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6 Reasons to Move to Manhattan Beach, CA

1. Geography

Manhattan Beach is a city located 19 miles southwest of Los Angeles on the southerly end of Santa Monica Bay; south of El Segundo, and north of Hermosa Beach.

The city lies 120 feet above sea level, and has a total area of 4.9 square miles; 2.1 miles of beach front and 40 acres of recreational beach area.

49.1%, or 1,224 acres of the city wide land area is residential.

1.a Climate

On average, there are 286 sunny days per year in Manhattan Beach. The July high is around 74 degrees, while the January low is 49.

Average temperature in the area ranges from 70º F in the summer to 55º F during winter.

It doesn’t rain very much in this city, just 12.07 inches per year. The US average is 39.

2. Economy

Each year, the City of Manhattan Beach issues nearly 4,000 business licenses.

Some of the top employers include: Target, Skechers, Macy’s, Fry’s Electronics, Marriott, Ralphs, Olive Garden, 24 Hour Fitness, Bristol Farms, Shade Hotel, Manhattan Beach Toyota, Houston’s Restaurants, California Pizza Kitchen, Chili’s, Belamar Hotel, Islands, and REI.

The city’s large, clean, sandy beaches attract more than 3.8 million visitors every year.

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3. Education

Manhattan Beach Unified School District, the third best performing school district in California, operates five elementary schools (Grandview, Meadows, Pacific, Pennekamp, and Robinson), one middle school (Manhattan Beach Middle School), and one high school (Mira Costa). The school district has approximately 4,260 elementary students and 1,901 high school students.

According to US Census data, Manhattan Beach is the second most educated city in Los Angeles County and the fifth most educated city in the state of California.

Some of the private schools located in the city include: American Martyrs Catholic School, Manhattan Academy, Montessori School of Manhattan Beach and Journey of Faith Christian School.

3.a Library

The Manhattan Beach Library is a branch of the Los Angeles County Library System; it is located at 1320 Highland Avenue and it features the following services:

• Meeting Room with a capacity for 80 people.

• Children’s area.

• Teen Space.

• Study Room available.

• Book Drop for returning items accessible 24 hours.

• In person and telephone research assistance.

• Photocopier.

• Children’s services: Live Homework Help, Storytime Kits.

• Teen services: Live Homework Help.

• Learning Express Library.

• Online services: Email a Librarian, Online Catalog, Research Databases and Downloadable Audio books, eBooks and Music (Downloadable Audio books from OneClick Digital, Downloadable eBooks and Audio books from Overdrive, Downloadable Music from Freegal, Streaming Movies, Audio books & Music from Hoopla.

The Manhattan Beach Library has:

• 9 Public computers

• 8 Children’s computers

• 4 Early literacy computers

• Free Wi-Fi

• Non-English Language Collection(s): Spanish Books for Adults and Spanish Books for Kids

• Other Special Collection(s): Large Print

• Children’s Special Collection(s): Read and Play Storytime Kits

4. Government

Manhattan Beach, a General Law City (a municipality that is limited to governmental structures and powers specifically granted by state law), has a five-member City Council that formulates policy for the city. Each member is elected at large by the residents and serves a nine month mayoral position during their four year term.

In the California State Legislature, Manhattan Beach is in the 26th Senate District, represented by Democrat Ben Allen, and in the 66th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Al Muratsuchi.

In the United States House of Representatives, Manhattan Beach is in California’s 33rd congressional district, represented by Democrat Ted Lieu.

5. Infrastructure

5.a Transportation

There are multiple transportation options available in Manhattan Beach, including:

Beach Cities Transit: consists of two fixed-routes that connect Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and El Segundo. The service also provides connections with Metro Bus & Rail, Torrance Transit, Gardena Bus Lines and Palos Verdes Peninsula Transit Authority and Lawndale Beat.

The cash fare is $1.00 and passengers can also use their BCT monthly pass or Metro EZ Pass.

Line 102 provides service to Redondo Beach Pier and Waterfront, Redondo Beach Civic Center, Redondo Union High School, Beach Cities Health District, South Bay Galleria, North Redondo Beach and the Green Line Redondo Beach Station at Marine Avenue.

This service operates Monday through Friday from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Saturday from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM, and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Line 109 offers transportation service to Redondo Beach-Riviera Village, Redondo Beach-Waterfront, Hermosa Beach-Pier Avenue, Manhattan Beach Pier and Downtown Manhattan Beach, Manhattan Village Mall, El Segundo and Downtown El Segundo, Plaza El Segundo and the LAX City Bus Center.

The line operates Weekdays and Weekends from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) operates 200 Metro Bus lines and four Metro Rail lines throughout the Los Angeles County. MTA will come up with a schedule that works for passengers, if they let them know their departure location and desired arrival destination.

There are multiple transportation options in the city for residents with disabilities:

Dial-A-Ride (a shared ride) curb-to-curb bus service available for disabled residents or 55+ years old residents.

The rides are reserved on a first come, first serve basis. For more information visit Dial-A-Ride or call them at (310) 545-3500 or (310) 802-5162.

Access Service Inc. offers curb-to-curb, shared transportation for eligible residents (persons with disabilities). For one-way, the maximum fare is $2.70. To get more information, visit Access Service Inc., or call them at (800) 827-0829.

Torrance Memorial Hospital provides free transportation for its patients, to and from the medical center; from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Reservations must be made in advance in order to use this service. For extra information visit Torrance Memorial Van Transportation or call them at (310) 517-4764.

The Little Company of Mary provides transportation for its patients, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The fare is $5.00 round trip. Reservations should be made two weeks in advance. To receive more information call: (310) 514-5400.

5.b Utilities

The City is the direct provider of water, sewer and storm drain services.

Southern California Edison (SCE) delivers electric service to residents and businesses in the community.

The community receives natural gas, electricity and communications services from private utility companies (governed by the California Public Utilities Commission).

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6. Point of Interest

Downtown Manhattan Beach is home to great restaurants featuring acclaimed and awarded Chefs. Some of the best places to eat are: Darren’s, Fishing With Dynamite, Little Sister, Love & Salt, MB Post, The Strand House (with the best ocean view), The Arthur J’s and Fonzs. Downtown also boasts specialty boutiques, retailers, spas and hotels.

Every week, the Manhattan Beach Farmers Market offers healthy eating choices from local farms and vendors. Exhibitors not only sell their products, but also provide cooking tips and educate the community on healthy eating, sustainability, and caring for the environment.

The city has 11 parks managed by the Parks and Recreation Department. These recreational spaces are: Manhattan Heights Park, Polliwog Park, Live Oak Park, Sand Dune Park, Marine Avenue Park, Marine Sports Complex, and Larsson Street Parquette, 8th Street Parquette, Bruce’s Beach, Veterans Parkway and Manhattan Village Fields. The largest and most popular is located on Manhattan Beach Boulevard, two blocks west of Aviation Boulevard: the Polliwog Park. This facility boasts a small lake, an open-air concert amphitheater, playground equipment, picnic tables, restrooms, a fenced dog exercise area, and it is also the site of the Manhattan Beach Historical Society Red Cottage (which is home to the city’s collection of historical artifacts) This institution offers after school programs and summer camps for youth and teens.

Manhattan Heights Park, located across the street from Polliwog Park, is also a popular site for social, informal family gatherings. The picnic facilities accommodate up to 32 people.

This large park (of almost four acres) includes two tennis courts, two paddle tennis courts, a small children’s play area, a basketball court (which can be converted into a mini-basketball court), a large lighted athletic field and community center, a volleyball court, a horseshoe court, restrooms and drinking fountains.

Marine Avenue Park, situated west of Aviation Boulevard on Marine, offers residents and visitors several lighted ball fields, basketball courts, and an indoor racket ball facility.

Live Oak Park in the downtown area has ball fields, playground equipment, tennis courts and picnic tables. For over 50 years, this has been the site of the annual Hometown Fair, where community residents enjoy food, beverages, live music, games and booths to raise funds for local causes.

The “Green Belt” also known as “Veteran’s Parkway” is a pedestrian-friendly walkway, very popular among runners and dog-walkers. The path located near downtown Manhattan Beach, runs adjacent to Valley Drive and Ardmore Avenue.

The Strand at the eastern edge of the beach, features restrooms, shower facilities, lifeguard stations, as well as a concrete bike path and a separate 2.1 mile walkway (reserved for pedestrians). The bikeway extends north to Santa Monica and south to Palos Verdes.

The Pier and El Porto are two popular spots among surfers.

Manhattan Beach also has:

• 2 community centers: Joslyn Community Center and Manhattan Heights Community Center.

• 18 ball fields: 2 fields at Live Oak Park, 2 fields at Marine Avenue Park, 2 fields at Manhattan Beach Middle School, 2 fields Pacific Elementary School, 2 fields at Mira Costa High School, and one field each at Polliwog Park, Manhattan Heights Park, Marine Sports Complex, Manhattan Village, Meadows Elementary School, Grand View Elementary School, Robinson Elementary School, and Penne amp Elementary School.

• 18 tennis courts: 10 tennis courts at Mira Costa High School, 6 tennis courts and a table tennis court at Live Oak Park and 2 tennis courts and 2 paddle tennis courts at Manhattan Heights Park.

• A table tennis court at Marine Avenue Park.

• 4 Pay-N-Play racquetball courts at Marine Avenue Park.

• 5 full-sized basketball courts: 2 at Marine Avenue Park, 2 at Live Oak Park, and 1 at Manhattan Heights Park.

• A 9-hole golf course at the Marriott Hotel.

• A 1.7 mile jogging path at Veteran’s Parkway.

• 6 batting cages: 2 at Live Oak Park, 2 at Marine Avenue Park, and 3 at Marine Sports Complex.

• A Begg Pool: the Mira Costa High School Pool.

• Fitness equipment at Polliwog Park, Veteran’s Parkway and Live Oak Park.

• Throughout the year, the City hosts multiple special events, including: concerts during the summer season, the Hometown Fair and the world famous Pumpkin Races in the fall; and the Pier Lighting Ceremony in the winter.


As is evident from our article, the City is committed to enhancing the quality of life for its residents, and you will experience this as soon as you become part of the community.

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