The city offers residents a laid-back lifestyle where, like most real estate in Los Angeles County, neighborhoods are a great place for families.
Manhattan Beach is a popular residence for professional athletes and executives in the entertainment industry. Property in Manhattan Beach, especially near the waterfront, is very expensive. For instance, a half acre of land on the Strand in Manhattan Beach is valued at $35 million while a half acre of land in Bel Air is valued at $20 million.
Residents have divided the city into several distinct neighborhoods, including "The Village", "Sand Section", "Hill Section", "Tree Section", "Gas Lamp" section, Manhattan Heights, East Manhattan Beach, Liberty Village, "Poet's Section" (Shelley, Tennyson, Longfellow, Keats), and El Porto (North Manhattan Beach).
The Hill Section includes higher priced homes where many of the residences are remodeled and situated on steep hills allowing panoramic ocean and city views.
The nearby Sand Section is notable for its pockets of quiet neighborhoods adjacent to the ocean. Multi-million dollar ocean-front homes line the bike path and walking lane along The Strand.
Students in Manhattan Beach attend Manhattan Beach Unified School District. which oversees five elementary schools (Grandview, Meadows, Pacific, Pennekamp, Robinson), one middle school (Manhattan Beach Middle School), and one high school (Mira Costa).