Hermosa Beach, California

For the Young and Young at Heart

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The Sand Section

Families/Young Professionals/DINKs

Similar to the Sand Section of Manhattan Beach, homes here are walking distance to the beach, downtown Hermosa, Hermosa Pier and the walk streets. The walk streets in Hermosa, like the name implies, are closed to car traffic. They run west to east and are typically flatter than those of Manhattan Beach. Living in the Sand Section means paying a high premium for the view and the walkability. Homes here are some of the most expensive in the whole city. According to property managers in the area, this section offers some of the coolest and most unique architecture in the South Bay. Instead of quaint beach cottages you’ll find large multi-level homes, condos and townhomes. It is important to keep in mind that there is a flip side to being walking distance to the party: you can’t necessarily get away from it all when lots of people are wanting to experience their slice of heaven at Hermosa.

Hermosa Valley


Homes in Hermosa Valley are close enough to the beach and downtown shops without being in the thick of it all. They offer striking ocean views at a relatively affordable price and great access to green spaces like Valley Park and the Green Belt, as well as the local middle school, Hermosa Valley School. Valley Park is the largest and most frequented park in all of Hermosa. Its 5+ acres include a playground, basketball courts, playfields, picnic tables and facilities. The “Green Belt” is also very popular and offers dog walkers, runners, bikers and parents pushing strollers nearly 4 miles of landscaped trail to enjoy surrounded by nature. Access to these spaces are a huge perk for those in the Valley.

East Hermosa


Perched above the Pacific Coast Highway, homes in East Hermosa often come with excellent coastal views. Like Hermosa Valley, these properties have easy access to the Sand Section, but with lower price tags. East Hermosa is also sometimes called Hermosa Hill. Here the circa 1905 architectural styles meet upgraded and modern interiors for families and individuals who appreciate both. This is a quieter part of Hermosa that is great for families and those who like having access to the action without being in it.