Welcome Hermosa Beach
Charming, close-knit coastal living.
One of the three beach cities in the South Bay region of greater Los Angeles, Hermosa Beach strikes a melodic chord as a hip, bustling, and youthful neighborhood. What’s not to love? The area experiences mild temperatures all year, and the attractive homes here have front-row (or close enough) seats to one of Southern California’s highest-ranked beaches. It’s the perfect blend of coastal charm and city convenience, with easy access to the other two beach cities of Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach.
The most desirable neighborhood in Hermosa Beach is the Sand Section near the oceanfront, followed by West Hermosa Drive. For those who prefer hillside living, there’s the Valley Section. Many first-time homebuyers are drawn to Hermosa Beach East, which provides a charming community feel at a lower price point.
What to Love
- Proximity to Southern California’s best beaches
- Laid-back, bustling vibe
- Ample outdoor recreation
No doubt about it — the sand is the epicenter of life in Hermosa Beach. Whether they enjoy surfing, playing beach volleyball, swimming, jogging, or simply savoring the sun, residents gravitate to the neighborhood’s spacious, flat strip of sand along the Pacific Ocean. There’s usually a volleyball tournament going on, and The Strand — the city’s paved trail that runs from Torrance to Santa Monica — is a hotspot for runners, walkers, and cyclists.
With all that sun, most Hermosa Beach residents love to play outside. Families can be found at the many small neighborhood parks and pedestrian trails. Fitness-minded folks love the workout stations along the Hermosa Valley Greenbelt. This 3.5-mile trail meanders through enclaves of oceanside homes and lush vegetation past surf shops and beachfront bars.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
For parents, young professionals, and singles seeking a night out, there are plenty of nightlife options in the area. For a pedestrian-friendly evening out that’s also family-friendly, head to the Hermosa Beach Pier and its numerous shops and restaurants. Stay later if you’re craving live music and cocktails, including jazz at The Lighthouse Cafe (famous for its appearance in the movie La La Land). Wander down the pier over Santa Monica Bay and look back at the Los Angeles skyline or take in a fabulous sunset.
As for dining, Jesse’s favorites include Cafe Bonaparte and Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila. Cafe Bonaparte’s mash-up of Parisian elegance and California breeziness results in fresh, local fare and exquisite desserts. Their tantalizing menu includes everything from an indulgent Croque Madame to avocado tartine. For home-style Mexican focused on fresh seafood and fine cuts of beef complemented by premium tequilas and global wine choices, Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila is the place to be. Soak up the sea air on the outdoor patio or enjoy the lovely interior design that feels akin to a boutique Cabo San Lucas hotel.
Things to Do
Beyond the lively Hermosa Beach Pie, there’s a weekly farmers market, festivals, beach parties, summer concerts, and much more on tap in the neighborhood. Over the three-day weekends of Memorial Day and Labor Day, the Fiesta Hermosa Locale, a bustling arts and crafts fair, takes over the area with live bands and hundreds of crafters and artisans.
On a weekly basis, residents shop for local produce at the Hermosa Beach Friday Farmers Market, which brims with fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Grab a snack from one of the food stalls or trucks and enjoy a picnic at one of the provided tables. There are a few craft and artisan vendors selling a variety of items, from stationery to African handwoven baskets.
Beach volleyball is ubiquitous here — there are no less than 71 courts along the sand, so whether you’re involved in a tournament or playing pickup with friends, there’s a space for everyone.
Hermosa Beach is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Hermosa Valley, K-2, highly ranked public elementary school
- Hermosa View, 3-8, highly ranked public elementary and middle school
- Mira Costa High School, Manhattan Beach, 9-12, highly ranked public high school
- Redondo Union High School, Redondo Beach, 9-12, highly ranked public high school
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