In Manhattan Beach, which is famous for its walk streets, it’s not unusual to see a family walking to and from school in the Sand Section, or people strolling out along The Strand in the early morning hours for a jog or recreation. Stores, shops, and entertainment are all a few blocks away from the residential areas in Manhattan Beach’s downtown. We sometimes forget how good we have it when it comes to transportation compared to the rest of greater Los Angeles. While other communities are choked with traffic, most of the South Bay and Beach Cities residents only deal with it during a rush hour commute and are able to get around town without a car for the rest of their day.
Recent surveys of home buyers shows that our lifestyle is exactly what new buyers are looking for. The Who’s on Board: the 2014 Mobility Attitudes Survey from TransitCenter.org, for example, shows that more than 50% of people want to live in a community that is “a mix of houses, shops, and businesses,” which describes Manhattan Beach to a “t.”
More than ever, neighborhood transportation is driving home buyer’s choices and mixed cities with a robust downtown area and nearby residential streets is an ideal most buyers are willing to pay a premium for. According to Smart Growth America, one of our favorite organizations, cities like Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach with more walkable streets end up being more prosperous financially than cities that are not. You can read that here, and go visit the Smart growth America website here to learn more about how their sustainable, community-oriented approach to transportation has helped shaped Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach in recent years, all for the better.