Welcome to Hermosa Beach
Tiny, vibrant enclave that’s a hip hidden gem of beachside living
Tucked in along the Pacific Ocean between Manhattan Beach to the north and Redondo Beach to the east and south, Hermosa Beach is a hip, oceanside enclave. Though small in stature—this city of 20,000 residents measures just 1.43 square miles—it's big on charm and style. People come for the outdoor pursuits and stay for the chic, buzzy dining and bar scenes.
Though less pricey than its luxury-laden neighbor to the north, Hermosa Beach still boasts a vast array of upscale single-family homes and townhouses. The premiums go up near the ocean, particularly the modern bungalows and California Craftsmans centered around the neighborhood’s walkable downtown. $3.5 million to $7 million is the common range. The view, however, is worth the price of admission.
Head a few minutes to the east, between Ardmore and Prospect Avenue (where the Pacific Coast Highway travels in-between), and you’ll discover more modest asking prices—from $1.5 million to $3 million—without sacrificing any of the luxuries.
What to Love
- No matter where you stand in Hermosa Beach, the city’s sandy shoreline is a short walk away
- Quaint, vibrant downtown with boutique shopping, eclectic restaurants, and the Hermosa Beach Pier
- Two outstanding elementary schools and plenty of park space
People & Lifestyle
A preeminent landing spot for young, active professionals—nearly 50% of the population is age 18 to 24, while another 25% is age 25 to 44—Hermosa Beach is arguably one of California's beachiest towns. In other words, to live here means to love the salty life. Even from the city’s farthest eastern point, you’re a 20-minute stroll to the beach.
Make no mistake, though—with two excellent elementary schools and an easy-going lifestyle, Hermosa Beach is on the rise with families as well.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Hermosa Beach features two primary commercial districts—the oceanfront downtown, which includes The Strand and Pier Plaza, and a collection of shops and eateries, including Trader Joe’s, that fan out from Pier Avenue along the Pacific Coast Highway.
Many of the city’s best bars, restaurants, and entertainment are beachside. Tower 12
is a laid-back pub with a stellar patio scene that plays up the local beach vibes. Hennessey’s Tavern
is a consummate Irish pub in a decidedly non-Irish locale. Dia De Campo
serves upscale Mexican cuisine in a modern, surf lodge atmosphere.
Things to Do
Of all the South Bay cities, Hermosa Beach is the one that’s most tied to the outdoors and a beach-centric lifestyle. It certainly helps that the beach is a short walk from anywhere in town. Beach volleyball, paddleboarding, running, sunbathing, and surfing are all favorite pastimes along the two-mile coastline.
For something a bit different, the Hermosa Beach Ironman
is a local 4th of July tradition where participants run a mile on the beach, paddle a mile in the ocean, and chug a 6-pack of beer immediately after. Of course, it’s all in good fun and for a good cause.
Hermosa Beach is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include: