NEIGHBORHOODS of MANHATTAN BEACH
East Manhattan Beach
Councilman Steve Napolitano grew up in Manhattan Beach. At age 26, he became the city’s youngest member of the council. He’s come to know every neighborhood and sub-neighborhood, first as a kid with a bicycle and then as a councilman responsible for making policy. He says the history of Manhattan Beach is written in its neighborhoods. “Every section of Manhattan Beach is unique, the way it was built and the way it was developed over time. And that just lends itself to the character of the city.” EAST MANHATTAN BEACH
Manhattan Beach Police Department Captain Tim Hageman, also a Manhattan Beach lifelong native, bought a house with his wife in East Manhattan in 1998. He says one of the little known facts of East MB is its views - not of the ocean, but rather a vista of city lights looking north towards Los Angeles and east towards the San Gabriel Mountains.
IT’S ALL ABOUT LOCATION East Manhattan Beach is considered part of a large sub-neighborhood known for its general proximity vicinity to Mira Costa that also includes its own subsections. The street grid is pretty uniform, even boring, but the 7,500 sq. ft. lot sizes are prized.
“Every section of Manhattan Beach is unique, the way it was built and the way it was developed over time. And that just lends itself to the character of the city.” Councilman Steve Napolitano
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Both Captain Hageman and Councilman Napolitano sensed the potential that lay East of Sepulveda long before it caught the attention of the real estate market. In the last few years, the market finally caught on. In 2017, East Manhattan Beach officially became the hottest market in town. By Fratello’s count, before 2016, only 14 conventionally sized homes had ever sold in East Manhattan for $3 million or more. Then, in 2016, six such sales closed. Finally, in 2017, 15 homes sold in East Manhattan for more than $3 million. Because East Manhattan encompasses the largest amount of land,
there is more room for mega-lot homes and spacious floorplans. Within the East Manhattan neighboorhoos limits, distinct sub-neighborhoods developed over the years. The Mira Costa neighborhood is coveted for its city views and walkability to the high school. Many families relocate there before or during their children’s high school years for convenience and to build community. It’s also home to the Poets Section - a series of streets named after famous poets such as Longfellow, Keats, and Tennyson - and the little known “Bel Air of Manhattan Beach”. Tucked at the bottom of the hill down Longfellow,
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Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce Annual Destination Guide and Business Directory 2020