NEIGHBORHOODS of MANHATTAN BEACH
huge lots and hideaway homes sit under shady trees. It’s an area that feels very separate from the rest of the city. Captain Hageman even ventures to say that “people don’t really know about this back here.” In addition to the Mira Costa Neighborhood, East Manhattan is also home to the Manhattan Village gated community for families who want more privacy. Two other sub-sections are the post-war tract housing developments - Liberty Village and Manhattan Heights. Napolitano, a fan of midcentury architecture, loves these areas for their architectural style. Fratello says Liberty Village is perhaps the most cohesive neighborhood in town because the houses have primarily remained the same since the ‘50s. “There’s a character to the neigh-
borhood,” he says. “[The homes] are upgraded and remodeled, but not as often demolished and replaced as other parts of town,” he says. THE TREE SECTION
The Tree Section was so named for its streets - Pine, Elm, Oak, and Palm to name a few - but the name also has historical roots. Rosecrans Avenue, which runs along the northern border of the city and most of the Tree Section, had once been lined on either side by stately rows of eucalyptus trees. Before significant development, trees outnumbered homes in the Tree Section. The Tree Section includes several sub-neighborhoods, mainly centered around the schools.
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WATCH OUT FOR THAT TREE! The Manhattan Beach Tree section was not named because of the large amount of trees in the area, but rather because of the street names — Laurel, Pine, Palm, Elm, Oak, etc. — although there is a strict tree preservation ordinance with penalties for cutting down a front or side yard tree.
Pacific, American Martyrs, and Grand View all have their own sub-sections with distinct vibes. Because of this, the Tree Section is home to many young families, maybe more than any other neighborhood in Manhattan Beach. Families with elementary-aged children often choose homes based on which school their children attend - walkability, nearby friends, and the suburban, beachy feel all lend to an idyllic childhood setting for Tree Section kids. Councilman Napolitano, a Tree Section native, initiated what would become the city’s “Tree Ordinance” - an unusual and comprehensive set of local laws protecting existing trees and requiring the planting of a single large tree for new developments or remodels.
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Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce Annual Destination Guide and Business Directory 2020