Hermosa Beach is located on the coast of Los Angeles between Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach. It is a city with a rich history dating back to the early 1900s. Its two miles of sand were acquired by deed from the Hermosa Beach Land and Water Company with deed restrictions that required the area to be preserved for the use and enjoyment of the public, without any commercial purposes. Thus the beach is one of the gems of California's ocean frontage.
A bike path just below The Strand (which is a paved pedestrian pathway) connects Redondo Beach to Marina del Rey on the north. Bike rentals are available in the commercial areas.
Homes and condominiums facing the ocean on The Strand are the most costly real estate in the city owing to their front yards being the sandy beach and their ocean views being unobstructable. Narrow streets and limited parking are a concern here as in other beach communities. Public fee-based parking is available in a structure off 11th Street.
There are three distinct areas of homes in Hermosa Beach: those near the beach, ones in the Valley area that is slightly inland near Valley Drive and Ardmore, and the area east of Pacific Coast Highway.
While multi-family residences are found in all areas of the city, most are located near the ocean where the rental market is most lucrative.
Most shopping centers are located on major arteries, the most prominent being Pacific Coast Highway, followed by Aviation Blvd., Pier Avenue and Hermosa Avenue.
Hermosa Beach has two elementary schools, one located at 1800 Prospect Avenue is for Kindergarten and Grades 1 through 2. Grade level 3 through Grad 8 attend Hermosa Valley Elementary at 425 Valley Drive.
Click on "Local Schools" on the main page of this website to obtain school scores.
The Hermosa Beach Library is located at 550 Pier Avenue. It offers storytimes, summer reading programs and internet access.
Parks and Recreation
The city of Hermosa Beach has a number of parks for residents. Hermosa Beach Community Center at 710 Pier Avenue has indoor facilities as well as six tennis courts and a fee-based skateboard park. The center has a teen center, gymnasium, dance rooms and meeting rooms.
Clark Stadium at 861 Valley Drive has two lighted tennis courts, lawn bowling, two lighted baseball diamonds and two lighted basketball courts.
South Park at 425 Valley Drive has a roller hockey rink. Other parks include Noble Park at 1400 The Strand and Valley Park at Valley Drive and Gould Lane.
The Municipal Pier is accessible from Hermosa Avenue at Pier Avenue. A parking lot is available off 11th Street and a parking structure on 13th Court.