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Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Tour: Manhattan Village, Mira Costa, Liberty Village, Manhattan Heights

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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 two main regions of Manhattan Beach- west of the Pacific Coast Highway and east of the Pacific Coast Highway. The sand, hill and tree sections are located west of the Pacific Coast Highway and you can check out our tour west of the PCH here. East of the Pacific Coast Highway you have the Liberty Village, Manhattan Heights, Manhattan Village and the Mira Costa neighborhoods of Manhattan Beach.

1. Manhattan Village

Manhattan Village is the only gated community in Manhattan Beach and is desired by people looking for extra security in their neighborhood. Manhattan Village is monitored 24 hours a day by a gate guard. The community also has a pool to be shared by the residents and located adjacent to the Westdrift Hotel golf course. The community is governed by an HOA and there are HOA fees that range between $300 and $700/month depending on the property. The community consists of single-family homes 2500 to 3500 SF and townhouses from 1400-2500 SF ranging from $1.1-$3.5M.

2. Mira Costa

The Mira Costa section of Manhattan Beach surrounds the public high school, Mira Costa High, home to the Mustangs. Homes in this section are on larger lots than properties west of the PCH and typically have 50 x 150 lots with the average home size around 3500 SF. There are many hills throughout the area so some homes in this section of Manhattan Beach have city views. Many buyers choose the Mira Costa section for the larger lots and homes, which are far more affordable than the Hill Section of Manhattan Beach. When you go east of the PCH you get a lot more home for your money. There is a small section within the Mira Costa section referred to as the Poet’s section with streets named after romantic poets. This section has larger homes on over 20,000 SF + lots. Homes in this section rarely come available. Children attend Pennekamp Elementary, Manhattan Middle and Mira Costa High School. This beautiful new construction located at 918 N. Peck Ave that is 5 BR/4.5 BA/3600 SF in the Mira Costa section sold in November for $3.545M. You can check out the full tour in the link above.

3. Liberty Village

Liberty Village is located across Manhattan Beach Blvd. east of Polliwog Park. This area of Manhattan Beach was originally tract homes that were built post WWII to accommodate the rapid growth in the area triggered by the aerospace boom of the time. Many of the original homes in the area are being torn down to accommodate larger homes like this home at 1209 N. Meadows which is a 3 BR/1 BA/984 SF home on a 4900 SF lot that sold for $1.4M in August 2021. This house was purchased by a developer and will be torn down and the end result will be a home similar to 1400 Manzanita Ln. that is 5 BR/5 BA/3598 SF and sold for $3.515M in July 2021.

4. Manhattan Heights

Manhattan Heights is located west of Polliwog Park between Manhattan Beach Blvd. and Marine Ave. Lots in this section are typically smaller than the Mira Costa section, however, there are some homes on hills that offer views to Downtown L.A. You are conveniently located close to Manhattan Village, The Point, Target and many other stores and shopping centers. Children living in Liberty Village and Manhattan Heights attend Meadows elementary, Manhattan Middle and Mira Costa High. 1400 17th St. is a 5 BR/5 BA/3278 SF home that sold in September for $3.5M in the Manhattan Heights 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!