Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach celebrated its centennial in 2012.  With a population of 35,000 in just under 5 square miles, it is the most nothern and most affluent of the Beach Cities.  Its northern location makes it ideal for commuters to Los Angeles Downtown, West Side or Century City area.

The city is divided in half east and west by Sepulveda Blvd. West of Sepulveda is the Tree Section, an area characterized by, what else? Trees, of course. The streets are named Oak, Elm, Pine, Walnut, Palm and Laurel in addition to the numbered streets. Most lots are 40′ wide and usually there are no curbs or sidewalks which adds to the rural and natural feel of the area. The Tree Section extends from Rosecrans south to Manhattan Beach Blvd and west to within 4 or 5 blocks of the ocean.

The Hill Section is so named because the area south of Manhattan Beach Blvd. is, indeed, a large hill. Lot sizes vary from less than 3,000 square feet to 12,000 square feet. Large lots on the western exposure can be very expensive owing not only to their size, but also some breathtaking coastal views. Lots on the eastern side of the hill often have city light views by night that extend to downtown Los Angeles.


The Sand Section is the neigborhood that extends north to south along the water’s edge and east for four or five blocks. This is the most densely developed area with lot sizes typically only thirty feet wide, and most newer structures are two or three stories. Many of the streets, especially west of Highland Ave., are walkstreets, meaning that they are closed to vehicular traffic, and the garages are at the rear of the property on the alley. From here you are only a short walk to the ocean and never far from the sight and sound of it as well. The Strand is the row of homes that fronts the water with a public sidewalk immediately in front of the property.




East Manhattan is also divided into neigborhoods. Between Rosecrans and Marine Ave. is the only gated community in the city, Manhattan Village. The village has single family homes, townhomes and court homes, and it is a favorite with people who travel and want the extra measure of security as well as the amenities that a gated community provides. South of Marine is Manhattan Heights, and the neighborhood just east that was once the original Manhattan Village, and further east yet, to Aviation is Liberty Village. South of Manhattan Beach Blvd. is known as Mira Costa Area, so named for the Manhattan Beach High School. Most lots are 50′ wide here offering more yard space than the Tree Section.


The Luxury Homes and Secret Neighborhoods of Manhattan Beach— Everyone knows about the elegant streets of the Hill Section with large lots and magnificent views, but there are gorgeous neighborhoods in the city that are largely unknown by even lifetime residents of the South Bay. The appeal of these neighborhoods is the privacy, secluded large lots, and an almost a rural feeling due to large trees and mature landscaping. One such neighborhood is the privately owned section of 5th St. Extending east from Johnson, this block of the street is a private street, narrow and rustic, lined with Ecalyptos trees and beautiful homes on large lots. Another neighborhood is a valley lying just east of Sepulveda entered at Longfellow from the south end or Ronda Drive on the north end and includes the small street, Terraza Place. The largest lot in the city actually lies in this valley. Above the valley is Duncan Drive, a tiny street that crests the hill where is is possible to see the ocean from east of Sepulveda. Homes rarely come on the market on any of these streets, and lots are prized when they can be found.




Live Like a Local—What to do for fun in Manhattan Beach – Whatever suits your lifestyle is probably available here or nearby. Manhattan Country Club is a private membership club featuring tennis courts, a work-out room, an Olympic size swimming pool, hand-ball and raquet ball courts in addition to fine dining and banquet facilities. For more information visit their website at Manhattan Beach also has public tennis courts at Live Oak Park and Manhattan Heights Park. A 9 hole munincipal golf course is located behind the Marriott Hotel, and more course are available in nearby cities. In all Manhattan Beach provides 11 parks with over 80 acres of space to walk, picnic or entertain children. But nothing beats the Manhattan Pier and the bike path and The Strand for scenic strolling or biking. Check the City of Manhattan Beach’s website for a list of classes and programs offered at the many city parks. Also see the Manhattan Beach Calendar page for fun events coming up in the city, many of which are annual traditions such as the Old Hometown Fair the Beach Volleyball Tournaments and the annual Fireworks in December.


Shopping Center, Dining and Hotels. Several hotels serve the area if you are visiting including the Marriott, the new Shade Hotel and several other small hotels.


For more information about the city, it’s history and recreational opportunities, visit the website of the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce or the City of Manhattan Beach. For information on Manhattan Beach real estate, call Mickey Knickerbocker at 1-310-995-1597.


All statistics are from Trendgraphix and the South Bay Association of REALTORS.