Hermosa Beach is a medium-sized beachfront city along the coast of Los Angeles County, California. It is in the South Bay region and considered a part of the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area. It has five neighborhoods and is the 315th largest community in the state. It is considered one of the three Beach Cities along with Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach. The city motto is “The Best Little Beach City” and residents enjoy approximately 328 sunny days every year. It is popular among both beach folk and urban sophisticates, it's part of the surfing community and has an easy-going atmosphere. It is nautical in nature featuring a rich history connected to the ocean waters, countless breathtaking ocean views and a plethora of waterfront activities and entertainment options. Common languages among residents include English, Spanish and German.
The city spans 1.42 square miles. In 2010, the population was 19,506 and the population density was 13,867.55 people per square mile. By 2016, the population was estimated at 19,789. It is a predominantly white-collar community. Over 11% of the workforce works from home via telecommuting, freelance endeavors and home-based businesses. According to the City's 2009 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top five employers in the city were 24-Hour Fitness, City of Hermosa Beach, Vons, Hope Chapel and Sherwood Realtors. In 2015, the estimated median house or condo value in Hermosa Beach was over $1,000,000, the mean price on all housing units was $664,595 and the median gross rent was $1,976.
Hermosa means "beautiful" in Spanish and recognizes the natural beauty of the beach and the surrounding landscape. The land was originally part of Rancho San Pedro and later part of Rancho Sausal-Redondo. The community/land was an agricultural area in its early history, which predominantly produced grains such as barley. The first official survey of the land was conducted in 1901 for planning the boardwalk that would later be known as "The Strand." In 1904, the first pier was constructed but was later washed away in 1913. A new pier was built to replace the first and the community continued to be a great tourist destination. The community was incorporated in 1907. Railroads, first the Los Angeles Pacific Railway, and later the Santa Fe Railway helped the community continue to grow and flourish.
School districts servicing Hermosa Beach include Hermosa Beach City Elementary School District, Manhattan Beach Unified School District and Redondo Beach Unified School District. Schools, public and private, in Hermosa Beach include Hermosa View Elementary, Hermosa Valley Elementary and our Lady Guadalupe School. Public transportation, provided by the Beach Cities Transit, is available and frequently used. An average commute time for residents of Hermosa Beach is about thirty-two minutes. Along the beach in the city is a paved path known as "The Strand," which features shops, eateries, bars and more. Hermosa Beach is also the home of the Surfer's Walk of Fame. Popular activities include surfing, paddle-boarding, beach volleyball, swimming and others. The city has a plethora of parks, beaches and facilities and is host to several wonderful annual events. Homes for sale in Hermosa Beach come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Other housing options include apartments, condominiums, townhomes and more. To begin your home search, call local real estate agents Lynn Peters and Lesley Siegel at 213-394-2464 today.