Hermosa Beach Homes for Sale

The word ‘hermosa’, in Spanish, means ‘beautiful” and one only needs to take one look at beautiful Hermosa Beach to understand how it got its name. Hermosa Beach is beachfront living at its best: the scenic Pacific Coast Highway runs through the middle of this community that was once mostly composed of vast grain fields. Located in the south bay region of the greater Los Angeles area, Hermosa Beach was incorporated as a city in 1907 and quickly grew due to its many amenities, views and proximity to both Santa Monica and Los Angeles.
The warm sands of Hermosa Beach are today a wonderful place to live, relax and raise a family: the city has blue ribbon schools, fresh air and quality homes.

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As Hermosa Beach is largely residential, this beachy suburb is an ideal place from which to commute to larger cities such as Los Angeles. Employers in Hermosa Beach include Shorewood Realtors and the Hermosa Beach School District. Located about 45 minutes from Los Angeles, Hermosa Beach is also just about 30 minutes away from Santa Monica.

Hermosa Beach runs its own public elementary school and middle school: both schools were, in 2005, honored as National Blue Ribbon Schools (an award given to less than 300 schools in the entire country). For high school, students can choose from Mira Costa High School in nearby Manhattan Beach or Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach. Both high schools are nationally recognized: Redondo Union High School has made Newsweek’s 1,200 Top Public Schools list multiple times. Redondo Union’s journalism program, and yearbook, has won numerous journalism and publication awards. Mira Costa High School has a reputation for excellence in educators and extra-curriculars: its teachers have received several awards and its robotics program made the school proud with its national championship win. There is also one private Catholic school, teaching up to the eighth grade level, in Hermosa Beach.

If you crave outdoor space, Hermosa Beach may just be for you. Aside from the world-class beach, the architectural planning group RUDAT found that Hermosa Beach is a “world class pedestrian city”. Hermosa Beach is home to a grand total of 9 public parks, in addition to a variety of public sports venues. Of the three beach cities (Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach), Hermosa Beach is the only city that owns its own beach and it’s clear this community takes great pride in its home turf. Active residents hop on the Strand, a recreation path spanning a large part of the coastline in Los Angeles County, is a popular trail for biking, jogging and walking. For a countryside feel, the Hermosa Valley Greenbelt is a pleasant way see nature and sneak in some exercise: butterflies, greenery and wildlife abound here.

For an oceanside city, there’s no end of things to do in this beautiful Southern California city. Jazz fans flock to the Lighthouse Cafe, an active jazz club that has been home to countless famous jazz recordings. Locals gather every Friday to find fresh vegetables and friends at the weekly farmer’s market. Shopping in Hermosa Beach means exploring the many boutique shops stretching across Pier Avenue to Pier Plaza. Foodies and locals alike delight in the varied cuisine brought to the beach by the city’s many cutting-edge restaurateurs.

Hermosa Beach is full of fun and festivals. Fiesta Hermosa is known as the “largest arts and crafts fair in Southern California”: art, music, food and fun take over the city for two days each year. The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is full of floats, fun, heritage and even four-legged friends in the form of Irish Setters: this event draws over 30,000 celebrators to the city each year. Hermosa Beach is home to the International Surf Festival, featuring five days of pros, challenges and education for surfing enthusiasts. Volleyball enthusiasts, take notice: the AVP Beach Volleyball Open happens every June and is a great way to showcase your skills.

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