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You may be aware of the following but just in case you don't know:
- In CA any Broker can sell the listings of any other Broker.
- The same MLS listings are displayed on virtually every website in different formats.
- Buyers and Sellers usually have their own agents to represent them in their transaction.
We get many questions about the differences between Manhattan, Hermosa, Redondo Beach, and El Segundo Real Estate. Here's some info about each of the Beach Cities to help you decide which is the best fit for your needs, lifestyle, and budget. Call 310 975 5139 for more information or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy!
Real Estate in Manhattan Beach CA, 90266 is highly desirable but, even by Southern CA standards, very expensive. The LA Times recently published an article indicating that Manhattan Beach recorded the 2nd most $1M dollar home plus home sales in the state.
If you are thinking of buying a home in Manhattan Beach, the first question you should be asking yourself is "which neighborhood". The differences can be in the millions. Really.
Starting with the most expensive are homes on the Manhattan Beach Strand. Homes on The Strand directly face the Pacific Ocean and all have unobstructable ocean views. Homes on The Strand are considered to be in the Manhattan Beach Sand Section (albeit in a class of their own). In general, the Sand Section is from the beach up to Valley Ardmore (when you are south of Manhattan Beach Blvd) and then up through the 400 block in the north end. The Sand Section also does include homes in El Porto which is the neighborhood north of Rosecrans that was previously annexed from El Segundo. A home in El Porto that is the same distance from the beach and otherwise comparable to a home in Manhattan Beach's south end may sell for considerably less. Ocean views and walk streets also affect pricing. You can find everything from original beach bungalows to architectural modern structures and townhouses, condos, and single family houses.
Equally desirable and expensive are the homes in the Manhattan Beach Hill Section which is found just east of the sand section, north of Hermosa Beach and up to Manhattan Beach Blvd. These are typically larger than most of the homes found in the Sand Section and sit on larger lots (for the most part). Hill Section homes are built, well on a hill, and many have views of the ocean, PV, or even downtown LA and the mountains to the north and east.
North of Manhattan Beach Blvd, and West of Sepulveda, you find the Tree Section so named because many of the streets are named after trees (Oak, Elm, Poinsettia) and there are, well. a lot of trees! These lots may be smaller than found in the Hill Section and many of the newer homes take up almost the entire lot so there is not much of a backyard. From the westernmost properties it is a pretty easy walk or bike ride down to the beach. As you get further east and north, not so much for all but the heartiest. The Tree Section is more affordable than the Hill Section but we're still talking about million dollar "starter" homes and fixers. If you can find them. The tree Section is almost exclusively single family homes.
Within The Sand Section and Tree Section, locals also make further distinctions such as The Gas Lamps or American Martyrs and El Porto as previously mentioned.
Moving east of Sepulveda, the neighborhood is referred to as, you guessed it, East Manhattan Beach except for the gated community of Manhattan Village found just east of the shopping center between Marine Ave and Rosecrans. East Manhattan Beach is then further delineated as to whether it is the homes around the High School, called not surprisingly "Mira Costa" or the Heights/Liberty Village area. What you'll find in this area are also primarily single family homes on larger lots than you'll find in the Sand Section and everything from mid century original tract homes to MacMansions.
Learn more about Manhattan Beach Real Estate at our sister site 90266realestate.com.
Click on any of the homes on the map for more information. These are always the most current MLS listings and update in real time. For Manhattan Beach Foreclosure, follow this link.
The Hermosa Beach Sand Section is basically just a continuation of the Manhattan Beach Sand Section going south along the coast (but don't call it "Baja Manhattan"). The Strand continues south as well and runs along the coast throughout Hermosa. Many buyers consider Strand Real Estate between the Manhattan and Hermosa Piers to be the most desirable and prefer those locations to let's say North Manhattan Strand or El Porto Strand. Truthfully, its all good.
As for Hermosa Sand Section, the same general comment holds true, the homes north of Pier Avenue in Hermosa and South of Manhattan Beach have been priced higher and considered more desirable than homes south of Pier Avenue. Historically, that may have been due in part to the power plant in South Redondo Beach. As the fate of the power plant is finally resolved, we may see a change.
As you would probably have guessed, the homes in Hermosa Beach east of PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) are considered "East Hermosa Beach". Between the two. lies "Hermosa Valley" which is the real estate east of the Sand Section and west of PCH. Many of these homes are actually within easy walking distance to either downtown Hermosa Beach or the ocean.
You can learn more about Hermosa Beach Real Estate at www.90254realestate.com.
Click on any of the homes on the map for more information. These are always the most current MLS listings and update in real time. Follow the link for Hermosa Beach Foreclosures.
NORTH REDONDO BEACH REAL ESTATE
From our perspective, North Redondo Beach homes are not only the best value in the Beach Cities but offer more for the investment dollar than almost any other west of 405 coastal community in LA County in terms of how much living space you can buy or price per square foot, schools, parks, beach proximity, freeway access, etc. As a result, inventory has become very tight and it is not unusual for North Redondo Beach MLS listings to sell for over list price and quite often the first week they are on the market. And with multiple offers. North Redondo Beach home prices rose steadily throughout 2012 and are anticipated to continue to do so in 2013 as well. Follow this link for an up to date overview of market statistics and data for 90278.
North Redondo Beach is comprised of a number of neighborhoods and in some instances, sub neighborhoods within those. There is also some housing descriptions that North Redondo Beach buyers should become acquainted with such as "Tall & Skinny", "2 on a lot", "3 on a lot" and attached and detached townhouses. Let's start with the housing types.
Also having a similar reverse floor plan are the attached three on a lot townhouses. These are basically the same layout as the Golden Hills Tall and Skinny homes but attached to the neighboring townhouse and usually sharing a common driveway although some do have their own driveway if they are located on North - South Streets (as opposed to East - West Streets). Three on a lot attached townhouses are most often found on Grant, Vanderbilt, Carnegie, Rockefeller, and Mathews. Many of these homes were built by Anastasi, Casner, Powers, LaCharite, Rich VR, or marketed by Amir Amiri and Merit Real Estate in addition to smaller and one off builders.
Another variation of Redondo Beach townhomes are attached and detached 2 on a lot townhomes. These are often built on the same size lots as the 3 on a lots but the zoning is different and hence there are 2 units instead of 3.
Most of the older properties built before about 1985 or so are "attached" in that there is no separation between the buildings and there are common walls. Some properties have no common living areas or walls but are still attached at the garage. These are usually 3 bedroom units and have a second floor patio - terrace over the garage. There are also larger examples built from the 19080's through the 2000's that have four bedrooms, formal living and dining areas and may be 2500-2700 sq ft in size.
Then there are also detached townhouse units which may be either 3 or 4 bedrooms in size and 2000 sq ft to 2500 sq ft in size. Both attached and detached units most often have "standard" floor plans meaning that the bedrooms are upstairs and the living area is downstairs. Some of the larger floorplans may also have a bonus or loft area on the second floor. These properties were most often built by the same builders as the 3 on a lots. The exterior is usually stucco. There are many 2 on a lots throughout MLS areas 151 and 152, Villas North and South. (A detached 2 on a lot newer townhouse is pictured above to the left.)
Here's some important facts for townhouse buyers.
A townhouse is a type of property. Almost ALL townhouses in the Beach Cities are zoned as and legally "condominiums". Many buyers, particularly if they are relocating from other parts of the country, may think of a condo as a flat apartment like home. Not the case at all. Legally, all townhouses are condos. That's an important data point when you go to your lender. Typically the lowest price mortgage rates that you see are for single family homes and condo rates are higher.
Townhouse buyers should also know that the square feet measurement of townhouses is the living area between the walls as opposed to single family homes which are measured at the perimeter of the structure. What this means in reality is that a townhouse (condominium) the same size as a single family house may, in fact, be larger!
Also to note is that in Redondo Beach (either North or South), many townhouse Home Owner's Associations (HOAs) are "inactive". So while there are recorded CC&Rs, there is often no enforcement.
Now let's talk about the North Redondo Beach neighborhoods.
We get many inquires about the "Golden Hills" (MLS Area 154) and within Golden Hills, the Golden Triangle. These are, for the most part, the Tall & Skinny homes that were discussed above. The Golden Triangle is the neighborhood bound by Artesia Blvd to the north, (across the street from Manhattan Beach Mira Costa High School), Aviation Blvd to the east and Hermosa Beach to the west. If you look at the map, it forms a nice triangle. Golden Hills then crosses over Aviation.
Many of the Golden Hills homes are within walking distance to the beach - although it is a pretty long walk and others are easily reached by bike. It is the furthest west neighborhood found in North Redondo Beach and at points may be further west than homes in Manhattan Beach.
Speaking of Manhattan Beach, MLS Area 151 in North Redondo Beach (Villas North) is the tract just east of Manhattan Beach (across Aviation Blvd) bound by Artesia Blvd to the south and Manhattan Beach Blvd to the North. This is another highly desirable Redondo Beach neighborhood. At the northernmost end of Redondo Beach it offers very easy access to the 405 and the restaurants, movies, and shopping on Rosecrans. In the north east most quadrant of MLS Area 151 is the "TRW Tract" which are primarily single family mid century homes. Many of these streets are curvy and there is a nice small town feel.
Learn more about Redondo Beach Real Estate at our sister site www.90278realestate.com.
Click on any of the homes on the map for more information. These are always the most current MLS listings and update in real time. North Redondo Beach Foreclosures.
To start with, South Redondo Beach actually has homes west of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) and a beach whereas North Redondo Beach does not. Because parking is even harder to come by (for the most part) than in Hermosa or Manhattan, the beach is often quite private and not crowded. The Redondo Pier is actually more developed and commercial than Manhattan or Hermosa. Think of it as a smaller version of the Santa Monica Pier.
Almost all of South Redondo Beach is further west than North Redondo Beach and lies just south of Hermosa Beach. North and South Redondo Beach taken together really only share a common border of 190th St.
Also, in South Redondo Beach, there are a few very large condo complexes with similar names. One is referred to as "The Village" and is located on Catlalina Ave North of Torrance Blvd (the property addresses are Village Way). These flat traditional condos are on the ocean side of Catalina and almost always have ocean views, The complex was built in the '70s and '80's but many buildings and units have been upgraded. The HOA dues tend to be high by South Bay standards but the buildings offer many amenities such as pools etc.
Not to be confused with The Village is Brookside Village which is found inland at the corner of Prospect Ave and Camino Real. This is a huge sprawling complex also built in the '70s and having HOA dues that are higher to reflect the amenities. Both properties offer a great alternative to renting for those who can secure a mortgage. Many people buy these units as "starters" and then turn them into rental income properties as they move on. A such, the number of tenants is fairly high.
Another large condo community with larger units and priced much higher is Village Rancho Palos Verdes located at the base of the PV Peninsula. This is a 180 unit townhome community built in the 1970's along Palos Verdes Blvd. It has recently gone through a major renovation and offers a great Hollywood Riviera location with on site amenities such as pools and an easy walk to Riviera Village or the beach.
A major attraction of South Redondo Beach is "Riviera Village" which is the "downtown" area at the base of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the Hollywood Riviera. Riviera Village still maintains the look and feel of a laid back southern CA coastal town and offers more shops than either Manhattan Beach or Hermosa Beach do in their comparable areas. Riviera Village starts at about Catalina and Ave A. Homes within walking distance to Riviera Village are highly desirable. This includes some of the properties in Hillywood Riviera, the "Avenues", and many west of PCH homes south of Del Amo Blvd.
link to learn more about Hollywood Riviera Real Estate.
If you are looking in the Riviera, another term you will hear is "Queen's Necklace". This refers to the homes that have a coastline view and see the sand and white water during the day and the lights of the city at night (which look like a necklace as they curve around the coast.
Learn more about South Redondo Beach Real Estate at 90277realestate.com. South Redondo Beach Foreclosures.
Some may not consider El Segundo (90245) to be part of the Beach Cities. It doesn't have "beach" in the name and doesn't have direct beach access (but neither does North Redondo Beach). However from a real estate buyer perspective, El Segundo shares much of the same lifestyle and amenities as the other true Beach Cities and, in fact many living in Manhattan, Hermosa, and Redondo Beach routinely avail themselves of El Segundo amenities such as movies, restaurants and shopping. So, from a lifestyle perspective, there may be more overlap with N Redondo or the north end of Manhattan Beach than let's say South Redondo which at points blends into Torrance.
So, all many people know about El Segundo is the Chevron oil refinery, or the high tech and aerospace companies that have historically been located there. For many people it's where they work (ES is very business friendly) or drive through to get to LAX. But, there's a lot more to El Segundo.
There's a great downtown area with a real small town feel (the High School looks like its right out of Hollywood casting) and many local restaurants found on Main Street (yes there is a Main St) near the intersection of Grand.
There are a number of condo complexes, town homes of various ages and sizes but what you'll predominately find are mid century single family houses and then urban infill new construction of various ages and sizes.
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