Hermosa Sand Section – Area 148
The Sand Section of Hermosa Beach is referred to by local Realtors as area 148. This is one of only three MLS real estate sections that make up the City of Hermosa Beach. The Sand Section can be unofficially broken down further into four sub-sections: The Strand, North Hermosa and South Hermosa.
THE STRAND – The Hermosa Strand is made up of homes that face the Marvin Braude Bike Trail with garage access on the alley side (Ocean Dr.) Strand properties begin in North Hermosa at 35th St (in the vicinity of neighborhood favorites such as North End Bar & Grill, El Gringo Mexican Cantina, Brother’s Burritos and Boccato’s Grocery and continue to Hermosa’s southernmost border at Herondo/1st St. The Strand is home to some of Hermosa Beach’s most expensive real estate, reaching record sale prices as high as $14 million for new construction (2017).
NORTH HERMOSA SAND SECTION – Properties that lie north of 16th St. through 35th St are in a sub-section local realtors refer to as North Hermosa. Many residents enjoy Sand Section living in North Hermosa because it borders South Manhattan Beach and they get to enjoy a “pier-to-pier” lifestyle. It’s slightly “quieter” in North Hermosa because only a few commercial properties are sprinkled throughout this area. Restaurants and convenient stores such as The Bottle Inn, The Green Store, and Martha’s 22nd Street Grill are typically walkable from home and they are locally owned and operated by residents of the community, contributing to that authentic, beach town feel that people love about Hermosa Beach.
DOWNTOWN – The downtown district of the Sand Section is generally defined as those properties that flank Pier Avenue and Pier Plaza, situated north of 6th St. and south of 16th St. Residents enjoy being close to the heart of all the community activity as well as within walking distance to the boutique shops, dining options, and the beach. Some of the most sought after properties are located along one of the few, flat walk-streets close to downtown. With neighborhood favorites such as Tower 12, Abilgale, Radici, Palmilla, and The Rockefeller within steps of home, it’s easy to see why buyers seek out the “park-and-walk” lifestyle that downtown living offers.
SLEEPY HOLLOW – This area is bounded to the west by Park Avenue and “The Sand Dune”. It sits between PCH and Valley Park to the north, Valley Drive to the east and Hermosa Valley School to the south. This area consists of larger, mostly flat, useable lots ranging from 4,800 sf to as large as 28,000 sf. Given the expansive size of the lots, owners enjoy the unique opportunity for privacy, pools, and large back yards, all while still only being within five or six blocks walking distance to the beach.
SOUTH HERMOSA SAND SECTION – 16th St. south through 1st St. is considered the “south end” of Hermosa Beach’s Sand Section. Properties in South Hermosa offer all the amenities of Sand Section living but with a slightly more casual tone, as it is farther from the Pier area and borders the beginning of South Redondo Beach. There’s still plenty to do within a few steps from home. Homes here are steps away from the Marina where locals can enjoy a day on the water paddle-boarding from Tarsan or the member’s only King Harbor Yacht Club, then grab a casual bite from iconic Mickey’s Deli.
The nearby 51 acre AES plant is slated for redevelopment into a planned, state-of-the-art mixed use zone; significant acreage will be dedicated to protected parks and wetlands. When the project is complete, South Hermosa will benefit from a growth in appreciation and local amenities to be enjoyed by all.