What’s Manhattan Beach About?

Manhattan Beach is ideally located.  We are close to Santa Monica on the Westside, Century City financial offices and about 20 miles from downtown Los Angeles.  The 405, 105 and 91 Freeways are just minutes from Manhattan Beach.

The city is 3.88 miles square with 2.1 miles of coastline.  Approximately half of the city land is devoted to residential use. The 2000 census put the population close to 34,000.  Our population is a diverse mixture.  We have new people moving to our town each day and older residents who have lived here all their lives.   We have the downtown area with casual beach shops, restaurants and the new Metlox Center. The Manhattan Mall shopping center with theatres and major chain stores is located on Sepulveda.  Along Rosecrans Ave there are restaurants,offices, stores and a new Shopping center at the corner of Rosecrans and Sepulveda.  Technically all building on the north side of Rosecrans is in El Segundo.

Manhattan Beach Schools are some of the best in California.  The high test scores have brought many families to our community.  We have five elementary schools, one Intermediate School and one High School.   We are proud of our students and teachers and their consistent high levels of scholarship.

Manhattan Beach is the most expensive of the Beach Cities that make up our South Bay Community.  There is almost no vacant land left in the city.  Most new homes are built on property where an older home was torn down.

The value of many older and smaller homes in Manhattan Beach is in the land.  There is often not much difference in value between a tear down and a fixer as the structure often has little worth. Most homes in the sand section near the water are on small lots usually 30×90 .  In the tree section the lots vary in size from 40x 135  to 40×112 and  the average size which is 40×116.  In East Manhattan Beach   most of the lots are 50×150 .. in Manhattan Heights there are a number of lots that are 50x 100.. Most of these are east of Redondo Ave in the Liberty Village neighborhood.  Condos and townhomes are more affordable then single family homes due to the high cost of land in our city.

Our lifestyle is Beach Casual.  Many of the things residents enjoy have to do with our close proximity to the ocean.  Walking downtown and strolling along the Strand is a favorite week end activity.  Surfing is a passion for young and old.  Riding the waves is still a great sport no matter what your age.  Volleyball is played along the beach from El Segundo to South Redondo.  The Hometown Fair is in October and starts with a 10K race that runs through the city. The Fair is adult and kid friendly. If you stroll through the Fair you will always see everyone you know.  The Marine Lab at the end of the Pier offers residents and visitors a chance to become familiar with the various life forms that populate our oceans.