Manhattan Beach is considered the crown jewel in the “Queen’s Necklace” of the South Bay. Manhattan Beach is home to the AVP professional volleyball tournaments every summer and has been chosen by many athletes and movie stars as their home. You never know who you’ll see having lunch at the Kettle or browsing the boutiques at Barbie K’s or Diane’s. The cute downtown area is a unique blend of shops and restaurants, from the vintage pool hall Ercole’s to the latest in trendy dining at Michi , Rock N’ Fish, or the family friendly and always packed Mama D’s.
For location, Manhattan Beach real estate of all the beach cities offers the best combination for many people who live in the Los Angeles basin. Close (but not TOO close!) to Los Angeles International Airport, it is convenient for “road-warriors” who must travel frequently and also for the many professional athletes who call it home. It is also the closest of the three beach cities to the freeways, which makes it ideal for those who work in downtown financial markets or the Burbank/Hollywood studio arenas.
Manhattan Beach has used its unique geography and topography, which was originally comprised of sand dunes, to create several very unique housing districts. Each of these areas has a fairly distinctive type of housing, lot size, and different price point and dollar per square foot average. The six Manhattan Beach real estate areas are: The Sand Section, The Tree Section, The Hill Section, and then the areas of East MB east of Sepulveda Boulevard including Manhattan Village, Manhattan Beach Heights/Liberty Village, and the Mira Costa areas. You can read more about these areas on their individual pages.
Due to its’ high values, in recent years developers have moved into town and there is a very good selection of brand new or nearly new Manhattan Beach homes for sale, as well as older post-war housing stock to choose from. Manhattan Beach has a slightly more settled and family feel than its Southern neighbor Hermosa Beach, but it is still a lively little piece of paradise in the middle of Los Angeles. We’ve lived here for over 20 years – let us show you around!
Manhattan Beach Homes for Sale
Click below for currently listed Manhattan Beach real estate:
- Under $1,000,000
- $3,000,000 and up
- Townhomes and Condos
- Gated Community
- Residential Income Properties
- Lots and Land Properties
Manhattan Beach Schools
The Manhattan Beach school system has long been a model for other cities to emulate, with all five grammar schools being designated as California Distinguished Schools and one grammar school and the middle school also designated National Blue Ribbon Schools. All of them would qualify, but the schools have wisely decided to spend the time and effort it would take to go through the rigorous testing on the students instead! The still relatively new Manhattan Beach Middle School was built at a cost of nearly $6 Million and has advanced language, mathematics, and video production courses among other novel offerings. Mira Costa High School was given a Silver Medal and rated in the top 1 percent of ALL of the nation’s thousands of high schools by U.S. News and World Reports and is well known for both academics, athletics, and performing arts.
Manhattan Beach Dining and Shopping
According the the July 2014 issue of GQ magazine, Manhattan Beach is hailed as “America’s Best Beach for Chowing Down.” There are more restaurants here than you can shake a stick at, from casual to fine dining and everything in between. Shopping is abundant as well, with numerous high-end retailers and restaurants at Manhattan Village and just further down the street Plaza El Segundo.
Manhattan Beach Entertainment
One of the main attractions in Manhattan is the Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium at the end of the pier. With numerous Performing Arts centers and one of the newest and trendiest movie theaters around is the Arc Light Cinema in neighboring El Segundo, there is no shortage of entertainment here.
Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation
Manhattan Beach is home to an abundance of parks and some wonderful recreational programs including aquatics, tennis, concerts, teen and youth camps, and performing and visual arts. The city hosts the Manhattan Beach Open pro volleyball tournament every summer.
Commuting in Manhattan Beach
Commuting is what makes Manhattan Beach so very popular amongst the beach cities. It is close to LAX and to major freeways such as the 405, 105, and 10. This allows people working in all parts of southern California to get to work easily from their wonderful home base of Manhattan Beach.