What’s so great about the Manhattan Beach “sand” section anyway?

By Keith Kyle

The answer to the question, “what’s so great about the Manhattan Beach sand section anyway?” can be summed up with 3 words……Location, location, location.

The “sand” section of Manhattan Beach gets it’s name from the proximity to the beach. The area stretches from Hermosa Beach to the edge of Manhattan known as El Porto. In this wonderful area you’re never far from the beach, often walking distance to shops, restaurants and bars, enjoy almost perfect weather, are treated to spectacular sunsets, and often have great ocean views.

The biggest drawbacks to this area are the price and the limited space as land is at a premium and just about every inch of lot is taken up by homes. Gone are most of the beach bungalows that actually fit on the lot and most have been replaced by larger and larger homes as wide, deep and tall as they can possibly be. Some of the unique areas are the “walkstreets” in which the homes front a pedestrian only “street” which allows for less noise, no cars, and a much safer atmosphere and the lack of cars make views that much more impressive. El Porto, the most northern area of the sand section, is the most affordable as many of the typical 30×90 foot lots were split and the smaller lots equal smaller homes equal smaller price tags.  Without question the most sought after property in the sand section are the very rare and always impressive homes located beach front on “The Strand”  These homes offer the high end luxury buyer endless and unblockable ocean views.

Sand Section Map
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Hermosa Beach Pending Home Sales Reach 5 Year High

Hermosa Beach has long been one of the more sought after coastal communities with demand for homes in the small beach community always high.  Recent market conditions have created an even greater demand as inventory of active home listings has continued to decline while the few homes available quickly go into escrow.  The 31 homes in escrow or “pending” in June of 2013 is the highest number since 2007 and is helping drive prices up as demand continues to soar.

Chart showing 5 year active, pending and sold homes in Hermosa Beach

June saw 37 active MLS listings and homes for sale, 31 pending home sales and 18 closed escrows or sold homes. Visit our home sales page to see the homes sold in June 2013 and prices for the sold homes.  According to long time Hermosa Beach resident and top real estate agent Keith Kyle with South Bay Brokers, “This is an almost ideal climate for sellers with the usual summer demand in full effect due to buyers looking for homes in the Hermosa Beach school district, low inventory, historically low interest rates and prices continuing to rise.

Hermosa Beach Sand Section Real Estate Update

The inventory remains low in the sand section of Hermosa Beach with only 5 single family homes on the market in this very sought after area of the South Bay.  The sand section is the area of Hermosa Beach from The Strand (Hermosa’s famous ocean front walk) to the greenbelt located at Valley and Ardmore and offers many homes that have tremendous ocean views and are in close proximity to the beach and downtown Hermosa and Pier Plaza.

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Hermosa and Manhattan Beach Luxury Walkstreet Homes Driving the Market

Prices have jumped considerably in the sand sections of both Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach, and much of the reason is the recent flood of the market of very high end luxury homes in A+ locations. Although there are a few oceanfront “Strand” homes for sale, the primary reason for the recent rise in median prices is the number of homes and townhomes on the highly sought after “walkstreet” locations.  The current median price for a Hermosa walkstreet home is $3974,000 and the current average price is $4,447,500.  The current median price for a Manhattan Beach walkstreet home is $3,350,000 and the average price is $4,123,000.
Walkstreet Homes For Sale

For more information on the Manhattan Beach or Hermosa Beach sand section, or any of these luxury walkstreet properties, please feel free to contact us at 310-251-2344 or beachhomes@keithkylehomes.com.

 

 

 

Hermosa Beach Sand Section Home Prices Reaching New Levels

Although median prices in a luxury market such as the Hermosa Beach sand section can vary dramatically due to one or two oceanfront home listings on The Strand, the median home prices for active listings has reached record highs.  The sand section of Hermosa Beach is the area closest to the ocean and is bordered by Manhattan Beach to the north, the streets of Valley/Ardmore to the east, and Redondo Beach to the south.  There are numerous housing options ranging from magnificent Strand homes, to “walkstreet” homes with an alley in the back but a pedestrian only sidewalk in the front, to endless ocean view condos, townhomes and single family.  In general prices are higher north of Pier Avenue.

According to local realtor and Hermosa Beach resident Keith Kyle with South Bay Brokers “the homes active on the market are almost all exclusively very high end luxury homes and we’ve reach a median home price never seen before.”  The current median home price for all types of active homes is at $3,749,000.  This in a town where the median prices have hovered in the $1.1M-$1.2M in general for the past few years.  There are many factors at the moment including a number of ocean front homes including 2666 The Strand, an oceanfront estate priced at a whopping $15,900,000 (incredibly it was raised from it’s original $13,900,000), 718 The Strand at $6,300,000 and 5 other homes priced over $4.0M with 3 walkstreet homes for sale.

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North Manhattan – El Porto Real Estate

While the real estate market around the country was taking a hit, home values along the coast of the South Bay remained as stable as ever.  The “sand” section of Manhattan Beach   remained particularly strong as oceanview and oceanfront homes that are walkable to the beach are always in demand.  Home prices in the sand section (see map) are reaching unbelievable highs with full lot walkstreets in the 3-6 million dollar range, depending on age, condition and view.

El Porto Home                El Porto View

     Typical 1/2 Lot El Porto Home                                   Some Stunning Ocean Views

While these homes are out of reach for most South Bay buyers, there is an area of Manhattan Beach that offers far more reasonable home prices.  The area is known as “north” Manhattan, although it’s more familiar to most as El Porto.  El Porto is the northernmost neighborhood of Manhattan Beach. Ideally located for commuters traveling to Santa Monica or downtown Los Angeles, El Porto offers close proximity to LAX, Marina Del Rey, the Westside and more. As El Porto lies on a fairly steep grade, homes in the area often offer stunning ocean and panoramic views from Palos Verdes to Malibu. One unique feature of El Porto is that it offes many half lots generally measuring 45×30 which allows for some more affordable housing within a block or two from the ocean.  Many of these homes are “legal non-conforming” duplexes with a 2 bedroom unit upstairs and a 1 bedroom or studio rental downstairs.  Homes in the area start in the mid $800,000 and depending on size, age, and views can go up to the $2,000,000+ range.  The area is ideal for people not needing a huge home, that love the beach and ocean, and want to shave off 15 minutes of their commute.  For surfing enthusiasts, it happens to front the best surfing beach in the South Bay.  If you are looking for an oceanview home in Manhattan Beach you may want to consider the El Porto.

Keith Kyle – Realtor, e-Pro – South Bay Brokers– 2501 N Sepulveda Blvd Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 – 310-251-2344 – Keith.Kyle@SouthBayBrokers.com

 

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