Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach are the South Bay Beach Cities.
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If you are thinking of buying a home in the Beach Cities it is very important to understand both the micro-markets i.e. neighborhoods smaller than the city they are in and the various property types in those neighborhoods. And don’t forget about the local jargon. What you’ll find are great schools, proximity to the beach, freeways, LAX, fine restaurants, cooler weather than further inland and everything else you would expect in coastal SoCal living.
Manhattan Beach is one of the most desirable places to live in coastal Los Angeles County. Homes are also quite expensive even by Southern CA standards. How expensive? Recently 3 Manhattan Beach neighborhoods were ranked in the top 12 most expensive in Los Angeles County.
There are many reasons people want to live in Manhattan Beach such as fine restaurants, shopping and the excellent school system. Mira Costa High School, has been ranked in the top 1% of all high schools nationally.
Many professional athletes (Lakers, Kings, and Clippers) as well as celebrity movie stars make their home in Manhattan Beach along with successful entrepreneurs, attorneys, doctors and business owners. There is also easy access to LAX, freeways and that great beachfront.
Do you like surfing? Head down to El Porto to catch some great waves. Is beach volleyball your thing? You’ll find everything from starters to world class pros here and remember to check out the Manhattan Beach Open Volleyball Tournament during the summer.
Hermosa Beach is great for sunbathing, volleyball, surfing, paddle boarding, biking, kayaking, rollerblading, skateboarding and general people watching.
To get the Hermosa Beach vibe, head down to Pier Ave and the Strand at the foot of the Hermosa Pier. On Pier Ave you’ll find mostly local restaurants and bars. If you are coming from PCH, keep heading west (towards the ocean) and you’ll find the Hermosa Pier at the Strand.
If you are on a bike, just make sure that when the light is flashing you walk it near the Pier. You will get a ticket. Really.
While the beach front homes on the Strand are quite expensive (budget in the multiple millions to buy on the Strand), Hermosa Beach homes are usually priced lower than comparable Manhattan Beach properties. They are, however, often more expensive than Redondo Beach properties of the same size.
One thing that’s really cool about Hermosa Beach is that many homes have roof top decks with ocean views. So you don’t have to live on the Strand which are great for entertaining or just taking in the views.
Redondo Beach is really a tale of two cities so if you are thinking of buying here, it is important to first decide whether you want to live in North or South Redondo.
They are both great places to call home but there are differences that extend beyond just price. Prices and lifestyle differ between the two.
South Redondo Beach 90277 has a great “downtown” area, Riviera Village, which sits at the foot of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and a few blocks from the ocean. Many homes have ocean views and the stretch of beach front along the Esplanade, definitely has a different feel than the Strand.
The Redondo Beach Pier, located at the end of Torrance Blvd is most likely going to be improved at some point in the future and that will add to the desirability of homes close by.
North Redondo is actually landlocked so it is “beach” in name only. Most of North Redondo sits east of Manhattan Beach except for the “Golden Triangle” which is the furthest west RB neighborhood. You can actually walk to the beach from some of the homes. You won’t find ocean views in North Redondo but some homes have mountain views.
Because North Redondo has much easier Freeway access - you can be on the 405 in about 10 mins from anywhere in 90278, it has dramatically increased in desirability over the past few years. So while the prices have come up, it is still one of the best values in coastal LA County and that’s even before the Galleria Mall and other redevelopment.