Why live in Manhattan Beach?

Becoming an official part of Los Angeles in 1912, Manhattan Beach has been a laid-back beach community since its inception.

Manhattan Beach has some of the lowest crime rates in the country, and with beautiful walk-streets and well-maintained public spaces, Manhattan Beach is a great place to spend your days and nights outside. Manhattan Beach contains fine-grained sand beaches that compete with the best in the world. In the 1920s, Hawaii even bought excess sand from Manhattan Beach to cover their own rock and coral beaches since the sand in Manhattan Beach is so ideal!

Right next to the ocean and the iconic Manhattan Beach Pier, Downtown Manhattan Beach has countless restaurants, stores, salons and other local businesses for kids and adults alike. Shop at Manhattan Beach’s local boutiques or enjoy a visit to the Roundhouse Aquarium at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier. From seafood to Italian food, from Mexican food to French cuisine, there is sure to be a downtown restaurant for you. For those with a sweet tooth, you can enjoy Manhattan Beach staples, like the Manhattan Beach Creamery or Becker’s Bakery, a family-owned bakery that recently competed on Cupcake Wars. Downtown also hosts various pubs and bars, ranging in price from low-end to upscale. The new Metlox in Downtown Manhattan Beach provides fun for all ages, with bars and restaurants for adults and families and an outdoor interactive fountain for kids.

Great Schools

With four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school, each with a base API score over 900, Manhattan Beach contains some of the highest ranked schools in the country for academics, sports, music and the visual arts.

Housing award-winning sports, robotics, media, music, and various other programs, Mira Costa High School has earned a gold medal for being one of the top 500 high schools nationwide, according to US News & World Report.

Tons of Fun

Manhattan Beach also hosts various events throughout the year, including the AVP Manhattan Beach Open, Shakespeare by the Sea, annual Christmas fireworks, and summer concerts in Polliwog Park. The new Arclight Beach Cities in neighboring El Segundo provides movies and entertainment, too. Manhattan Beach rests in the perfect location for nature lovers. Surfers and boogie-boarders can enjoy the beautiful beaches, but with less than an hour’s drive, hikers can reach the both the Santa Monica Mountains and San Gabriel Mountains for excellent trails and views of Los Angeles.

Manhattan Beach Events and Attractions

  • Fireworks off the Manhattan Beach pier every December
  • Farmers markets
  • Close to Candy Cane Lane in El Segundo
  • Hometown Fair
  • Free summer concerts in Polliwog Park
  • AVP Manhattan Beach Open
  • Richstone Pier to Pier Walk

A Great Investment

Investing in real estate in Manhattan Beach is a smart financial choice as real estate values have wildly increased in the past fifteen years.

In 2000, the median home price in Manhattan Beach was $642,000. Now, the median home price in Manhattan Beach is $2.15 million, and that number is only increasing! Look for your new home today.

Manhattan Beach Neighborhoods

All areas have access to public schools Manhattan Beach Middle School and Mira Costa High School.


Hill Section (Lots range from 3,500 sq feet to about 15,000 sq feet)

  • Many impressive homes in this area with multimillion dollar prices
  • Named for the elevated landscape
  • Houses on the west side have beautiful ocean views from Malibu all the way to Palos Verdes
  • Homes on the east side have views of Los Angeles and the mountains
  • A quiet neighborhood
  • No schools in the area, but students often attend Robinson Elementary
  • Ample street parking
  • Within walking distance of the beach and downtown Manhattan Beach

Sand Section (lots generally less than 3,000 sq ft)

  • Close to the ocean, and many homes have an ocean view
  • Close to downtown Manhattan Beach
  • Many walk streets, where homes face a pedestrian street. Perfect for families with young children for safe street play!
  • Three parks: Bruce’s Beach, Live Oak Park (with tennis courts), and Sand Dune Park
  • Smaller lots due to proximity to the beach
  • Students attend Grand View or Robinson Elementary

Tree Section (lots generally range from 4,000 – 6,000 sq ft)

  • Not named for the number of trees in the area, but actually called the Tree Section due to the names of streets, like Pine and Walnut
  • Safe and quiet area
  • Larger lots than those close to the beach while still living close enough to easily walk to the ocean or to downtown Manhattan Beach
  • Ample free street parking
  • Most houses have a backyard
  • Students attend Pacific or Grand View Elementary

Manhattan Village (lots range from about 1,500 – 3,200 sq ft)

  • Private community of homes ranging from large homes to town homes with 13 available housing plans
  • Access to multiple private pools and hot tubs
  • Residents have access to a private gate to nearby Manhattan Village Mall
  • Ample street parking inside the Village
  • Students attend Meadows Elementary

East Manhattan Beach (lots generally range from 5,000 – 7,500 sq ft)

  • Close to Mira Costa High School & other schools
  • Close to Polliwog Park (also has fitness equipment), Marine Avenue Park, AdventurePlex!, Veteran’s Parkway (track & recreation center), and Manhattan Heights Community Center & Park
  • Many parts of East Manhattan Beach have rolling hills, providing some homes with city views
  • Many homes in the area have large backyards
  • Students attend Pennekamp or Meadows Elementary
  • Ample street parking