Moving to Manhattan Beach: The Neighborhood Crash Course

Posted by South Bay Staff on Friday, May 20th, 2016 at 2:34pm.

Manhattan Beach is one of the best towns in the beach cities to call home. Thanks to its gorgeous beaches and convenient location, it is a favorite for many families, including film professionals, professional athletes and technology and financial industry commuters who must travel for work often.

Surrounded by beach, offering a charming downtown and near-perfect weather, Manhattan Beach homes are some of the most sought after in the South Bay. Each neighborhood within Manhattan Beach can be as unique and special as the South Bay region as a whole.

The Sand Section

The Sand Section of Manhattan Beach is the area along the coast where home buyers may enjoy the incredible beach landscape, but typically find smaller lots and relatively higher prices. Lots here are generally less than 3,000 square feet and parking can be quite scarce for residents and potential visitors. Many of the homes in the Sand Section have ocean views. With the density of beach development, this area also has a great deal of multi-family rental housing property.

Address 121 Shell Street BD/BA 3br/2ba SQFT 1476 sqft LOT 1350 PRICE $2,195,000 $PSF $1,487 DOM 3 DOM START $ $2,195,000 START 05/20/19
Address 420 36th Street BD/BA 4br/4ba SQFT 2989 sqft LOT 1799 PRICE $3,500,000 $PSF $1,171 DOM 15 DOM START $ $3,500,000 START 05/08/19
Address 205 40th Street BD/BA 2br/1ba SQFT 811 sqft LOT 1390 PRICE $1,775,000 $PSF $2,189 DOM 15 DOM START $ $1,775,000 START 05/08/19

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Downtown Manhattan Beach runs along Manhattan Beach Boulevard and consists largely of commercial developments, so it offers easy access to your most frequented locations. Appropriately named, the Gaslamp section is characterized by the quaint “home-town” feel of gas lamps located between Blanche Road and Grandview, from 21st Street to 24th Street.

True beach junkies with deep pockets to match might try to find one of the few remaining homes for sale on The Strand. These homes are the closest available to the beach and offer up-close views of the breaking surf.

Highland Avenue is a dividing line for property values closest to the beach. West of Highland homes typically are much higher in land value than those east of Highland. The South End Walk Street homes all have front patios along car-free streets, making for a great neighborhood feel. This neighborhood is popular with families because of the lack of traffic. Sloped walkstreets offer ocean views.

The El Porto district is located just north of 38th street between El Segundo and the ocean shoreline. It is part commercial and part multi-family properties and has the highest density of residential development in Manhattan Beach.

The Sand Section is also home to three parks in Manhattan Beach: Bruce’s Beach Park right in the middle of town, and both Sand Dune Park and Live Oak Park along the border with the Tree Section.

Tree Section

As the name suggests, the streets in this part of town are all named after popular trees. Buyers might find Tree Section of Manhattan Beach most desirable because it is one of few locations in the city where homeowners can have something of a backyard, while still residing only a short walk to the downtown section and the beach. There is also free street parking for guests.

Address 3212 Palm Avenue BD/BA 4br/3ba SQFT 2558 sqft LOT 4640 PRICE $2,349,000 $PSF $918 DOM 1 DOM START $ $2,349,000 START 05/22/19
Address 1148 Elm Avenue BD/BA 3br/2ba SQFT 1678 sqft LOT 4477 PRICE $1,575,000 $PSF $939 DOM 8 DOM START $ $1,575,000 START 05/16/19
Address 3000 N Poinsettia Avenue BD/BA 4br/3ba SQFT 2175 sqft LOT 4635 PRICE $2,399,000 $PSF $1,103 DOM 15 DOM START $ $2,399,000 START 05/08/19

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Hill Section

The Hill Section of Manhattan Beach real estate is the lap of luxury. Hill Section offers the greatest concentration of large, multi-million dollar estates on larger lots, often with views. As a result, there are far fewer vintage beach cottages here than you might find in other parts of town.

On the west side of the hill, the homes have panoramic ocean views from Palos Verdes to Malibu. On the east side, some homes have views of downtown Los Angeles and the mountains.

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612 Anderson Street

Manhattan Beach, CA

  • 3 BR
  • 3 BA
  • 1,700 SqFt.
  • 3,250 Lot



DOM: 6

3br / 3ba
Sq. ft.:
Hill Section
Manhattan Beach
Address 612 Anderson Street BD/BA 3br/3ba SQFT 1700 sqft LOT 3250 PRICE $2,199,000 $PSF $1,294 DOM 6 DOM START $ $2,199,000 START 05/17/19
Address 861 8th Street BD/BA 5br/7ba SQFT 5656 sqft LOT 5751 PRICE $6,299,000 $PSF $1,114 DOM 6 DOM START $ $6,299,000 START 05/17/19
Address 211 John Street BD/BA 4br/3ba SQFT 2948 sqft LOT 5059 PRICE $3,199,000 $PSF $1,085 DOM 7 DOM START $ $3,199,000 START 05/16/19

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Manhattan Village

The Village is Manhattan Beach's only gated community, offering a quiet, community atmosphere and a mix of property types. Many of the properties have been upgraded and include townhomes and some single-family "estate homes," whose lot sizes range up to 11,000 sqft.

Address 27 Coronado Court BD/BA 2br/3ba SQFT 1583 sqft LOT 1884 PRICE $1,349,000 $PSF $852 DOM 232 DOM START $ $1,395,000 START 10/03/18

Manhattan Heights/Liberty Village

Located in East Manhattan Beach, the Manhattan Heights and Liberty Village areas are known for their relatively flat terrain and homes built from the 1950s-1960s. This area includes the local Polliwog Park, where lots of families can be found enjoying picnics, playing and working out.

Mira Costa Section

Also in East Manhattan Beach, The Mira Costa Section is named for nearby Mira Costa High School, the only high school in the Manhattan Beach Unified District. This hilly section of the city offers homes with city light views and a quiet, family-oriented neighborhood. The Mira Costa section is just minutes from the beach and downtown MB.

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