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California Naturalist Mike Garcia, owner of Enviroscape. 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.” Flowers like the California Poppy and the oﬃcial flower of Manhattan Beach - a gorgeous golden Beach Primrose - combine captivating colors and attract local bees, butterflies, and birds. Native grasses, succulents, and shrubs add lush greenery without the need for sprinklers using valuable water. The Hill Section yards blossom with unique, environmentally appropriate flora that highlights the expansive, impressive lots and respects the dry climate of Manhattan Beach. The Hill Section views are widely considered the best in the city. The varied and high terrain allows 360-degree vistas of mountains, city, and sea. Homes in the Hill Section rest
on sweeping lawns overlooking Palos Verdes to the purple mountains of Malibu. Home remodels and development steadily occurred throughout the years, with stunning new builds replacing many older, smaller homes. The Hill Section is also coveted for its wide streets and
ample parking - something of which the Sand Section could use a little more. This neighborhood, like the Tree Section, is mostly residential once you breach the borders of Manhattan Beach Blvd and Sepulveda. First Republic Bank and Gelson’s revolutionized the Hill Section, bringing high-end grocery shopping within walking distance (incredibly valuable during the pandemic). Deep Roots Garden, acupuncturists and masseurs, and small, private gyms provide us with places to get into nature and ourselves, returning to the earth and recentering our bodies. Barsha ups the bougieness of our sleepy beach town, with cozy wine tastings, exotic charcuterie boards, and a cool hipster-vibe permeating their storefront. Then there is Montage Spa, ready to soothe and renew.
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hile each neighborhood has something of value, The Sand Section is the marquee feature of Manhattan Beach. It’s home to the downtown district filled with chic boutiques and local restaurants, such as MB staples like the Manhattan Beach Creamery and The Strand House. It includes the MB Pier ending in the iconic Roundhouse Aquarium. With its unrivaled ocean views, beach access, and proximity to local boutiques and restaurants, the Sand Section is the best Manhattan Beach has to offer.
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