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M a n h at ta n B e a c h / N E I G H B O R H O O D S view, you want to be close to school or work? There is something for everybody.” But Geilman, as much as he loves every neighborhood, can’t help but love the Sand Section just a little bit more. “I love the Tree Section and the Hill Section tends to have bigger homes and huge sweeping ocean views, but for my money if you can afford the Sand Section and don’t need a yard and are okay with small bedrooms….I mean, the views are just unbelievable,” he said. “I just love the Sand Section.” The most unique neighborhood within the Sand Section is the North End. The city annexed the formerly unincorporated 30 acres north of Rosecrans along Highland in 1980, and though the it’s marketed as North Manhattan Beach, locals still know it as El Porto — a laid back surfer’s paradise with a bit of the bohemian Wild West feel that was documented in the movie “Blow” that told the true story of the Dionysian days of the 60s and 70s. “It still should be known as El Porto,” Napolitano said. “I don’t know where North Manhattan is. North Manhattan to me is New York. What is known as North Manhattan was known as the North End up until Rosecrans, and then it was El Porto….North Manhattan is more of a realtor gimmick.” The real estate boom, of course, has come at a cost, both literally and figuratively. Hageman and Napolitano have seen many old friends forced to leave the city for more affordable places. “People ask me, why are you still here?” Napolitano said. “Like, why would I ever want to leave? Where else would you want to go? To me, it’s an absolute great thing. The friendships you make early on in elementary school are ones that are special and carry on throughout your life. “Growing up here, you see some of your classmates who made decisions that weren’t the best” Hageman says, “But that’s okay. You see them, okay, they’ve corrected that, gone on with life, and done well....We are very fortunate to still be here. My wife, her family goes back 100 years here. Just a lot of history. We have no desire to be anywhere else.” “I get pinged on Facebook by guys who are no longer here,” Napolitano said. “[They say], ‘Keep it local as long as you can, Steve.’ I’m planning on a Vikings funeral off the end of the pier. Light the boat on fire, and roast some marshmallows. Bury me under the Roundhouse.” MB

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ohn Chuka is a founder and the Principal Broker of NW Real Estate Brokers. John’s background in marketing analysis and as a lending officer with Security Pacific Bank, as well as his MBA degree, help in understanding all of the functions and services required in successful real estate transactions. John and the other 80 agents at NW Real Estate Brokers are, for the most part, long-term residents of the South Bay. The company also has access to numerous real estate boards and websites world wide, resulting in a wide range of exposure. With offices in Manhattan and Hermosa Beach, we use state-of-the-art technology to provide the best service to our clients. The company website features agent profiles, company information and virtual

tours on active listings. Each agent is supported with a complete advertising program that utilizes websites, including: Homeseekers.com, Realtor.com, Homes.com, L.A.Times.com, Zillow.com, Trulia.com, Listingbook.com, and several other social media business websites. NW Real Estate Brokers also advertises in The Beach Reporter, Easy Reader, LA Times, Southbay Digs, Southbay Magazine, Los Angeles Business Journal, Daily Breeze and many other southland and global publications and websites.

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