Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach


The city of Manhattan beach is one of three coastal communities in the South Bay, an area in southwest Los Angeles County that includes Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach. Situated north of Long Beach and San Pedro, and south of El Segundo and LAX, Manhattan Beach is the birthplace of beach and indoor volleyball. The affluent city has attracted avid surfers over the years to a pristine stretch of ocean that sometimes sees waves topping 12 feet.

Manhattan Beach is one of the most pricey ocean towns in the country, characterized by rather small lots with houses that command millions of dollars. Homes built along The Strand, a bike and jogging path running along the Pacific’s white sand in Manhattan Beach, commonly top $5 million or more. Manhattan Beach and its high school, Mira Costa, are the primary filming location for the TV series “The OC.” The community of Manhattan Beach was once nothing but sand dunes, hence it’s hilly terrain, and was developed in 1902 by George H. Peck, who named the city after his hometown. Manhattan Beach is comprised of 4.9 square miles of real estate, 2.1 miles of which sit along the beachfront.

Downtown Manhattan Beach sits in the vicinity of Manhattan Beach Boulevard and its cross streets, in the area by the pier. This commercial hub houses restaurants as well as retail stores and boutiques. The Rosecrans Strip is a popular spot for shopping, and its mall is anchored by Macy’s, Pottery Barn, and Williams and Sonoma. Manhattan Beach residents enjoy days spent at the Manhattan Beach Country Club, and the Marriott Hotel and Golf Course. Its main stretch of beach draws in locals and visitors that are attracted to the rows and rows of volleyball nets set in white sand.

A city council and mayor serve the city. School children attend campuses in the Manhattan Beach School District, including five elementary schools, one middle school, and a high school. The district is one of the highest ranking in Los Angeles County. Manhattan Beach’s population of 35,135 is 84.5% white, 8.6% Asian, and a small percentage of other races. Median home values in the city exceed the median home values in the greater Los Angeles area by more than 100%. Manhattan Beach is divided into several unique residential enclaves, including The Village, Sand Section, Hill Section, Manhattan Heights, Poet’s Section, and El Porto.

Other attractions include the 21-acre Manhattan Beach Parkway, 11 parks all through the city to enjoy picnic, playing golf at the 9-hole public golf course, games like tennis, basketball, and swimming. Enjoy Sunday afternoon concerts in summer at Polliwog Park, the site of Manhattan Beach Historical Society, and shop through the various shops around downtown and northern business districts, the Manhattan Village Mall. The city hosts volleyball and tennis tournaments, bike races, and running, besides Holiday Fireworks Festival, Old Hometown Fair, and the International Surf Festival.




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