Manhattan Beach Real Estate

The city has a total area of 4.9 square miles (13 km2). Manhattan Beach features 2.1 miles (3.4 km) of ocean frontage. Much of Manhattan Beach was once sand dunes. The city is quite hilly, but the only remaining sand dune is at Sand Dune Park.

Manhattan Beach Real Estate  by Neighborhoods

Residents have divided the city into several distinct neighborhoods, including “The Village”, “Sand Section”, “Hill Section”, “Tree Section”, “Gas Lamp” section, Manhattan Heights, East Manhattan Beach, Liberty Village, “Poet’s Section” (Shelley, Tennyson, Longfellow, Keats), and El Porto (North Manhattan Beach). The Hill Section includes higher priced homes where many of the residences are remodeled and situated on steep hills allowing panoramic ocean and city views. The nearby Sand Section is notable for its pockets of quiet neighborhoods adjacent to the ocean. Multi-million dollar ocean-front homes line the bike path and walking lane along The Strand.

Downtown Manhattan Beach

“Downtown” Manhattan Beach runs along Manhattan Beach Boulevard and the streets perpendicular to it in the area near the Manhattan Beach Pier up to Valley Drive. There are restaurants and stores and a mixed-use center, where once the pottery factory, famous for its colorful plates, stood for decades. The Metlox site closed in the early 1990s, and it took several years for the contaminated soil to be removed. The new “Metlox” site includes a boutique hotel and a few restaurants and shops. The Manhattan Beach Library is near downtown on Highland Avenue two blocks north of Manhattan Beach Boulevard. The library is part of the County of Los Angeles Public Library system, and includes internet accessible computers, WiFi, and access to the six million items in the county library collection.

Rosecrans Strip

The Rosecrans strip is located on the south side of Rosecrans Avenue, east of Sepulveda, and west of Aviation. The area includes the small Manhattan Village Mall, which is located on the southeast corner of Sepulveda Boulevard and Rosecrans Avenue. The mall, built in the early 1980s, was once anchored by the department stores Bullock’s and Buffums, which both went bankrupt in the early 1990s. Most of the original stores in the mall also went bankrupt in the 1980s and 1990s (Miller’s Outpost, Contempo Casuals, Music Plus, Orange Julius, Tequila Willies, Kinney Shoes, B. Dalton bookstore). The mall was remodeled in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and is now anchored by Macy’s on both ends. It also has higher-end stores such as Pottery BarnPottery Barn Kids,Williams-Sonoma, and Apple Store. The Manhattan Beach Country Club, the Marriott Hotel and Golf Course, restaurants, retail stores, supermarkets, and shopping centers are along the strip between the Manhattan Mall and Aviation Boulevard.

Sepulveda Strip

The “Sepulveda Strip” occupies the commercial zone, which runs north-south through the city. There is often very heavy traffic on this main thoroughfare.

Aviation Strip

The Aviation Strip is located along Aviation Boulevard (the city’s eastern boundary), south of Rosecrans Avenue, and north of Marine Avenue. Aviation High School once stood there until it was closed in the early 1980s. The zone includes several major complexes, including the Manhattan Beach Film Studios and the Northrop Grumman Space Park Complex (originally built by TRW which was bought by Northrop Grumman in 2002).

Manhattan Beach Demographics


The 2010 United States Census reported that Manhattan Beach had a population of 35,135. The population density was 8,914.7 people per square mile (3,442.0/km²). The racial makeup of Manhattan Beach was 29,686 (84.5%) White, 290 (0.8%) African American, 59 (0.2%) Native American, 3,023 (8.6%) Asian, 49 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 409 (1.2%) from other races, and 1,619 (4.6%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2,440 persons (6.9%). The Census reported that 35,107 people (99.9% of the population) lived in households, 28 (0.1%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 0 (0%) were institutionalized. There were 14,038 households, out of which 4,735 (33.7%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 7,583 (54.0%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 892 (6.4%) had a female householder with no husband present, 438 (3.1%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 695 (5.0%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 85 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 3,627 households (25.8%) were made up of individuals and 1,078 (7.7%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50. There were 8,913 families (63.5% of all households); the average family size was 3.10. The population was spread out with 8,725 people (24.8%) under the age of 18, 1,740 people (5.0%) aged 18 to 24, 9,532 people (27.1%) aged 25 to 44, 10,681 people (30.4%) aged 45 to 64, and 4,457 people (12.7%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.9 years. For every 100 females there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.2 males. There were 14,929 housing units at an average density of 3,787.9 per square mile (1,462.5/km²), of which 9,420 (67.1%) were owner-occupied, and 4,618 (32.9%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.8%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.3%. 25,587 people (72.8% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 9,520 people (27.1%) lived in rental housing units.


As of the census of 2000, there were 33,854 people, 14,474 households, and 8,394 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 8,606.7 inhabitants per square mile (3,325.8/km²). There were 15,034 housing units at an average density of 3,822.3 per square mile (1,477.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.99% White, 6.04% Asian, 0.61% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.12%Pacific Islander, 1.23% from other races, including 2.81% from two or more races. 5.19% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 14,474 households, of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18, 49.8% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 42.0% were non-families, 29.3% were individuals living alone, and 6.5% were individuals living alone who were 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34, and the average family size was 2.98. Other census data showed that the age distribution in the city was 22.3% who were under the age of 18, 4.1% from 18 to 24, 37.5% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.5 males, and for every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.6 males. The median income for a household in the city was $100,750, and the median income for a family was $122,686 (these figures had risen to $124,048 and $149,396 respectively as of a 2007 estimate). Males had a median income of $84,256 versus $54,142 for females. The per capita income for the city was $61,136. About 2.0% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.3% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over. In February 2006, the median price of Manhattan Beach home sales was $1,925,000. In its “Best Places to Live” 2005 feature, Money Magazine ranked Manhattan Beach as the fourth most expensive beach town in America.Additionally, in 2005 it ranked 2nd in California for the number of million-dollar homes sold. Forbes has also ranked the local ZIP code 90266 as the 29th most expensive ZIP code in North America.

Manhattan Beach Education

Primary and secondary schools

School 2010 API Score
Grandview Elementary 957
Meadows Elementary 946
Pacific Elementary 960
Pennekamp Elementary 948
Robinson Elementary 962
Manhattan Beach Middle 945
Mira Costa High School 911

Public education in Manhattan Beach is provided by the Manhattan Beach Unified School District, which oversees five elementary schools (Grandview, Meadows, Pacific, Pennekamp, Robinson), one middle school (Manhattan Beach Middle School), and one high school (Mira Costa). The district as a whole received a score of 926 on the 2010 California Academic Performance Index, making it California’s 3rd best performing district. Each individual school also ranks at the top of its respective category.

Manhattan Beach Private schools

Private schools located in Manhattan Beach include American Martyrs Catholic School,Manhattan AcademyMontessori School of Manhattan Beach and Journey of Faith Christian School.

All information about Manhattan Beach, CA  courtesy Wikipedia.


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