Hermosa Beach is the smallest of the South Bay's Beach cities, at only 15 blocks east to west and 40 blocks north to south. In its early days the area was covered by rolling hills of grass and was once used as pasture land for herds of sheep. The first pier was built in 1904. The Santa Fe Railway tracks once ran along the path that cuts through the city north to Manhattan Beach and South to Redondo Beach. The railway used to bring visitors from Los Angeles to the beaches and the Hotel Redondo. The historic rail line now is covered with wood chips and lined with the canopies of trees and serves as a beloved pedestrian pathway adjoining the beach cities.
Homeowners in Hermosa Beach enjoy popular community events such as Fiesta Hermosa, which is an annual street fair that takes place every Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend. The community centers around the beach volleyball and surf culture, hosting numerous events such as the USA Volleyball HP National Championships and the International Surf Festival. The weekly Farmer's Market is within walking distance of most homes as well as Hermosa View and Hermosa Valley schools.
Homes for sale along the Hermosa Beach Strand are some of the most sought after properties in all of Southern California real estate.
The Strand in Hermosa Beach begins in the north end at 35th Street and continues south to Herondo Street. Real Estate along The Strand varies from single family homes to two-on-a-lot townhomes, to duplexes and other multi-family buildings. There is a small section of commercial property as one approaches Pier Avenue.
There is one fractional ownership condo-hotel called The Beach House located a few steps from Downtown Hermosa Beach. These fractional ownership opportunities present a way to own Strand property without the multi-million dollar price tag.
Home prices along The Strand in Hermosa can be slightly less costly than Strand property in Manhattan Beach. There are many properties along The Strand that offer pier-to-pier views, where homeowners are perfectly situated between Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach. These properties usually fetch a premium for their proximity to the lifestyle of both beach communities.
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The Hermosa Beach Sand Section makes up the majority of all homes in Hermosa Beach. The Sand Section begins west of Valley Drive and extends as far north as 35th Street and as far south as Herondo Street. (Herondo Street is named so because it is where Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach converge.) Homes in the Sand Section range from larger custom homes and original beach homes on the north end to mutli-family properties and townhouses on the south end with a mix of all property types in between. North Hermosa Beach is highly sought after for the merging beach lifestyles between Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach and also for the fact it is not a tourist stop; mainly locals are found out and about in the North sand section of Hermosa Beach.
There are a few rare pockets of the Sand Section where savvy homeowners can find estate-like lots measuring over 12,000 sf offering both large luxury homes and expansive backyards, but those properties rarely come on the market and when they do, they are amongst the record setting sale prices for homes sold in the area.
Locals and visitors alike enjoy the pristine beaches, the active, close-knit community lifestyle and the mix of casual and trend-setting establishments found in the historic town of Hermosa Beach.
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Homes in what is known as Hermosa Valley enjoy both the proximity to the beach and larger lots with more space between neighbors. While Hermosa Valley may be one of the smallest real estate sections in all of the South Bay, it is also one of the best. Nestled between Pacific Coast Highway and Ardmore Avenue, Hermosa Valley homeowners can appreciate a Sand Section lifestyle without the price tag of nearby Manhattan Beach while at the same time enjoying the parks and natural beauty of the greenbelt areas that are close by.
Some Hermosa Valley properties take advantage of their locations heading up the hill towards Pacific Coast Highway and can capture ocean views while also enjoying larger outdoor spaces. It's been known to happen that a handful of savvy Manhattan Beach Hill Section home buyers have turned to certain pockets of Hermosa Valley to find a luxury home with an ocean view and great proximity to all the community activities, but at the fraction of the cost for Hill Section living.
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East Hermosa Beach is that section of Hermosa that is on the East side of Pacific Coast Highway. (Sepulveda Blvd. turns into PCH at the Artesia/Gould Ave. intersection.) Certain sections of East Hermosa begin to resemble the neighboring Golden Triangle section of North Redondo Beach. Developers in the 1970s found they could split 50 ft lots into 25 ft frontages thereby enabling them to build two new homes, side-by-side at the same time. This is what gave birth to the "tall and skinny" homes that are prevalent in some sections of East Hermosa and most of the Golden Triangle area of North Redondo Beach.
Other homes in East Hermosa Beach can capture an ocean view from either a main living area or a rooftop deck. Because East Hermosa advances up a hill to its peak along Prospect Ave. it gives the ocean view advantage to a large number of property owners in choice locations throughout East Hermosa.