Manhattan Beach Real Estate | Buying and Selling Homes


Manhattan Beach, located in the South Bay Beach Cities, is one of the most desirable places to live in coastal Los Angeles County. Homes are also quite expensive even by Southern CA standards and there are more $1M residential properties sold here than anywhere else in CA.

Bound on the west by the Pacific Ocean, Manhattan Beach is located south of El Segundo, north of Hermosa Beach and west of Redondo Beach CA.

Many professional athletes (Lakers, Kings, and Clippers) as well as celebrity movie stars make their home in Manhattan Beach along with successful entrepreneurs, attorneys, doctors and business owners from many industries.

There are many reasons people want to live in Manhattan Beach such as fine restaurants, shopping and the excellent school system. Mira Costa High School, has been ranked in the top 1% of all high schools nationally. There is also easy access to LAX, freeways and that great sandy beachfront. Speaking of which, every August, the city hosts the Manhattan Beach Open Volleyball Tournament and the International Surf Festival.

Downtown Manhattan Beach is considered by locals to be the heart of the city. The area runs along Manhattan Beach Boulevard and the streets perpendicular to the Manhattan Beach Pier and Valley Drive. There are many casual/fine dining restaurants, specialty boutiques and retailers that create a pedestrian friendly, mixed-use downtown center. The Shade Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel and the place to be seen, is also located here.

Manhattan Beach Neighborhoods

Manhattan Beach is divided up into a number of residential neighborhoods:

West of Sepulveda

Manhattan Beach Sand Section is notable for its quiet walk-street neighborhoods adjacent to the ocean. Oceanfront homes stretch along the bike path and walking lane of The Strand  which is some of the most expensive real estate per square foot in the United States.

Manhattan Beach Hill Section typically has larger lots than the Sand Section. Basically think Beverly Hills at the beach. With panoramic ocean and city views. Most homes in the Hill Section are within walking distance of either downtown or the Pier.

Manhattan Beach Tree Section is located north of Manhattan Beach Blvd and South of Rosecrans. New residents often ask if the name comes from the abundant trees found in the neighborhood or the street names such as Walnut, Oak, Pine, etc,

East of Sepulveda

Manhattan Village is a guard gated community located just east of the shopping mall of the same name and bound by Marine Ave to the south and a golf course to the north. There are 400 town and court homes. Amenities include a main pool and spa area, four additional spas within the community, and a quiet friendly atmosphere.

Liberty Village/Manhattan Heights The Heights area is the westernmost portion of this section. It is bordered by Sepulveda Boulevard on the west, Marine Avenue on the north, Herrin Avenue on the east and Manhattan Beach Boulevard on the south. This area has gentle hills, providing city views for some homes.

Liberty Village is the easternmost portion of this section. It is bordered by Aviation Boulevard on the east, Manhattan Beach Boulevard on the south, Redondo Avenue on the west and Marine Avenue on the north. . Most of the original Liberty Village lots are about 5,000 - 5,400 square feet.

Mira Costa  obviously named after the High School which is within the area. Most of the lots here are 50 feet wide by 150 feet deep. However, there are a few enclaves of exclusive homes on very large lots and a few standard lots that have been subdivided. This section is hilly, providing city views for some of the homes.

Buying a Home in Manhattan Beach

If you are thinking of buying a home in Manhattan Beach it is imperative that you pick your agent carefully. Very carefully. Here's why.

Many of the best properties change hands "off market" or through tight networking groups. Unless you have the right agent you may never even get to see some listings.

There's a number of reasons why this goes on but the main driver may be that many of the sellers want to maintain a certain degree of privacy and just aren't looking for pictures of their home to be all over the internet and to have public open houses with lots of strangers coming through. At a minimum with the right agent you will know what is coming on the market.

Another reason you need to be represented by someone well connected locally is because the pricing variables can be very subtle and vary substantially by even a few blocks. At a minimum you will know what is coming on the market before anyone else with the right local agent.

The Broker's Open tour for Manhattan Beach is on Friday and many listings may be held until Thursday or even Friday morning before hitting the MLS.

Selling a Home in Manhattan Beach

Although homes for sale in Manhattan Beach CA have been in high demand for the past few years and this trend is likely to continue, it takes more than a yard sign and an open house or two to sell your house.

To sell for the highest price, homes have to be properly presented, priced, and marketed. That means high resolution professional photos, 3D and standard video, staging, and being realistic as to timing and listing price.