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NEIGHBORHOODS of MANHATTAN BEACH

Hill Section

The ordinance was indicative of the reason he joined the council at such a young age; he saw change occurring to his sleepy beach town that he worried would eventually render it unrecognizable. The Tree Section is also home to what neighbors have deemed The Sidewalk Rebellion. Jan Dennis, Manhattan Beach’s unofficial historian, lived in the Tree Section for 15 years in the 1960s and ‘70s. She remembers the occasional call to arms among its residents when City Hall would make a move towards installing sidewalks. “People wanted to keep that tree look, so they didn’t want sidewalks and concrete,” Dennis says. “We fought a battle.” Sidewalks sporadically have been added through the years, but the majority of the tree-named streets remain without. It’s become

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WORTH A LOOK The Hill Section obtained its name from the simple fact that it is on a hill. When you are situated on the West side of the hill, you will enjoy sweeping views of the ocean from Palos Verdes to Malibu and beyond. If you find yourself on the North or East side, you can often have incredible views of the glimmering lights of Downtown Los Angeles and even the Hollywood sign.

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a defining trait of the neighborhood. Geilman appreciates the benefit of no sidewalks. “You see people walking dogs and pushing strollers,” he says. “I think because there are no sidewalks, traffic is slower. It feels a little bit more rural. You can be in the middle of the Tree Section and feel you are not in LA County.” THE HILL SECTION

The Hill Section features some of the best yards and grandest homes in the city. The area is bordered by Sepulveda to the East, Ardmore to the West, Manhattan Beach Blvd to the North and the city of Hermosa Beach to the South. The neighborhood is home to a vast array of architecture from spare Mid-Century Modern holdovers to sprawling Spanish Colonial. The Hill Section’s yards burst

with color from indigenous flowers and native plants, many of which are planted by California Naturalist Mike Garcia. He prioritizes earth-friendly gardening in his landscape designs to conserve water and promote environmental harmony. “The greatest environmental challenge that Southern California faces is our lack of water,” Garcia tells me. “Native plants are perfectly suited for our dry climate - they require very little water, and they support local pollinators.” He uses flowers like the California Poppy and the official flower of Manhattan Beach - a gorgeous golden Beach Primose - to combine captivating colors and attract local bees, butterflies, and birds. Native grasses, succulents, and shrubs add

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