Welcome to Manhattan Beach
Peaceful and relaxing community with strong family values right outside Los Angeles
Tucked in between central Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean lies one of California’s premier coastal communities. The perfect blend of refinement and relaxation, this one-of-a-kind neighborhood offers residents the thrill and excitement of living in a beach town while maintaining a level of luxury and elegance throughout its picturesque streets.
The area held strong cultural significance for local indigenous tribes for centuries, but in 1784, it was gifted by the Spanish Crown to soldier Juan Jose Dominguez. The 75,000-acre land grant, which included Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, and more, was eventually purchased by Scottish immigrant Sir Robert Burnett. The land then passed between various owners, splitting into an array of ranches and farmlands until, in 1902, owner George H. Peck began developing the area, naming it Manhattan Beach after the home of famed developer Stuart Merrill.
Finally incorporated as part of Los Angeles County in 1912, the town has since become one of the most enjoyable towns in Southern California, with a strong sense of community, family-friendly atmosphere, and one of the lowest crime rates in the greater Los Angeles area.
What to Love
People & Lifestyle
Manhattan Beach is undoubtedly one of the area’s most desirable neighborhoods, attracting young professionals, families, and retirees from across the country. Nearly ¾ of the population hold bachelor’s degrees or higher, and the majority of residents work in professional and executive-level positions. As a result, the average annual household income is well over twice the national average, and homes in Manhattan Beach are often valued at $2 million and up.
People living in this charming community enjoy the unique blend of an elegant and laid-back atmosphere and a thriving, fun vibe that permeates the center of town. Filled with high-end boutiques, innovative and delicious eateries, and world-class entertainment, people living in Manhattan Beach are never in short supply of things to do in their free time.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Manhattan Beach has become something of a culinary Mecca in recent years, with numerous award-winning and trending restaurants around every corner. Brewco Manhattan Beach
is one of the most popular dining destinations in town. This nationally recognized brewery and restaurant has been serving some of the best brews, cocktails, and dishes since it opened in 1991, and it remains a local staple.
is another Manhattan Beach favorite, serving gastro-pub-inspired fare like pepper poppers with mango glaze, pork shoulder carnitas, and a mouthwatering bacon and blue cheese burger that guests rave over.
Nick’s Manhattan Beach
is an expert in elevated American comfort food. Their menu includes delights like bacon deviled eggs, San Francisco cioppino, and an outstanding buttermilk fried chicken.
Things to Do
Residents living in Manhattan Beach have access to some of the area’s most exciting entertainment opportunities and recreational activities, helping it consistently be voted as one of the top communities in the state. The beach, particularly El Porto, is a world-class destination, with beautiful sandy shores, safe swimming areas, and an array of shops and restaurants right along the shoreline.
Stroll along the stunningly beautiful Manhattan Beach Pier, perfect for a morning walk or visit to the aquarium. You can also take a sunset beach walk from Manhattan Beach to Redondo Beach, a 4.5 mile scenic round trip.
The Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium
is another favorite stop. While small, this wonderful aquarium offers numerous exhibits and events throughout the year, ensuring that guests are able to see and learn about all the natural marine wildlife in the area.
The Manhattan Beach Art Center
is determined to bring cultural and artistic experiences to the local community. With an array of concerts, exhibitions, and concerts put on throughout the year, residents are easily able to find a wonderful experience that helps broaden their artistic and creative expression.
Manhattan Beach is zoned to the Manhattan Beach Unified School District, which includes:
- Manhattan Beach Preschool (ages 2 through 5)
- Robinson, Pennekamp, Pacific, Meadows, and Grand View Elementary Schools
- Manhattan Beach Middle School
- Mira Costa High School