Manhattan Beach Strand Homes: Beachfront Properties for Sale

It was a great week for beachfront home buyers on the Manhattan Beach Strand: 2 properties closed escrow this week. To put that in some perspective, previously this year there were only 2 other Manhattan Beach Strand homes sold and 2 in Hermosa Beach as well.

If you have never been to the South Bay Beach Cities and are not familiar with the "Strand", here's a little bit of background to get started.
A paved path, called The Strand, runs along the coastline from Torrance Beach in the south approximately twenty miles north to Santa Monica and stops at about Pacific Palisades. There are beachfront ocean view homes along The Strand in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach CA.
Northward from Manhattan Beach there are no homes in beachfront homes in El Segundo CA but you will find beachfront housing in Playa Del Rey and other coastal communities to the north.
In South Redondo Beach, the homes the closest that you can own a home to the oceanfront is on "The Esplanade" which in general is set further back than The Strand. The bike and walking path continues after the Redondo Pier but not the houses. People may confuse The Strand with a "boardwalk." The Strand is not considered a "boardwalk," because it is not made out of wood boards.

To keep it simple, just head down to the end of Manhattan Beach Blvd. You see the path with the amazing houses directly facing the ocean? Those homes are on The Strand. Other than the absolutely unobstructable ocean views, what makes Strand homes so unique is that they literally are "on the beach". Other beachfront property in LA  County is not quite this much on the beach may be further set back with the exception of Malibu CA where homes may actually have waves breaking beneath the houses.
In any case, this is some of the most desirable and expensive real estate in Southern CA. While many buyers prefer to be south of the Manhattan Beach Pier and some even prefer North Hermosa "between the Piers" to let's say El Porto in Manhattan Beach, let's face it, it's all good. Very good.
So, just amazing to see 2 properties change hands the same week considering how rare these properties are to say nothing of how expensive. (Follow the links for the MLS listings.)
516 The Strand was listed for an even Ten Million (dollars) and sold for $13.5M. The 1884 sq ft house sitting on the 3328 sq ft ocean front lot is currently being used as a duplex and is rented. I'm going to guess that we'll see a new structure there at some point in the not too distant future because I just don't think it quite pencils out as a rental. But that's just my speculation.
1904 The Strand was advertised as "quite possibly the finest home ever built on The Strand" and at a sales price of $15,750,000 who I am to argue. Some of the incredible features, other than the location, are stone floors reclaimed from a French Chateau (nice touch), radiant heated floors, 1400 bottle wine cellar, and a four car garage including a lift! The almost 5000 sq ft 3 story 4 bedroom house was built in 2006 and sits on a 3324 sq ft lot.

By comparison, The Hermosa Beach Strand Sales this year were just nowhere near as expensive.

3035 The Strand which is one of my favorite Hermosa Beach Strand properties is in a a great north end Hermosa location that's right between the piers and an easy walk to downtown Hermosa Beach or Manhattan Beach. Built in 1990, this 3219 sq ft house sits on a 2937 sq ft lot. The house has a lot of updates and a great floorplan with the master suite on the third level. It was listed and sold for $8.5 million.

Moving up in price a little bit, 2624 The Strand in Hermosa Beach sold for $8.95M. That property is unique in that having been built in an earlier era, the setbacks could not be duplicated today (or so the listing agent says). The house might look small from the street but is 3758 sq ft with 3 bedrooms on a 2872 sq ft lot. there's also an extra large 3 car garage which certainly can come in handy.

Manhattan Beach or Hermosa Beach, living on The Strand is the ultimate in southern CA LA County ocean front beach living. But if you can't find a home on the Strand, how does a walk street west of Highland sound?


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