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Living in Manhattan Beach | Neighborhood Tour

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Manhattan Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Southern California and repeatedly voted one of the best places to live in the country! Manhattan Beach is located within the South Bay area of Los Angeles county just 4 miles South of LAX airport along the Pacific Coast. Manhattan Beach is considered the jewel of the South Bay positioned in a prime location on the Queen’s necklace where you get stunning views from the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the Santa Monica Mountains.

There are seven main real estate sections of Manhattan Beach. You have the Sand Section, the Hill Section, the Tree Section, Liberty Village, Manhattan Heights, Mira Costa and Manhattan Village with numerous micro-neighborhoods within those sections. Today in part one of our neighborhood tour we are touring the sand, hill and tree section located west of the PCH!

1. Sand Section

One of the most sought after areas in Manhattan Beach is the sand section and for good reason. The beach! Within the sand section there are subsections.First, you have the strand lots. These are beach front homes and some of the most expensive real estate in Manhattan Beach. Strand lots are typically 3300-3500 SF lots although there are several homes with double and triple lots along the strand. September of 2021. Typically homes in this area of Manhattan Beach are three stories with reverse floor plans so you can maximize the beautiful ocean views these homes are fortunate enough to have! Strand homes demand a premium price because of their close proximity to the beach and unobstructed ocean views. For reference, 2508 The Strand is a 4 BR/5.5 BA/4554 SF home that sold for $12.225M in

Just beyond the strand you have what are known as the walk streets. These are sought after properties in the Sand Section where one side of the property faces a wide pedestrian only sidewalk lined with homes hence why they are called “walk streets”. Walk street properties are typically 30×90 feet or 2700 SF lots and many of these homes offer an ocean view. These are sought after homes for their close proximity to the beach while also offering more privacy, less pedestrian traffic and a more reasonable price tag than strand homes. South end walk streets located between 4th and 10th street east of Highland are the flat walk streets, which are great for families and children. 220 20th Street is a 4 BR/4 BA/3716 SF walk street home that sold in September 2021 for $6.1M.
In both of these sections, children attending public school will attend top rated Grand View or Robinson Elementary, Manhattan Middle and Mira Costa High School.

2. The Hill Section

2. The Hill section is a small, affluent section of Manhattan Beach named after the large hill that makes up a large portion of this section of Manhattan Beach. It is located west of Sepulveda down to the Greenbelt at Valley and Ardmore at its southern border between 1st St and Manhattan Beach Blvd. Homes here have significantly more space than other sections of the city with large homes and lots between 5 and 10,000 SF. From some homes located on the peaks of the hill you get views from Palos Verdes to Malibu and even Downtown Los Angeles! Homes on the city side of the hill get the views to the north toward the mountains and Downtown L.A. while homes on the westside can have spectacular ocean views. As with most properties, homes with ocean views have a much higher price tag. These homes are an entertainer’s dream- many with pools and guest houses! You are conveniently located close to the beach, Downtown Manhattan Beach, Valley Park and the Green Belt, which is a great path to run and walk your dog. If you have children then they will attend the award-winning Robinson Elementary, a California Blue Ribbon School, Manhattan Beach Middle and Mira Costa High School. This gorgeous home located at 511 Pacific Ave is a 5 BR/9 BA/7980 SF home on a 9500 SF lot with panoramic, unblockable ocean views from Catalina to Malibu that sold in December 2021 for $8M.

3. The Tree Section

The tree section, named for their tree street names, consists of newer homes that are 3000-4000 SF on 4-5000 SF lots. These homes typically have traditional floor plans and are great for people who enjoy indoor/outdoor living as most homes in the tree section have yards. The tree section is the largest suburban neighborhood west of Sepulveda and is located with Rosecrans to the east, Manhattan Beach Blvd. to the west between Sepulveda and Valley/Ardmore and Sand Dune Park to the west. The American Martyrs area is a prestigious area surrounding a local church and affiliated school. Homes in this section of the tree section see the highest values. The tree Section offers good walkability to schools, parks, downtown and even to the beach. Children in the Tree Section attend either Grand View Elementary or Pacific Elementary, which are both California Distinguished Schools. Grand View draws students from the beach areas and Pacific has the larger campus. You are centrally located close to restaurants, shopping and entertainment downtown or at The Point and the Manhattan Village just a short distance away. The Manhattan Village is also undergoing a complete makeover and will have high end shops and restaurants like BOA and Sushi Roku bringing the Westside to the South Bay! 2408 Walnut Ave. is a 5 BR/4 BA/3100 SF/ 2008 construction home on a 4500 SF lot that sold in November 2021 for $3.599M in the tree section.

If you would like more information about Manhattan Beach or are interested in buying or selling in Manhattan Beach or nearby areas feel free to reach out to me at 424.333.5340 or Ashley.Novak@Compass.com or click the link above. We would love to help you with your next move and be your South Bay Real Estate agent of choice!