9.0 out of 10

Hermosa Beach

33.8673132506309 -118.396795876706
Great for
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Schools
  • Internet Access
  • Eating Out
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Cost of Living
  • Lack of Traffic
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Beach Lovers

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Hermosa Beach is the place to BE"

Hermosa Beach- Hot Volleyball, cool water, a town for athletic people, young or not so young- everyone is out walking, riding or running by this is the place to BE. Be yourself, be fun, be free!

North Hermosa Beach Sand Section is a Family Treasure
Living with school age children in North Hermosa Sand section is a dream lifestyle. Our little Pocket of community would not live anywhere else, once they find it. Our family bought in 1960 and more family in 1985 and more in 2004. Three generations of our family are living in homes within a block from the water now. Many of our neighbors are like that too, generations of family, a mixture of family living in the family home, or purchased when something comes up near where they grew up. We lived 8 houses away from grandmother. It's like living as close to the Hawaii lifestyle but with a great city nearby. Weekends people don't want to leave, we are where people want to vacation.

Hermosa Valley and View schools have teachers and staff that amaze me. We love our schools. The parent and student portal keeps us aware of grades and homework. Our high school choice is Mira Costa or Redondo Union High. Parks and Recreation community center is bustling with activity for every age, with sports, theatre groups, and art classes. History is preserved right there in the Historical Society very well and worth a visit. Hermosa Valley Park has something for every age, or party, trees for climbing, picnic and grill stations, hills to run around in, Basketball area, soccer or field sports.

When we turn right on Artesia off Pacific Coast Highway it is a thrill to see the magnificent Ocean. Our community loves the sunsets. We get excited when whales spout like shooting fire hydrants, or dolphin groups leap lazily along. Our kids go to the Green Store for a treat or Marthas’ for breakfast of lunch. They play on the swings or getting older get to walk or bike or razor or skateboard to the Pier. They play tennis, have the skateboard park or are in local plays in our Community Center on Pier. Summers are the best with surf lessons and ocean safety. We see our neighbors in beach chairs lined up along the water, surfing or out on Paddleboards. In winter it gets quieter and residents enjoy the seasonal change of open beaches and smell of fireplaces as we walk.

Our streets have one hour parking permits March 15th through summer if really close to the water. Walking along the strand is absolutely what we do. Circling the blocks with our dogs, talking to neighbors, and watching sunsets is a ritual. Walk out on our Pier, shop local and discover what we have.

Hermosa has a mixture of beach homes and mansions. We sadly miss every beach house torn down. Land is expensive in all the beach cities in varying degrees. There is some sticker shock to people who first want to move here. The South Bay homes held their value very well along the bumpy Real Estate market down and up turns. Right now there is very little inventory. People who have bought and sold with me have said they want to live north of 10th or Pier and West of Valley Drive. One review about Hermosa says it has apartments. Every city has some and that is misleading to Hermosa as a whole. In our 1.5 square miles most of the apartments are along the South border of the Sand section. That is where young professionals new to the area can find a first place to lease and have their dog or cat. Then they learn the area and many move up to a purchase. Young people love moving here for the water, volleyball, bike and lifestyle.

Stuff Happens; like neighbor communities homeowners are drawing a line in the sand to defend the beaches from Oil drilling and Power Plants. Defending that stance since 1958, Hermosa Beach voted No to oil drilling. When an Earthquake in Santa Monica and Culver City struck Hermosa Beach rolled along in the sand and only lost our power for a day. Our community got even closer. My husband took flashlights over and checked on the two neighbors that are widowed. Neighbors do know neighbors. We miss the Bijou Theatre, the Either or Bookstore and Taco Bills. Everyone loves the Pier curve and upgraded landscape. It’s fun to enjoy the established and new restaurants. Times change things, and now there are enough entertainment spots. Some get it right and stay and some go away. We enjoy Hermosa Beach and treasure each sunny day!
Pros
  • Best Beaches & Parks, Volleyball & all sports
  • Creative Community Center for all interests and ages
  • Spunky, independent, "Live and let live thinking"
  • The Beach
  • The Restaurants and Nightlife
  • The Schools
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
2yrs+

"Hermosa Beach - That Seaside Lifestyle"

Hermosa Beach is a beach community in the South Bay of Los Angeles, bordered on the north and south by Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach. The city consists of 1.3 square miles and has a very interesting history.

People live in Hermosa Beach for the seaside beach lifestyle. The fact is, it is just plain fun to live here. Besides the great beach, there is so much to do here, particularly with the many great restaurants here and in nearby Manhattan Beach. For those with kids, the schools are also very good.

Neighborhoods:

Sand Section: This neighborhood is adjacent to the ocean and is bordered by Herondo Street on the north (the northern boundary of the city adjacent to Manhattan Beach), Valley Drive to the East, and the southern border of the city. The area to the west of Hermosa Avenue is particularly desireable, and has alternating streets either open to traffic or closed to traffic (known as walk streets). The beachfront properties are adjacent to the Strand, a promenade that runs the length of the city's beachfront. There are three parks in this area, South Park, Cypress Park and Valley Park, all on the western side of Valley Drive.

Valley Section: This neighborhood is bordered by Valley Drive to the West, Pacific Coast Highway to the east, and the northern and southern borders of the city. This area is primarily hilly in terrain.

Hermosa East: This neighborhood is bordered by Pacific Coast Highway to the west, Prospect Avenue to the east, Artesia Boulevard to the north, and Anita to the south.This area has flatter terrain, and since it is furthest from the beach, the home prices here tend to be lower than the other two areas of Hermosa Beach.

Entertainment & Culture:

Hermosa Beach is home to the Hermosa Beach Playhouse, a 502 seat venue for local stage theatre. The theater is used for professional theatrical productions, amateur ventures, community theater groups, dance recitals, film premieres, as well as conferences and seminars. The Comedy and Magic Club is located on Hermosa Avenue and is part owned by Jay Leno, who performs there on a regular basis. There are numerous restaurants in the vicinity of the Hermosa Pier, several of which are on the Plaza area in front of the Pier, which is closed to traffic

Schools:

The Hermosa Beach City School District consists of only two elementary school sites, one for grades K-2 and the other for grades 3-8. High school students attend one of two high schools outside the city limits. High school students who reside in Hermosa Beach have the choice of which high school they may attend -- Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach or Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach. This choice is guaranteed through legislation that was enacted in 1993 and will not change. These schools maintain very high test scores on state standardized tests.

Sports, Parks and Recreation:

The City has numerous small neighborhood parks, and a jogging/walking trail adjacent to Valley Drive constructed in a previous railroad right of way. Youth sports include little league baseball, AYSO soccer, basketball leagues, etc.

Property Taxes: The property tax rate for the fiscal year 2011-2012 is 1.037488% (computed by the standard 1.0% of the property's assessed valuation (in accordance with Proposition 13, a property's assessed valuation is the original purchase price, plus the cost of improvements, based on the value of permits pulled, plus an increase in valuation of 2% per year) plus additional tax rates for voted bonded indebtedness) plus direct assessments of approx. $200-$300 per parcel for such items as school parcel taxes, etc..
Pros
  • The Beach
  • The Restaurants and Nightlife
  • The Schools
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"A Beautiful Beach, But Expensive"

Like many of the coastal communities in LA, Hermosa Beach is one of the really great places to live, if you can afford it. Of course, the beaches and weather are fantastic. Who doesn’t want to live close enough where within five minutes you can be running on the beach. And even when you’re not on the beach, you get that great coastal weather, where even at the height of summer you are cooled by the offshore breezes. Nothing beats that.

But it is not just the sand and surf. Lot’s of places have great sand and surf. Hermosa Beach also is great for family living because of its schools. There really is no bad school here. The two local high schools for example, Mira Costa in Manhattan Beach to the north, and Redondo High to the south, are some of the best in LA. Let’s take the slightly weaker of the two for a second. Redondo High has an API rank of 8 and its students regularly rank a 100 points above the state average on the SAT. The STAR tests are less impressive, only a third test proficient in math, while two thirds do so in English, but this is still above average.

Hermosa Beach, however, is more about apartment living than family friendly housing and it tends to be a fairly commercial area, with lots of businesses and restaurants near the breakers. As with other coastal cities rents are a good three to four hundred higher for similar apartments in less desirable areas.

As far as nightlife and restaurants go, Hermosa Beach is a great location. There are, first of all, a number of watering holes near the shore that cater to young professionals and laid back singles. Places like The Lighthouse offer not only drinks but music, with everything from Ska and Reggae (on Sundays) to Blues, Jazz and Rock. For those who prefer their drinks mixed with a bit of Irish brogue (or the closest approximation you can get in sunny So Cal) you might try Hennessy’s right on Pier 8. Another great place for a relatively cheap drink and some funky music, go to Café Bungaloo—its an eclectic mix that won’t give your pocketbook quite as much of a hangover. Bungaloo is also good for the morning after brunch. A couple of other watering holes worth mentioning are the Underground Pub (with its British theme) and the self-explanatory Comedy and Magic Club.

In terms of restaurants there also a number of good choices. Silvio’s Brazilian Barbecue is one of my favorites—if you have not had Brazilian barbecue it is well worth it. There are also a lot of cheap restaurants where you can get everything from a burger (Good Stuff) or pita (the Pita Pit) to Cajun (Ragin Cajun) or sushi (Oki Doki Sushi). I could go on and on like this. There are enough restaurants in Hermosa Beach where you could literally eat a different one each day for a year.

So what are the drawbacks of the area? Cost. Its pretty expensive to live here. The average resident makes a salary in the six digits. Like Manhattan Beach, this is more of a singles area really, because its mostly small apartments.

Another drawback is that it is really crowded, especially in the summer. The tiny streets can make parking a challenge and space in all its forms is definitely at a premium.

You are also a bit out of the way here. If you work north of LAX, this could become a bit of a commuting nightmare.

If you are willing to live with these things, however, there are few places more beautiful to live than this.
Pros
  • The Beach
  • The Schools
  • The Restaurants and Nightlife
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Crowded
  • Apartment Centered
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
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  • Beach Lovers

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