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.
Recent news has shown that builder confidence is up and that new construction starts is at a multi-year high. That’s not anything new for Hermosa Beach. A quick drive through the Hermosa Beach sand section makes it clear that builders are most definitely building. According to South Bay realtor and Hermosa Beach resident Keith Kyle with South Bay Brokers, “it’s hard not to notice the abundance of projects underway. In some areas there are 3 or 4 new homes being built on the same street. The market has always remained strong during the downturn, but the amount of builders buying older homes shows that confidence in the Hermosa Beach real estate market is very high.” Much of the new construction is for owner users, but more and more spec projects are taking place as well. Below are some of the projects underway in Hermosa Beach. Prices on most are, as yet, undetermined but many do have some pricing information available. Beyond simply having a new home, the advantage to purchasing new construction when the project is underway is that buyers can often work with the builders in choosing finishes and truly make for a custom home.
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.
With the low inventory and high demand, the few short sales that appear on the market don’t seem to last long. We’ve tracked the Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach short sale and foreclosure market for the past few years and we are now at a several year low with only two “distressed” sales currently active on the South Bay MLS. In recent months the few short sales and foreclosures in these areas are generally pricing and selling closer to market value. Below are the two current foreclosures, one each in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach. The condo in Hermosa Beach is located in the condo/hotel The Beach House Hermosa Beach and is unusual due to it’s condo/hotel aspect which only allows owners to stay a total of 90 days a year. This challenge makes financing almost impossible which is partially responsible for the past and current short sale situation. The other is located in the El Porto area of the Manhattan Beach sand section.
Below is a list of the pending home sales in the sand section of Hermosa Beach as of October 29th, 2012. Currently 13 homes are in escrow with the lowest price being a short sale condominum located beach front at 72 The Strand (priced dramatically too low) and the highest price being a single family home at 718 The Strand (on the corner of 35th and Hermosa Ave) priced at $6,300,000
This is one of the more unique homes I have seen in quite a while. It was a custom build on an oversized lot with fantastic views and top of the line finishes and located just 2 blocks from the beach in the Hermosa Beach Sand Section. The house is absolute modern luxury with an abundance of open spaces to take advantage of the beach weather and ocean views. The home is listed by Nick Schneider of South Bay Brokers.