Manhattan Beach, CA Real Estate News

By Keith Kyle, Top Producing Agent
(Vista Sotheby's International)
Are you and the family looking for a great place to spend Halloween in the South Bay?  The walkstreets in Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beachare a fun and safe place to go trick or treating.  The walkstreets in both cities offer a small community feel in which neighbors all know each other and often plan a "block party" with haunted houses, decorations and lots of fun.  The walkstreets are pedestrian only streets which makes for a safe and fun environment without cars to worry about.  The walkstreets can be found within a few blocks of the oceanfront Strand in both cities.  There are plenty of kids that live on the streets, and plenty of kids that drive in to take advantage of the wonderful Halloween atmosphere. Keith Kyle - Realtor, e-Pro - South Bay Brokers- 2501 N Sepulveda Blvd Manhat...
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By Keith Kyle, Top Producing Agent
(Vista Sotheby's International)
I have many home buyers approach me about their home search in Manhattan Beach and I have to make sure that they understand that Manhattan Beach has some very different neighborhoods and each has something unique to offer.  There are really 5 distinct neighborhoods in Manhattan Beach that are the sand section, tree section, hill section, Manhattan Village and East Manhattan Beach An ideal location for families, East Manhattan Beach offers something much of the South Bayand other neighborhoods of Manhattan don't.....space. With lot sizes generally being either 50x100 or 50x150, homes in areas east of Sepulveda Blvd. often allow for larger homes and large yards.  These larger lots have been of particular interest to builders in the past few years and there has been a tremendous volume of ...
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By James Engel
(KW Commercial Beverly Hills)
Summer Doesn't Have To Be Over When You Have Famers' Markets All Year Round! I love going to my local Farmers' Market and getting the freshest fruits and veggies all year round! Shopping at you local Los Angeles Farmers' Market is good for you and good for the local small businesses. Right now there's a whole bunch of great produce in season. How about a fresh spinach and mushroom salad with Asian pear, dried cranberries and a light vinaigrette dressing?  That sounds like a great light lunch or a tantalizing starter to a dinner of steak and winter squash with green beans. So, how do you go about finding your local Farmers' Market in Manhattan Beach? Look no further, I have all the info you need right here! Here are the details and a website listed below for your convenience:   Day: Tues...
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By Keith Kyle, Top Producing Agent
(Vista Sotheby's International)
Manhattan Beach is an absolutely ideal place to call home endless housing possibilities.  From oceanfront "Strand" homes to charming cottages in the tree section, Manhattan has the right home for everyone.  Within Manhattan Beach is the community of Manhattan Village.  Manhattan Village is truly a world of it's own and is ideal for those looking for a small community feel with quiet and safe streets.   Manhattan Village is a gated community that is ideally located near shopping, golf, the beach and a shorter commute than most of the South Bay.  The lush landscaping, multiple pools and proximity to the beach provides a safe and tranquil coastal living.   Manhattan Village offers three distinct type homes with varying square footage and layouts in each.  Court Homes- The Court Homes in Ma...
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By Keith Kyle, Top Producing Agent
(Vista Sotheby's International)
While the real estate market around the country may be taking a hit, home values along the coast of the South Bay is almost as stable as ever.  The "sand" section of Manhattan Beach has remained particularly strong as oceanview and oceanfront homes that are walkable to the beach are always in demand.  Home prices in the sand section (see map) are reaching unbelievable highs with full lot walkstreets in the 3-6 million dollar range, depending on age, condition and view.                       Typical 1/2 Lot El Porto Home                                             Some Stunning Ocean Views While these homes are out of reach for most South Bay buyers, there is an area of Manhattan Beach that offers far more reasonable home prices.  The area is known as "north" Manhattan, although it's mor...
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Who would have thought that in a town with a seemingly endless beautiful sand beach, one of the best places to go get some exercise would be on a hill....or more precisely a big sand dune.   As there is some structure or another on just about every part of Manhattan Beach, most people are unaware that the hills we see and live on along the coast are really just big sand dunes.  One great place to find this out is a small park just North of Rosecrans known as Sand Dune Park.  The park is certainly aptly named as the main feature of the park is a big 100 foot high sand dune.  As if running through sand isn't difficult enough....try it on a big slope!  The dune isn't all that long but it sure feels that way about half way up the slop. It's a fantastic way to get some quick exercise while e...
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By Kaye Thomas, e-PRO, Manhattan Beach CA
(Real Estate West)
Real estate values in Manhattan Beach and the Beach Cities have held up fairly well compared to other parts of the nation and the state over the last few years. However, make no mistake, we are headed for some rocky times if the FED can't figure out the right way to solve the current financial crisis. No question Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson along with FED Chairman Ben Bernanke and New York FED President Tim Geithner did their best to find a reasonable solution to a major disaster... the question is whether or not the solution is going to work.A lot has happened in the last week as credit markets scramble to deal with some massive changes... Fannie and Freddie got a lifeline, Lehman is toast, AIG is saved, BofA got a whole lot bigger, while Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley are no lon...
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By Lynne Pope, "Out of the Blue" solutions for perfect homes
(eXp realty, MFA,Hermosa Beach,Redondo Beach,South Bay )
  Imagine a plastic mat across the sand. Moms with strollers, wheelchairs, wagons, canes, and all alternative ways to get closer to the water across the sand. http://www.mobi-mat-civil-access-deschamps.com/en/beaches.php Beaches Beaches are a place where people gather to play on the sand and be at the water's edge. The sand is a barrier to those of us with crutches, canes and wheelchairs.   Mobi-Mat RecPath can help you : Make any beach area accessible and help you meet ADA (American Disabilities Act) and DDA (Disabled Discrimination Act) requirements. Make your beach more inviting and accessible to more people Extend your existing boardwalks up to the water's edge Create a continuous beachfront walkway Recover and store your pathway in minutes in case of hurricane Control erosion of sa...
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By Ryan "Rocky" Rockwood
(Keller Williams Palos Verdes)
VA Loan Foreclosure explained for Manhattan Beach Investors Manhattan Beach Real Estate Investing: What is a VA Loan Foreclosure? A quick check of a VA loan foreclosure will reveal that this isn't made to be understood at first glance. Just like anything in this world, a complete understanding of what foreclosure and repossession is will require a second or a third look on the matter. Though repossession and foreclosures may not copy the usual characteristics that come with real estate buying in Manhattan Beach, there are still some features that make repossession and foreclosures unique. Read Also:  Torrance California VA Home Foreclosures Here are some features that help make repossessions a league different from real estate buying; you don't need shell out money for a down payment an...
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By Tiffany Wilson, SFR, First Time Home Buyers & Investors
(eReal Estate Corp)
This Saturday, August 30th at 7:30 pm, the Parks and Recreation department of Manhattan Beach is showing a FREE movie at the beach!  Bring the whole family to watch Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl on the North Side of Manhattan Beach Pier. You don't find much of anything free these days, so this is a wonderful treat for folks in the South Bay.  Bring warm and fuzzy blankies, snacks, and some hot chocolate for instant memories!  And don't forget to clean up after yourself - we love our beaches! For more information, visit www.citymb.info or call  310-802-5448 .
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By Lynne Pope, "Out of the Blue" solutions for perfect homes
(eXp realty, MFA,Hermosa Beach,Redondo Beach,South Bay )
Congratulations to schools that made the top list in high schools in our South Bay area Mira Costa- serving Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach students Palos Verdes High and  Palos Verdes Peninsula High plus Private school-Chadwick West High for Torrance Hawthorne Math and Science Academy for Hawthorne, CA What does this do for home sales?  You know it....keeps the properties strong and consistant. This is the value that keeps on giving to the kids, teachers, families and the whole community. I have one son that attended Chadwick and My husband graduated from Mira Costa. I have sold properties in all the communities listed above. I have one home for sale in the West High area. Its a diamond in the rough. Why do I say that? Its vaule is deep like a diamond copper plumbing, sparkling elect...
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By Mary Thomas BH,MB,HB, PV, Estates LA+, Mary C. Thomas Your Agent around the Globe
( Remax Estates Properties)
According to the Caifornia Assoc. of Realtors stats in June, 2008, prices are increasing in these 10 cities in California, including our own South Bay city of Manhattan Beach and our own San Gabriel Valley city of Temple City. Courtesy of google pic mb images  Here is some excerpts from the California Association of Realtor statistics, "Note: Large changes in local median home prices typically indicate both local home price appreciation, and often, large shifts in the composition of housing market activity. Some of the variations in median home prices for June may be exaggerated due to compositional changes in housing demand. The DataQuick tables listing median home prices in California cities and counties are accessible through C.A.R. Online at http://new.car.org/economics/historicalpr...
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I often have clients contact me from out of the area who are moving to the South Bay and are interested in finding a home in Manhattan Beach.  While most people think of Manhattan Beach as one town, the various neighborhoods are all quite a bit different, have their own pros and cons, and appeal to very different types of people.   From a real estate standpoint, Manhattan Beach is broken into 6 sections, but really 5 different type neighborhoods.  In this post, we'll cover the Sand Section of Manhattan Beach- This is the area that most people envision when they are picturing Manhattan Beach with beautiful sunsets, broad beaches and a charming downtown area.  Who - This is really the area for those wanting to be close to the ocean or wanting ocean views.  There is a premium on houses in ...
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By Maureen Megowan, Palos Verdes Real Estate Blog
(Remax Estate Properties - )
Trying to understand the The California Residential Purchase Agreement (California Association of Realtors form RPA-CA) can be an extremely daunting task, with the average home buyer typically overwhelmed by the legal nature of this document. This is a standard document used in the State of California sponsored by the California Association of Realtors, and is used in the overwhelming majority of residential real estate purchases. If you visit my website at http://www.maureenmegowan.com/Nav.aspx/Page=/PageManager/Default.aspx/PageID=1584411%20 I provide a step by step, paragraph by paragraph explanation of this purchase contract, explaining in plain English what is included in the contract and how to undeerstand its legal provisions.
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
My favorite breakfast place is in Manhattan Beach, some 90 miles north of Carlsbad. Not only is it my fave in Manhattan Beach but my favorite anywhere I think. The Local Yolk is on Highland in the heart of this charming, and expensive, beach town and has been feeding locals since 1984. I first learned about it about 9 years ago when my daughter was at USC. We have visited many times over the years for breakfast, most recently this morning on the trip home from Los Angeles to Carlsbad. If you are a resident in the area you undoubtedly know this place, but for folks further north or south, it may not be on your radar screen. Both The Local Yolk and Manhattan Beach should be on your list of places to visit in Southern California. This is a no frills kid of place with huge omelets and a lar...
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By Kaye Thomas, e-PRO, Manhattan Beach CA
(Real Estate West)
3612 Poinsettia Manhattan BeachIn the last few months I've written posts on Starter Homes in Manhattan Beach , Prices not crashing .... no kidding and buyers and sellers Thinking Outside the Box along with a number of other posts on Manhattan Beach real estate. These posts were about the market in general and often about my listing on 3612 Poinsettia in particular. Many who commented on these posts blasted me on everything from home prices in Manhattan Beach to my general lack of knowledge about the declining real estate market. The bottom was going to fall out of the local housing market and Poinsettia was wildly overpriced at $849,000.But a funny thing happened a month ago. Suddenly 3612 Poinsettia was not the wallflower at the prom. Poinsettia was on the short list for Prom Queen. Th...
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In no particular order, this is our pick of top places to eat in Manhattan Beach. Bon appetit! 1) Darren's Restaurant 1141 Manhattan Ave Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (310) 802-1973 2) Muchos Ultima Mexican Restaurant 903 Manhattan Ave Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (310) 374-4422 www.muchomb.com 3) The Side Door 900 Manhattan AveManhattan Beach, CA 90266 (310) 722-1084 4) Le Pan Quotidien 451 Manhattan Beach Boulevard Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (310) 546-6411 www.painquotidien.com 5) Rock'n Fish 120 Manhattan Beach Blvd Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (310) 379-9900Rocknfish Website 6) Pietros 451 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266 (310) 545-4100 7) La Creperie: Bohemian Bistro and Bar 1209 Highland Avenue Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 310-545-3509 8) Cafe Pierre 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Ma...
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By Blake and Diana Roberts
(Shorewood Realtors)
As good as they get. South Bay Real Estate Royalty Charles Heidman and Lien Tran are prolific South Bay home builders by night, but unlike many of the other developers in the area, the couple has maintained their primary careers in spite of their tremendous success in real estate. Lien is a successful hair stylist in  Hermosa  Beach and Charles is a plant manager for one of LA's most well-known hospitals. Builders/developers come in all shapes and sizes, but most don't share "Chuck" and Lien's down-to-earth work ethic, positive attitude, and pride in their finished product. You won't find a Range Rover or Porsche convertible in their garage, the couple do what they love and they love what they do. For Diana and me, we're not only Chuck and Lien's Realtors, we've also purchased one of th...
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By Tiffany Wilson, SFR, First Time Home Buyers & Investors
(eReal Estate Corp)
Every Tuesday between 12 and 4 pm, locals in the beach city of Manhattan Beach converge at 13th Street between Valley Drive and Morningside Drive, for the Manhattan Beach Farmers Market. The Manhattan Beach Farmers Market features vendors with a wide variety of products: Fresh, sometimes-organic, fruits and vegetables Fresh bakery goods Seafood Gourmet desserts Mediterranean foods, like pita chips, hummus, dolmads, etc. Fresh cut flowers Starter plants for gardening All-natural, essential oil beauty products Fresh squeezed juices and pupusas Freshly made French crepes Rotisserie chicken And still more... And for the little ones, there is an musical entertainer to keep them occupied and safe from boredom, while their parents do their shopping. Many young families with kids make the Manha...
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By Tiffany Wilson, SFR, First Time Home Buyers & Investors
(eReal Estate Corp)
Here are the April 2008 year-to-date (YTD) real estate market facts for Manhattan Beach: 2008 Sales for Manhattan Beach January           13 February          15 March              21 April                 28 2008 Average Days on Market for Manhattan Beach January           82 February          39 March              82 April                 62 2008 Pct Sold/List Price for Manhattan Beach January           95 February          96 March              96 April                 96 2008 Months of Inventory for Manhattan Beach January           8.1 February          9.1 March              7 April                 5.4 2008 Summary YTD for Manhattan Beach (May 1, 2008) The number of home sales in Manhattan Beach have been on a consistent increase since the beginning of the year.  This is expected ...
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