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1810-1812 12th St
1810-1812 12th Street
Manhattan Beach, CA | Eastside Manhattan Beach
2 Bedrooms
$2,595
Last updated December 3 at 06:33 PM
This property has recently undergone a top to bottom remodel, receiving a fresh and modern makeover inside and out! Each unit has been meticulously updated with contemporary finishes including: white shaker cabinets, grey quartz countertops, white
1 Unit Available
512 2nd Street
512 2nd Street
Manhattan Beach, CA | Sand Section
4 Bedrooms
$7,500
1761 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:14 PM
Prime Southend Sand Section location, walk to everything. Steps to the beach, downtown Manhattan, local park and Robinson Elementary. Recently vacated. New paint and carpet. Super clean and move in ready. All four bedrooms on top floor.
1 Unit Available
201 38th Street
201 38th Street
Manhattan Beach, CA | Sand Section
2 Bedrooms
$6,000
1300 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:14 PM
Two bedroom two bath lower unit in duplex for rent. The property is one block from the beach and has ocean views from the front deck. One dedicated garage space is included.
1 Unit Available
1823 5th Street
1823 5th Street
Manhattan Beach, CA | Eastside Manhattan Beach
4 Bedrooms
$5,500
2316 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:14 PM
4 Bedroom 2 bath family home with over 2200 sq. ft. on a quiet cul de sac in East Manhattan Beach. One story home on a 50 X 150 lot with a nice backyard. Home features a living room, dining room and family room.
1 Unit Available
3116 Alma Avenue
3116 Alma Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA | Sand Section
Studio
$3,195
500 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:14 PM
Fantastic rental unit in a contemporary newer construction single family home! The self-contained studio features a separate bedroom with closet, 1 bath with shower, and has its own private entry with no access to the main house.
1 Unit Available
408 Manhattan Avenue
408 North Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA | Sand Section
1 Bedroom
$3,500
500 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:14 PM
Completely renovated 1 bedroom suite in a 3-unit building less than 2 blocks from the beach! This unit has every amenity a renter could ever ask for: in-unit washer/dryer, gas stove, microwave, dishwasher, plenty of counter/cabinet space and one
1 Unit Available
222 N Dianthus Street
222 North Dianthus Street
Manhattan Beach, CA | Hill Section
4 Bedrooms
$9,800
2726 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:14 PM
Single-family available in Manhattan Beach's Hill Section. Large front yard and expansive backyard with hot tub kept private by fencing and tall, mature trees.
1 Unit Available
4216 The Strand
4216 The Strand
Manhattan Beach, CA | Sand Section
3 Bedrooms
$35,000
3000 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:14 PM
Short term furnished lease! This unique Spanish architectural located on the Strand is a classic ocean front estate with dramatic views, tranquil pool, and new luxury renovations.
1 Unit Available
203 38th Street
203 38th Street
Manhattan Beach, CA | Sand Section
2 Bedrooms
$8,500
1400 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:14 PM
Two bed two bath apartment in the El Porto community of Manhattan Beach. Located just over a block from beach, this recently renovated apartment comes with a master suite, two car garage, laundry room, two decks, HVAC, and plenty of natural light.
1 Unit Available
333 11th Street
333 11th Street
Manhattan Beach, CA | Sand Section
2 Bedrooms
$7,250
1800 sqft
3 Bedrooms
Ask
Last updated December 3 at 11:14 PM
Prime location! This is also known as 1035 Morningside #B unit of this beautiful Tuscan style Villa Duplex. Lower level Bonus Room currently used as 3rd bedroom.
1 Unit Available
1421 12th Street
1421 12th Street
Manhattan Beach, CA | Eastside Manhattan Beach
2 Bedrooms
$3,900
1337 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:14 PM
Perfectly situated location in Manhattan Beach! This beautifully remodeled town home is filled with natural sunlight and has an open and functional floor plan with two balconies.
1 Unit Available
3401 Pine Avenue
3401 Pine Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA | Tree Section
4 Bedrooms
$7,500
3224 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:14 PM
Spacious family home in a lovely area of the Tree Section. This home offers 4 bedrooms PLUS a family room PLUS a den. Plenty of room to work from home or children's "distance learning" for school. Grassy west-facing backyard gets plenty of sun.
1 Unit Available
612 11th Street
612 11th Street
Manhattan Beach, CA | Hill Section
4 Bedrooms
$17,500
3100 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:14 PM
Welcome to this completely furnished, custom home by designer Jill Johnson of Waterleaf Interiors in the perfect Hill Section location just four houses from downtown Manhattan Beach.
1 Unit Available
669 35th Street
669 35th Street
Manhattan Beach, CA | Tree Section
4 Bedrooms
$9,500
3490 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:14 PM
Elegant family home located in the Grandview elementary area of the tree section. Step inside to a large foyer and immediately drawn to the large living room with cathedral ceilings.
1 Unit Available
131 Gull
131 Gull Street
Manhattan Beach, CA | Sand Section
1 Bedroom
$3,200
500 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:14 PM
COMPLETELY REMODELED BOTTOM UNIT, FURNISHED Steps to the best surf beach in So Cal, El Porto, this furnished one bedroom apartment is in North Manhattan Beach, just a half block from the beach.
1 Unit Available
2622 Maple Avenue
2622 Maple Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA | Tree Section
5 Bedrooms
$14,500
3208 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:14 PM
Beautiful tree section home on a great corner location with wonderful floor-plan and private yard. This recently built coastal contemporary style home has 5 bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms, and approximately 3,208sf of living space.
1 Unit Available
922 10th St
922 10th Street
Manhattan Beach, CA | Hill Section
Studio
$1,995
400 sqft
4 Bedrooms
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5 Bedrooms
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Last updated December 3 at 11:14 PM
Studio/guest house in the hill section of MB. Separate courtyard entrance. Refrig, microwave, hospitality bar. Available for short or long term.
1 Unit Available
2310 N Ardmore Avenue
2310 North Ardmore Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA | Tree Section
4 Bedrooms
$13,500
3667 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:14 PM
Stunning modern estate in the Trees! Located on a very exclusive private street in Manhattan Beach.
1 Unit Available
615 Manhattan Avenue
615 North Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA | Sand Section
4 Bedrooms
$7,995
1592 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:14 PM
PRIME South Manhattan- Charming beach home in the most IDEAL location! Just 2 blocks to the ocean and a short distance to the Pier and all of Downtown Manhattan Beach shops and restaurants.
1 Unit Available
665 13th Street
665 13th Street
Manhattan Beach, CA | Tree Section
3 Bedrooms
$9,200
2448 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:14 PM
A Wonderful top of Manhattan Beach 13th St. home with an easy walk to the grocery or the hub of Manhattan Beach shopping and restaurants to the pier.
1 Unit Available
1531 9th Street
1531 9th Street
Manhattan Beach, CA | Eastside Manhattan Beach
5 Bedrooms
$11,000
4080 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:14 PM
Lovingly preserved in one of the most sought after locations in East Manhattan Beach is this impressive 5 bedroom 4 bath French Normandy home on a full 50 x 150 foot lot with city and mountain views.
1 Unit Available
409 30th Street
409 30th Street
Manhattan Beach, CA | Sand Section
4 Bedrooms
$14,980
2798 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:14 PM
This new custom built home offers ocean views, spectacular living spaces and is steps to the beach. Enjoy the coastal lifestyle in this 2,798 sq ft home that includes 4 bedrooms, 4 ½ bathrooms and 3 levels of stunning finishes and details.
1 Unit Available
623 Aviation Way
623 Aviation Way
Manhattan Beach, CA | Eastside Manhattan Beach
4 Bedrooms
$4,800
2020 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:14 PM
Manhattan Beach Address at Redondo Beach Lease Rates. This is 2006 built home with marble floors, granite countertops, custom cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances.
1 Unit Available
1847 5th Street
1847 5th Street
Manhattan Beach, CA | Eastside Manhattan Beach
3 Bedrooms
$4,450
1684 sqft
Last updated December 3 at 11:14 PM
Bright and spacious 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house in Manhattan Beach! The cozy living room comes with a fireplace and also a wall A/C for your comfort! The kitchen boasts lots of beautiful wood cabinets providing plenty of storage space for all your
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Apartment Rentals in Manhattan Beach start at $1,950/month.
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While some Manhattan Beach properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
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City Guide

Manhattan Beach
"If everybody had an ocean cross the U. S. A., then everybody'd be surfin' like Californi-a. You'd seem 'em wearing their baggies, Huarachi sandals too. Surfin' U. S. A. You'd catch 'em surfin' at Del Mar, Ventura County line, Santa Cruz and Trestle. Australia's Narrabeen, all over Manhattan and down Doheny Way. Everybody's gone surfin', surfin' U.S.A." (-The Beach Boys, "Surfin' U.S.A.")
"If everybody had an ocean cross the U. S. A., then everybody'd be surfin' like Californi-a. You'd seem 'em wearing their baggies, Huarachi sandals too. Surfin' U. S. A. You'd catch 'em surfin' at Del Mar, Ventura County line, Santa Cruz and Trestle. Australia's Narrabeen, all over Manhattan and down Doheny Way. Everybody's gone surfin', surfin' U.S.A." (-The Beach Boys, "Surfin' U.S.A.")

The home base for supermodels, professional athletes, celebrities, and stoners, Manhattan Beach is a quintessential West Coast paradise just a few minutes from L.A.s hottest inland locations. The gargantuan swaying palm trees, beaches dotted with volleyball nets, and vertical waterfront housing are inarguably to die for, but the rents certainly reflect the level of appeal. Hats off to you if you can squeeze in, as the quality of life is second to probably very few places thanks in part to the walkable downtown area, quiet hillside neighborhoods, and gorgeous vistas from every rooftop. Add the variety of recreational opportunities (outdoor living is a pleasurable requirement of residency), and spirited nightlife, and you have yourself the solution for a compact city with attractive options for every upscale demographic, from rich families to rich frat boys.

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Manhattan Beach Essentials

Less than four miles square in size, the number of houses and commercial businesses snuggled into its borders belies Manhattan Beach’s diminutive dimensions. With roughly 35,000 people living here, things can get a bit over-crowded (and under-clothed. Hey, it's the beach.), especially closer to the waves where all the exciting happenings are happening. Fortunately, the vastness of the Pacific Ocean helps alleviate any claustrophobia. Plus, people are generally pretty warm and welcoming regardless of where in the city you lay down your beach blanket.

Though it was already mentioned, steeling yourself for the sticker shock on everything from a loaf of bread to a gallon of gas to organic deli sandwiches is imperative. The cost of living in the South Bay which includes three cities: Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach is astronomical. MBs COL is a solid 81 percent higher than the nation’s average, and a feather ruffling 37 percent higher than California’s average. And surprise, surprise, most of that comes from the cost of housing. Are you sitting down? Youre looking at homes that cost on average 137 percent more than other California homes. Yes, other CALIFORNIA homes, a state not known for its restraint in pricing property. Rentals are a bit more reasonable, thankfully, but if you’re not making six figures youre going to have a rough, and likely impossible, go at living here.

Most movers and shakers residing here don’t work in the city, they tend to work in downtown L.A. or somewhere thereabouts. That means a car is pretty darn essential, and parking is a huge pain in the butt in most neighborhoods (but you’re living somewhere with a garage, right?). But, you never have to worry about de-icing or cold weather-proofing anything, since temperatures are downright idyllic nearly every day of the year. Oh, and forget about that gym membership. Locals sport enviable bodies, but they acquire them from exercising outdoors, playing volleyball, surfing, biking, running, and performing other movie-approved activities, like beach yoga.

Cost and car hassles aside, Manhattan Beach is an amazing place to live. People travel from all over the state to visit the shore, lie out in the sun, gulp down shots at beachside bars at sunset, and catch sight of famous folks like Dave Coulier and Thomas Pynchon. Is the beach not quite your bag? There are dozens of excellent parks too.

Manhattan Beach Essentials
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Less than four miles square in size, the number of houses and commercial businesses snuggled into its borders belies Manhattan Beach’s diminutive dimensions. With roughly 35,000 people living here, things can get a bit over-crowded (and under-clothed. Hey, it's the beach.), especially closer to the waves where all the exciting happenings are happening. Fortunately, the vastness of the Pacific Ocean helps alleviate any claustrophobia. Plus, people are generally pretty warm and welcoming regardless of where in the city you lay down your beach blanket.

Though it was already mentioned, steeling yourself for the sticker shock on everything from a loaf of bread to a gallon of gas to organic deli sandwiches is imperative. The cost of living in the South Bay which includes three cities: Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach is astronomical. MBs COL is a solid 81 percent higher than the nation’s average, and a feather ruffling 37 percent higher than California’s average. And surprise, surprise, most of that comes from the cost of housing. Are you sitting down? Youre looking at homes that cost on average 137 percent more than other California homes. Yes, other CALIFORNIA homes, a state not known for its restraint in pricing property. Rentals are a bit more reasonable, thankfully, but if you’re not making six figures youre going to have a rough, and likely impossible, go at living here.

Most movers and shakers residing here don’t work in the city, they tend to work in downtown L.A. or somewhere thereabouts. That means a car is pretty darn essential, and parking is a huge pain in the butt in most neighborhoods (but you’re living somewhere with a garage, right?). But, you never have to worry about de-icing or cold weather-proofing anything, since temperatures are downright idyllic nearly every day of the year. Oh, and forget about that gym membership. Locals sport enviable bodies, but they acquire them from exercising outdoors, playing volleyball, surfing, biking, running, and performing other movie-approved activities, like beach yoga.

Cost and car hassles aside, Manhattan Beach is an amazing place to live. People travel from all over the state to visit the shore, lie out in the sun, gulp down shots at beachside bars at sunset, and catch sight of famous folks like Dave Coulier and Thomas Pynchon. Is the beach not quite your bag? There are dozens of excellent parks too.

The Neighborhoods

Manhattan Beach is home to several neighborhoods with charming individual qualities. Pay close attention to the little details and weigh your priorities. There are some less expensive eastern spots, but they’re very quiet, so be prepared for that lifestyle. If you love the beachside party scene, expect to pay several million for a home, and several thousand a month for rental properties.

Sand Section: Home to The Strand and its eight-figure homes, this area is for serious ballers only. It’s all waterfront property with few apartment rentals in sight. Sure, there are rental properties, but you’re probably not renting here unless you already own several multi-million dollar homes around the world.

Hill Section: Guess where this neighborhood is? It’s a great place for renting an apartment. The larger lots and ocean views appeal to quieter types who prefer more parking to more bars. The easy access to freeways and PCH are a hit with professionals too.

Tree Section: They’re very literal in MB, and the tree section is so named for the abundant Eucalyptus trees and streets named Pine, Oak, and Elm. More of that easy freeway access here, and there is a less expensive selection of rental homes and apartments, for those of you hoping to catch a small break.

Mira Mosta Section: There are quite a few fabulous homes here, known as the Mansion Area, but there are deals, especially with townhouses for rent.

Manhattan Village/Liberty Village/Manhattan Heights: These spots tend to get all lumped in together. They feature a lot of planned, gated communities, townhouses, and single-family homes. A bit on the boring side, but if youre into that and greater square footage, go here.

The Neighborhoods
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Manhattan Beach is home to several neighborhoods with charming individual qualities. Pay close attention to the little details and weigh your priorities. There are some less expensive eastern spots, but they’re very quiet, so be prepared for that lifestyle. If you love the beachside party scene, expect to pay several million for a home, and several thousand a month for rental properties.

Sand Section: Home to The Strand and its eight-figure homes, this area is for serious ballers only. It’s all waterfront property with few apartment rentals in sight. Sure, there are rental properties, but you’re probably not renting here unless you already own several multi-million dollar homes around the world.

Hill Section: Guess where this neighborhood is? It’s a great place for renting an apartment. The larger lots and ocean views appeal to quieter types who prefer more parking to more bars. The easy access to freeways and PCH are a hit with professionals too.

Tree Section: They’re very literal in MB, and the tree section is so named for the abundant Eucalyptus trees and streets named Pine, Oak, and Elm. More of that easy freeway access here, and there is a less expensive selection of rental homes and apartments, for those of you hoping to catch a small break.

Mira Mosta Section: There are quite a few fabulous homes here, known as the Mansion Area, but there are deals, especially with townhouses for rent.

Manhattan Village/Liberty Village/Manhattan Heights: These spots tend to get all lumped in together. They feature a lot of planned, gated communities, townhouses, and single-family homes. A bit on the boring side, but if youre into that and greater square footage, go here.

Livin' It Up in Manhattan Beach

The Manhattan Beach Open Volleyball Tournament is hosted every August. Whether you’re into the sport or not, its a fabulous event locals and visitors rush over to watch. Get used to spending most hours not working outside; there are over 40 acres of recreational area in MB, including parks, beaches, and biking trails. Walking the pier and Manhattan Beach Boulevard, the main strip downtown, is a popular weekend activity. Plus, it’s where all the restaurants, shops and bars are located. Tired of the sound of crashing waves? L.A., Hollywood, and other popular cities are 10-20 minutes away. There’s really nothing you can’t have or do in Manhattan Beach, you just can’t be broke to enjoy it.

Livin' It Up in Manhattan Beach
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The Manhattan Beach Open Volleyball Tournament is hosted every August. Whether you’re into the sport or not, its a fabulous event locals and visitors rush over to watch. Get used to spending most hours not working outside; there are over 40 acres of recreational area in MB, including parks, beaches, and biking trails. Walking the pier and Manhattan Beach Boulevard, the main strip downtown, is a popular weekend activity. Plus, it’s where all the restaurants, shops and bars are located. Tired of the sound of crashing waves? L.A., Hollywood, and other popular cities are 10-20 minutes away. There’s really nothing you can’t have or do in Manhattan Beach, you just can’t be broke to enjoy it.

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Manhattan Beach
"If everybody had an ocean cross the U. S. A., then everybody'd be surfin' like Californi-a. You'd seem 'em wearing their baggies, Huarachi sandals too. Surfin' U. S. A. You'd catch 'em surfin' at Del Mar, Ventura County line, Santa Cruz and Trestle. Australia's Narrabeen, all over Manhattan and down Doheny Way. Everybody's gone surfin', surfin' U.S.A." (-The Beach Boys, "Surfin' U.S.A.")
"If everybody had an ocean cross the U. S. A., then everybody'd be surfin' like Californi-a. You'd seem 'em wearing their baggies, Huarachi sandals too. Surfin' U. S. A. You'd catch 'em surfin' at Del Mar, Ventura County line, Santa Cruz and Trestle. Australia's Narrabeen, all over Manhattan and down Doheny Way. Everybody's gone surfin', surfin' U.S.A." (-The Beach Boys, "Surfin' U.S.A.")

The home base for supermodels, professional athletes, celebrities, and stoners, Manhattan Beach is a quintessential West Coast paradise just a few minutes from L.A.s hottest inland locations. The gargantuan swaying palm trees, beaches dotted with volleyball nets, and vertical waterfront housing are inarguably to die for, but the rents certainly reflect the level of appeal. Hats off to you if you can squeeze in, as the quality of life is second to probably very few places thanks in part to the walkable downtown area, quiet hillside neighborhoods, and gorgeous vistas from every rooftop. Add the variety of recreational opportunities (outdoor living is a pleasurable requirement of residency), and spirited nightlife, and you have yourself the solution for a compact city with attractive options for every upscale demographic, from rich families to rich frat boys.

Having trouble with Craigslist Manhattan Beach? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

Manhattan Beach Essentials

Less than four miles square in size, the number of houses and commercial businesses snuggled into its borders belies Manhattan Beach’s diminutive dimensions. With roughly 35,000 people living here, things can get a bit over-crowded (and under-clothed. Hey, it's the beach.), especially closer to the waves where all the exciting happenings are happening. Fortunately, the vastness of the Pacific Ocean helps alleviate any claustrophobia. Plus, people are generally pretty warm and welcoming regardless of where in the city you lay down your beach blanket.

Though it was already mentioned, steeling yourself for the sticker shock on everything from a loaf of bread to a gallon of gas to organic deli sandwiches is imperative. The cost of living in the South Bay which includes three cities: Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach is astronomical. MBs COL is a solid 81 percent higher than the nation’s average, and a feather ruffling 37 percent higher than California’s average. And surprise, surprise, most of that comes from the cost of housing. Are you sitting down? Youre looking at homes that cost on average 137 percent more than other California homes. Yes, other CALIFORNIA homes, a state not known for its restraint in pricing property. Rentals are a bit more reasonable, thankfully, but if you’re not making six figures youre going to have a rough, and likely impossible, go at living here.

Most movers and shakers residing here don’t work in the city, they tend to work in downtown L.A. or somewhere thereabouts. That means a car is pretty darn essential, and parking is a huge pain in the butt in most neighborhoods (but you’re living somewhere with a garage, right?). But, you never have to worry about de-icing or cold weather-proofing anything, since temperatures are downright idyllic nearly every day of the year. Oh, and forget about that gym membership. Locals sport enviable bodies, but they acquire them from exercising outdoors, playing volleyball, surfing, biking, running, and performing other movie-approved activities, like beach yoga.

Cost and car hassles aside, Manhattan Beach is an amazing place to live. People travel from all over the state to visit the shore, lie out in the sun, gulp down shots at beachside bars at sunset, and catch sight of famous folks like Dave Coulier and Thomas Pynchon. Is the beach not quite your bag? There are dozens of excellent parks too.

Manhattan Beach Essentials
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Less than four miles square in size, the number of houses and commercial businesses snuggled into its borders belies Manhattan Beach’s diminutive dimensions. With roughly 35,000 people living here, things can get a bit over-crowded (and under-clothed. Hey, it's the beach.), especially closer to the waves where all the exciting happenings are happening. Fortunately, the vastness of the Pacific Ocean helps alleviate any claustrophobia. Plus, people are generally pretty warm and welcoming regardless of where in the city you lay down your beach blanket.

Though it was already mentioned, steeling yourself for the sticker shock on everything from a loaf of bread to a gallon of gas to organic deli sandwiches is imperative. The cost of living in the South Bay which includes three cities: Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach is astronomical. MBs COL is a solid 81 percent higher than the nation’s average, and a feather ruffling 37 percent higher than California’s average. And surprise, surprise, most of that comes from the cost of housing. Are you sitting down? Youre looking at homes that cost on average 137 percent more than other California homes. Yes, other CALIFORNIA homes, a state not known for its restraint in pricing property. Rentals are a bit more reasonable, thankfully, but if you’re not making six figures youre going to have a rough, and likely impossible, go at living here.

Most movers and shakers residing here don’t work in the city, they tend to work in downtown L.A. or somewhere thereabouts. That means a car is pretty darn essential, and parking is a huge pain in the butt in most neighborhoods (but you’re living somewhere with a garage, right?). But, you never have to worry about de-icing or cold weather-proofing anything, since temperatures are downright idyllic nearly every day of the year. Oh, and forget about that gym membership. Locals sport enviable bodies, but they acquire them from exercising outdoors, playing volleyball, surfing, biking, running, and performing other movie-approved activities, like beach yoga.

Cost and car hassles aside, Manhattan Beach is an amazing place to live. People travel from all over the state to visit the shore, lie out in the sun, gulp down shots at beachside bars at sunset, and catch sight of famous folks like Dave Coulier and Thomas Pynchon. Is the beach not quite your bag? There are dozens of excellent parks too.

The Neighborhoods

Manhattan Beach is home to several neighborhoods with charming individual qualities. Pay close attention to the little details and weigh your priorities. There are some less expensive eastern spots, but they’re very quiet, so be prepared for that lifestyle. If you love the beachside party scene, expect to pay several million for a home, and several thousand a month for rental properties.

Sand Section: Home to The Strand and its eight-figure homes, this area is for serious ballers only. It’s all waterfront property with few apartment rentals in sight. Sure, there are rental properties, but you’re probably not renting here unless you already own several multi-million dollar homes around the world.

Hill Section: Guess where this neighborhood is? It’s a great place for renting an apartment. The larger lots and ocean views appeal to quieter types who prefer more parking to more bars. The easy access to freeways and PCH are a hit with professionals too.

Tree Section: They’re very literal in MB, and the tree section is so named for the abundant Eucalyptus trees and streets named Pine, Oak, and Elm. More of that easy freeway access here, and there is a less expensive selection of rental homes and apartments, for those of you hoping to catch a small break.

Mira Mosta Section: There are quite a few fabulous homes here, known as the Mansion Area, but there are deals, especially with townhouses for rent.

Manhattan Village/Liberty Village/Manhattan Heights: These spots tend to get all lumped in together. They feature a lot of planned, gated communities, townhouses, and single-family homes. A bit on the boring side, but if youre into that and greater square footage, go here.

The Neighborhoods
+

Manhattan Beach is home to several neighborhoods with charming individual qualities. Pay close attention to the little details and weigh your priorities. There are some less expensive eastern spots, but they’re very quiet, so be prepared for that lifestyle. If you love the beachside party scene, expect to pay several million for a home, and several thousand a month for rental properties.

Sand Section: Home to The Strand and its eight-figure homes, this area is for serious ballers only. It’s all waterfront property with few apartment rentals in sight. Sure, there are rental properties, but you’re probably not renting here unless you already own several multi-million dollar homes around the world.

Hill Section: Guess where this neighborhood is? It’s a great place for renting an apartment. The larger lots and ocean views appeal to quieter types who prefer more parking to more bars. The easy access to freeways and PCH are a hit with professionals too.

Tree Section: They’re very literal in MB, and the tree section is so named for the abundant Eucalyptus trees and streets named Pine, Oak, and Elm. More of that easy freeway access here, and there is a less expensive selection of rental homes and apartments, for those of you hoping to catch a small break.

Mira Mosta Section: There are quite a few fabulous homes here, known as the Mansion Area, but there are deals, especially with townhouses for rent.

Manhattan Village/Liberty Village/Manhattan Heights: These spots tend to get all lumped in together. They feature a lot of planned, gated communities, townhouses, and single-family homes. A bit on the boring side, but if youre into that and greater square footage, go here.

Livin' It Up in Manhattan Beach

The Manhattan Beach Open Volleyball Tournament is hosted every August. Whether you’re into the sport or not, its a fabulous event locals and visitors rush over to watch. Get used to spending most hours not working outside; there are over 40 acres of recreational area in MB, including parks, beaches, and biking trails. Walking the pier and Manhattan Beach Boulevard, the main strip downtown, is a popular weekend activity. Plus, it’s where all the restaurants, shops and bars are located. Tired of the sound of crashing waves? L.A., Hollywood, and other popular cities are 10-20 minutes away. There’s really nothing you can’t have or do in Manhattan Beach, you just can’t be broke to enjoy it.

Livin' It Up in Manhattan Beach
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The Manhattan Beach Open Volleyball Tournament is hosted every August. Whether you’re into the sport or not, its a fabulous event locals and visitors rush over to watch. Get used to spending most hours not working outside; there are over 40 acres of recreational area in MB, including parks, beaches, and biking trails. Walking the pier and Manhattan Beach Boulevard, the main strip downtown, is a popular weekend activity. Plus, it’s where all the restaurants, shops and bars are located. Tired of the sound of crashing waves? L.A., Hollywood, and other popular cities are 10-20 minutes away. There’s really nothing you can’t have or do in Manhattan Beach, you just can’t be broke to enjoy it.