Many consider El Segundo to be two cities in one, making it a very unique beach city. On the coastal side, the city has a quaint small town feel with a picturesque main street and downtown. Its residents enjoy an easy-going, friendly atmosphere, which creates a sense of both security and serenity. Along the tree-lined streets, there are single-family ranch style homes, spacious two-story houses with open floor plans and beautiful yards, condominiums and town homes.
On the other hand, the inland side is home to a thriving business district; which includes fortune 500 companies, aerospace, information technology, manufacturing and healthcare to name just a few.
Nestled in heart of the South Bay, Hermosa Beach calls its self the “the Best Little Beach City.” The smallest of the three beach cities, it is bordered by Manhattan to the north and Redondo to the south and east, Hermosa Beach spans only 15 blocks to the east and west and 40 blocks to the north and south. Real estate in Hermosa Beach has a diverse selection of properties ranging from small pre-war beach bungalows to massive beachfront estates. Hermosa Beach is well known for surfing and volleyball and is a hot-spot destination for beach-goers and singles in search of nightlife entertainment.
Hermosa Beach real estate is divided into 3 sections; the Sand Section, Valley Section and East Hermosa Beach. The Sand Section consists of the most expensive real estate in Hermosa Beach running along the beachfront from north to south and east to Valley Drive. Properties in this section consist of homes, condos and townhomes on small lots often with ocean views, which can span from Palos Verdes (PV) to Santa Monica. Homes in the Valley Section are located between Valley Drive and Pacific Coast Highway (PCH/Sepulveda) and have larger family oriented layouts. The main attraction in this section is the lushly landscaped “Greenbelt” or “Chip Trail” which starts on 190th Street (Herondo) in Redondo Beach and runs through Manhattan Beach to Sepulveda. This is a popular place for the health conscience South Bay residences to walk, jog or run with dogs. Hermosa East also fondly known as the Hermosa Hills is east of PCH. Due to the slight elevation, many of the single-family homes and townhouses enjoy ocean views.
Only 1.43 square miles, everything in Hermosa Beach is an easy walk or bike away. The Strand, which runs parallel to the beach spans south to Redondo Beach and north through Manhattan Beach to Santa Monica, is a popular walking path often populated with bikers, skateboarder and runners.
Downtown Hermosa Beach is often regarded as the mecca of nightlife attraction in the South Bay. Located at the intersection of Pier Avenue and Hermosa Avenue, downtown is home to a number of bars, restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques. The popularity of this nightlife destination has contributed to nearly 40% of the population being between the ages of 21-35. Most residents would agree Hermosa Beach is a great place for those interested in an active and social lifestyle.
Manhattan Beach, which is referred to as the ‘Pearl of the South Bay,’ is located south of El Segundo and north of Hermosa Beach. The 4.9 square mile city features 40 acres of beach with 2.1 miles of beachfront property, attractive homes on tree-lined streets and an exceptional year-round climate. Boasting an award winning school district, close proximity to LAX and downtown LA and high-end shopping and restaurants this city is great for families and commuters alike.
Manhattan Beach Real estate is broken up into different sections including; The Sand Section, Hill Section, Tree Section, Gas Lamp Section, The Village, Manhattan Heights, The Knolls (East Manhattan Beach), Liberty Village, Poet’s Section (Shelley, Tennyson, Longfellow, Keats), and El Porto (North Manhattan Beach). Each neighborhood totes it’s own atmosphere, lifestyle draw and real estate features. The Sand Section, is located along the Strand adjacent to the beach and is notable for both its quiet walk- streets as well was having the most expensive real estate per-square foot in the US. With a mix of modern and contemporary mansions to beach cottages, there are a variety of options for every homeowner. The Hill, Tree and Gas Lamp sections have similar features and price tags. The Tree section, characterized by its streets lined by city protected large trees, is known as a safe environment and popular among families. The Hill section is known for its newly constructed or remolded homes with breathtaking panoramic city and ocean views and sea breezes. The Village, located east of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH/Sepulveda), is a gated community that contains multi-million dollar suburban homes, townhomes and condominiums. The security-patrolled neighborhood contains pools, spas, a private entrance into the Village Mall for easy access to shopping and backs up to the Marriot Golf Course and Tennis Courts. Other neighborhoods east of the PCH; East Manhattan Beach, and Liberty Village generally have larger lots and a more suburban atmosphere.
Manhattan Beach locals support a strong sense of community and family, making Manhattan Beach one of the best places to raise a family. The Manhattan Beach Unified School District touts test scores in the top 1% on the state and national lever, while both US News and Newsweek ranked Mira Costa High School in the top 1% of schools nationally.
Surfing, volleyball, biking and other outdoor activities flourish in this beach community. It is not uncommon to see residents taking advantage of the exceptional weather at the beach, on the Strand, downtown or at any number of the local parks such as Live Oak north of Downtown and Polliwog in East Manhattan. The Downtown area is home to a number of Zagat rated casual- fine dining, specialty boutiques and retail shops. Manhattan Beach has a little something for everyone.
Located south of Torrance on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, Palos Verdes is best known for it’s open space and expansive views of the Pacific Ocean. Between the luxurious Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles and Terrenea Resort, Palos Verdes offers world-renowned restaurants, a world-class spa, dramatic 9-hole par-3 golf course, and a host of family-friendly activities. In addition to the many amenities, PV offers unmatched panoramic views from the Los Angeles city lights to Catalina Island.
With custom homes that vary in style, size and price, Palos Verdes’ neighborhoods rest comfortably into the majestic hillside. Divided into multiple neighborhoods including; Rancho Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Crest, Del Cerro, Eastview, Friendship Park, La Rotonda, Los Verdes, Mira Catalina, Miraleste Hills, Point Vicente, Portuguese Bend, Seaview, Silver Spur, and The Gardens, there is something for everyone.
The largest of the beach cities, Redondo Beach offers a diverse mix of real estate options. Much like it’s sister cities, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach’s main attraction is its vast sandy beaches as well as its proximity to Downtown Lost Angeles and LAX. Redondo Beach is perfect for those looking for the beach city feel at a more affordable price point.
Redondo beach is divided into two main sections; North Redondo and South Redondo each with their own pros and cons. South Redondo is located directly south of Hermosa and includes the beach as well as King Harbor and the Riviera Village. King Harbor is home to numerous shops and restaurants frequented by tourists and visitors. The Riviera Village is walking distance from the beach and is home to upscale boutiques and fine- dinning. While shorefront property is mainly apartment complexes and condos as you move inland, there are beach bungalows and family homes often offering beautiful beach and city views. North Redondo tends to be popular based on the ease of commuting to Los Angeles and it’s nearness to a number of freeways. With the widest price range of the beach cities, the real estate varies from modest priced family homes, townhomes and condos.
With its beautiful year-round climate, Redondo Beach offers a diverse and active community with the perfect blend of beach and inland lifestyles.
As the 8th largest city in Los Angeles County, Torrance has something for everyone. With its moderate year-round climate, beach access, city parks and award winning schools; you cannot go wrong. Additionally, the city consistently ranks among the safest cities in Los Angeles County with an exceptionally low crime rate. Located 20 miles from Downtown LA and just north of Palos Verdes, Torrance has easy access to the surrounding areas.
This 20 sq. mile city, boasts over 90,000 street trees and 30 city parks as well as many other great amenities to enhance the city’s natural beauty. With its size, comes a multitude of different neighborhoods each with their own personality and real estate make-up. These neighborhoods include: Delthorne, Northeast Torrance, Northwest Torrance, Pacific Colony, Pacific South Bay, Pueblo, Riviera, Seaside, Southwood, Southwood Riviera, Torrance Heights Civic, West Torrance, Chatelaine, Country Hills, Hillside, La Terraza, Madrona, Marble Estates, Merit-Carson, and New Horizons South Bay. Torrance real estate offers everything from Ranch style homes to high-end luxury estates to full-amenity condos. With its diversity in real estate, safe community feel and accessibility it is clear to see why so many people call Torrance home.