Something relatively unique to Hermosa Beach are the homes located on “walk streets”. These walkstreet locations offer the absolute ideal in community beach living as they are located on lots that have parking and garage at the back of the home and the front of the home sits on a pedestrian only sidewalk.
According to realtor Keith Kyle with Vista Sotheby’s International, “These walkstreets offer a sense of community that is a bit different than other areas. The front yards and patios all face the “sidewalk” which often becomes the center of the community for these streets. Block parties and kids running around is not a rare sight. They are very family friendly as there isn’t the risk that busy streets and cars. They have a very safe feeling. As they are almost always located within a block or two of The Strand it has that old school beach community feel”.
Walkstreet opportunities are very limited and are only in the sand sections of both Hermosa and Manhattan Beach. They range in size due to the contours of the streets they cross. They offer a family friendly environment and are some of the most sought after locations in the South Bay. Prices for Manhattan Beach walk street homes generally start around $4.0M (usually on a corner of a walkstreet and moderately busy street) and quickly go up from there. Prices are now reaching into the high $9.0M range for new homes with big views.
Homes in Hermosa Beach start in the low $3M range (some homes have unusual situations such as no garage, small lot, etc) The newer larger homes have been rare but range in the mid 5.oM. In Hermosa Beach the streets are usually fairly flat with the exception in the streets in the north sand section. This area offers the walkstreets a bit higher up and some homes have great views. The walkstreets in north Hermosa have a bit of a different feel as the homes and yards are a bit more private.As the homes are quite rare there may be no current walkstreet homes available.