Manhattan Beach Real Estate Information

Located in southwestern Los Angeles County, Manhattan Beach is the furthest north of the three “Beach Cities.” While almost 34,000 people call Manhattan Beach, the city maintains its small town charm and quiet streets – a trademark many residents have come to love. Due to its perfect location within commuting distance of downtown Los Angeles and along the pristine Southern California coastline, Fortune Magazine has ranked Manhattan Beach as one of the most expensive coastal towns in which to live in America. Originally purchased by a Scottish immigrant and investor in 1863 from the Rancho Sausal Redondo and Rancho Aguaje De Centinela land grants, Manhattan Beach today is one of the most desirable communities for individuals and families alike.

A number of commercial areas provide residents and visitors with a wide range of places to shop, eat, gather, and run errands. Downtown Manhattan Beach runs along Manhattan Beach Boulevard and includes a number of boutique shops, restaurants, and a mixed-use center called MetLox. The Rosecrans Strip includes the Manhattan Mall, the Manhattan Beach Country Club, Marriott Hotel and Golf Course, and a number of retailers and big-name merchants. A number of other notable strips, like Marine Strip, Manhattan Beach Boulevard Strip, Artesia Strip, Highland Strip, and Sepulveda Strip are home to a number of stores and companies. The Aviation Zone provides the most jobs and hosts a wide range of large firms, including a Manhattan Beach Film Studios office and production facility and a Northrop Grumman Space technology plant.

The Manhattan Beach Unified School District oversees five elementary schools, and a single middle and high school. The district is the fifth-best district in California and also serves students in North Redondo Beach. A number of private institutions are also popular with Manhattan Beach families. A shoreline-hugging paved pathway, The Strand, runs from the south in Redondo Beach north all the way to Santa Monica via Manhattan Beach, and is very heavily traveled throughout the year. Skateboarders, joggers, walkers, and casual sightseers find the walkway to be spacious, relaxing, and especially inviting for those looking to find grand vistas of the stretching Californian shoreline or the spectacular sunsets in the evening. Because of its substantial size, Manhattan Beach also has its own local newspapers, Beach Reporter, the Easy Reader, and the Manhattan Beach Sun.