Manhattan Beach

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Welcome to Manhattan Beach

Listed as one of the best places to live in California by Niche and the best place to live by 24/7 Wall Street, Manhattan Beach is a premier, upscale oceanfront city. For those who value the finer things in life, this area shines with opportunity. Manhattan Beach waterfront homes for sale are near Glittering, sandy beaches sprawl before dreamy single-family homes and mansions in spacious lots, which is not to say Manhattan Beach is isolated. Just the opposite, Manhattan Beach is centrally located between downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Santa Monica.
After a coin flip decided the town’s name in the early 1900s, Manhattan Beach quickly grew into a sought-after luxury destination. Dunes were converted to charming streets and brilliant homes, and an involved, family-friendly community followed. The schools themselves are evidence of that — Forbes listed the district sixth in the nation.  
Today, Manhattan Beach Real Estate features charming architecture is just one of the many draws that attracts young professionals and families alike. The area is home to many excellent custom and renovation architects, not to mention a wealth of already-standing, charming homes in traditional styles in addition to many attractive beach cottages, bungalows, luxury condominiums, and more.

Things to Love

  • Clean and nearly always sunny
  • Dedicated to excellence and its community
  • Incredible location and magnificent oceanfront views
  • Sunsets that take your breath away
  • Great number of fun-filled fitness activity, from beach volleyball to biking to yoga
  • Celebrated bar and restaurant scene, from amiable bars to fine dining

Local Lifestyle

Basked in sun all year round without the oppressive temperatures of inland California cities, Manhattan Beach’s culture is casually upscale. Without a doubt the most luxurious of its neighbors, the area is known for its fitness-forward, family-oriented atmosphere. Relatively compact, the 35,000 resident population is strong and known to be extremely well-educated. Complete with next to no crime, the streets of Manhattan Beach are clean and welcoming, and it is an unbeatable location for raising a family or growing your career.

Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment

While the sands and soft-breaking waves might be the main attraction, there’s no shortage of incredible retail and restaurant options available. 
Make sure to secure a reservation because locals love Fishing With Dynamite for their blend of classic and creative seafood served amid an atmospheric mix of wainscotting and lobster buoys. The unforgettable experience continues at MB Post, home to small shared plates, a playful ambiance, and a Michelin-star chef. Love & Salt finds the perfect marriage between California soul and Italian-inspired fare. For a truly flawless steak, there’s nowhere better than The Arther J.
Nestled in the heart of Manhattan Beach, JOEY is a lush oasis of outdoor patio seating, intimate indoor choices, abstract art, and, most importantly, delicious, health-forward cuisine. Mixing new American cuisine with traditional, chef-driven gastronomy, The Strand House is a Manhattan Beach Institution of sweeping ocean views and sleek architecture. Constantly rotating new flavors, the local favorite Manhattan Beach Creamery is ideal for people of all ages — the whole family will fall in love with the quaint feel and the utterly delicious ice cream.

Things to Do

Between a community that supports and the unbelievably gorgeous outdoors, Manhattan Beach is designed to be awash with activity. 
There’s nothing like celebrating Christmas in California. Manhattan Beach is well aware, and its annual Holiday Fireworks and Tree Lighting Ceremony is the ideal way to ring in the season, even if the temperature is 75 degrees and sunny. Polliwog Park Summer Concerts are widely regarded as one of the best ways to both pass the time and enjoy each other’s company, all while listening to great live music. 
Available throughout the whole calendar, Metlox is an ideal getaway of European-influenced, upscale shopping and fine dining — made for updating the wardrobe and grabbing the best back-to-school looks possible. The green spaces and expansive, discreet beaches are yet another gem found in Manhattan Beach.


Manhattan Beach is home to Manhattan Beach Unified School District, unequivocally one of the best public school districts in the nation, considered sixth-best overall and first best in terms of upscale neighborhoods. 

Overview for Manhattan Beach, CA

35,585 people live in Manhattan Beach, where the median age is 43 and the average individual income is $99,695. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

43 years

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Around Manhattan Beach, CA

There's plenty to do around Manhattan Beach, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Hajoca Hawthorne, Dream U.S. Tae Kwon Do, and Novaes Jiu Jitsu Academy.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Shopping 2.11 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.43 miles 33 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.12 miles 13 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.51 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.29 miles 41 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.17 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Manhattan Beach, CA

Manhattan Beach has 13,422 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Manhattan Beach do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 35,585 people call Manhattan Beach home. The population density is 11,231.025 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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49.33 / 50.67%

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Schools in Manhattan Beach, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Manhattan Beach. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Journey Of Faith Christian School
PreK - K
No rating available
K - 8th
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First Lutheran Circle Of Love
PreK - K
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Beach Cities Learning Center
6th - 12th
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Montessori School Of Manhattan Beachh
PreK - K
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Meadows Avenue Elementary
K - 5th
Opal Robinson Elementary
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Aurelia Pennekamp Elementary
K - 5th
K - 5th
6th - 8th
Grand View Elementary
K - 5th
9th - 12th
K - K
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