The next stop on the Los Angeles beach list is Manhattan Beach, a few towns down from me and home to good surfing and lots of volleyball.
Manhattan Beach is a city located in southwestern Los Angeles County, California, USA. The population was 33,852 at the 2000 census. Of a rotating City Council of five members, Nicholas W. Tell, Jr. is the current mayor. The city is on the Pacific Ocean coast, to the south of El Segundo, and to the north of Hermosa Beach. To the east are the cities of Lawndale and Redondo Beach. It is one of the three Beach Cities in the South Bay.
Residents divide the city into several distinct neighborhoods, including the Sand Section, Hill Section, Tree Section, Gaslamp Section, Manhattan Heights, East Manhattan Beach, Liberty Village, and El Porto. Liberty Village is located at the north-easternmost section of Manhattan Beach. It is characterized by World War II era housing that originally serviced the employees of the then dominant local defense contractors such as Lockheed, Northrop and Hughes. Since it is considered to be among the most desirable cities in Los Angeles, and the city zoning provides for relatively lenient dwelling-to-land coverage, much of Manhattan Beach’s housing stock has been remodeled from small single family houses into larger houses ranging to 4,000 square feet on lots approximating 5,000 square feet.
Manhattan Heights is located to the east of Sepulveda Boulevard. Sand Section is notable for its proximity to the beach, high density, and high rate of multifamily properties relative to the rest of the city. One of its primary streets, The Strand, features beachfront homes.
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