The city's beach is popular for sunbathing, beach volleyball, surfing, paddle boarding and bars. The city is only about 15 blocks from east to west and 40 blocks from north to south making it the smallest of the three Beach Cities by far. The Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) which is not a highway just a very busy surface street is the main thoroughfare and N-S traffic conduit.
Hermosa is the ultimate in laid back beach living with average temperature is 70 degrees most of the year. Westerly ocean breezes lessen what can be high summertime temperatures in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the county and help keep the smog away 360 days of the year. Until a few years ago, almost no one even had A/C. Many homes have roof top decks which are great for entertaining or just taking in the views.
A paved path, called The Strand, runs along Hermosa's beach from Torrance Beach in the south approximately twenty miles north to Santa Monica and the Hermosa Beach pier is at the end of Pier Avenue, which is one of the beach community's main shopping, eating and partying areas.
The Multiple Listing Service defines three neighborhoods in Hermosa Beach:
Of course within each of these there are further micro neighborhoods.
Much of the Hermosa Beach Sand Section feels very similar to the Manhattan Beach Sand Section because it is simply an extension of the Strand and neighboring streets going south. For many years the home north of Pier Ave have been in higher demand because they are between the Piers (Manhattan and Hermosa).
With the likely, though still not entirely resolved, demise of the AES plant in South Redondo Beach there is more than a small chance that south Hermosa Beach may see a nice spike in prices.
While there are far fewer walk streets in the Hermosa Beach Sand Section than in Manhattan Beach, homes found on the ones that do exist are in high demand.
Quite possibly the best "west of PCH" value in the Beach Cities or LA County for that matter. These homes are within walking or biking distance to the beach but sell at a discount to other similarly situated homes in other cities. At least for now.
If you are in the market for an entry level condo, there are a few buildings located just east of Valley Ardmore and north of Pier Ave that you can buy into at some of the lowest Hermosa Beach prices.
This neighborhood is also known as the Hermosa Hills. It is found east of PCH and bound by North Redondo on its east. Many of the homes may have partial or full ocean views with properties South of Aviation Blvd and west of Prospect Ave commanding the highest prices. Definitely still walkable to the beach from many homes the differentiating factor is the ocean views which you would not have in East Manhattan Beach at the same distance from the Strand.
Often buyers new to the area are confused about the local property types and terminology as they begin the search for homes for sale in Hermosa Beach. Here's some quick tips.
The Broker's Open Tour in Hermosa Beach is on Friday as it is in Manhattan Beach as well. It is likely that you will not see most new listings hitting the MLS until Thursday sometime or even Friday AM. Many homes in Hermosa Beach are sold "off market" through networking groups that top agents below to. For all of those reasons it is important that you find a local agent who knows the market to work with. If not, you can quite possibly miss out on the home you want which may be sold before you even get to see it.
Check out the map for all the current listings in Hermosa Beach CA, click here for the list view or scroll down to see all the most recent listings. Map updates in real time whenever you visit this site. Single Family Residences are Blue and Condo / Townhomes are Orange.
Although homes for sale in Hermosa Beach CA have been in high demand for the past few years and this trend is likely to continue, it takes more than a yard sign and an open house or two to sell.
To sell for the highest price, homes have to be properly presented, priced, and marketed. That means high resolution professional photos, 3D and standard video, staging, and being realistic as to timing and listing price.
If you are considering selling a home in Hermosa Beach, do the following: