Trulia Community - Advice from neighbors and local experts

Find Your Community
We couldn't find that location. Please try again.
Get Expert Advice

Home Buying in 90266 : Real Estate Advice

  • All34
  • Local Info0
  • Home Buying14
  • Home Selling3
  • Market Conditions1

Activity 22
Fri Sep 26, 2014
Barry and Serene Sulpor answered:
Hi Kevin,

That's an excellent question and one we often get asked today. The answer is that it's a competitive market for home buyers right now with the number of homes, especially in the South Bay, at record lows. My partner and I strongly recommend to our clients that they first put their home on the market before looking for their next home. We were recently featured in this timely article on helping buyers get the winning bid in today's tight housing market. Check it out and please know we're here if you need any help.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/realestate/buy/sc-cons-0614-multiple-bids-home-20120614,0,7166104.story
... more
0 votes 18 answers Share Flag
Mon Feb 25, 2013
Lauren Perreault answered:
That depends on your price range. If budget isn't a problem, the the Sand Section, Tree Section or the Hill Section of Manhattan Beach would be great. If you are a little more price sensitive, then Redondo Beach down near the Hollywood Riviera or parts of North Redondo would work for you. And finally, if you are on a budget, then I highly recommend Hollyglen area of Hawthorne, with its excellent Wiseburn school district (don't let Hawthorne address make you not take a second look.) You can see more about all the areas at my website at http://www.fabuloussouthbay.com/page/cities-neighborhoods-personalities.html. We'd love to help you and your 7 year old find the perfect place to live! ... more
0 votes 10 answers Share Flag
Mon Dec 31, 2012
Chris Plank answered:
I would suggest you meet and speak with an experienced agent. The purchase of your first home can be a bit overwhelming. An experienced agent can educate you as well as walk you through the home buying process. I would be happy to answer any of your questions you may have. I have been selling real estate in Manhattan Beach for over 20 years, as well as having lived in this great city my whole life. Good luck to you in purchasing your first home! ... more
0 votes 8 answers Share Flag
Fri Jun 8, 2012
Dan answered:
Fri Aug 2, 2013
Keith Kyle answered:
Vincent,

Most homes in the area do not have air conditioners and for the most part, they just aren't really necessary. Some of the new construction homes have installed air conditioning as the homes are quite expensive and the builders want to ensure that the homes have everything that a buyer could possibly want. Whether you would need it also depends on the location of the home and whether you get some of the ocean breezes that seem to keep things cool on even the hottest day. I've lived in Hermosa for 17 years and don't have air conditioning and until the home west of mine built a second floor and eliminated my breeze (as well as my view unfortunately) I had never even considered it. Ceiling fans are generally all you need during the summer. It's this weather that makes us want to live here. I see that you're in Thousand Oaks and I grew up in Calabasas.....so I know about that Valley heat in the summer.

I hope you find your way down here at some point as it's a fantastic place to live.
... more
0 votes 8 answers Share Flag
Tue Jun 10, 2008
Keith Kyle answered:
Aimee,

My clients home in Hermosa probably isn't large enough with 2 bed, 1 1/2 bath, but the sellers are open for a potential lease option. I also have clients in a similar situation and there is another home in Hermosa that is currently for sale and they may be up for a lease option. The home is on 8th Street in Hermosa and my listing is on Longfellow....so just a block south of Manhattan Beach. With the market having slowed down quite a bit, you're definitely more likely to find a seller interested in a lease option than anytime in the recent past. ... more
0 votes 1 answer Share Flag
Tue May 27, 2014
Rebecca Chambliss answered:
Supply and Demand. MB has gone up over 17% since the same time last year (from latest LA Bus. Journal.) There is only so much land there and as long as people find it desirable, it will continue to go up in value. Also so much building has taken place, if you have a SFR rather than a townhome..value goes up. ... more
0 votes 19 answers Share Flag
Mon May 28, 2007
Kaye Thomas answered:
Manhattan Heights is a great area just north of Manhattan Beach Blvd.. The median "sold" price in April was $1,816,000. You can find a home in the Liberty Village neighborhood in Manhattan Heights for slightly less. ... more
0 votes 3 answers Share Flag
Thu Aug 22, 2013
Kaye Thomas answered:
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
0 votes 5 answers Share Flag
Tue Jun 10, 2008
Kaye Thomas answered:
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
0 votes 4 answers Share Flag
Thu May 17, 2007
Kaye Thomas answered:
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
0 votes 1 answer Share Flag
Sat Jan 31, 2009
Kaye Thomas answered:
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
0 votes 1 answer Share Flag
Thu Aug 6, 2015
Laurie Manny answered:
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
0 votes 3 answers Share Flag
Mon Jun 13, 2016
Laurie Manny answered:
Yes, mold is always a consideration when living near the beach. The walls and floors of closets are likely places for mold to form as there is little or no air circulation. Walls and floors of closets should be checked on a regular basis. Several coats of Kilz and a good sealer will usually remedy the worst of the problem. The trick is to seal the walls. ... more
0 votes 7 answers Share Flag
Sat Jan 31, 2009
Kaye Thomas answered:
The South Bay has a number of new developments devoted to 55+ housing. Currently they are all located in Torrance with the exception of a fabulous ocean view Mobile home park in San Pedro that is a 55+ park. The newest developments in Torrance are:
1) Village Court, which features a mix of 1,2 and three bedroom units in a resort setting. Prices are from about $400,000-$700,000
2) Courtyard Villa Estates, features 2 bedroom and 2 bedroom + a den floor plans priced from $522, 000- $898,00 for a top floor unit.
3) Blue Rose Court has units that are patio home style with private garages. Prices start at $599,000.
4) The Meridian on Cabrillo has 1 and 2 bedroom units that begin at a modest $299,000.
5)The last of the new developments is the Gables on Torrance Blvd. These are studio and one bedroom units with prices that start in the mid $200,000's.
... more
0 votes 2 answers Share Flag
Fri May 14, 2010
Roberta Murphy answered:
In coastal North County, the most extensive network of equestrian properties and trails would be in the Rancho Santa Fe and Olivenhain communities. There are also some equestrian homes and trails in Bonsall and Fallbrook. With our mild San Diego climate, it is horse heaven! ... more
0 votes 3 answers Share Flag
Tue Oct 16, 2012
Gena Riede answered:
oh my gosh, yes. There is great horse property in Wilton and in the Auburn area is like heaven to a horse.
0 votes 3 answers Share Flag
Thu Oct 11, 2007
Gena Riede answered:
There are plenty of new homes in and around the Sacramento area below $550K. Here are just a few of the many areas...Antelope, Elk Grove, Folsom, Natomas and Sacramento itself. In Placer County there are new homes in Roseville and Lincoln, just to name a few. I'd love to help you find just the right one. ... more
0 votes 2 answers Share Flag
Mon Nov 10, 2008
Kristal Kraft answered:
Hi Kaye, Glad to hear you have home buyers coming this way. We certainly have a lot to choose from in the $300k price range. Depending on personal preference your buyers might think about what type of living they prefer; urban or suburban. In the city it is possible to find a home in that price range, just understand it will be "older" say 30-50 years or more. If they like newer homes the suburbs offer a wide variety of homes. The burbs to check out would be Aurora, Lakewood, Arvada, Westminster, Broomfield, Littleton. Most are within 20 minutes probably more like 30 minutes, it all depends on what time of day the traveling occurs. Hope this information helps. I have a website that is more compresensive with neighborhood drive times included...they may want to check it out! ... more
0 votes 3 answers Share Flag
Sat May 12, 2007
Kristal Kraft answered:
Coloradoans love their golf! We have nearly 100 golf course in and around the Denver metro area. Depending upon price range there will be a golf course home for must any golfer.
I'm including a link to our wonderful golf courses... ... more
0 votes 1 answer Share Flag
1 2
Search Advice
Search

Followers

353