Manhattan Beach Real Estate
Welcome to Manhattan Beach
This small coastal city is located just 3 miles south of LAX and 19 miles from DT LA. With a population @ 35,000 and just shy of 4 sq. miles, Manhattan Beach covers 2.1 miles of pristine coastline. It is one of the three (3) Beach Cities that make up the South Bay and it is also considered the finest. Known for its ideal weather and world class beaches, Manhattan Beach is home to beach volleyball and world class surfing. People here live a very healthy and active lifestyle. You will see people running, biking, skating and enjoying beach & ocean activities 365 days a year.
Manhattan Beach is known for its excellent school system, small town communities and an incredible downtown. “Downtown” is considered the heart of the city. This area runs along Manhattan Beach Blvd and the streets perpendicular to Manhattan Beach Pier and Valley Drive. There are many top-rated casual-fine dining restaurants, specialty boutiques and retailers that create a pedestrian friendly, mixed-use downtown center. Also located downtown is the Metlox site. The Metlox site, where the pottery factory once stood for decades, was closed in the early 1990s and redeveloped into a mixed-use center. The Metlox site includes a luxury boutique hotel, spa, restaurants, shops and underground parking.
Manhattan Beach also has so much more to offer. There are amazing parks like Sand Dune, Bruce’s Beach, Live Oak and Pollywog for family enjoyment, picnics, recreation and concerts. In addition, there is Veterans Parkway Greenbelt (also known as “The Woodchips”). This 4 mile wood chip path is situated between Valley and Ardmore Ave and extends from Sepulveda to Herondo St. This path is home to many runners, dog walkers and nature lovers.
This area starts at Homer Street on the south end, 45th (El Porto area) on the north end and stretches 4-5 blocks east. The “Sand Section” has some of the best oceanfront homes on the west coast. These homes stretch along the bike path and walking lane of “The Strand”. “The Strand” section of Manhattan Beach includes some of the most expensive real estate per square foot in the United States. Since 2010, new property developments in Manhattan Beach cannot exceed two lot parcels. Size and appearance restrictions were enacted by the Manhattan Beach City Council to preserve the appearance of the beachfront community after three lots were joined to create a 16,000 square foot oceanside home in 2008.
In addition, this area is notable for its quiet walk-street neighborhoods adjacent to the ocean. Walk street properties are highly sought after in Manhattan Beach. These Manhattan Beach homes have one side of the property facing a pedestrian walk street. They offer a lot of oceanfront views available with more privacy and less pedestrian traffic.
MB Heights/Liberty Village
Just to the south of MB Heights/Liberty Village is the Mira Costa area. The Mira Costa area is bordered by Sepulveda to the west, Manhattan Beach Blvd to the north, Aviation Blvd to the east and Artesia Blvd to the south.
This area is named after the only high school, Mira Costa High School, which is located on the southern border. Also known for its views, sloping streets and some very large homes, Mira Costa also has a very exclusive area called the Poets Section because its streets are named after famous poets: Keats, Longfellow and Tennyson. The lots and homes in this area are very exclusive, large and special.