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Manhattan Beach

August 16, 2021

Manhattan Beach

The city of Manhattan Beach is located on the Pacific coast in southwestern Los Angeles County, California, United States, south of El Segundo, and north of Hermosa Beach. 35,200 people are estimated to live there.

“Surfin’ U.S.A.” immortalized Manhattan Beach in the Beach Boys classic.

Manhattan Beach is considered “the Pearl of L.A.’s South Bay.” The Strand provides a fantastic place to people-watch as well as to experience impressive beachfront real estate, whether you’re walking, running, biking, rollerblading or skating.

The downtown Manhattan Beach food scene is excellent. Visitors will find amazing seafood restaurants and fine dining options.

Fun Facts

Manhattan Beach is an affluent neighborhood, with median home prices going for more than $1.6 million dollars. Nearly 33% of residents earn more than $200,000 annually, with a median income of just over $131,000 per household. Many celebrities call this paradise home. A few notable previous residents include Vince Vaughn, Mia Hamm, Maria Sharapova, and Michael Strahan.

The Travel Channel named this beach the 9th Sexiest Beach on Earth. But while the locals are gorgeous, this is due to the sandy beaches themselves. In the surrounding 2.1 square miles, you’ll find some of California’s cleanest beaches.

Manhattan Beach is a great place to live if you want to be close to Los Angeles but don’t want to live near the city’s busy pace. There are less than 30 miles between the two cities, so you’re only a short drive away. Crime is extremely rare by comparison as well.


  1. say rock

    Hey Frank James, you failed to mention, what to me is the most memorable fact about Manhattan Beach. Because it’s such a short drive to LAX, many pilots and stewardesses make- or rather MADE their home there. I know I did, and so did many of my friends, back in the good old TWA days. Ah the fond memories of meeting for dinner at Pancho’s! The restaurant with the Mexican name that served Chinese food. Wonder if it’s still there? And Cisco’s across the street, that at least had the sense to serve actual Mexican food! Although, Pancho’s was always our favorite. The pilots usually got a bit rowdy by the end of the evening, and ended up tossing buttered rolls across the table at each other. Those guys easily got out of hand! Maybe it was their way of releasing the stress of having all that responsibility for transporting a huge metal tube filled with live human beings from one coast to another. But if you ever hear that they were not allowed to consume alcohol the night before flight duties .. . Come on! Get real! More than once I remember walking into the cockpit and seeing the captain sucking in oxygen through the mask, trying to get his head back in order from the long night before. But, hey . . . you did NOT hear that from me!! OK?

  2. Robert

    Who are you trying to fool. That entire Los Angeles-Long Beach Metropolitan Area including this affluent beach suburb is all overrun by homelessness and drug gangs. The folks that are affluent live in gated neighborhoods and developments. While the beaches themselves are beautiful the whole area is loaded with homeless encampments. I have been told that Hermosa and Redondo are also very rough with a lot of the same urban problems particularly homelessness and drugs. I will definitely pass on this one. No thank you!

  3. Siebe Noordzy

    There is “some” volleyball played on the beach as well…….


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