East Manhattan Beach has more large lots then those in other areas of the city. In the Mira Costa neighborhood just south of Manhattan Beach Blvd almost all the lots are 50x150. North of the Boulevard in Manhattan Heights there are both 50x150 lots west of Redondo Ave. and 50x100 lots east of Redondo Ave. in Liberty Village. For more information on lot sizes in Manhattan Beach see the link below..... more
Unfortunately there aren't any in Manhattan Beach at this time.. however El Segundo has some... both office/work and artist/loft .. living units. Hermosa Beach also has a project on Hermosa Ave. I think we will see more of this style in the next year or so.. They are a very popular concept in Venice which has more of these units then othe coastal cities. For more information see the link for El Segundo on my web site below... more
From El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach the Green line is centrally located with stations at... Aviation, Marine, Douglas/Rosecrans,El Segundo Blvd/Nash St. and Mariposa/Nash Street.. This is an ideal location for those who work near the Airport or in the Business Parks on Sepulveda and Rosecrans.... more
That's a great question. Truthfully there may not be any difference between them in Manhattan Beach or nearby Beach Cities. As the area is completely built out most new homes can only be built on properties where an existing home must be torn down. In these situations it is the land that has all the value not the structure. Often the home that is torn down is small and may be in good condition needing only some minor repairs. However the land is so valuable that builders often out bid first time buyers who are looking for a fixer.
Sellers like selling to builders as they can sell the properties "as is" and make no repairs or warranties about condition.... more
Yes Manhattan Beach has the annual 10K race that starts the Hometown Fair weekend the first weekend in October. The race runs through the city and ends at the pier.. Everyone who finishes gets a specially designed tee shirt. it's lots of fun and the race gets bigger every year... more
The most popular style in new homes continues to be Mediterranean but the Craftsman style is catching on.. Contemporary seems to be the least popular style with ultra modern being the least popular.... more
While you can't beat the beach for having fun.. Manhattan Beach has two large Parks. Live Oak is the place for softball and tennis. There is also a place for little kids to play and a dog run for pups to meet new friends. Polliwog park has a lovely lake and a playground with lots of things to do for the under 5 crowd. Polliwog also has one of the original homes built in Manhattan Beach when the entire city was mostly giant sand dunes..... and speaking of sand dunes.. Sand Dune Park off Bell Ave has one of the last remaining sand dunes in the city. If you are looking for a great workout try climbing the dune a few times.... more
Manhattan Beach has seen prices rise consistently over the years. A buyer should expect to pay about $750,00 for an entry level property in east Manhattan Beach.. Sometimes there are a few on Manhattan Beach Blvd or Artesia that are slightly less expensive. If you are looking for a unit west of Sepulveda then you will be looking at prices starting around $900,000 for one on Manhattan Beach Blvd and about $1,250,000 for one slightly closer to the water or with an ocean view.... more
Manhattan Beach is slightly less the 4 miles from LAX. The close proximity without any airport noise is one of the reasons people choose to live in Manhattan Beach if they must do a lot of commuting. Manhattan Beach is centrally located which is ideal if you have to go to the Westside or downtown Los Angeles.... more
The Manhattan Beach tree section is truly a lovely neighborhood. The area maintains a countryside feel as all streets have lots of trees and over the years the residents have rejected the idea of sidewalks to keep that rural flavor. Many homes in the area are within walking distance of downtown and Live Oak Park which is an added bonus.... more
Manhattan Beach is one of the best beaches in Southern California. The beach is very wide and the sand is wonderful. In fact if you have been to Waikiki then you have walked on Manhattan Beach sand. When Waikiki was first developed the beach area had little sand and was rather rocky.. so the developers went searching for sand on the mainland. They decided that Manhattan Beach had the best sand and for most of the 1920's the sand from Manhattan beach was shipped to Waikiki.... more
Prices vary widely depending on how close to the beach the property is located. In east Manhattan Beach an older 4 bedroom home on a 50x150 lot will start around $1,400,000 and go up to $2,500,000 for new construction. In the Hill section an older home with a view on a large lot would be priced over $3,000,000. In the tree section you might find an older home around 2500 sqft around $1,700,000. If you are looking on the Strand or a full lot on a walkstreet with a view you would be have to pay over $4,000,000 .... more
There are currently 8 lovely homes in the Naples area of Long Beach on the market under $1,000,000 right now. All are close to the water, it is not possible to be far from the water on lovely Naples Island.... more
The average number of days for homes on the market has declined since the beginning of the year. The days on market (DOM)for single family homes that are for sale is 62. For townhomes it is 47.
The DOM for Sold properties is 52 for single family homes and 49 for townhomes.
There are currently 86 single family homes for sale and 26 townhomes in Manhattan Beach... more
Twenty-five years ago if you lived in the South Bay your only choice for shopping was Fashion Square in Del Amo or going up the Hill to the Peninsula Shopping Center in Palos Verdes. My how the times have changed! While Fashion square is bigger and better then ever and the Peninsula Shopping center has had a major upgrade there are new choices where you can shop 'til you drop. The Galleria in Redondo features Nordstrom's. Macy's and Mervyn's plus other shops including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Sharper Image and Abercrombie & Fitch to name a few. In Manhattan Beach you will find the Manhattan Beach Mall with Macy's for Men and Macy's for Women plus a Pottery Barn, Williams and Sonoma and the Gap. A block away Plaza El Segundo is nearing completion and features a Cost Plus World market, Whole Foods, Best Buy, Sur la Mer and some exciting new restaurants.
Try downtown Manhattan and Hermosa for some cute boutiques and Riviera Village where Jonathan's still reigns supreme.... more
At this time we are not seeing much of an effect from the sub prime problems. Most of those who bought in the beach cities did not have to resort to a sub prime loan. We will see some foreclosures and a few short sales but overall most homeowners in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and El Segundo have sufficient financial resources to handle their mortgage obligations.... more