Manhattan Beach.

The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) identifies Manhattan Beach as having five real estate sections: The Sand Section (Area 142), The Hill Section (Area 144), The Tree Section (Area 143), East Manhattan Beach (Area 146/147) and Manhattan Village (Area 145). Within each of these MLS sections there are numerous micro-neighborhoods to be discovered. 

The Manhattan Beach Strand is a part of the Marvin Braude Bike Trail that reaches north to Santa Monica and terminates south at the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The Strand is also a micro-neighborhood located within the Sand Section of Manhattan Beach. It is home to world-class luxury beach-front properties and some of the most expensive real estate in the western United States. The Strand itself is defined by niche markets; South of the Pier, North of the Pier and El Porto. As a rule, the closer the property is to the pier, the higher the value, as being within walking distance of Downtown Manhattan Beach is key. Corner lots can add coveted outdoor space and those lots also come at a premium. With unblock-able, panoramic ocean views and the pristine beach as a playground, it’s hard to dispute why this is some of the most sought after real estate in the country. 

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Area 142Sand Section

Sand Section real estate is highly sought after, and even more so are the unique walk-streets found within the Sand Section. The flat walk streets in South Manhattan Beach are generally preferred over walk-streets located on the steeper sections of what once were rolling sand dunes. Walk-streets are portions of the Sand Section neighborhood that offer completely paved sidewalks on the front of the property, with garage parking at the rear, accessed by alleyway. Walk-street living is a social environment that is very connected with neighbors. Properly valuing Sand Section property takes an expert as values can swing drastically based on varying, complex criteria. 

The North Manhattan Beach Sand Section has recently taken ownership of its location as a branded experience. North Manhattan residents have encircled the businesses and eateries located north of 31st St past Rosecrans Ave. as their own and have openly created the North Manhattan business district which includes what locals have always referred to as El Porto. El Porto is the area north of Rosecrans to 45th St. and has a high density of income properties.

Area 144Hill Section

The Hill Section of Manhattan Beach is made up largely of newer homes on large, sprawling lots, many of which capture outstanding ocean views. Most of Manhattan Beach’s estate-style homes are located within the Hill Section. The South-western side of the hill is known as premium real estate and is where most of the South Bay’s record-setting sales have recorded. Most lots West of John St, between 5th and 10th St can be considered within this zone. Homes in the northwest quadrant can still offer some ocean view. Many residents prefer Hill Section living for the large pool-sized lots that allow for legacy homes to be built on, while still being only a few minutes’ walk to Downtown Manhattan Beach. Many homes within this very exclusive section enjoy a greater sense of privacy, which is a huge draw for high-profile homeowners wishing to enjoy a quiet, beach life.

Properties located east of Sepulveda Blvd., West of Aviation Blvd., North of Artesia Blvd. and South of Manhattan Beach Blvd. are located within East Manhattan Beach. Micro-neighborhoods within East Manhattan Beach are known as the Mira Costa section (Area 147), Manhattan Heights and Liberty Village (Area 146). The draw to East Manhattan Beach is largely the larger lot sizes and the more traditional neighborhood feel. Properties here tend to offer a nice blend of a larger home with a larger lot at a greater value, though new construction in the area in 2019 is breaking new records for home prices in East Manhattan Beach. Some lots that sit on the few hills in the area may offer views of Downtown L.A. and the mountains beyond. 

Area 143 – Tree Section

The Tree Section is close to daily conveniences such as shopping at Target , Trader Joe’s, The Point and the newly refurbished Manhattan Village Mall. The Tree Section is named for its tree-lined streets that are protected by a local ordinance designed to preserve the special rural feel of this urban neighborhood. Many streets within the neighborhood are named after tree species such as Laurel, Pine, Maple, Walnut, etc. Homes within the Tree Section vary from ultra-custom, new construction to older, original homes that are popular to remodel as entry-level properties. Many residents enjoy a 10-15 minute walk to Downtown Manhattan Beach, while still enjoying larger yards and more space between neighbors.

A 4-mile greenbelt walking path cuts through the heart of the Tree Section. The Santa Fe Railroad ran through Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach back in the 1880s and the greenbelt now sits on what was the old railway line. The greenbelt is popular with local residents as a jogging path and dog-walking route, as it leads right to all of the community happenings in Downtown Manhattan Beach. 

The gleaming bell tower of American Martyrs church and school centers the Tree Section. Homes located along the borders of this community hub are referred to as belonging to the “Martyrs” section. These homes are ideally located within walking distance of both the private school at American Martyrs and Pacific Elementary School. The weekly Farmer’s Market held at the nearby Metlox Center, the local little league and soccer fields, the Badminton Club & Pool, and the community center are also within walking distance of most Martyrs area homes. 

Another sought after micro-neighborhood of the Tree Section is the Gas Lamp section. The Gas Lamp section is made up of a few streets lined with original turn-of-the century gas lamps that still burn at night as reminders of original Manhattan Beach streets. Many newly constructed homes in this area have embraced the charm of the working gas-lamp and have added them as exterior lighting on personal property. 

Area 146/147Mira Costa

(Areas 146/147)

The Mira Costa section surrounds award-winning Mira Costa high school. Lots here generally are about 7,500 SF, which allows for private pools. Within Mira Costa is another micro-neighborhood called the Poet’s Section, with streets named after the Romantic poets. There is a small section of Mira Costa with lots that can exceed a half acre. This is a very private and secluded section where homes rarely are offered for sale.

Liberty Village is found by crossing Manhattan Beach Blvd. and staying east of Polliwog Park. This section of East Manhattan Beach was originally made up of post WWII era tract homes that were built to accommodate rapid growth brought on by the expansion of the aerospace industry. These homes are popular with younger families starting out as homeowners in Manhattan Beach. Many of the original floor-plans have been greatly altered over the years as homeowners remodeled and recently some homes have been acquired by builders as lots for new construction projects. 

Manhattan Heights is located west of Polliwog Park. These lots are typically smaller than those found in Mira Costa, however some lots also capture views of Downtown L.A. Homes within Liberty Village/Manhattan Heights are walking distance to some of the city’s best parks and outdoor recreational facilities, as well as the elementary schools, middle school and high school. Situated between Manhattan Beach Blvd. and Marine Ave., these homes enjoy much of what Tree Section owners take advantage of; the proximity to Target, Trader Joe’s, The Manhattan Village Mall and more.

There is a small community called Manhattan Pointe on the East side of Aviation Blvd. at 2nd St. which is considered East Manhattan Beach. Children that live within the Manhattan Pointe complex may attend Manhattan Beach public schools.

Area 145 – Manhattan Village

Manhattan Village is the only gated community located in the beach cities. A quiet enclave of 400 townhomes and single family residences is found behind the gates and the community operates within a master Homeowner’s Association. The HOA offers pools, in-ground spas, a clubhouse, private security, controlled community access and views of lush greenbelts that wind throughout the grounds. 

The Village consists of three smaller HOAs: The Court Homes, The Town Homes and The Estate Homes. Court Homes are clusters of attached town-homes located within private cul-de-sac “courts” that are arranged to enjoy greenbelt views. Town Homes offer end-unit style living, as they sit side by side and share only one wall. Many of the Town Homes enjoy views of the Westdrift Manhattan Beach Golf Club. Court Homes and Town Homes are sprinkled in a mix all along the eastern side of the Village grounds. Estate Homes are all located together along the western portion of the grounds. Estate Homes are single family residence style, completely detached and offering private yards.