Reasons Why Manhattan Beach is Your Next Best Move

Reasons Why Manhattan Beach is Your Next Best Move

  • Diane Stone
  • 12/18/22

Retirees searching for great views of the water and entertainment, professionals interested in an active outdoor lifestyle, and families looking for outdoor recreation and educational opportunities all love Manhattan Beach. If you’re looking for a place that offers the perks of year-round vacation living, Manhattan Beach luxury homes are for you. Read on to learn what makes this California town so fabulous.

Beautiful location

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Manhattan Beach is a stunning town conveniently surrounded by areas like Hawthorne and Redondo Beach to the east, Hermosa Beach to the south, El Segundo to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Only 19 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, residents in the area take advantage of the mix of residential living, beach life, and nearby city amenities.

The weather year-round is perfect for enjoying these amenities no matter the season, although water activities are best between June and October. Whether you’re interested in a day of surfing or swimming the 40 acres of recreational beach area, exploring the 69 acres of park land, or strolling through shopping centers around the town, Manhattan Beach can provide it.

Extensive outdoor recreation options

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Another large perk of moving to a Manhattan Beach property is the outdoor recreation available in the area. The WestDrift Golf Course is a beautifully manicured course open to the public, featuring a hilly terrain with lakes, sand traps, and palm trees. Those visiting can enjoy the executive par three course spanning 24 acres. The Sand Dune Park is another popular spot for residents, as it features a 100-foot-high sand dune for climbing. Additionally, the play area is terrific for children, while the park itself is a great bird-watching spot.

The main attraction of Manhattan Beach is the beach and the 928-foot-long pier at Manhattan Beach Blvd. The pier offers gorgeous views of the ocean and features a small aquarium full of local marine life and touch tanks. The shoreline spans two miles and is generally quieter than other options in the area. Visitors can walk along The Strand, the beachside sidewalk, or surf near the pier, which is the venue of the annual International Surf Festival.

Neighborhoods for all buyers

The neighborhoods in Manhattan Beach offer a range of environments and property types for all buyers. Buyers interested in living right on the coast can search in downtown Manhattan Beach, which is named the “Gaslamp section” for the gas lamps dotting Blanch Road and Grandview. The El Porto District provides multi-family properties and commercial properties for searchers in the area, while homes on the South End Walk Street offer a more neighborhood feel.

Those looking for the best Manhattan Beach luxury homes should start their search in the Hill Section. These large estates provide buyers with delightful views of the surrounding area. Buyers interested in homes located on the Hill’s east side can admire both the mountains and downtown LA, while west side homes feature views of the ocean. Other neighborhoods in the area include Manhattan Village, Manhattan Heights, and the Mira Costa Section.

A variety of shopping opportunities

One of the best places to shop in the area is downton Manhattan Beach. This area boasts over 150 retailers, ranging from fashion for the whole family, local boutiques with unique finds, art galleries, and more. Shoppers can stop by Yaya’s for designer jewelry, accessories, and clothing. Wrights for men’s fashion fuses the modern Bohemian style with American tribal craft. Explore the Pacific Coast Gallery for fine art photography of the area.

Manhattan Village is another fine shopping spot with a mix of retail shops, entertainment, and dining in indoor and outdoor locations. Authentic by Tracey is a specialty boutique perfect for finding women’s Italian fashion and accessories. Or shoppers can explore the fine jewelry collection of Gorjana, reflecting the West Coast’s laid-back luxury. Visitors can enjoy a range of services and events hosted here as well.

Robust education system

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Families searching for a Manhattan Beach property will appreciate the education system, as Manhattan Beach School District ranks the third best performing district across the state. Parents can explore the district’s eight public schools, which include one preschool, five elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. There are also 13 additional preschools, and 23 private schools in the area to choose from, based on your child’s needs.

Alongside good primary education institutions, Manhattan Beach is also surrounded by great secondary education options. Nearby are University of Southern California and University of California at Los Angeles. Beyond California universities, there are several other colleges and community colleges in the area to choose from.

Outstanding cuisine

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The fine dining options in this town span a range of different cuisines from across the world. Those moving to the area can visit spots like Esperanza, a high-end restaurant that serves traditional Sonoran dishes with a contemporary twist. Guests can enjoy the coastal style of this restaurant, designed by award-winning architect Gulla Jónstóttir. Enjoy Mexican cuisine in a refined atmosphere sparkling with chandelier lighting.

Residents can also visit The Arthur J for a high-class steakhouse experience, as this retro-inspired restaurant serves dry-aged steaks, classic cocktails, and more. This restaurant uses live wood cooking, providing the best cook on their cuts. Guests here enjoy their filet mignon or tomahawk steak for two alongside a selection from an extensive wine menu.

Ready to search in Manhattan Beach?

Those considering a move to Manhattan Beach will love the wide range of amenities and services this town provides its residents. From great schools for families, to fine dining and shopping for retirees, as well as outdoor recreation and neighborhoods for the residents, there’s something for everybody in this town. When you’re ready to start your search in Manhattan Beach, contact local agent Diane Stone to guide you through the process.

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