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Manhattan Beach -- 16 reasons to live here.

August 09,2021 | Posted By Flavia Brown in Real Estate
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It doesn't get any better than Manhattan Beach!

Whether you are looking for a primary home, second home,  luxury home, corporate retreat, weekend getaway, or an income property investment, there is no better choice than Manhattan Beach. Because of the desirability of the area and scarcity of buildable land, demand is continually greater than supply. That is why property values increase faster than in almost any other area of California. I have seen properties increase 40% in three years, but the average during the past five years has been 15% per year. There are many reasons why this area is so desirable. Following are 16 reasons to consider buying real estate here:
 
+ For my Silicon Valley contacts -- It is a 45-minute flight from SFO, SJ, or Oakland airports. In 1 1/2 hours from takeoff you can be on one of the most pristine beaches found anywhere. No need to spend six or seven hours flying to Hawaii. LAX is a 10-15 minute ride from Manhattan Beach. For private planes Zamperini Field (Torrance Municipal Airport) is a 10-15 minute ride to either beach city. Hawthorne Municipal Airport is also nearby. 
 
+ Warm weather and very low humidity all year. No mosquitos or other pests, and rarely a fly. Many residents keep windows open without screens. Most residents have no need for air conditioning, but some like to be extra cool during the hottest months, so they have central a/c. There is no smog here; only ocean-swept clean fresh air and low humidity.
 
+ The beaches are among the best -- wide, flat, and clean. Maintained by L.A. County and the cities. Several well-maintained parks. Many tennis courts.
 
+ The Pacific Ocean -- Continual pleasure watching the rolling waves, ships and boats sailing by, surfers, and paddleboards.
 
+ The Strand -- part of the 22-mile long paved South Bay Bike Trail that runs along the ocean (Santa Monica Bay) from Palos Verdes to the north end of Santa Monica. Great for biking, skating, jogging, walking, and walking the dog. The Strand adds 20-25% to nearby property values. Manhattan Beach has two strands parallel to each other -- one for biking and skating, and the other for walking and running. This is one of the nicest bike trails in California.
 
+ No airplane or train noise, no freeway noise, no sound walls, no factories.
 
+ Manhattan Beach is an upscale community, and downtown features fine restaurants,  cocktail lounges, fantastic breakfast spots, and boutique shops. New library downtown. Live Oak Park is downtown. 
 
+ Schools are ranked among the highest. All five elementary schools in Manhattan Beach have API scores in the high 900s. Several private schools and pre-schools.
 
+ Property value appreciation. Continually increasing. Better performance than almost any other location in California. Greater demand than supply because of the desirability of the area and scarcity of buildable land. 

Houses with assessed land values that are much greater than the house (improvements) value have the best chance for high appreciation rates, and I know where those properties are. Mostly, they are in prime locations, like on The Strand, walkstreets, and other locations closest to the ocean (Sand section). 
 
+ Physical safety of property -- No earthquakes, no liquefaction, no tsunamis, no floods, no mudslides, no landslides, no forest fires. Unlike Malibu and the Orange County coastal area (Newport Beach, etc.), there are no natural disasters.
 
+ Beautiful magnificent homes -- The most expensive (dollars per sq. ft.) are closest to the beach and The Strand. Homes on The Strand (200 in Manhattan and 200 in Hermosa) and the walkstreets are the highest priced. This area is part of the Sand Section (real estate MLS area 142). Homebuyers who want larger lots find homes in the Hill section. Most of these homes have large flat yards and spectacular ocean views. Some of these homes have 8,000+ sq. ft. of living space and 4-car garages. Choices in both cities are single-family homes, townhouses, condos, multi-unit income properties, and small office buildings. I will be glad to email a list of homes currently for sale.
 
+ Celebrities and professionals love Manhattan Beach. Actors, actresses, musicians, professional athletes, and executives live here. Residents and former residents like Shaq O'Neal, Tiger Woods, Michelle Kwan, and Kerry Walsh could live just about anywhere they wish, but they all chose Manhattan Beach. Several LA Kings team players and other professional athletes live here, as do commercial pilots and flight attendants. There are many multi-millionaires who live on The Strand and walkstreets. Several are from Silicon Valley.
 
+ Proximity to LAX and many nearby attractions -- 10-15 minute drive to LAX. 20 minutes to the new SoFi Stadium (home of the Rams and Chargers), 10 minutes or less to a beautiful marina in Redondo Beach, 30-40 minutes to Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, downtown L.A. (Staples Center, L.A. Life/Nokia Theater, Coliseum, Dodger Stadium, USC, etc.), UCLA, Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Malibu, Marina Del Rey, Griffith Park, Hollywood, Hollywood Bowl, Rose Bowl, Universal Studios, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Aquarium of the Pacific, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, and much more. Within 15 minutes of Manhattan Beach: The training center in El Segundo for the L.A. Lakers, Clippers, and other pro teams, Zamperini Field in Torrance, StubHub Center in Carson (home of the L.A. Galaxy soccer team), Goodyear blimp, several private and public golf courses, several concert halls and playhouses. One to three hours away: Catalina Island, Six Flags/Magic Mountain, San Diego Zoo, Legoland, San Diego Safari Park, several Indian casinos, Palm Springs, Lake Arrowhead, Mt. Baldy, Mammoth Mountain, and much more.
 
+ Healthy environment -- A good chance that residents will live longer than average; maybe a lot longer. I have never seen so much biking, running, inline skating, and walking. Many jog on The Strand, others run on the sand. Some do both. Breathing ocean-swept clean fresh air while exercising can add years to your life. A huge sand dune is located at 32nd Street in Manhattan Beach where residents and professional and amateur athletes train here. Google search Sand Dune Park Manhattan Beach. Of course, there is a lot of swimming, surfing, beach volleyball, and fishing. Tennis courts are in several parts of both cities. Professional tournaments are held at Live Oak Park in Manhattan Beach. Private and public golf courses are plentiful nearby. 
 
+ Volleyball -- The epicenter of beach volleyball; professional and amateur. North and south of the pier are 70 sand courts from 1st to 40th streets.
 
+ Good home-buying deals are still available, although inventory is quite low. I know where the best deals are, as well as knowing every neighborhood, property values, and the entire inventory. I bring the most value to buyers by finding the best homes in the most desirable neighborhoods in the buyers' price ranges, and by negotiating down prices to where the purchase will be a wise investment. I will be glad to email details and photos of several selected homes or make appointments to see a few homes together and show you the area. I offer you exemplary service that will save you money and time.
 
Flavia Brown, Realtor®
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Realty One Group United
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