Picture this, you have made your fortune through hard work and dedication and now it’s time to relax. You are dreaming of living in Southern California, but don’t want to be like everyone else and live in Beverly Hills or Calabasas, so what is there for you? How about Manhattan Beach?
Manhattan Beach is a small suburb of Los Angeles that sits right on the coast and just a couple of minutes south of Los Angeles International Airport. Here, you can live like the rich and famous without the pretentious attitude that comes with living in downtown LA or Beverly Hills and better yet, you can avoid all that terrible traffic everyone keeps complaining about. If you aren’t sold yet, here are a few more reasons why you should move to Orange County.
One of the great things about living in Manhattan Beach is being able to experience the best attractions of LA with your family without actually living in Los Angeles, the city of frequent travelers. You can pack up the car, gather up the family and cruise down to the beach in minutes. This is because most people who live in LA have to deal with lots of things that residents of Manhattan Beach do not.
For example, traffic in LA is absolutely terrible and during rush hour, the freeways can turn into a standstill making getting anywhere in a reasonable time impossible. Luckily, living in Manhattan Beach means you are only minutes from the Los Angeles Airport and multiple freeways if you ever have to commute on them. The Beach Report cites Jack Gillespie saying, “within 30 minutes people can commute to downtown L.A., Century City, Commerce City, Long Beach and be at LAX airport in 10 minutes, which is a draw for people who do a lot of international business and for those who are otherwise frequent travelers.”
Living in Manhattan Beach also comes with a style of living similar to that of other well known, exclusive neighborhoods in LA without the pretentious attitudes that usually accompany them. Meaning you can kick back on your balcony watching the sunset without worrying about seeing a mob of paparazzi photographers surrounding an unlucky celebrity on the way to their car.
However, I’m not saying you won’t see a celebrity or two around your new neighborhood, this still being LA and all. According to CreditDonkey, a credit card comparison and financial education website, “more than a few A-listers have called it home at one point or another; some of the celebs who’ve owned property here include Vince Vaughn, Maria Sharapova, and Michael Strahan.” So chances are you’ll still recognize at least one person while you’re dining out or walking around.
An Upscale Beach Community
If you’re a lover of fantastic beaches and great surf but still want the exclusivity of living in an area known to house the rich and famous, then Manhattan Beach is the place for you. You definitely won’t feel bad leaving your suit in the closet and throwing on a pair of board shorts on your day off, after all, you are in Southern California and Manhattan Beach has a lot to offer the beachgoer.
The Strand, Manhattan’s most popular stretch of beach, features a wonderful bike path that takes you right along the sand and passes many amazing mansions overlooking the ocean. You won’t be able to miss all of the Strand’s beach volleyball courts either. The sport is very popular among residents and visitors in Manhattan Beach as its origin is only a few miles up the coast in Santa Monica.
The next thing you’ll notice, apart from all of the people out enjoying the amazing Southern California weather, is the fantastic Manhattan Beach Pier jutting into the surf at the end of Manhattan Beach Boulevard. This pier has great views of surfers and you can fish right from its railings, but that’s not its only selling points.
The Manhattan Beach Pier also has an aquarium, called the Roundhouse Aquarium, that sits right at the end of the pier and is free to visitors. The aquarium displays many different types of creatures that can be found in the ocean a couple feet below it including fish, sharks, and starfish. If you’re looking for something to do with your kids on the weekend or just feel like seeing what calls the waters around The Strand home, head on down to Roundhouse, the walk along the pier alone is worth it.
An Abundance of Great Places to Eat and Things to Do
If Manhattan Beach’s Strand and its great Southern California weather haven’t convinced you to move yet, then it’s amazing dining and abundance of things to do should push you over the edge. Whether you are feeling like a fine dining experience with the person you love, a quick drink at a beachside bar, or a picnic in a park, all of these things can usually be found within walking distance or a short drive from your house.
If fine dining is what you are looking for, look no further than Darren’s Restaurant and Bar or Arthur J’s Steakhouse. Both are only one block from the beach on Manhattan Avenue and offer exquisite cuisine. Darren’s is best known for its New American dishes and seasonal drink specials while Arthur J’s is best known for its fine selections of dry-aged steak. Either choice will yield a stomach full of delicious food and leave you wondering when you will be coming back. The seafood in the area is also to die for and you really can’t go wrong with any one place.
Now if great drinks are what you are looking for, Manhattan Beach definitely does not disappoint. There is a fine selection of places to get a drink whether you just ended a hard day at the office or are coming off the beach in your bathing suit. For those looking for more of an upscale experience and a great view of the beach and pier, The Strand House is a great choice. The Strand House offers three levels all with their own bar and a DJ on the ground floor if you are one of those people who like to dance the stress away.
Whether you feel like spending the day playing beach volleyball or eating a delicious steak, there is an unbelievable amount of things to do and places to eat here with your family. If you are in the market for a new home in an exclusive area, look no further than Los Angeles’ Manhattan Beach.