Manhattan Beach is one of the three “beach cities” that make up the South Bay region of Los Angeles County. The community is known for its clean, 450 ft-wide and 2+ mile long sandy beach and dreamy, upscale Strand and Hillside homes. It’s also a destination for luxury home buyers. The Strand section homes do not hit the market very often and when they do, they sell quickly and at about $6 or $7 million. You will find that many of the luxurious homes in the Hill section of M.B. have 5 or more bedrooms and bathrooms each and a pool; the price tag can be about $5 to $7 million. Ocean views and some city and mountain views are just some of the benefits of living in Manhattan Beach.
A paved path, called The Strand, runs along Manhattan’s beach from Torrance Beach in the south approximately twenty miles north to Santa Monica. There are separate bicycle and pedestrian paths that run along the wide sand beach. The 900 ft-long Manhattan Beach Pier is a popular subject for photography and the west coast’s oldest concrete pier. At the end of the Pier, you can visit the free Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab & Aquarium.
Downtown Manhattan Beach is upscale and home to over 150 retailers (mostly locally owned and with many chic shopping opportunities) and over 50 restaurants, including fine & casual dining, coffee & juices, bakeries & ice-cream.
The Manhattan Village Mall is also another popular M.B. shopping and dining location, which recently has a $12 million-dollar interior renovation. There are plans for a large redevelopment and expansion called the Village Shops, to be completed in 2021. The Village Shops will consist of curated open-are dining an retail space with a modern luxury feel that is Manhattan Beach.
Manhattan Beach is known for the Manhattan Beach AVP Open volleyball tournaments, surfing at the popular El Porto surf break or the Pier, its public parks (Sand Dune Park, Live Oak Park, Polliwog Park, and Bruce’s Beach) used for relaxation, sports, family fun, and seasonal concerts, walks or runs on the Greenbelt trail, and a casual beach culture in spite of its high property values.
Public education in Manhattan Beach is provided by the Manhattan Beach Unified School District, which oversees five elementary schools (Grand View, Meadows, Pacific, Pennekamp, Robinson), one middle school (Manhattan Beach Middle School), and one high school (Mira Costa High School). Mira Costa High School has students from both Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach.
Private schools located in Manhattan Beach include American Martyrs Catholic School, Manhattan Academy, Montessori School of Manhattan Beach and Journey of Faith Christian School.