Manhattan Beach boasts its good schools and sense of community. The city offers single-family homes, condominiums, townhouses and apartments to meet all residential needs. Manhattan Beach is known for holding annual professional volley ball tournaments on the sand and free summer concerts in Live Oak Park.
The city is conveniently located for commuters who must travel to the Westside or Downtown Los Angeles and to the Los Angeles International Airport, theaters, and other venues in the Los Angeles basin. The area offers many activities centered around the family, including youth sports and active school programs. Neighborhoods have many nearby parks and jogging trails. While all of these benefits are acknowledged, homeowners maintain that the excellent appreciation in their property values is high on their list of benefits to living in the area.
Being a beach community with high land cost, many residences are built as townhouses. A "full lot" in this area, known as the "Sand Section," is 30 x 90 feet (2700 square feet)! Many single-family homes in this area are built on half lots (30 x 45 feet), where nearly the entire frontage and much of the lower level of the structures is taken up by the garage and its apron. With parking at the beach being the extra family cars.
Within this area is the Gas Lamp Section of charming homes located east of Highland Avenue near Marine Avenue. North of Rosecrans is another sub-section, the unincorporated area of El Porto that was annexed to the city some years ago. Homes, condominiums and townhouses on The Strand command the highest prices in the city.
Beyond the sand dunes on the northern end of Manhattan Beach is an area known as the "Tree Section." Homes there are built on larger lots and often have homes with larger square footage than those in the Sand Section. These homes also have larger garages, patios, lawns, and sometimes swimming pools as well.
On the south side of Manhattan Beach is the area known as the "Hill Section," where many newer estate properties have been built to take advantage of the beautiful ocean views.
Manhattan Village is the area of single-family homes and townhouses in Manhattan Village, a gated development east of Sepulveda Blvd. and north of Marine Aveue. Liberty Village and Manhattan Heights area also areas east of Sepulveda Blvd.
One of the obvious recreational area in the city is the wide public beach. The pier also is a favorite area of many residents.
The median strip that runs the length of Valley Drive through Manhattan Beach was originally owned by a railroad. Its tracks were rarely used and residents encouraged the City to purchase the land for public parkland. Today the area provides a play area and jogging trail for residents and the landscaping enhances the surrounding neighborhoods.
The longest enduring park in the city, Live Oak Park has been a center of activity for residents since the 40's. It has playground equipment, picnic areas, two lighted athletic fields, six tennis courts that can be reserved and two basketball courts.
Sand Dune Park at 33rd Street and Bell Avenue offers challenging steep sandy slopes for those seeking good workouts.
Joslyn Community Center at 1601 Valley Drive offers senior activities among others.
Manhattan Heights Community Center at 1600 Manhattan Beach Blvd. which has a teen center, baseball diamond, tennis courts, basketball courts and athletic fields.
Polliwog Park at 1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd. offers a swimming pool and outdoor area including an amphitheater.
Marine Avenue Park at 1625 Marine Avenue offers a lighted baseball diamond, soccer field, basketball court, playground equipment, and supervised after-school playground activities for youngsters. There are also fee-based lighted racketball courts.
Marine Sports Park at 1801 Marine Avenue offers lighted baseball diamonds and four soccer fields.
Additional small "parkettes" exist within many neighborhoods including ones at 1700 8th Street, one in the 200 block of Larsson Street, one at Highland Avenue and 27th Street, Veterans Parkway at Valley Drive and Ardmore, and Manhattan Village Park on Park View Avenue off of Rosecrans Avenue.
Manhattan Beach Unified School District operates five elementary schools, Manhattan Beach Middle School and Mira Costa High School. All of the schools are ranked in the highest percentile of the state and are the pride of residents. Attendance areas and individual school reports can be accessed by clicking on the "Schools" button on the main page of this website.
The Manhattan Beach Public Library is located at 1320 Highland Avenue. It offers preschool storytimes and internet access.
Manhattan Beach City Hall is located at 1400 Highland Avenue. It houses the Building and Planning Departments. Both the Fire Department and the Police Department are located in an adjacent building at 420 15th Street.
Incorporation Date: Dec. 7, 1912
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