Welcome to Manhattan Beach
Posh beach town offering a warm welcome and luxe living
Energetic and eclectic, Manhattan Beach welcomes residents with the easy beach charm for which vintage California is known. Here you’re as likely to see surfers catching waves as you are to find an of-the-moment boutique or a grand Spanish Revival property fit for an Old Hollywood star.
Manhattan Beach development began in 1901 when a homesick New Yorker, John Merrill, named a newly acquired parcel of land for his beloved city. Downtown buildings and ocean piers followed and soon, Manhattan Beach was a coveted destination for both the stars and the starry-eyed. Whether you find yourself at home in one of the Strand’s luxury beachfront estates, with spa amenities and wine cellars, or a cozy bungalow reminiscent of the Old Hollywood era, Manhattan Beach will charm as surely as the moon calls to the tides.
What to Love
- Ideal weather year-round
- Stunning oceanfront views
- Gorgeous high-concept homes
- Trendy bistros and stylish boutiques
People & Lifestyle
Known for its beach volleyball culture, Manhattan Beach is a hot spot for both amateur and internationally recognized players, and this athletic focus is embraced by most residents. You’ll find early morning joggers taking advantage of the tranquility of dawn hours, surfers dotting the white-capped waves, and swimmers taking an afternoon dip.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Manhattan Beach offers the sophistication of the LA boutique scene with all the charm and ease of beach town living. Enjoy a Napa Valley wine library and seasonal American cuisine at Tin Roof Bistro, or the globally inspired fare at lush oasis Joey. The upscale Manhattan Village provides an oasis of shopping delights, from Anthropologie to Apple, while downtown Manhattan Beach offers a gourmet lineup of chic bistros. The chef-owned Manhattan Beach Post delights the palate with a playful, artisan menu of farm-to-table American fare, while the vibrant Brewco offers views of the historic Roundhouse Pier and an incredible menu of craft beer. Bask in sweeping ocean views and a delectable menu of farm-fresh New American cuisine at the chic Strand House.
Nick's sets the stage for an elegant dinner for two, while Beckers Bakery delights with sweet treats, and Esperanza boasts chef-driven Mexican cuisine with a glamorous twist. The downtown boutique scene is brimming with style, with shops like Tabula Rasa and Gum Tree. Wright's offers whimsical designs, while Pages provides best sellers and coffee for quiet morning moments. In North Manhattan, you’ll find a classic beach cafe experience at North End Caffe. Fishbar provides a laid-back atmosphere and ocean-to-table dishes like lobster tacos and truffled crab mac and cheese, while Two Guns Espresso blends the taste of New Zealand with a California twist.
Things to Do