As the father of a 7 year old boy I can be a little biased. When I walk my 1st grade son to school I noticed 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders high-5ing him and hugging him and my heart melted. When we walk around town I hear kids from cars yelling his name.
People love living close to downtown Manhattan Beach so they can walk to the restaurants and shops. It's common to run into your friends and classmates. Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach and El Segundo also have great areas to walk to as well. Many cities in the south bay have farmers markets that the kids enjoy going to.
Each city has great community and are wonderful places to raise children. It mostly depends on what's important to you and the lifestyle you want. Manhattan Beach and Palos Verdes have the highest ranking schools followed by Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach then Torrance.
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Shorewood Realtors, Manhattan Beach